Friday, August 25, 2000

Mason's heritage celebrated

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — Townsfolk will ponder their heritage — and fun — when the Mason Heritage Festival is held downtown Saturday.

        A parade will start the daylong event that includes food, games and entertainment. The parade is at 10 a.m.; the festival will continue to 8:30 p.m.

        Ginny Randolph, the great-great-granddaughter of city founder William Mason, and her family will be the parade grand marshals. Paul Walsh, former director of Mason's parks and recreation department, will be an honorary grand marshal.

        The festival started in 1965, when the city celebrated its 150th anniversary, and it has been held annually since 1968.

        The event will feature strolling entertainers, pet shows, retail booths, arts and crafts, games and — in the evening — music. The parade will include more than 150 units, including eight high school bands.

        Music will be provided by Micky Dolenz of the Monkees. He will perform at 7:15 p.m. Other acts include Jack Nixon and the Cincinnati River Band at 2:45 p.m., Backtrack at 4:15 p.m. and Deja Vu at 5:30 p.m.


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