CAMDEN — The 29th Annual Black Walnut Festival in Camden will highlight this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, bringing with it the traditional festival food, fun and shopping experience.
Booths will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Many activities are planned for both days, including various musical groups, Valley Exotics Petting Zoo, and chain saw artist Dayle Lewis.
This year’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the crowning of the Black Walnut Festival Princess in the festival tent. Saturday will also include the Car and Cycle Show.
Musical entertainment this year includes the Tune Travelers, Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Entertainment for Sunday had not been announced at press time.
On Sunday, the Kiddie Tractor Pull and Championship Pull will begin at 2 p.m. Raffle drawings for a 50/50 drawing will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
According to festival chair Andrew Groh, there will be no walnut hulling machine at this year’s festival.
“Whether it’s raining, snowing, or the sun is out, it’s one of the best festivals in the fall,” Groh noted.
This year’s parade grand marshal are the nurses of Camden Medical Center, Dr. James Thompson and Derek Thompson.
Nurses being honored include Peggy Guckian, Brenda Nickell, Leah Fogt, Elizabeth Rader, Amy Fugate, Charli Engle, Mackenzie Johnson, Jacki Mackenzie, Ashley Schmidt, Barb Flowers, Donna Marsh, Amy Keeler, Whitney Wiles, Lori Prater, Leah Thomas, Jeannettea Miller and Brenda Kiracofe.
Donations made by the Black Walnut Festival Committee support the Camden Police Department, Camden Fire & Rescue Squad, Camden Beautification Committee, scholarships for Preble Shawnee High School, planters and flowers in town, Christmas decorations and lights in town, street flags, the festival, and the First Southern Baptist Church food bank, according to organizers.
Festival organizers offer thanks to Camden Somers Township Fire and Rescue, Camden Hardware, Camden IGA, Camden Police Department, Camden Village Pharmacy, Lewis, Tobias Electric, On-Stage Sound and Lighting, Preble Shawnee Schools, the Village of Camden, Boy Scout Troop 18, Cub Scout Pack 18, Wolf Awning and Tent Company, Sunbelt Tool Rental, Koenig and Quaker Trace Tractor. Special thanks also to Amanda Groh, Cathy Blevins, Kelda Bittinger, Elaina Truster, Ashley Kuykendoll, Keith and Esther George and Kim Dean.
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