LISBON - The final preparations are being made for the 46th annual Johnny Appleseed Festival at a recent meeting of the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce, which holds the event.
This year's festival, free and open to the public, is scheduled for Sept. 21-22, and during the meeting, all aspects of the event were covered, including the festival's Queen, Applebud and Appleblossom contest, vendors, entertainment, and this year's theme of the festival: the Lions Club.
This year, the festival is recognizing the Lisbon Lions Club, which has given endless support and dedication throughout the years. To commemorate, the Chamber unveiled the 2013 Johnny Appleseed Festival commemorative plate.
Designed by Jackie Sabbato, the plate serves as a tribute to the organization which has helped the community and the festival. The plate, which goes for $20, is available at Bye and Bye Hardware and the Chamber's office.
"The plates will also be available at the chamber's booth at the festival," Marilyn McCullough, executive director of the Chamber said. "It's our token thing that we've offered for years."
They have also mentioned of completion of the festival's quilt, which will be displayed at the PL&W Train Station.
The Chamber is accepting applications for the 2013 Festival Queen court. The applicants must be between the ages of 16, increased from last year of 15, and 19 and in good standing. The grand prize will be a $1,000 scholarship.
"They'll be able to ride the parades," contest Co-chairperson/Vice President Missy Ieropoli said. "The scholarship is very beneficial, it would greatly help the winners."
The deadline for entering is Thursday, and girls interested may get an application at the Chamber's offices, or through the Chamber's website. A short video is also available through YouTube.
Also, the deadline for money turn-in for the contests of Little Mr. Applebud and Little Miss Appleblossom will be at 2 p.m. Friday.
"There will be eight girls and six boys in this contest," Denise Mollenkopf, contest coordinator, said.
As previously mentioned, past winners from the Applebud and Appleblossom contests are invited to attend, but must register for the parade and the Queens breakfast, which the deadline for registration is also Friday.
The breakfast, this year, will take place at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center, moving from the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church, and Queens court co-chairperson Teresa Barefield cited the the number of people planning to attend the event as the reason.
"We've had such a big response," Barefield said. "Because of the good response, we moved it to the Career Center."
Other changes to the festival, however, look to make the festival more accessible. The '50s Car Show, which will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday of the festival, will take place at the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church. It was previously held at the former Quinn Chevrolet lot, which has since been replaced by the Elkton Auto Corral. The stage is also to be revamped with interior work to be completed soon. Also, South Jefferson Street near the Lisbon Fire Department will be the location for the pedal tractors contest. In the event of rain, the event will be held indoors.
One event, however, not on the festival schedule is the biker's show. Executive Director Marilyn McCullough cited a date conflict for the cancellation of the show, which has been held at the VFW on East Lincoln Way.
"There was a conflict in schedules," McCullough said. "So the biker show will not be taking place this year."
However, attendees can still enjoy great entertainment for the two-day festival. Along with the Grand Parade, which begins the festival at 11 a.m. and the '50s Car Show, festival goers on Saturday can also enjoy free games for children from 2-6 p.m., a pie baking contest at 4 p.m. with 27 First News/33 News reporter Gerry Ricciuti serving as special guest judge, and several performances including this year's Saturday headliners, the "Ohio Idols" top 10 tour, which will take the stage from 8:30-11 p.m.
Festival goers on Sunday can enjoy an 11 a.m. church service, a 1 p.m. pet parade, and several bands and musicians performing through the festival's closure at 8 p.m.
Throughout the weekend, people can enjoy a wide variety of food, games, rides, entertainment, and commercial vendors, more options than last year, as well as a photography contest, and a student art contest.
For those not familiar with downtown Lisbon and wish to attend, the Chamber recommends setting the GPS to "5 S. Park Ave., 44432".
For a complete list of events at the festival, visit the chamber's website at www.lisbonareachamber.com or call (330) 424-1803.