The Press Newspaper
Though there’s no Yellow Brick Road to follow, organizers are hoping families from throughout the area will make their way to the annual Northwood Veterans Appreciation Day celebration set for Aug. 11.
Events are scheduled throughout the day, with most taking place at or near the Northwood VFW Post 2984, located at 102 W. Andrus Rd.
The special guest for this year’s celebration will be Margaret Pellegrini, one of the original Munchkins from the 1939 film classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” Now 88, Pellegrini played a “sleepyhead” and Munchkin villager.
Veterans Appreciation Day will kick off with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., a parade featuring marching bands, police and fire department contingents, along with Pellegrini and other special guests will step off, traveling from Brentwood Park, to Sheffield Place, past the grandstand on Andrus Road.
An opening ceremony with featured speakers and dignitaries will be held at noon, and a BBQ Chicken Dinner will follow at 1 p.m.
The celebration will also include the traveling Ohio POW/MIA Wall display set up in the VFW parking lot.
Throughout the day, there will be food booths, poker, corn hole, a car show, Big 6, face painting, kids’ rides and more. Northwood police and fire departments will showcase various safety demonstrations including a “smoke trailer.”
A DJ will provide music during the day. Live entertainment will include The Watermelon Men from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Josh Boyd from 6:30 to 11:15 p.m.
Photos with Pellegrini will be available (bring your own camera) for a small donation.
As a prelude to the celebration, there will be a fish fry Friday, Aug. 10 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the VFW. In addition, there will be karaoke with Steve Tornai from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. along with food, kids’ rides and photo opportunities with Pellegrini.
No coolers, outside food and beverages permitted at the celebration.
The VFW is offering raffle tickets to win a dinner for four with Pellegrini at El Vaquero at The Docs Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. Call 419-666-7762 for more information. The drawing will be held Aug. 8 at 7 p.m.
The annual Northwood Veterans Appreciation Day is sponsored by the City of Northwood, area businesses and the Northwood Veterans Community Foundation.