CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) — The 42nd Annual Americana Festival is expected to bring more than 70,000 to downtown Centerville for the 4th of July celebration.
Announcer Ken Carper has been a regular at the parade, loaning his voice for more than two decades.
“I think a lot of it is community pride, but it’s also the organization,” said Carper.
He had some help Saturday with 2 Sports Director Jack Pohl pitching in to announce some of the floats.
Festival goers like Ryan Thomas sported their best red, white, and blue, and waved as symbols of our independence rolled down the street.
“I just brought the kids out here. It’s more for them and to reinforce the patriotic principles and get them into the tradition,” said Thomas, who traveled from Miamisburg to see the parade. “My kids love it. You know, they got the Marine Corps League right there, so I’m sure they enjoy that. They love the firetrucks. That’s their favorite part right there.”
While some were focused on the floats, others came for the food.
“I love the vendors. Really speaks to America I think,” said Chris Hobbs who brought his two daughters to the parade.
The Hamburger Wagon, a Miami Valley staple for more than 100 years, took the opportunity to celebrate its history.
“There’s a lot of history with both the Americana festival and the wagon. So I think it ties in,” said Bob Crawford from the Hamburger Wagon.
This year was a first for the foodtruck to take part in the festival.
“To be a part of it, to actually have my business in here is a dream come true,” stated Crawford.
Whether it was a new experience for some, or a family tradition for others, the festival was a symbolic reminder that we live in the land of the free.
The festival concludes Saturday at 10 p.m. with fireworks at Centerville High School’s stadium.