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TL File photo Linda Nester, left, and Courtney Shaffer, both festival committee members and volunteer firefighters, stand by the Holloway Old Timers Baseball Festival float during last year’s event. It will be featured in Saturday’s parade.

HOLLOWAY – The 74th annual Alumni Festival is underway this weekend with food, fun and games in the village of Holloway.

The Old Timers Baseball Club began gathering the weekend before Labor Day more than seven decades ago and has continued this annual tradition that also celebrates the history of the B&O Railroad in Holloway. The railroad made Holloway a booming town. The railroad came to town in 1883, and Holloway had four grocery stores, a hardware store, a drugstore, eight bars, three restaurants, and a hotel and hospital for railroad workers.

Today the property and buildings serve the community. A 1929 railroad caboose, flatcar, and handcart are displayed on the property, and Bo Garrett Hall contains memorabilia from the Holloway School. The festival honors Holloway’s past. It is now the longest continuous alumni celebration in the country.

The annual event kicks off at 11 a.m. today with soup beans with ham, cornbread and roast beef sandwiches cooked over an open fire, a flea market, vendor booths and auctions. Live music and karaoke will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Events start at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. A chance auction will take place and flea market vendors are invited to set up a table for a fee for the weekend to share their wares.

Homemade food concessions will include: pork and sauerkraut and pork sandwiches on Saturday; and chicken dinners on Sundays. All are cooked over an open fire. Daily groceries that will be available include: hot dogs, onion rings, fries, pepperoni rolls, nachos, soft drinks, water and baked goods.

DJ Brad Carlson will spin the music from 6-8 p.m. Saturday with karaoke for those who want to show off their talent. There will be games, snow cones and cotton candy, and a dunk tank each day.

On Saturday, there will be a classic car show from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed by the Alumni and Firefighter Parade at 5 p.m. Programming begins at 3:30 p.m. on Ohio 331 at Cravat Tipple #1. Children are encouraged to participate in the parade with a bike decorating contest with first, second and third place ribbons awarded for bike, wagon, etc best decorated.

Bring your garden chairs and “to chatter” with friends and reminisce “old days” while watching the parade of elders and firefighters.

A good old-fashioned hay ride will take the kids (and adults) for a spin around town during the day on Saturday; Route 40 LumberJaxe will be on hand after the parade from 6-8 p.m. for anyone who would like to try their hand at ax throwing.

Sunday opens with the annual Old Timers Club baseball game. The Old Timers is asking anyone who wants to play a game just for fun to participate. With many alumni leaving, the organization struggles to hold a baseball game each year. Those who wish to participate head to the Holloway baseball field at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The vendor and flea market starts at 11 a.m. and chicken dinners will be available. Horseshoe toss and beanbag toss games will be set up for those who wish to challenge anyone to a match. The festival ends at 6 p.m. Sunday with the 50-50 raffle draw.

Craft and flea market vendors are welcome as well as auction donations. Call Anita Holloway-Schaeffer at 740-433-5074; Lori Sharp 740-510-0841 or Linda Nester at 740-541-5401 for more information. For more parade information, text or call Holloway VFD members Tom Spano at 740-827-2611 or Amanda Spano at 740-827-1720. Find the Facebook page by searching for HollowayOldTimers.

It’s the only event the Old Timers put on each year, so it’s crucial to help fund the organization throughout the year, organizers said. Anyone wishing to donate to the organization can send a check payable to: Holloway Old Timers Baseball Association, 421 E. Main St., Flushing, OH 43977.

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