Harlem Township Days

We're almost there – Harlem Township Days 2016 will be here before you know it, August 20 & 21 in the Community Park in Center Village. Harlem Township Heritage, sponsors of Harlem Township Days, have many new and exciting events planned for our two day community celebration – and most of our old favorites will be back again this year too. The schedule for this year looks like this:

  1. SATURDAY:AUGUST 20, 2016
    Day 1
    All Day: Antique Tractor Show George Adam Mann,Revolutionary War story-teller and impersonator Craft and food vendors, and local exhibitors Times: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: Duffield Calliope 10:00 am: Opening Parade 11:00 am -1:00 pm: Conestoga Wagon Rides 11:00 am - 4:00 pm: Buckeye Beautyz Jr Roller Derby Team (Basketball Court) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Pony Rides 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Velcro Wall 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Medium Obstacle Course 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Matt Jergens, juggler, stilt-walker, unicyclist 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Koguryo Taekwondo 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm: Art & Craft Auction 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Andy Wallace & Two Bricks Shy
  2. SUNDAY: AUGUST 21, 2016
    Day 2
    All Day: Conductor Dan, the Railroad Man, story-teller Craft and food vendors, and local exhibitors Times: 8:00 am - 10:00 am: Pancake Breakfast 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Car Show Registration 10:30 am: Non-denominational Church Service 11:30 am - 2:00 pm: Arnett Howard and Friends 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Car Show 3:00 pm - 50/50 Raffle Drawing 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Massage Therapist 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Mechanical Shark 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Surfboard to Ride 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Medium bounce/obstacle 1:00 pm: Kids' Pedal Pull (Basketball court) 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: McFarland's Llamas
As always, all events and attractions at Harlem Township Days are free.

Chairmen of Harlem Township Days Items Are:
  • Car Show – Sherrie and Mike Steele
  • Children's Activities – Vicki Tieche
  • Kid's Pedal Pull – Michelle Solomon 
  • Craft Vendors – Cheryl Alicie
  • Entertainment – Amber Mitchell
  • Exhibitors – Joni Manson
  • Facilities – Dave Snyder
  • Field Activities – Vicki Tieche
  • Food Vendors – Cheryl Alicie
  • Parade – Linda Skinner
  • Publicity / Advertising – Diana Robertson
  • Tractor Show and Pull – Lynda O'Quinn

We're planning on lots more vendors this year, both craft and food. This year we are charging a set up fee for vendors - $25.00 for a 10' x 10' craft space and $50.00 for food vendors.  If you are interested in being a vendor at our event and have not received information, the vendor application is available through the link below. If you have questions, please contact Cheryl Alicie - 740-392-9166 (shop) or (cell) 740-507-7862 or Email: [email protected] Vendor applications are due by August 10.​ 

Download CRAFT vendor Application 

This is a new item in 2016, organized by Ken Buell. Ken has been locating art and craft items made by members of the community or significant to the community to offer for sale. One of the items will be a pen made from the wood of our Ohio Big Tree on Fancher Road that had to be taken down in 2014. Stephen Hollen from Beavercreek took a piece of the wood last year and has made two pens from it – one for sale at the auction and the other to be housed in the display case in the Community Room. Craft vendors are also being asked to donate an item for the auction. The auction is scheduled to begin at 6pm, but may start at 5pm if the number of items to be auctioned warrants.

Auction Items
Auctioneers: Steve and Zack Green
  1. Horse Yoke Clock
  2. Rustic Wooden Sign
  3. Hand Crocheted Rag Rug
  4. Wooden Bowl
  5. Pony Tail Holders
  6. A yard Mushroom Carving by "Chainsaw Ted"
  7. A Wooden Carved Pen in a display case
  8. A 50 year old watercolor painting by George Dell
  9. A quilt by a 92 year young lady
  10. Afgan Blanket
  11. Basket of Pickles
  12. Pie Filling etc from The Glass Rooster Cannery
  13. Stetson Cowboy Hat from Texas
  14. Baked Goods
  15. Another quilt
  16. 2 Wooden Flower Stands
  17. Two Benches
  18. 2 Sets of Rag Dolls

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Pictures of auction items

Plus other donated items to be auctioned! If you have an item you would like to donate,
​contact Ken Buell at 614-571-0698

Many of the familiar faces will be back with historical, service group, church, and youth group displays. We're still working on finding more exhibitors for this year.

There will be a new display this year on the historical side - Grocery Stores in Harlem Township.

Harlem Township Display - Natural Environment
There will be a new, very colorful, 4' x 4' display board at Harlem Township Days in 2016 showing the top twenty Ohio invasive plant species, three invasive trees, and the Ohio noxious weeds. Look for it somewhere around the track. It is important for all of us to know what plants are aliens that are crowding out our native plant species and do what we can to eliminate them. In some parts of the township, this will be a daunting job since some species like multiflora rose have had a hundred years to take hold.
Read more on Harlem Township's Natural Environment

We'll be starting out Saturday with the Duffield Calliope providing festive music before and after the opening parade. So come early and travel back to the old days of carnival music. ​ 

​From 2 to 3:30, look for stilt-walking, unicycle riding juggler, Matt Jergens who will entertain on the field and on stage. Matt is always a fun act to watch.

We have entertainment lined up for Saturday evening, Andy Wallace and Two Bricks Shy, a blend of talented musicians who have been entertaining audiences for over twenty-five years. They have worked with such name acts as Dwight Yoakum, The Chiffons, Pete Fountain, Henry Mancini, Little Texas, and Bill Chase. Two Bricks Shy features popular hits from the 50's, 60's 70's, 80's, 90's, and on into the current Millennium!

And Sunday entertainment, don't want to miss Columbus music legend, Arnett Howard, a jazz musician, journalist, teacher, author, historian, and official ambassador for Columbus, Ohio. His Sunday performance will be with his band, Arnett Howard and Friends.  Although they play every kind of music, from reggae, funk, country, gospel and jazz, the band excels in vintage rhythm and blues, Motown and Stax. Arnett and Friends includes Arnett on keyboards, trumpet and vocals, Bob Davis, keyboards, Mike Roberts, saxophone, Ron Henderson, drums, and David Hampton, drums.

In 2010 Harlem Township celebrated its Bicentennial – without an opening parade. 2011 was the first year for Harlem Township Days and because of one of our township's seniors, Mildred Irwin, the parade came into being. Mildred (who celebrated her 100th birthday in 2016) was the Grand Marshal for that first parade.

As the parade has developed since 2011, it's become a central point of recognizing and honoring our community seniors who have lived in the township for many years and are over age 80.

But even though the seniors lead the parade, the parade is really about all of us – our township and the people who make it the special place that it is. So plan to be in the Community Park at 10am on Saturday, August 20 to watch the parade unfold (and find out who the  parade Grand Marshal is for 2016.). Linda Skinner is in charge of the parade and promises – "This year will be the best one yet!"



Koguroma Taekwondo
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

George Adam Mann, an unlikely patriot
All Day
Basketball Court - Buckeye Beautyz 12:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Conestoga Wagon Rides 11am-1pm

Tractors? We have tractors – antique ones of all sizes and colors.  They will be lined up on the field for both days of the weekend and will be joined by some garden tractors, hit or miss engines, and an unique old car. Take some time and stop to talk to the tractor owners – you'll find out a lot about the way farming was here in Harlem Township back in the good old days.

You know the way boys are when they get together – competition – and they have a chance to prove who's the better puller and who has the stronger tractor at the tug pull on Saturday. The pull will begin as soon as the parade is over and go "until they're done" (estimated to be about 7pm). The pull will be on the east side of Route 605, south of the firehouse. And there will be at least one food vendor stationed over there to feed the watchers.


McFarland’s Llamas
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Conductor Dan, the Railroad Man
All Day

Once again Pam Radabaugh will be serving up a pancake breakfast for the early risers and church goers on Sunday morning. Breakfast will be served from 8-10am from the Radabaugh trailer beside the shelter house.

It's become a tradition, a community, open air, church service on Sunday morning. And once again, the service will be led by Pastor Bud Leskovac of the Harlem Road United Methodist Church. The service will be held in the tent, near the park shelter house at 10:30am.

CAR SH0W!!!!!!!
Antiques, classics, street rods, trucks – you name it and you'll find it on the field on Sunday during Harlem Township Days. There is an entrance fee to show off a car in the show ($10 last year), but the first 100 registered will receive a dash plaque sponsored by John Jacobus of ReMax realty. There will be Fab 40 awards sponsored (and selected) by Bob Leone who's sold insurance in Sunbury for many years. And there will be special class prizes – eight of them – sponsored by local area businesses. So come out on Sunday and have a look at all the cars!

50/50 Raffle
For $1 a ticket, participate in the 50/50 raffle.  Michelle Solomon will be walking around Saturday and Sunday selling tickets!  Don't miss the drawing on Sunday at 3 pm by the big tent.  You MUST be present to win! Half of the proceeds will go to Harlem Township Heritage so that events like Harlem Township Days can happen!

On Sunday from 1-4pm, there will be a massage therapist giving demos. So if you always wanted to see what a massage therapist could do for you and your aches and pains – this is the chance.

We have things for kids to see and do both days – and as always, all activities at Harlem Township Days are free. This is a wonderful time to try out some of these things you've seen at the fairs without hurting your pocketbook.

Pony Rides, 1-5pm.
Velcro Wall, 1-5pm.
Medium Obstacle Course, 1-5pm
 Mechanical Shark, 12-4pm
Surfboard to ride, 12-4pm
Medium bounce/obstacle, 12-4pm
1pm on the basketball court (register by 12:30pm).
Three weight classes with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies in each class:

1. Class 1 – 30-45 pounds
2. Class 2 – 46-60 pounds
3.  Class 3 – 61-75 pounds.

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