Arcanum Celebrates Old Fashioned Days this weekend


Many favorite items are returning to Arcanum’s Old Fashioned Days (OFD), as well as some new additions this year. One highlighted new item this year is the “All-American Lumberjack Show,” put on by Lumberjack Enterprises out of Stillwater, Minnesota.

This show is free to the viewing public and features two teams of skilled lumberjacks competing against each other in up to 11 different events. Some of the events include Logroll, Boom Run, Axe Throw, Obstacle Pole Race, Spring Board Tree Topping, Stock Saw Race, Hot Saw Race, Bow Saw and Cross Cut Saw. There will be 3 shows on Saturday, May 21 at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. There will also be two shows on Sunday, May 22 at 2 and 4 p.m. Each show could feature different events, so feel free to attend as many as you desire.

They will also be having some Kids Interactive Camps where kids can try their hand at cross-cutting and even log rolling, but realize that they will get wet, so make sure you have a change of clothes. The Lumberjack Show is made possible by the incredible support of many, many area businesses. These include: Greenville National Bank, America’s Decorative Concrete, Creme de la Creme Cakery, Belle Fiole Tanning & Spa, Sutton’s, Second National Bank, Orme Hardware, Village Flower Shop, Garbig & Schmidt Attorneys-at-Law, Troutwine Auto Sales, Blue Spruce Realty, Arcanum Store & Lock, Rissmiller Concessions, Lyle Bixler Realty, E & R Supply – LLC, Roberts Agency, Miller’s Tavern, Sink Jewelers, Wagner Paving, The Hair Hut, The Rose Post, Chuck’s Foods & Concessions, RJ Warner Insurance, Troutwine Insurance Agency, Modern Impressions, Brumbaugh Fruit Farm, Flaig Lumber, Martin’s Concessions, C.A. Shindeldecker & Sons, Johnston Chiropractic Clinic, Delk Mechanical Services, David Rohrer Attorney-at-Law, Diane Evans – State Farm Agent, West Branch Express, Cut & Curl, Bowman’s Concessions, Brehm’s Popcorn, Rowland Truck & Equipment, Hamilton Auto Sales, Picnic’s Pizza & Grill, Wintrow Signs and Greenville Federal Bank.

Don’t forget the Arcanum Fire Department Annual Pancake Breakfast during the OFDs on Saturday, May 21. They will serve pancakes and sausage between 6 and 9:30 a.m. Cost is $8 per person and all of the proceeds will be used within the fire company to buy uniforms and other items needed. Our local firefighters appreciate your support!

Faith UMC will hold their Rummage and Bake Sale this week during OFD – Sale will begin on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., continue on Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch and snacks will also be served. Everyone is invited to stop in and shop during their 4th annual OFD Rummage and Bake Sale. The church is located at 101 E. South Street, Arcanum.

The rides at OFD are provided by Miracle Amusements and there is currently pre-sale of ride tickets available. For $5 each, vouchers may be purchased that can be exchanged for 5 ride tickets at the Ticket Booth during Old Fashioned Days. Vouchers can be purchased at Sutton’s, Ben Franklin, Miller’s Tavern and Second National Bank – Arcanum Branch. During the festival, ride tickets will be $1.50 each and rides will take at least two tickets. Armband specials will also be available each day during OFDs.

The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society will be open during Old Fashioned Days on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m. Be sure to check out the display cases at the Arcanum Public Library with the AWTHS’s display of old schoolhouse photos and memorabilia this month.

Arcanum OFD is proudly sponsored by the Arcanum Area Business Association. More details about OFDs can be found on the “Arcanum Area Community Events” Facebook page.

Abbottsville United Methodist Church will be holding a GARAGE SALE in the BASEMENT! Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 26 and Friday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to check out all their bargains and baked goods! Don’t miss it! The church is located at 4135 State Route 49, Arcanum, Ohio.

Also coming soon will be the Farmer’s Market every Saturday for the summer sponsored by AWTHS in Veteran’s Park in downtown Arcanum. This will begin the first Saturday in June from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon and continue every Saturday. Anyone interested in selling their produce or crafts is invited to set up their booth/stand. There is no fee to participate. Any questions, please call Sharon Troutwine at 692-5128.

Congratulations to Arcanum School Superintendent John Stephens for being chosen as the Grand Marshall of the OFD parade this year!

by Vickie Rhodehamel

Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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