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As we celebrate the 28th annual Chautauqua Homecoming Days & Bethesda Festival we invite each of you to take a stroll down memory lane and relive the feelings of the days of yore at this historic Methodist Campground. Stroll along the lake, enjoy the beautiful fountain and reminisce under the majestic Oaks at the 28th Annual Epworth Park Chautauqua Homecoming Days & Bethesda Festival on Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 at Epworth Park, N. Main St., Bethesda, Ohio.
Saturday, July 8
■ The day starts out at 8 a.m. with the ever popular White Elephant sale.
■ 8 a.m. the concession stand at the park entrance opens for breakfast with coffee, doughnuts and sausage gravy and biscuits.
■ 9 a.m. Epworth Park souvenirs, memorabilia and delicious baked goods are available for purchase.
■ 9 a.m., Visit the craft show with over 40 crafters, vendors, antique dealers and local artists.
■ 9 a.m. the "Spirit of America" miniature train will once again provide rides around the park.
■ 10 a.m., craft vendors at Epworth Center
■ 11 a.m., children's games (ages 10 & under) at Gazebo
■ Noon -- enjoy a delicious chicken BBQ dinner at the Methodist Church, or
■ Stop at the park concession stand for a chicken sandwich, hot dog, Coney dog, kraut dog or sloppy joe along with homemade potato salad and baked beans, also enjoy a root beer float, ice cream treat or an apple dumpling.
■ 12:30 p.m., Children's Bicycle Contest (Ages 13 and under) at Virginia Street. Awards will be presented.
■ 1 p.m., Festival Parade -- lineup begins at noon with a parade start time of 1 p.m., Virginia Street. Awards will be presented.
■ 1 p.m., purchase brats and hot dogs sandwiches at the auditorium.
■ At 2 p.m., the entertainment begins rain or shine in the open-air-covered auditorium with Cabin Boys Plus playing Country and Bluegrass.
■ At 6 p.m.. The New Silver Eagle Band takes the stage performing Country Rock and oldies.
Sunday, July 9
■ The day begins at 10:45 a.m. with a morning worship service in the auditorium with the Pastor Tom Detling from the Bethesda United Methodist Church leading the service.
■ At noon a lasagna dinner will be served at the park concession stand as well as sandwiches and other food items.
■ Noon the White Elephant sale opens.
■ Noon the antiques and craft sales, and local artists continue.
■ Noon "Spirit of America: train rides begin.
■ *The Bethesda Car Show sponsored by the Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary Club begins with registration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The car show is from 12 - 4 p.m.. There is an $8 registration fee and dash plaques for the first 75 entries. Trophies presented to winners. DJ Frank Prebeg will offer your favorite oldies music. Food and beverages are also available plus door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing. *The car show will take place on the west side of Epworth Park at the corner of Lake and Virginia streets.
■ From 1-4 p.m. the always popular tour of cottages begins. Each year a few of our park residents graciously open their cottages for viewing.
■ 1 p.m., purchase brat sandwiches at the auditorium.
■ 2 p.m. in the auditorium, entertainment begins with the multi-talented bluegrass band, Almost Famous.
■ All shows go on rain or shine in the open-air covered auditorium.
Join us for a fun filled weekend at the 28th Annual Chautauqua Homecoming and Bethesda Festival.
For Chautauqua Homecoming Days questions call 740-449-2280.