August 21, 2022
By Pickerington Lions Member Brian Fox
The Pickerington Lions Club is busy making plans for its 74th Annual Labor Day Parade and Fish Fry in downtown Pickerington. The parade will begin at 10:00 am on Monday, September 5, while the fish fry begins at 11:00 am at Victory Park and will last until the fish runs out around 2:00 pm.
Five-hundred pounds of fish will be fried. The Lions are serving fish sandwiches and bags of chips for $6.00. BSA Troop 256 will be on hand selling pop and water. Additionally, Mauger’s Mini Donuts will be selling their famous little treats and other food trucks will be available too.
The Grand Marshal of the parade will be fourth-generation Pickerington resident Gary Taylor, a former Lions Club member (1960-1984) who served as club president in 1969-70. Gary graduated from Pickerington High School in 1955 and from the Ohio State University in 1959. Gary’s father, Emerson Taylor, was a founding member of the Lions Club in 1946.
Gary Taylor has been active in the community for many years. Besides his Lions Club service, he served as president of the local historical society for 14 years. He was a vital part of both Bicentennial Committees for the City and Violet Township. He also served on the Violet Township Fire Department, eventually reaching the level of Assistant Fire Chief. He retired from there after forty years and after having made 1,000 service runs.
Lineup for the parade begins at 8:30 am at Pickerington Central High School. To register for the parade, please email the Lions at PickeringtonLions@gmail.com with info regarding your parade entry.
Entertainment at the fish fry will be provided by DJ Chuck Steel. The combined bands of Pickerington North & Central will perform as well. New this year to the Fish Fry will be a local band, Shades of Puddy, which will perform hits from the 70s and 80s.
The Lions are also conducting their annual Raffle. This year, the Lions are raffling off $1,800 worth of FREE GASOLINE with various amounts of gas cards.
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