The amount of street fair vendors at this year’s festival will be increased to an estimated 325 from 250 in previous years, he said. That includes boosting the amount of food vendors from 30 to more than 50. The festival also will offer a wider array of live entertainment across multiple stages and venues, Weiskittle said.
The Americana Festival is Ohio’s largest one-day festival, boasting more than 75,000 guests each year, event organizers said.
Longtime Centerville City Schools Superintendent Tom Henderson, who will retire Aug. 1, was chosen as the parade’s grand marshal.
“Our theme this year is ‘Celebrating 50 Years of Americana,’ ” Weiskittle said. “We looked for someone who kind of represented ... celebrating the past, the present and the future. The way we actually worked this out is Dr. Henderson will be riding in the parade with his son and grandson. We kind of like that idea of multiple generations reflecting the past, the present and the future celebrating Americana. His retirement (being) announced just this month was fortuitous and kind of pointed us in that direction. It was kind of a no-brainer.”
For the first time, the Americana Festival Committee is accepting applications online, both for the parade, and from food and craft vendors at www.americanafestival.org.