Popular returning events like the pedal tractor pull and new events like a chili cook-off will highlight the 28th annual Hartford Village Day, to be held Saturday, Sept. 10.

Popular returning events like the pedal tractor pull and new events like a chili cook-off will highlight the 28th annual Hartford Village Day, to be held Saturday, Sept. 10.

Hartford Village Day begins at 9 a.m. with a flag-retirement ceremony, followed by opening ceremonies for the all-day festival.

Events will include musical acts, talent shows, and speakers on the Civil War at the Hartford Library.

Sponsor organizer Cheri Pokorny has been volunteering for the past eight years.

"I send out about 50 letters, and not all 50 get responded to, but people are very good about stepping up to support Hartford Village Day," Pokorny said.

This year, the talent show is returning to Village Day after a several-year absence.

"We used to have a talent show back in the day," said volunteer Roger Bishop. "I was one of the winning singers about 20 years ago. I've been in this area pretty much all my life."

"Things come and go," Pokorny said.

"We'll have kiddies pedal tractor pulls, flea markets, games, sunflower growing contest, some inflatable attractions," Bishop said. "This being the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we're having a couple of Civil War speakers as well as a lady in costume.

"This will be the first time we've had a chili cook-off," he said. "I'd say throughout the day, it's easy a thousand people through the day. We have food vendors, a baby crawl competition, all kinds of stuff."

A returning popular event is the pie auction, which helps raise money for $1,500 in scholarships every year for Northridge seniors.

"I'm definitely entering the chili cook-off," said Phyllis Barstow, although she had not yet decided on whether to prepare a pie.

A popular event is the parade, including floats, elected officials, horseback riders and others.

Something that is always highly popular with children is the chance to bombard each other with water balloons.

"My important responsibility is filling the water balloons for the annual water balloon battle," Pokorny said. "They look forward to that every year."

The day's festivities will conclude with an outdoor showing of the movie "Despicable Me" at 8:30 p.m.

Persons interested in sponsoring Hartford Day may call Cheri Pokorny at 740-893-3865, and anyone with questions about the event may call Roger Bishop at 740-893-2020, or Paige Grandstaff at 740-893-2546.