Ceylon getting ready to celebrate

CEYLON — After a successful first year, the Ceylon Festival is coming back for a second round.

Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday at Mondale Park, the event will feature vendors, a flea market, and vehicle show, along with food, music and a parade. Event organizer Barb Kronback offered some details about the gathering.

“One thing that we will have is our prince and princess, and we just counted the votes for that,” she said. “The prince is Kayson Miller and the princess is Mariah Houfer, and the runners up are Madison Fletcher and Kyra Ratcliff. They’ll have crowns and sashes and the whole bit; they’re going to have a blast.”

Kronback is excited about the festival, noting that last year’s event was a success.

“It was awesome,” she said. “Even though the weather did not cooperate real well with the rain, we were able to get a new piece of equipment for the park. The other funds we used for a Halloween party and we had a huge Christmas party with 50 kids, and they all had an amazing time.”

Kronback said proceeds from this year’s event will be used to continue sponsoring more child- and family-based activities in the Ceylon area. She also has hopes for another addition to the park.

“One of my goals is to possibly get a gazebo,” she said. “Because unless the shelter is open, and that’s only open for special events, the parents have no place to sit. I just thought that would be really cool, but we’d need more donations coming in to do that.”

Kronback is also excited for the parade that afternoon.

“It’s going to be awesome,” she said. “We’ve got about 32 confirmed and there are about 10 more to get ahold of, plus everyone from the car show is going to be welcome to join the parade.”

She said the parade is going to be longer this year, beginning at the football field on Andrews Street. It will then head to Railroad Street, up to Main Street, west to Cross Street and then back down to Andrews.

“It’s going to be a lot longer this year, because we were able to get the state and the county to close down some roads for us,” Kronback noted.

“We’re also going to have several food vendors. Right now we’ve got AJ’s Onion Rings, Papa’s Smok’in Meats, All American Concessions and more.”

She said there will be about 20 vendors in and around the shelter, or double from last year.

In addition, Mark Johnson will play classic country music at the park, and SugarLoom will perform near the softball field and in the parade. Registration for the vehicle show will be at the softball end of the park from 10 a.m. to noon, and people’s choice voting will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.