Highland festival this weekend at the village park


A car show that’s been absent for several years is being revived for the annual Village of Highland Festival and Car Show that will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 at Highland Park.

“It’s just something nice we like to try do for the town, try to raise a little money so we can do different things for the park,” Patty Gilliland, the festival chairperson, said in explaining why the festival is held each year. “We like to do it for the residents of the village, too. It’s kind of a giving back kind of thing.”

Activities begin at 9 a.m. with registration for the car show. Registration ends at noon. Then there will be car show games like a “scavenger hunt” and a “Chinese Fire Drill,” Gilliland said, with trophies presented at 3 p.m. Owners with any type of car, truck or motorcycle are welcome. There is a $10 registration fee.

Gilliland said the car show was staple of festival for a long time, but hasn’t been part of it in recent years. She said there will also be a display of antique tractors.

Other activities will get underway around 11 a.m. with a “Kids Zone,” fish fry and karate demonstration. There will also be blacksmithing, miscellaneous food and vendors, antique iron and fence works, 50/50 and other raffles, plus live entertainment.

The entertainment will begin with Katelyne Adams at 4 p.m. followed by Sean Poole at 6 p.m.

The festival, which will be held in the park area at 7831 Park Lane in Highland, will continue until around 8 p.m., Gilliland said.

“We just want everybody to come out and have a really good time,” Gilliland said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522 or [email protected].

Live music, car show, ‘Kids Zone’ and more

By Jeff Gilliland

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