The annual Tippecanoe Homecoming Festival kicks off on Aug. 4 at the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department located along Ohio 800.

The one-day affair is sponsored by the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department and EMS and has attracted hundreds of people in the past. The schedule includes food, old-fashioned kids’ games, a flea market and crafts and entertainment for all ages, and what would a festival be without a parade?

Some of the scheduled activities are: the Tippecanoe United Methodist Church breakfast from 7-11 a.m.; the fire department  chicken and fish dinners, sandwiches and other delights starting at 11 a.m.;  Kiddie and Senior Tractor Pull at 1 p.m.; Parade line up  at 5:30 p.m., parade starts at 6:30 p.m., with musician Paul Reynolds providing the evening entertainment immediately afterward. A baby contest is also set with penny votes taken for youngsters up to age 4, while tickets are sold for children ages 5 and over for the festival’s royal court.

Meanwhile, the fire department will conduct raffles to win prizes donated by area merchants. A highlight of the day is the Cow Pie Bingo, which involves a cow doing its business within a marked area of 98 squares. Each square is purchased and the lucky winner splits monetary proceeds with the VFD.

Festival queen and princess candidates pictured include, in front, Kendra Pulley, 3, daughter of Kayla Bear of Freeport, and Rylee Sutton, 4, daughter of Kadi and Clifford Sutton of Tippecanoe, for princess, and Allison Walton, 7, daughter of Chasity and Kevin Walton of Tippecanoe, and Makaylyn Lendon, 7, daughter of Amanda Gorby and Darrell Lendon of Tippecanoe, for queen. Not pictured is queen candidate Dakota Laplante, 11, daughter of Paul and Sharon Laplante of Tippecanoe.

More details of the event can be found in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.