The Pickerington Lions Club has dedicated its 60th Labor Day celebration to honoring the 200th anniversary of Violet Township.

The Pickerington Lions Club has dedicated its 60th Labor Day celebration to honoring the 200th anniversary of Violet Township.

This year's events will feature the township's board of trustees, representing the Violet Township Bicentennial Commission, as the grand marshals of the Sept. 1 parade, which has been themed, "200 Years in Violet Township."

The parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. with a "cruise-by" of vintage cars and motorcycles, followed by up to 50 fire trucks of various ages from fire departments and antique collectors across the region. It also will include about a dozen floats as well as marching bands from Pickerington high schools and Berne-Union High School.

The parade route begins at Pickerington High School Central on Opportunity Way, turns onto Lockville Road, then proceeds to Columbus Street and Hill Road before heading back to Opportunity Way.

The Lions Club's annual fish fry will kick off at Victory Park at 11:30 a.m. and will continue "until the fish runs out," typically between 4 and 5 p.m.

The club has ordered 640 pounds of fish and 700 pounds of french fires for the event.

In addition to food, there will be entertainment for all ages.

A children's inflatable jumping gym will be on site and music will be provided by local disc jockey Chuck Steel of CS Sound Entertainment. Additionally, the Pickerington Community Chorus is scheduled to perform. A children's bicycle- and wagon-decorating contest is planned.

Also, the vintage cars from the "cruise-by" and more will be on display at the park starting at 11 a.m.

As part of its bicentennial celebration, Violet Township has been conducting a beard-and-mustache contest. Judging will take place at the fish fry in the Lincoln, Worden, Burnside, Buffalo Bill and Wyatt Earp categories.

The winners will go on to compete in the "people's choice" competition, with voting scheduled for the township's bicentennial picnic on Sept. 7 at Pickerington High School Central.

The event, perhaps the largest of the year, is an attempt by the bicentennial commission to set a new world's record for the largest picnic.

The town of Santa Cruz, Spain, set the current record in 1999 with 8,000 participants.

For more information about the Pickerington Lions Club Labor Day events or the Violet Township bicentennial picnic, e-mail Cherie Koch at skochmachine3244@cs.com or call (614) 837-8810.

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