Grove City will kick off its annual alumni softball tournament with music and some friendly competition.

Grove City will kick off its annual alumni softball tournament with music and some friendly competition.

The 22nd annual Grove City Homecoming Celebration will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. July 29 on Broadway between Grant Road and Grove City Road, and on Park Street between First Avenue and the railroad tracks to the west.

The annual Grove City Homecoming Alumni Softball Tournament will be held July 30-31 at fields throughout the city.

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

Ed Merritt, city recreation superintendent, predicted that anywhere from 4,000 to 8,000 people could show up for the event, which draws Grove City High School alumni from around the nation.

While most participants are high school alumni, the event attracts some community members, as well. Grove City holds the event, which is funded by the hotel bed tax that the city collects. It typically costs between $6,000 and $8,000.

The political action group Grove City Tomorrow sponsors the fourth annual corn hole tournament, which will run from 6 to 8 p.m. A two-person team must pay a $50 entry fee. Prizes are $400 for first place prize and $200 for second place.

Registration forms for the tournament are available at www., City Hall at 4035 Broadway, and Parker's Tavern at 3998 Broadway.

Completed forms can be mailed to: Parker's Tavern or Grove City Tomorrow, P.O. Box 912, Grove City, Ohio 43123.

The Grove City Rotary Club will display the best-ranked cars from the 2010 Rotary Show. The cars will be on display from 6 to 8 p.m. on the east side of Broadway on Park Street.

Grove City Town Center Inc. is sponsoring a town center business window decorating contest, in which alumni classes will decorate windows downtown in conjunction with the business owners. Prizes are $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third.

Prize money will be donated to a a charity of the winning team's choice. Voting will take place at the Grove City town center's booth downtown that evening.

This is the first year that prizes are offered, Merritt said.

Capital Sound, a nine-piece band, will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. The band will play rock 'n' roll, funk and blues.

This year, the Jackson Township Fire Department will be pitted against the Grove City Police Department in a hot dog eating contest, scheduled on the stage during the band's 30-minute intermission at about 8:30 p.m. Local business Hot Dawgs will supply its one-pound hot dogs, called the "Dawg Pound," for the competition.

Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage said the homecoming celebration started when he was mayor in 1990 with the dedication of City Hall.

A 1962 alumnus of the high school, Stage said he enjoys seeing old friends and chatting about "the good old days." Even though Grove City is a large city, "We still have the charm and feeling of a small town," Stage said.

"The alumni homecoming is an example," he added.