Tens of thousands attend the 50th Americana Festival in Centerville


Jake said the parade was one of his favorite attractions.

This year’s version — led by Grand Marshal Tom Henderson, who is retiring as Superintendent of Centerville Schools Aug. 1 — had a different route. While starting at Centerville High School, he turned south on Ohio 48, or Main Street, instead of crossing it.

The Festival Americana parade included dozens of entries on Monday morning. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

The Festival Americana parade included dozens of entries on Monday morning. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Credit: NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

More than 150 entries were part of the procession, the largest ever, said festival spokesman Dave Paprocki. It was also a record year for auto show and 5K entries, with attendees estimated at around 800, he said.

The parade’s route change has made more room for vendors along West Franklin, one of the main areas for restaurants in the city’s downtown revitalization.

Longtime Centerville resident and festival-goer Tom Karth was looking for a particular pig.

“I like sausage sandwiches. But they are hard to find,” he said. “They just don’t seem to have sausage sandwich stands anymore. But that’s what I like. »

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More live entertainment was available on Monday, with multiple stages and locations.

Beer was also sold for the first time this year at select locations, allowing Americana organizers and high school groups to step up their fundraising efforts, Paprocki said.

The changes, based on initial feedback, were a plus, he said.

“The parade route change and expansion onto Franklin was a really good move and made getting in and out of the parade much easier for people,” Paprocki added.

Comments on expanding the festival boundaries were also positive.

“So we couldn’t be happier,” he said. “And we are also delighted with the turnout.”

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