Saturday, August 28, 1999

Mason celebrates for 34th time today

Shows, parade at Heritage Festival

Enquirer Contributor

        MASON — It began as a celebration of 150 years of history and continues as the community's annual gift to itself.

        Mason's 34th Heritage Festival takes place today and includes a parade, entertainment on two stages, a basketball tournament and a culminating concert with Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits.

        The Mason High School Lady Comets, the basketball team that reached the state playoffs last year, will be the parade grand marshals.

        Joining them at the head of the parade will be 14 former Heritage Festival chairmen. Spectators along U.S. 42 will see 150 parade units march by, including six marching bands and 12 floats.

        Denise Good, a board member of the Mason Youth Basketball League, described how a lawn equipment trailer will be transformed into the float containing the Lady Comets.

        “All the Lady Comets' names will be shown on the skirt around the edge,” she said. “There will be black and green balloons and stars, with crepe paper streamers. The young girls of Mason Youth Basketball will decorate the float and march in front of it in the parade.”

        According to festival chairperson Vickie Larcomb , the event represents the efforts of more than 200 local residents.

        “It's all organized and run by volunteers,” she said. “The festival involves local businesses, sports teams, and community organizations.”

        Children can enjoy the interactive sports area, meet a Cincinnati Zoo animal, or enter the kids' tractor-pull contest. Last year, about 30,000 people attended the Heritage Festival. Ms. Larcomb expects at least that number this year.


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