"Ossian Fest Celebrates Toys & Games" is the theme for the 2013 Ossian Fest Saturday, Aug. 10.

The annual event is organized by the Ossian Crown Club. This is the first time the Fest has been scheduled on a Saturday. An important event for the Fest is the Grand Parade scheduled for Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The theme provides area businesses and individuals ideas for designing their floats. Northeast Iowa area businesses and organizations are asked to consider having a parade entry.

For further information or to sign up a parade entry, contact Mae Becker, Fest parade chairperson, at rmbecker@acegroup.cc or call (563)-419-3766.

Many events

There are dozens of other events set for this year's Ossian Fest.

A 5K walk/run will be held at 7 a.m.

Registration takes place on Hall St. next to the DeSales Church. A $5 entry fee donation to the American Cancer Society is suggested as an entry fee.

A breakfast, sponsored by Security State Bank, follows the race at Columbus Hall from 8-10 a.m. A water ball fight, featuring area volunteer fire departments, has been scheduled for the Fest after being absent for many years.

A new event, the "Consignment Corral" will be held at the Ossian City Park from 1-6 p.m. Items will sell for a minimum of $25.

A "Bags Tournament" will run from 2-6 p.m. at Carey's Park.

Events for kids begin at noon and include the free "Wessel's Variety Fish Pond" at Bloom's on Main. Activities at Carey's Park include the "Girl Scout cookie games" sponsored by the Girl Scouts, "Kids Again Inflatable Fun Show", the "Dunk Tank" sponsored by the Ossian LYO and "Face Painting" sponsored by CWG Consulting.

A "Coin Dig" sponsored by the Luana Savings Bank is at 3:30 p.m.

Food is available throughout the day at various sites. Special musical events include a performance by 'Done Doin' Laundry" at Carey's Park from 4-6 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Luana Savings Bank.

Following the Grand Parade along Main Street at 7 p.m. will be the music of Trouble Shooter, The dance will run from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at Carey's Park.