Seven years ago Harlem residents began celebrating the heritage of their still-largely rural southeastern Delaware County township with an annual event called Harlem Township Days.
This summer’s version of Harlem Township Days is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, at Community Park in Center Village.
Saturday, August 20, begins with a 10 a.m. Opening Parade and a daylong Antique Tractor Show. A Tractor Tug Pull begins at 11 a.m.; there will be Conestoga Wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Unlikely Patriot, George Adam Mann, will wander the parks grounds throughout the day.
The Buckeye Beautyz Jr Roller Derby Team will be at the basketball court from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and Koguryo Taekwondo will perform from 2 until 5 p.m.
From 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday there will be Pony Rides, a Velcro Wall, and a Medium Obstacle Course. An Art & Craft Auction is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m.; and Andy Wallace & Two Bricks Shy will perform from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Sunday begins with an 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast, followed by a Non-Denominational Church Service at 10:30.
The annual Cruise-In is from 12-noon to 3 p.m. (registration is from 9 a.m. until 12-noon, awards at 3 p.m.).
Arnett Howard and Friends will perform from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Conductor Dan, the Railroad Man, will be on site all day long; there will be a Kid’s Pedal Pull at 1 p.m. at the basketball court; and McFarland’s Llamas will be available for viewing and petting from 1 to 5 p.m.
From 12-noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday a Mechanical Bucking Shark will be available, a Surfboard ride will be open, and there will be a medium bounce and obstacle course for youngsters to enjoy.
Benajah Cook came into the eastern Delaware County wilderness in 1807. In 1810, Harlem Township, home to 35 families, was split off from Sunbury Township; and in 1816 Genoa Township was split off from Harlem.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.