NEW LONDON - The 99th New London Firelands Labor Day Festival begins Friday night and continues through Labor Day, with activities for everyone in the family.
Most of the events will take place at the Recreation Park, although Saturday's 3 p.m. Rotary-sponsored parade begins on East Main Street downtown.
Other popular attractions will include the 5-K run, HTV/mini tractor pull, truck pulls, sand volleyball tourney, demo derby, chili cook-off, tractor pull, mud bog, pizza and pie eating contests and the always fantastic fireworks extravaganza by Terry Granneman Monday night.
In addition to this display, Park Director Gary Hopkins says Granneman is doing something special for the festival's 99th birthday. He has gotten 99,000 firecrackers, which will be set off at 8 p.m. Labor Day, and "somebody special" will get to push the plunger.
Other weekend events will include the Home Flower Garden Club's Flower Show and Historical Society's display in the Hileman Building, and the Friends of the library's annual book sale Friday and Saturday on the library lawn.
The Community Club's final farmer's/flea market of the year will take place Saturday morning across from the post office, with spaces $5.
From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, the American Legion at 185 N. Main St. will host a steak dinner (donations $10), with a DJ to start entertaining at 9:30.
Festival schedules and entry forms are available at the village hall and other locations around town and on the Web at newlondonohio.com.