Firefighters, floats and fried fish will highlight festivities planned for the Pickerington Lions Club's annual Labor Day celebration on Sept. 7.

Firefighters, floats and fried fish will highlight festivities planned for the Pickerington Lions Club's annual Labor Day celebration on Sept. 7.

For the 61st consecutive year, the Pickerington Lions Club will hold its Labor Day celebration for the Pickerington and Violet Township communities.

This year, the festivities will include a parade honoring 75 years of fire protection by the Violet Township Fire Department, a fish fry, vintage cara and motorcycles and music in Victory Park.

"This will be our 61st year," said Brian Fox, past president of the Pickerington Lions Club. "We consider it part of our service to the community."

This year, festivities will begin at 9:45 a.m. with a vintage car and motorcycle "cruise-by." The classic cars and bikes will take off from Pickerington High School Central, 300 Opportunity Way, and lead the rest of the Labor Day parade, which will travel to Lockville Road and through Olde Pickerington Village.

Those wishing to participate in the cruise-by or parade can register by calling Cherie Koch at (614) 837-8810. The parade lineup will begin at 8 a.m. on Sept. 7. Awards and cash prizes will be given based on overall appearance and attention to this year's theme, which is "Friends for Life," the motto of the Violet Township Fire Department.

In recognition of the fire department's 75th anniversary, the Lions Club is dedicating the Labor Day celebration to local firefighters, and Violet Township Fire Chief John Eisel will serve as the parade's grand marshal.

"When we found out this year was the 75th anniversary of fire services in the community, we definitely wanted to try to promote that," Fox said. "The Violet Township Fire Department does such an unbelievably good job."

Following the parade, the festivities will move to Victory Park, directly across from Pickerington City Hall on Lockville Road.

At 11 a.m., Lions Club members will begin selling the 650 pounds of fish they intend to fry during the day, as well as 700 pounds of french fries. Proceeds from the food sales will go to the Lions Club. Boy Scout Troop 256 will raise funds for its activities through sales of water and soda.

"If it's a nice day, it'll end up being our biggest fundraiser of the year," Fox said. "There usually are several thousand hungry people down there."

Cruise-by participants also will bring their cars and bikes to the park so spectators can get a closer look at the vintage vehicles. Local deejay Chuck Steel of CS Sound Entertainment and local performers will provide music entertainment for the day, which is expected to continue through 5 p.m.

At the close of the fish fry, the Lions will draw names for the annual Labor Day raffle. The grand prize this year is a 50/50 raffle -- the winner will take 50 percent of the total raffle sales.

Second prize is a $400 diamond pendant, donated by Edward Warren Jewelers. Other prizes will include four, two-month memberships for two at Power Shack Fitness Center, a $150 gift certificate for eye care services with Hermann & Henry Eye Care and $100 in gift certificates to area restaurants donated by Pickerington City Councilman Mike Sabatino.

Fox said limited shelter house and picnic seating will be available at the park, but visitors also are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.

"It should be a good time," he said. "It's a neat service and event for the community and it also helps raise funds for the Lions and Boy Scout Troop 256."

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