Old fashioned fun planned for Saturday
by Courtney Warren
May 28, 2014 | 1219 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This year's Good Old Fashioned Day is scheduled for Saturday in downtown Cleveland from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event and it celebrates the past with old-fashioned games, food, and more.

The event is open and free to the public.

"Last year’s turnout was great, this event is primarily geared toward locals and the crowds have grown every year," said Lisa Cooley, Team Cleveland/Main Street manager.

"Team Cleveland decided to put on Good Old Fashioned Day after one of our TC executive members, Meg McGee, suggested that we do something like this. Meg lived in Charleston, S.C., for several years and told us about a similar festival that takes place there where everything is free. It was a way for Charleston to say thank you to its residents.

“Also, TC exec member Lisa Miller wanted to do a ‘Fiddle Festival’ at the Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum so they decided to combine the ideas to create a ‘Good Old Fashioned Day,'" said Cooley.

The day will include music at the Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum, mule drawn wagon rides, pony rides, kid’s games sponsored by C Spire, classic car show, exotic animal display, a scavenger hunt at downtown businesses, grand opening of this season’s farmer’s market beginning at 9 am, boxcar races sponsored by Keep Cleveland Boring at 11 am, old fashioned photo booth props, and food.

Cameras are not provided at the photo booth and visitors must bring their own.

Cooley said the music and games are a way to connect to Cleveland's past.

"The music is definitely a throwback. Also, the games that will be available include: checkers, hopscotch, boxcar races, and other games that would have been popular in the past. Each merchant has been invited to participate by either giving out food or hosting some sort of game.

“We are also having a scavenger hunt where old items will be placed in participating businesses. Competitors will try to locate the items by going store to store and looking into the window. The winners will receive gift baskets that contain coupons and other items from stores," she said.

Cooley believes this event benefits Cleveland and hopes to see more get involved.

"We hope that the event will encourage people to shop in our downtown. Anytime we host an event downtown, it’s a great opportunity for merchants to market their business to prospects. Also, as with all of our events, we do anticipate visitors from out of town to attend. Visitors provide a huge economic impact for our community," she said.

For more information about Good Old Fashioned Day, the scavenger hunt, or about how to participate in the boxcar races contact the chamber at 662-843-2712.