Fireman's Festival organizers are hoping to have a smoother process on parade day by asking participants to pre-register this year.

Fireman's Festival organizers are hoping to have a smoother process on parade day by asking participants to pre-register this year.

Parade coordinator Tom Schwab said past years' parades involved a lot of "scrambling" at the last minute, so he's asking people to register by Tuesday, June 30.

Along with the registration, Schwab requests parade participants include information to be read by the announcer in the Bigelow Park staging area during the July 11 parade.

"I wanted it to be more organized," Schwab said. "It will save some hassle. We'll still take entries the day of the parade as well, but we urge people to pre-register and get forms in."

Anyone with questions, can call Schwab at 440-742-0327.

In order to provide some guidance to parade participants, Schwab said the Fire Department Association decided to have a parade theme this year: "The History and Tradition of Johnstown."

Johnstown Village Council members were excited about the theme, and discussed on June 16 how they may participate.

Although Mayor Kevin Riffe will be on vacation during the festival, he suggested finding a team of horses to pull members of council in a wagon.

Council president Joyce Evans said she may try to get her grandfather's old farm trailer to use for the parade. Council member Sharon Hendren suggested council wear old-time dress.

As of June 24, Schwab said he had received nine entries for the parade.

"We have a couple from Licking County commissioners and judges," he said. "We thought the theme would make it more exciting and generate some more interest. Initially we were looking into a bicentennial theme, but that was last year for Licking County.

"We put our heads together and thought 'The History and Tradition of Johnstown' was a good idea. We'll see how it works this year."

This year's Fireman's Festival officially kicks off with the Miss Johnstown Pageant at the Performing Arts Center at Johnstown-Monroe High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7.

"Make All Your Dreams Come True," the theme of the pageant, will set the stage as the girls compete in categories including talent, day and formal wear. They will also be judged on their general appearance, posture, grace, confidence and speech, said Christy Bailey, director.

This year's contestants are Claire Almendinger, Shelby Bauer, Katelynn Bearss, Kourtney Bemiller and Katelyn Mansell.

Fireman's Festival hours on Wednesday, July 8, are from 6 to 11 p.m. Musical entertainment will be by Scott Martin from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

On Thursday, July 9, the festival will open at 6 p.m. and continue through midnight. Entertainment will be Taylor Station from 8 to 11 p.m.

Festival hours on Friday, July 10, will be from 6 p.m. to midnight with musical entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 11, at 11 a.m. with the Fireman's Festival Parade. The line-up will begin at 9 a.m. in the high school parking lot. Participants should enter the lot from Douglas and Williams streets.

Following the parade, the festival will run through midnight, with musical entertainment from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Midway rides by Bates Amusement Inc. will be one price from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

A portion of the proceeds of the Johnstown Fire Department Association, Inc. annual Fireman's Festival will benefit the Monroe Township Fire Department with the purchase of equipment and other department needs.