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By Carmen Ensinger
It has been three-years in the making, but the time has finally arrived for the 2022 Greenfield Triennial Homecoming and this year promises to have something for everyone.
The theme for this year’s Homecoming is Hometown Heroes and kicks off with the Hometown Heroes parade on Thursday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of floats, antique cars, tractors, ATVs and even children on their bicycles.
Prizes will be given for first, second and third place with first place taking home $200, second place $150 and third place $100. Children on their bikes will have their own category of prizes.
Following the parade, there will be a live auction at the bandstand on the square. There will be numerous items on the auction block including: Two Ducks Unlimited prints by Jim Killen entitled “Proud Retrieve,” Bob Gibson autographed baseball, one of a kind Greenfield High School football photo, Cardinal baskets, Red Line fire axe and quilts.
There will also be another item – a painting by local artist Mary Newton of “The Old Castle”. This was the first elevator in Greenfield. Built by the Greenfield Farmers Cooperative for a cost of $58,000, it opened for business on Sept. 1, 1920. After 98 years it was razed in 2018.
On Friday, Aug. 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m., on the square will be the Greenfield Queen Pageant where a bevy of Greenfield beauties will be vying to be the next Greenfield Triennial Homecoming Queen, Jr. Miss and Little Miss for the next three years.
Queen candidates are: Sierra Conrad, Kyleigh McEvers, Courtney Meyer, Kylie Kinser, Rachel Armold and Brooklyn Giberson.
Junior Miss candidates are: Quinn Rives, Sydney Apple, Tinley Albrecht, Zyleigh Hilderbrand, Cailyn Cook, Debra Rynders and Bristol Harper.
Little Miss candidates are: Chevelle Hilderbrand, Chevi March, Jade Bishop, Kenlea Weller, Peyton Antrobus, Isabelle Armold, Jayne Engelbrecht, Brooke Thornton, Peyton Schild and Cailyn Alderfer.
Saturday, Aug. 6 is a day chock full of activities beginning at 6:45 a.m. with the Tiger Tromp 5K that will begin at the elementary school.
From there, the activities move to Rives Lake for the Tractor Drive sponsored by the Greenfield High School FFA. Everyone is welcome to bring their vintage or new tractor to the lake to participate in the parade. The parade will make a stop at the FFA Farm for refreshments.
Kids Day activities on the square begin on the square at 10 a.m. with a variety of different contests and face painting.
Also at 10 a.m., Greene County Deputy Cliff Elliot and his K9 Partner Niko will give a demonstration. Kids will receive a free lunch at noon. At 1 p.m. the rides will open.
From 2 to 4 p.m., the afternoon program will be presented at St. Michael’s Hall. The speaker will be Ryan Fairfield, son of Sue Hopper Fairfield, who will give a presentation of “The Warrior Next Door” a tribute to our WWII Veterans.
From 7-10 p.m. there will be music by Shotgun Creek Band and at 10 p.m. there will be the cash raffle drawing.
There will be a variety of food to choose from from a multitude of vendors including: corn dogs, walking tacos, funnel cakes, sloppy nachos, hot dogs, lemonade shake-ups, brats, ribeye sandwiches, fish sandwiches, ice cream, cotton candy, pickles, ribbon fries, sweet tea and more.
For entertainment, there will be: axe throwing, bounce houses, a rock wall, cannonball air blaster, mechanical bull, obstacle course, bungee jump, S.A.F.E. Archery, dunk tank, Hometown Express Little Cars, bingo, Toy Town and a variety of games.