The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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August 2, 2010

Madison Old Fashioned Days begin Thursday with parade

MADISON — On Thursday Madison Old Fashioned Days will kick off its 48th year with the annual parade beginning 6 p.m. at the Memorial Complex and proceeding through Main Street.

The four-day event consists of vintage cars, crafts, games, entertainment, live music, food and contests. As tradition goes, the Old Fashioned Days Committee selects a parade marshal who will ride in the parade. This year David Albert was selected by unanimous vote and will be honored as the official parade marshal.

“Every year we have several names to choose from and we try to choose people for what they’ve done in the community and his was the first name to come up,” said Sam Britton, Old Fashioned Days chairman. “With all that he’s done through coaching in a variety of sports, serving as a Madison School Board member and his continued involvement in the community, we all agreed to choose him as the parade marshal.”

Each year a vintage car is raffled off to one lucky ticket holder. This year a 1967 Ford Fairlane will be raffled off during the grand-prize drawing 6 p.m. Sunday at the bandstand. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased during the event and cost $1 each or six tickets for $5.

While the raffle for the car is a huge draw, so are many of the contests. The Big Wheel races along with the frog jumping, greased pole and the watermelon eating contests are favorites with kids and brings in many competitors. Adults can participate in the bed races, horseshoes and the extremely popular cornhole competitions.

Other activities include a Saturday afternoon with Jungle Terry, a karate demonstration from Madison Combined Martial Arts and live music each night.

Whether you come to indulge in the many carnival foods, listen to a variety of live music, compete in the contests or admire the many antique cars on display, there is something for all ages.

The four-day event will begin Thursday at 6 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. Sunday after the drawing.

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