WILLIAMSTOWN - A small crowd gathered in Tomlinson Park Friday as the 15th annual Celebration in the Park began.
"The Friday night is usually pretty quiet because booths are still setting up and things," said Delores Badgley, secretary/treasurer of the event.
"Saturdays are always crazy," said committee member Leslie Bucina. "People of every age are here having a good time."
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Vendors sit at their tents in Williamstown’s Tomlinson Park Friday evening, the first day of the 15th annual Celebration in the Park. There are expected to be more than 20 vendors Saturday.
Friday night included local band Killin' Time, as well as food and a silent auction featuring Fenton Art Glass pieces as well as toys and food items.
Bucina said the items in the silent auction were donated by businesses in Wood and Washington counties.
"The big stuff happens on Saturdays with more entertainment, food and vendors," Bucina said. "Also, there are games for the kids and a lot of stuff going on."
A horseshoe pitch tournament began Friday and will continue at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday's activities will begin with a pancake breakfast served by the Sons of the Legionnaires in the shelter near the Williamstown Woman's Club house from 7 to 11 a.m. Another early activity is the annual car, truck and motorcycle show that begins at 9 a.m.
The event will officially begin today with opening ceremonies at 12:15 p.m.
Elvis tribute artist Steve Sams will take the stage from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., followed by Pickin' on Country until 5 p.m. The final performance will come from 4 Hits and A Miss from 5:30 to 7:30.
Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs so they can sit and enjoy the performances.
The money made from the event through the silent auction and other fees will go back into the park, Badgley said.
"The money we make this weekend will go back into the park, whether it be flowers, benches, bathrooms, whatever," she said. "This is all for the park that everyone in the city uses."