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.
Check out the schedule below and come be entertained for free while you fill up on awesome eats, drinks and the sounds of the midway. Look below 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!
New this year is a beer garden! Located near the stage you can enjoy a brew as you enjoy the music! Sponsored by the 1834 Midway Tavern, Jason and Teresa Harter, you can pick your favorite brewski and try the signature 1834 brand!
The Wednesday night opening has been dropped this year and will open at 5 pm on Thursday, June 20th. There will be the usual rides, midway, “fair food” and more!
Kicking the evening off will be the annual Little Miss Liberty and Little Uncle Sammy Pageant at 7 pm, sponsored by the Heart of Ohio Women’s Club. The Lip Sync Contest will be held Thursday evening at 7:30 pm. The contest will be held for four age groups. Children up to age eight, preteens from nine to twelve, teens 12 to 17 and adults 18 and up! Entrants must bring their music selection on a CD or MP3 on a USB drive. They must arrive in costume and the song should be 3 to 6 minutes. It is preferred songs be closer to three minutes. All age groups may preregister by calling Candy at 740-501-6144 or at 6 pm on the night of the contest in the stage area providing there are still slots open. Total acts are limited to only 20!
Friday, June 21st will also open at 5 pm with something brand new for adults! There will be a “beer garden” 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 some type of 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 in place 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. Jason and Teresa Harter of the 1834 Midway Tavern in Centerburg are sponsoring this endeavor.
At 6 pm, back from last year is the all-girl group Spinning Jenny! These talented sisters from Pittsburgh were greatly enjoyed last year and will be sure to get your hands clapping and feet tapping! For a sample go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybWsRn60fSk to hear them do the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black”! Then at 8 pm we will welcome the Moonbats band from Columbus. They will also guarantee you a fun evening! For a sample check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fPKfDLnAy0 doing Vanilla Fudge hit “You Keep me Hangin’ On”! You are sure to hear many songs you know and love!
Saturday, June 22nd is always the big day! The annual parade kicks off at 11 am from the Church of Christ beside the high school and moving on to the park. This year’s theme is “Support Our Troops” honoring both veterans and those currently serving. Mike Hebenthal, Superintendent of Centerburg Schools, will be the Grand Marshal with any veterans or serving military as Co-Grand Marshals! 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! This year the lovely Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and Rapunzel from the movie of the same name will be on hand. They will begin at 1 pm on stage 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 2 pm POUND is making an appearance at the Heart of Ohio USA Days in June. They will be on stage Saturday, June 22nd at 2 pm. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in their exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out! They will demonstrate and have plenty of sticks so you can join in and try for yourself! Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities. They will have flyers and handouts to present to the public! Pound Pros Desiree Glass and Shellie Clevenger want to welcome you and introduce you to the most fun you have ever had doing exercise!
If you can’t wait their current schedule is as follows:Galion Community Center YMCA- Mon. @ 715pm, Tue. & Thurs. @ 1030am, and Sat. 930am Pleasant Ridge Farm, Mount Gilead- Tues. @ 630pm Galion First United Church of Christ- Wed. @ 630pm Chesterville Selover Public Library- Thurs. @ 630pm.
The Beer Garden will open today at 2 pm so don’t let the heat get your down!
At 4 pm the stage welcomes TnT Duo who will play their guitars and sing for you. Grab a seat early! At 6 the Alan Carl Band will take the stage and get the place rocking with their country music flair! We hear the AC Posse will be on hand cheering Alan Carl on! Get a sampling on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Oo73gDJ-sI! At 8 they will be followed by the southern rock superstars Free Bird! Check them out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDFrYyn3S6M! For the best music you will want to hear all three groups for sure!
At 6 pm the second annual kids’ State of Ohio Sanctioned Tractor Pull will begin. Registration begins at 5 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 last year’s contestants made it through the state finals and went to the Nationals! This is open to both girls and boys.
At 10 pm the annual fireworks extravaganza will take place. The hill of the park is roped off for 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!
In case of bad rain, we will be taking our bands to an alternative location at the Centerburg High School. The festival and music must go on! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more information!