The Mason Heritage Festival returns to downtown Mason this Saturday with an expanded lineup of events and festivities.
This year’s event marks the return of Bicycle Days — the name by which the festival was known for much of the 1970s.
A bicycle decorating contest, 25-mile morning bike ride and bicycle scavenger hunt are the latest additions to a packed one-day lineup expected to draw a crowd of 10,000 people.
“This year we’re rolling back the clock and it’s the Mason Heritage and Bicycle Festival,” said Scott Pierce, president of Festivals of Mason.
The event kicks off with the 10 a.m. Heritage Parade, which starts at the Mason Municipal Building on Mason-Montgomery Road and winds down Main Street, ending at Fourth Avenue and Reading Road.
“The parade is a significant piece to the day,” said Pierce. “It’s the cornerstone that brings everyone together.”
Live music, the Little Miss Heritage pageant, Mason Idol competition and the Historical Society’s classic car show highlight the rest of the day’s activities.
Opening ceremonies and the crowning of the Little Miss Heritage pageant winner will take place immediately after the parade. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Now in its eighth year, the popular Mason Idol contest has attracted dozens of competitors from Mason and beyond, said Pierce. Performances begin at 1:30 p.m. at the CenturyLink Stage.
This year’s festival won’t be restricted to just Mason’s historical downtown area, said Pierce.
The bicycle scavenger takes riders on a 9-mile route through the city, highlighting both Mason’s 20-miles of bike paths and historic landmarks.
The ride is free and each participant will receive a free T-shirt and an entry for a drawing to win a Trek bicycle. The scavenger hunt’s start times are 2, 2:15 and 2:30 p.m.
The one-day downtown festival was initiated in 1965 to commemorate the city’s 150th anniversary and became an annual tradition in 1968.
“Our heritage really highlights the people of Mason. It’s that fellowship and camaraderie of our citizens that really highlight the day,” said Pierce. “It’s a big city get-together.”
For more festival information, go to www.festivalofmason.com.
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