The 15th annual Violet Festival kicks off its four-day run Wednesday, July 25 in Victory Park in Olde Pickerington Village.

The 15th annual Violet Festival kicks off its four-day run Wednesday, July 25 in Victory Park in Olde Pickerington Village.

The signature event for the Pickerington and Violet Township community is expected to draw up to 40,000 people.

The festival will feature live musical performances, the traditional parade, a 5K run, children's amusement rides a car and motorcycle show and a beer garden.

Festival hours are from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to midnight Friday and noon to midnight Saturday.

Entertainment

Wednesday, Co-X-isT will perform from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

The Bryon Shepard Band will then take the stage from 8 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. a band yet to be announced is scheduled to perform.

From 9 to 11 p.m. the Jack will take the stage.

Friday, July 27, the Majestic Quarte will pwerform from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by Shucking Bubba Deluxe from 7:30 to 8:45.

From 8:30 to 9 p.m. there will also be a community acknowledgement ceremony and the national anthem will be performed performed by the Fisher Catholic High School Choir

Hotel California will close out the night's entertainm,ent when it takes the state from 9:30 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, July 28, the music starts at 5:30 p.m. with Yours for the Taking.

From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Shucking Bubba Deluxe will perform and at 9:30 p.m. festival headline Night Ranger will take the stage.

The parade

The parade steps off at 7 p.m. Friday, July 27.

Participants must be in line by 6:30 p.m.

The parade route starts at Pickerington High School Central, 300 Opportunity Way.

It will and travel north on Lockville Road, west on Columbus Street and south on Hill Road, finishing back at Central.

Downtown Dash

The Diley Ridge Downtown Dash is a 5K run/walk with much of the course along the Violet Festival parade route.

The starter's gun will fire at 6:45 p.m. Friday, July 27.

Registration fees are $20 through July 26 and $25 on race day.

Runners can register online and mail in the registration form.

The course begins at Pickerington Central High School and for much of the run it follows the parade route as it curves its way through a local neighborhood and then back downtown.

Runners will follow a 5K course and walkers will go on a 2-mile course. Both groups will finish in front of the parade crowd.

Parking and tickets

Free parking for the festival is available at Sycamore Park, 500 Hereford Drive, as well as at PHS Central and Ridgeview Junior High School, 130 Hill Road.

Free parking also will be available in the gravel lot at the corner of Center Street and Town Square Drive.

Admission to the festival is $3 per day, except after 5 p.m. July 28, when the cost to enter the grounds will rise to $5.

Patrons can avoid ticket lines and save money by purchasing a four-day wristband for $7 at KeyBank, 126 Postage Drive, Pickerington.

Children younger than 13 can attend the festival for free.

Additional information is available on the festival's website, www.violetfestival.org.