Americana festival returns to Centerville with some changes

CENTERVILLE — The Centerville-Washington Twp. Americana Festival returns this holiday weekend with some changes, organizers said.

The “slightly modified” event will not include the street fair or the children’s area near Benham’s Grove for the festival that began in the early 1970s.

But officials still anticipate tens of thousands filling the streets Monday after a one-year coronavirus hiatus following a Sunday night fireworks show at Centerville High School.

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“Due to the active interest in getting out into the community after an extensive shutdown, we expect a large crowd,” Americana board Chairman Steve Wenstrup said in an email.

“While the normal headcount has approached 70,000 in the past, we expect a good crowd commensurate with the number of vendors being below the normal level,” he added.

For motorists, that means road closings. Franklin Street from Clyo Road to Normandy Lane and Main Street from Martha to Williamsburg Lane will be shut down from 7 a.m. to noon Monday, according to the city.

From noon to 5 p.m., North Main from Franklin to Williamsburg will remain closed. From Alex Bell Road to Williamsburg, only local traffic will be allowed, officials said.

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Parade grand marshals will be first responders and health care workers representing several organizations. They include:

•Washington Twp. Firefighter Thomas Dewitt;

•Centerville Police Sgt. Jeff Kaercher;

•Miami Valley Hospital Dr. Randy Marriott;

•Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Petry;

•Kettering Health Washington Twp. nurse Theresa Slyder.

The parade has more than 100 entries and the food truck fest includes 50-plus vendors.


AMERICANA EVENTS

July 4

•Fireworks: Centerville High School. Starts with food trucks and music at 6 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.

July 5

•5K Run: 7:30 a.m. Register at www.Speedy-feet.com

•Parade: 10 a.m. starts on East Franklin Street

•Food truck festival: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., North Main Street

•Entertainment: 11 a.m. includes rock, country, pop and big band music

•Car Show: 1 p.m. near Benham’s Grove

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