Hundreds of people participated and watched a parade, kicking-off the final day of Belpre Homecoming.
The parade featured high school marching bands, horse-back-riders, and local church groups..
Onlookers said they've been coming to the event every year of their lives.
"I have family that comes to visit from Peru, and they've never experienced anything like this, they just think it's the neatest thing. And I don't know of many towns that do this kind of thing, We would come and hang out with the neighbors and stuff and collect candy, and run into people you haven't seen all summer, so it's really neat, it's really neat to catch up with people you haven't seen in a while," said Julianna Pilkey, a Barlow resident.
The night wrapped up with the Miss Belpre and Miss Teen Belpre Pageant.
The final act was musician Zack Paxson.
A long-standing summer tradition returns to Civitan Park this week.
The 82nd annual Belpre Homecoming kicks off Thursday night at 6:30.
Organizers were working Wednesday, setting-up for opening ceremonies.
Workers and volunteers prepared concessions and assembled rides.
They say the pageant competitions and live entertainment will be the event's highlights.
"What I've seen is a lot of very community-minded people, a lot of supporters of this event who want to keep this alive and growing in the community. There are a lot of people who find this to be a highlight of their summer," says Karen Waller, with the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce.
Live music will be part of opening festivities Thursday night.
An Eagles tribute band performs at 8:30.
Events run through Saturday night.
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