Returning Grove City High School alumni will have plenty to do and see this weekend.

Returning Grove City High School alumni will have plenty to do and see this weekend.

The 23rd annual Grove City Homecoming Celebration will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 27, in the city's historic town center at the corner of Park Street and Broadway, kicking off a weekend's worth of festivities.

"It's a great weekend to bring family and friends back together," said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Ed Merritt. "People come in from all over the United States and the rest of the world to see old friends, classmates and family."

Merritt said organizers anticipate a turnout of 8,000 to 10,000 people.

The Friday-night celebration will feature live entertainment by the band Victory Highway from 7 to 10 p.m. Several community groups will provide concessions during the evening.

During the band's intermission, a hot dog-eating contest sponsored by Hot Dawgs will take place, and Steve Carr, founder of the annual Grove City High School Alumni Softball Tournament, will announce this year's inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame.

Broadway will be closed from Grant Street to Grove City Road, according to a news release from the city. Park Street will be closed from the City Hall driveway to First Street. All streets will close at 3 p.m.

"Just get here early, find a parking space and have fun," Merritt said. "Be prepared to walk."

Billed as the largest alumni softball tournament in the world, the tournament, now in its 30th year, will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29. Around 95 teams representing seven generations of Grove City High School alumni will participate in six divisions.

Teams will play at fields throughout Grove City. For more information on the tournament, visit grovecityalumnitournament.com.

Other weekend events include an open house at the Grove City Welcome Center and Museum, 3378 Park St., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28. The open house will feature Civil War re-enactors and musicians, and tours will be led by members of the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society. Civil War expert Dick Hoffman will give a presentation about Camp Chase from 10 a.m. to noon.

From 6 to 8 p.m. July 27, the fifth annual cornhole tournament, sponsored by Grove City Tomorrow, will take place, and Grove City Town Center Inc. will sponsor a Town Center business window-decorating contest. Winners will be announced Monday, July 30, on the Grove City Town Center Inc. Facebook page.

Weather-related cancellation information will be available July 27 by calling 614-277-3060. For more information, call 614-277-3050 or visit grovecityohio.gov.