The Canal Winchester Times

Lithopolis prepares for Memorial Day

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On May 28, bucolic Lithopolis will buzz with activity as the village celebrates Memorial Day with a wide spectrum of events in its historic downtown.

Located three miles south of Canal Winchester, Lithopolis will host the 74th annual Bloom Township Memorial Day fish fry as well as a traditional parade, memorial ceremony and a car show.

Moreover, the Federated Garden Clubs of Fairfield County will hold its spring flower show at the Wagnalls Memorial Library.

Flower show co-chairwoman Margaret Warner said the event is put on by four different flower clubs.

This year's theme is, "It's Time to Party," with a dozen categories of floral arrangements devoted to a particular party theme such as Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day and even a Buckeye Tailgate Party, which, according to Warner, "has to have scarlet and gray in it."

The show will be will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m., inside the Wagnalls Memorial Library.

Attendees can park in the library parking lot.

Warner said those wishing to enter the show should call her at 740-746-9312 or co-chairwoman Mary Warga at 740-746-8740 to go over the rules and regulations.

Warga said the Federated Garden Clubs of Fairfield County decided to have the show in Lithopolis this year so it would coincide with the other activities in town.

"We chose to have it (in Lithopolis) because they have the fish fry and a lot of people come," she said.

"When you have a nice show, you want people to look at it."

In addition to the flower show, the Lithopolis Community Garden Club is will hold a plant and garden art sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the northeast corner of Columbus and Walnut streets.

For those armed with appetites, the Bloom Township Firefighters Association expects to use 18 deep fryers to cook 4,000 pounds of fish for its annual fish fry. Proceeds from the event help fund equipment and tool purchases.

"This is our 74th annual fish fry," fire Lt. Jeff Cotner said.

"We'll start serving fish at 11 a.m. until about 6 p.m. or until we run out," he said.

Cotner said the longstanding Lithopolis tradition's earliest incarnation was as a steak fry.

"Years ago, it started out as a steak fry (sponsored) by one of the churches," he said. "Somewhere along the way, the event got switched over to the fire department and they started doing fish."

He said the event is "kind of a homecoming for a lot of people. The only time they see each other is when they come back for the fish fry."

Unlimited portions will be served inside the firehouse at 66 S. Market St. for $10 per person; takeout orders cost $8 per person.

He said the car show, also sponsored by the Firefighters Association, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and registration is $6.

Only the top 40 cars win trophies, regardless of class or year.

Other Memorial Day events include the parade, which will start at 10 a.m., and the Lithopolis memorial ceremony, at 10:45 a.m. in Lithopolis Cemetery.

Cotner said there will also be arts and crafts vendors, children's rides in the center of town and live music throughout the day.

"We've had as many as a couple of thousand people here," Cotner said. "It's a pretty big deal in a little town."

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