For most of the year it's just your Basic Park.
Each fall, however, it becomes someplace very special -- a gathering place for friends, neighbors and natives who return to enjoy the season's fun.
The 27th annual Fall Festival will be held Sept. 25-27 in Basic Park on Adams Street in Luckey between Krotzer Avenue (SR 582) and Gilbert. The best part -- admission is free.
The festival officially opens Friday morning, Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. when the scales become available. The fun begins at 10 a.m. with the Eastwood FFA antique pull. Supper is available in the main tent at 4 p.m. followed by bingo at 5 p.m. The Luckey Area Business Tractor Pull will be held at 6:30 p.m. This year, in part a sign of the economic times, there will be no Friday night band and no consignment auction.
On Saturday, apple butter making and breakfast begin at 7 a.m. The antique tractor weigh-in is at 8 a.m. and the tractor pull begins at 11:15 a.m. A classic auto display opens at 10 a.m. Bingo is at noon as is a "hobo dinner." Horseshoe pitching gets underway at 1. The Buckeye Squares will put on a Western square dance demo at 5 p.m. followed by the Main Street Country Band at 6:30 p.m.
Breakfast at 7 a.m. and a community church service at 9 a.m. kick off the last day of the festival on Sunday. A chicken barbecue will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Horseshoe pitch begins again at 1 p.m., the same time registration begins for the popular adult and kiddie pedal tractor pull planned at 2 p.m. There will also be an air ambulance on display (if available).
All three days there will be a craft tent, flea market, a variety of food vendors, 50/50 raffle tickets and antique gas engine and tractor displays. Allis Chalmers has the featured tractor and Odd Ball and Orphan Garden Tractors are the featured gas engines.
Other special features include a muzzleloaders encampment and a steam engine spark show. There will be limited non-exhibitor camping for $30 for the weekend and quiet time will be observed after 11 p.m. All drawings will be held at the close of the festival Sunday.
For more information, visit www.luckeyfallfestival.com or call Larry Swartz the week of the festival at 419-266-9855.