NORTH ROYALTON – Get ready to celebrate Royalton’s 200th birthday in style by indulging in tried and true fair foods, the thrills and spills of rides and games, the toe-tapping beat of quality entertainment, all capped with an old-fashioned parade and fireworks display.

Home days is extra special this year as the community comes together to celebrate home at the 134th annual North Royalton Bicentennial Community Festival set for Aug. 10-12 at the City Green. As always, admission is free.

Rides open at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 and noon Aug. 11-12. The ride special Saturday and Sunday is $16 from noon to 5 p.m. Individual ride tickets are available.

As always, the weekend is kicked off with a formal opening ceremony marking the occasion at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 when rides, games and food all open.

From 7-8:30 p.m., Natalie Kulka as well as the four-piece alternative rock band Theta Waves, will be performing followed by Spina and Sullivan from 8:30-11:30 p.m.

The festivities begin again Saturday, Aug. 11 with rides, games and food open for business at noon.

The live entertainment begins with Dance Arts by Regina from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; followed by a fencing demonstration by Hooked on Fencing from 1:30-2 p.m.; Caliber Dance Group gets the crowd energized with their dance moves from 2-3 p.m.; followed by an act to be announced from 3-4 p.m.

From 5-6 p.m. the Academy Irish Dance Company will transport the crowd to Ireland.

Musicians round out the night with No Fret and Inferno performing from 6-7:30 p.m., Valerie Paige from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and the Swamp Boogie Band from 8:30 p.m. to close.

On Sunday, Aug. 12, rides, games and food all begin again at noon.

Hooked on Fencing returns with a demonstration from 12:30-1:30 p.m. followed by DJ music before and during the parade from 2-4 p.m.

You can’t go wrong with a good parade and the community festival’s never disappoints. It will showcase youth and service clubs, dancers, the North Royalton High School Marching Band, city and school officials and local businesses in town. The parade steps off at 3 p.m. from St. Albert the Great Church on Wallings, traveling south on Ridge Road to the North Royalton High School.

Ridge between Bennett and Royalton roads will close before the parade and remain so until after the fireworks display.

The entertainment continues with Velocity from 4-5:30 p.m. and Eddie and the Edsels, billed as the No. 1 oldies review, from 6-9 p.m.

Fireworks cap the night at dusk promising to be a display that’s one for the ages to mark the 200th birthday with a bang. Residents will be able to bring chairs and sit in the closed section of Ridge with prime viewing of the display.

Mayor Bob Stefanik said he hopes to see everyone attend throughout the weekend to commemorate this historic time for North Royalton.

“This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for everyone to celebrate our bicentennial and all of the events that mark the occasion,” he said. “I hope to see everyone there.”