Centerville to hold ice cream social

By Morgan McKinniss -

CENTERVILLE — On Saturday July 8, at 5:30 p.m. the Village of Centerville will be hosting its annual July Fourth Celebration with a town block party and ice cream social.

The event will last until just after dark and is open to everyone. Admission is free.

The event will include games for kids, a silent auction and bingo and entertainment at dusk. The auction and bingo, with other money raised, will go towards supporting the Centerville Fire Department.

“It’s a fundraiser for the fire department and a chance for the community to show support and thanks for what they do throughout the year, and to come together and have a good time,”Centerville Councilman Brian Waugh said.

While the evening is intended to raise funds for the fire department, it also is a part of life in Centerville.

Rhonda Waugh, who is helping with preparations, said,”This has been going on as long as we’ve lived here, so more than 18 years for sure.”

“This has been going on for, at least 20 years. Maybe 25,” said Ann Daniels, coordinator of the evening. The event is a long-time favorite of residents and families as an opportunity to come together and celebrate Independence Day. “We’d love to see more people come out.”

There will be food available also, including hamburgers and hot dogs, pies and snow cones, and of course the homemade ice cream — a perennial favorite for attendees.

The event will center around the intersection of Vinton Street and Ohio 279 in downtown Centerville, with Vinton Street blocked off.

Centerville, also commonly known as Thurman, was originally founded early in the 19th century and settled by Welsh immigrants. The town is also well known for its annual bean dinner on the Saturday before Memorial Day.

By Morgan McKinniss

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.