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Vienna Home Day 2012:  Call for Participation!

Everyone in Vienna Township and the Mathews Local School District is invited to participate in Vienna's Home Day celebrations, 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, August 25, 2012, on the Town Green.  Join the parade, host a game or food booth, bake a pie, drive your vintage car, or join in the local talent hour. 

Please join us in celebrating our community! 

Join the Parade
Home Day begins with a parade at 11 AM, beginning at Mathews High School, 4429 Warren-Sharon Road, marching westward to Vienna Township Green.

Trophies will be awarded to winners in various categories:  community floats, business floats, decorated bicycles and tricycles, horses, pets, antique motor vehicles, and judges' choices.  Judging begins at 10 AM at Mathews High School.

Food, Fun, and Games
Ideas for food and game booths will be accepted on a first-come basis.  No duplication of booth ideas will be permitted.  No fee will be charged and participants will keep all profits.  Participants are required to supply everything they request.

Each food booth is required by law to have a fire extinguisher and a three-sink sanitary station (soapy water, rinse water, and sanitizer).  Please be advised that nothing can be pounded into the ground. 

Show Off Your Talent
Do you sing or dance or play a musical instrument?  Sign up for our Local Talent Hour!

Antique Motor Vehicle Show
Proud of your vintage vehicle?  Join the parade and/or park your vehicle at the show on the Green.

Pie Baking Contest
Enter your pie(s) to win a prize!

Your Support Ensures a Great Day
A program will be published.  Advertisements are being sold to defray the cost of obtaining permits, a sound system, entertainment, and other expenses.

Ad rates:

Full Page (5 1/2" x 8 1/2"):  $50.00
Half Page:  $25.00
Business Card:  $15.00
Sponsor Page (1 line):  $5.00

Donations are also gratefully accepted.  For ads or donations, please make checks payable to Vienna Two. Neighborhood Watch and mail to P.O. Box 583, Vienna, Ohio  44473.

DEADLINE:  July 31, 2012

Reservation forms for program ads and the day's events are available here (as a pdf file).

Mark your calendars!

Vienna Home Day 2011

Celebrate Community!
Thanks to
everyone who made Vienna Home Day 2011 a success!  If you missed it, here's a great album of images, taken by Leanne Lee.

A Brief History
The year 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Vienna Township's first Home Day.  This reunion of families, friends, and neighbors took place annually on the first Saturday in August, and continued to be a celebrated event for more than fifty years.

The idea of a day devoted to one's hometown began in 1899 in New Hampshire.  That state's governor, Frank Rollins, proposed that communities hold an annual "Old Home" celebration, modeled on the popular practices of family reunions and picnics.  Governor Rollins, worried about the decline of country villages and towns, believed that
these "Old Home Days" would help to revitalize the rural economy.  Individuals returning to the hometowns of their youth were attracted to the old farmhouses and quaint village centers and main streets.  They purchased and rehabilitated houses as summer homes, and gave money for town monuments and other improvements.  Within two decades, "Old Home" days were being celebrated in the New England states and in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Vienna Home Days in 1928, 1929, and 1932

Thanks to member Shirley Scott Selbe, the Vienna Historical Society has recently received three Home Day programs from 1928, 1929, and 1932.  Games and races, picnics and music, parades and pies:  all were part of the day's festivities and activities.

Take a look at these programs for an historic glimpse of the people and businesses in the Township and Trumbull and Mahoning counties.  Each link opens as a PDF file.  (Need the appropriate software?  Download the Adobe Acrobat Reader

Do you  have materials of Vienna Home Days you would  like to share?  Please consider contacting the Vienna Historical Society at

Shirley Wajda,
May 12, 2012, 7:17 AM
Shirley Wajda,
Aug 22, 2011, 7:20 AM