From popular local area bands to national and hall-of-fame music acts, the USA Days has music for everyone! Every single day of the festival has a performance that will fill the night with music and laughter.
Come be entertained for free while you fill up on awesome eats, drinks and the sounds of the midway. Look for the full schedule of bands and entertainment! The Annual Heart of Ohio USA Days has a “new and improved” festival planned this year that truly has something for everyone! Remember that admission is free as well as parking!
Note, this year only, we have no parking area so park at the high school just west of town on route 3 where buses will be continuously shuttling you to and from the fun! Please wear masks on the bus!
Back this year is an even bigger and better beer garden! Located near the stage you can enjoy a brew as you enjoy the music beneath a shading tent! Sponsored by the 1834 Midway Tavern, Jason and Teresa Harter, you can pick your favorite brewski and try the signature 1834 brand! The beer garden will not be open on Thursday evening. Location is just across the drive by the stage to allow band viewing. It will be enclosed and is not adjacent to the rides or kid’s areas. There will be some rules in effect to prevent any problems. ID’s will be scanned upon entry. Customers will be allowed four beers only! There will be a pass that admits customers which will be punched for each beer consumed. After four punches customers cannot purchase any more. A Deputy Sheriff will be on grounds for security. It is hoped that this will add to the festival in a positive way as well as generating funds for the festival budget.
Friday, June 19th will kick off all country music entertainment at 6 pm. This will be country music night with two great bands to entertain you. Band! At 6 enjoy the country sounds of 23 Southbound live on stage!
23 Southbound is Columbus Ohio’s premier country band. Comprised of four seasoned musicians, who have been playing an array of genres in multiple groups for several years now, decided to form the ultimate country band in late 2013. 23 Southbound is gaining quite a reputation throughout Central Ohio. They have opened for CMA, ACM, and Grammy Award winning Kentucky Headhunters and opened multiple times for McGuffey Lane. They have also opened for Multi-platinum CMA and ACM award winning Tracy Lawrence. Developing great relationships with venues and establishments they are quickly becoming one of the premier bands to book for all occasions. They hold the charisma and energy to maintain any party! Making up the group is Singer / Guitar: Shawn Stewart, Guitar: Brian Pack, Bass Guitar : Joseph Mertz, Drums: Kevin Wes Porter. Check out their website at https://www.23southbound.com/
And at 8 the MattSimmons Bandwill keep the country music going! The Matt Simmons Band is a country band from Utica, Ohio consisting of four pieces (vocals, lead guitar, drums and bass). The four members of the band graduated or attending Ohio State University and met during their time spent in Columbus. During college the lead guitar player, Michael Higgins and Matt Simmons joined together and began doing duo shows all over central Ohio. After a few years of that, they added a bass player, Gabe Morrison and drummer Josh Higgins. They have been playing venues all over Ohio and are constantly growing year to year. A few highlight shows include the Hartford Fair, Fairfield County Fair and Backwoods Wing Night at the Barn at the Backwoods. In 2019 they began promoting original music including single “Bud-I’m-Weiser”. A traditional country sound has gained them popularity throughout the central Ohio area. Their influences include Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Travis Tritt, Luke Combs and many more. Be sure to see them here!
Don’t miss a minute! Saturday, June 20th is always the big day! The AnnualParade kicks off at 11 am from the Church of Christ beside the high school and moving on Main Street to the park. This year we are honoring our local Viet Nam War Hero, Peter Hayden Chapman who was shot down and crashed during a rescue mission. The entire crew was lost. His remains were not recovered for years later but once found he is finally home and resting in peace. His sisters and family members will be the parade Grand Marshalls and riding in a float as such. We are planning for a major and amazing surprise which will delight everyone around!
The park will open at noon after the parade and a short concert by the Centerburg High School Band as the flag is raised.
Calling all Princesses! We will again have some beautiful Disney princesses on stage in the afternoon to sing their signature songs and have a short singalong and dancing with the children! Then they will head over into the shady area and happily talk to the aspiring princesses as well as pose for pictures at no cost. Exact time frame and princesses we are expecting will be announced as soon as verified.
The Beer Garden will open Saturday at 1 pm so don’t let the heat get your down! There will even be entertainment in the beer garden for you to enjoy at that time with Dean Meadows with his guitar.
At 3 pm Dean Meadows will be on stage for more musical numbers.
At 4 pm the Agent Audio Band will take the stage. They do a wide variety of music from the 70’s and onward! You will hear music from artists like Kenny Loggins, James Brown, Prince, Billy Idol, ZZ Top, Doors and Maroon 5 and many more! The best in rock music is your’s absolutely free! Check them out on their website: agentaudioband.com.
The third annual kids’ State of Ohio Sanctioned Tractor Pull will be held on Saturday as well. Registration time will be 5 pm and pull times will begin at 6 pm. Winners move on to the State of Ohio finals at the Hartford Fairgrounds and if they win there they can move on to the Nationals at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota! One of our first year’s contestants made it through the state finals and went to the Nationals! This is open to both girls and boys.
At 6 pm, back from 2018, is the all-girl group Spinning Jenny! These three talented sisters from small town Ohio were greatly enjoyed and will be sure to get your hands clapping and feet tapping! For a sample go to this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybWsRn60fSk to hear them do the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black”! You will love these girls! Their dad helps a little on guitar as well!
8 pm brings on the Brian Panke Band! Columbus’ hottest band will be playing all of your favorite rockin’ hits!!! The band is made up of Brian Panke on Guitar & Lead Vocals; Eddie Browning -on Bass & Vocals; Bryan Holton on Drums; and Brian Pack on Lead Guitar! With three Brians there must be lots of confusion when someone yells “Brian”! Sounds like a fun game! Check them out on YouTube or on the band’s Facebook page!
At 10 pm the annual fireworks extravaganza will take place. The hill of the park is roped off to prevent parking which allows everyone to bring their blankets or lawn chairs for the prime viewing area! Patriotic music will accompany the show! Mark your calendars now! You won’t want to miss a minute!
PLEASE NOTE!!! In case of heavy rain or other inclement weather, we will be taking our bands to an alternative location at the Centerburg High School. The show must go on! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information! Also if our parking field gets flooded just drive to the high school at the opposite end of town for school buses to shuttle you to and from the park! We do everything we can to keep the festival operating! But meantime pray for good weather after 5 years of flooding problems! We are due for a dry festival!