The annual Derby Days festival in the Village of Lewisburg kicks off late summer and fall fun in Preble County this Thursday, Aug. 14-Saturday, Aug. 16.
Family fun abounds in the village this weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday with the annual Baby Beauty Contest, and continuing with bingo at the firehouse at 7:30 p.m., a kiddie tractor pull at 8 p.m. and the yearly “egg drop” contest at 9 p.m. at the firehouse. The egg drop is for children of all ages in three categories: seven-11, 12-16 and 17-up.
Friday, Aug. 15 brings a full chicken dinner at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, pork chops from the Lions Club beginning at 5 p.m., and more. The Derby Queen will be crowned at 7 p.m., and the Flat Out band will provide live music for a street dance from 9-11:30 p.m. Derby racers will draw for their spots at 10 p.m. at the firehouse.
Motorcycle Bike Night also begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, just south of the firehouse on Ohio 503. Lasting until 10 p.m., rain or shine, Bike Night includes a slow ride contest, a loud pipes contest and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place plaques for the winning bikes. Entry fee is $5. The first 150 entries will receive can “coozies.” There will be music, food, and a beer garden, as well as a 50/50 cash drawing.
The annual Derby Days parade judging will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, with the parade kicking off at 11 a.m. Breakfast will be served at the firehouse by VFW members beginning at 7 a.m., and there will be a bake sale sponsored by the UCC at the bank at 9 a.m.
The Derby Race itself will begin at noon on Saturday.
The 24th annual cruise-in will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and includes 20 awards for best of show, and free dash plaques to the first 100 entries. All cars and trucks, including rods, antiques, classics, customs and corvettes are welcome. There will be door prizes and goodie bags. Registration fee is $10.
Delta Theta Tau will serve a full chicken dinner beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from 5-10 p.m. there will be a street dance featuring Stacy Crabtree.
Derby Days festivities will close with a large fireworks display at 10 p.m.
Commerce Street from Clay to Harrison Streets will be closed Thursday and Friday at 5 p.m., and all day on Saturday.
For additional information about bike night, contact Mark Madigan at 937-272-6480; baby contest, parade or cruise-in: Pam Baker, 937-962-2190; queen contest: Brenda Kesler, 937-962-1222; derby race: Park Harry, 937-962-2413.