Today marks the start of Union City’s annual State Line Heritage Days. Unlike many fairs across the state and nation, this years much anticipated event has not been cancelled. Altered or modified, yes but definitely not cancelled. The State Line Heritage Days committee have taken precautions for the three day festival to comply with all guidelines and restrictions. 

Social media has been blowing up with questions on the fairs status. Will the rides still be there? Will the food booths still be there? Will the parade still go on?  Is the entertainment still happening? The answer to all these questions is a definite yes.  With Governor DeWine’s orders changing over the last few weeks and months, the committee has made sure they have taken measures to keep the festival goer’s as safe as possible. 

One of those precautions pertains to the rides that will be at this years event. Sanitation precautions have been put into place with hand sanitizers in abundance and a regular sanitation procedure for all rides. Wrist bands for these rides are on sale until Thursday at 5 pm at the discounted rate of $15. After that the bands go up to $20. They are available at Jo’s Corner Florist and Aukerman’s Auto & Tire Service, Jim’s Auto Detailing or any committee member.

There have also been cancellations to this years festival though. One is the cancellation of the melodrama held under the big tent on broadway. Earlier this week the committee made the sad announcement of “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are taking the safe road and canceling our melodrama performances. We are very sorry to make this call as we were really looking forward to seeing our biggest fans! A huge thank you to the whole cast, you worked so hard, I’m sorry to make this call, but I had no real choice. No worries, WE WILL RETURN TO THE STAGE!”

Are you feeling lucky? If so you don’t want to miss out on purchasing your ticket to one of the many raffles and giveaways that will be occurring this weekend.   For only $10 per ticket, one lucky winner could walk away or drive away actually in the big prize of a golf cart. With ticket sales limited to only 600 tickets your chances are pretty good compared to other games of chance. 

There will also be the whole hog raffle. The collaboration of Oliver’s Butcher Shop donating the hog and the State Line Heritage Days providing standard processing, someone could stock up their freezer for the coming winter months. Tickets are only $1 or 6 for $5.   

The 50/50 raffle will also take place with tickets being only a $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00.  All drawings will be held Saturday evening at the Main Stage during intermission of the Bulldogs concert. Please note that you need not be present to win.  You can stop at Jo’s Corner Florist, Aukerman’s Auto & Tire Service, and Jim’s Auto Detailing and get tickets.

If you are looking for music and entertainment then look not further. This year’s festival is full of great musicians. Thursday night you will get your first look of the weekend at Dyslexic Funk. They will play on the main stage from 7-10. Then you can catch them at 4:45-5:15 on Saturday at the tribute. The “NEW” Dyslexic Funk plays country, new and old, classic rock, oldies and more. We are a four-piece band that performs cover songs as well as originals.

Can’t make Thursday night’s entertainment, don’t worry Friday brings just as much fun. From 5-7 pm you can find the Big Ginga band rocking the main stage. You can also find The Blue Leaf’s, a rising star of the Dayton music scene. This is a 4-piece rock band reviving the sounds of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s for modern audiences. The band began in 2015 as a Beatles and Beach Boys tribute band, developing their skills as artists and beginning to write their own songs. By 2016, the band changed their name to The Blue Leaf’s and began to perform music from many different artists of the classic rock era, incorporating sounds of the past into their new original albums. 

Three of the band members attended high school together and took band and choir with each other, always pushed the others to learn and do better. Now their passion for music has only been growing stronger with each live show. The fans give the band the fuel to succeed as they always enjoy themselves, which lets the band members cut loose. Once the audience is hooked, there is no going back! With over 80 shows to date across venues like Stubbs Park, the Greene, the Troy Strawberry Festival, and many other venues in the tristate area. 

The band has released two original albums and is gearing up to release an EP in the Summer of 2020. In September of 2016, The Blue Leaf’s released their first CD, I Just Met Her. Their second album, Shades of The Blue Leaf’s, was released in December of 2017. They are available at live shows and on iTunes and several other music streaming sites. Their songs revive the joy and creativity of the 60’s, the songwriting prowess and soul of the 70’s, and the instrumental experimentation and rock edge of the 80’s to create a nostalgic and energetic experience for the rock music scene.

You can also catch Bob Jones, Meadow Creek Band performing on the bricks at the entrance of Railroad Park from 6-8 pm. 

Saturday will bring you music from the Wesley House Band at 3 pm as well as the Justified Band at 5 pm, both performing on the main stage. JUSTIFIED is focused on providing live musical entertainment. They play a variety of styles, with a main focus on Classic Rock of the 70’s and 80’s. 

The big concert at the main stage occurs on Saturday beginning at 8 pm with the Bulldogs.  Throughout Northern Indiana, Ohio & Michigan, The Bulldogs take you back the days of the “Drive In” and the “Sock Hop”. The Bulldogs have been bringing the “Oldies” back for the last 30 years. The Bulldogs were voted “Best Oldies Performers” nine years in a row, as voted on by the readers of “Whatz Up Magazine”. They have performed with such artists as; The Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, Herman’s Hermits and Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five. They have been the featured performers on 17 Cruises throughout the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera.

The Bulldogs play music from 1955-1969. Playing tunes from Buddy Holly, Bill Haley, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, Wilson Pickett, the Righteous Brothers, Chuck Berry, Martha and the Vandellas, Lesley Gore, the Chiffons, and many more.

But the biggest addition to this years event is the tribute to the late Union City Ohio Mayor, John Fields. In late April of this year, the newly elected Mayor, passed away unexpectedly.  Fields was noted to have big plans to make the Union City community a better place. “He was very funny and good person,” noted friend Becky Bennett, who said Fields inspired her to return to music after the death of her long-time partner. “He reached out and got me singing again when I lost my love for music. We started a benefit band called the Firehouse Band and he was always the one who talked to people and made them laugh. He really loved his community.” 

Having a tribute to the musician seemed only fitting. Get those lawn chairs out as this event will take place on Saturday at the Union City, Ohio fire station from 3:30 to 11:00pm.  The line up and schedule is as follows: 

Pastor Jimmy Mallory Prayer

Paul, Al, Steve and Jason 3:30-4:15

Kenny (Live) 4:15-4:45

Dyslexic Funk 4:45-5:15

Jarret Flesher 5:15-5:45

Prankster 5:45-6:30

Butch Goodhew & Charles Wolfe 6:30-7:00

Dan Davis Jr & The Funkyard Dogs 7:00-8:00

Amanda Livingston 8:00-8:30

Chris Hawkey along with John Fields Tribute Band 9:30-11:00

The event will also have a silent auction beginning at 3:30 with proceeds going to the UCO Police and Fire & Rescue Departments. Contact Timothy Jefferis for auction donations. Auction Donations will still be accepted starting at 10 am in the Fire Station. The Silent Auction will be set up in the Fire Station.  Ron Moore Auction will be on hand for the Signed Guitar and other large items being auctioned off at 8:30-9:30. 

There will also be vendors on site, a 50/50 raffle and the UCO Police K9 Cruise-In. The parade will happen before the event so be aware of limited access to the UCO Fire Station may be possible.

John’s wife Sarah commented, “I can’t thank everyone enough for making this event happen. Special thanks to Police Chief Mark Ater and Brent & Robin Bousman. Also special thanks to Danny Page and Bud & Tracy of the Borderline. This is the way John wanted it. He always said ‘No crying for me just smile and have fun’.