Gail Lindus has spent much of her life away from Bath Township. She lived in some great cities in the South and West, then in 2001, she did what many natives do: "When my husband changed jobs, we thought, 'We can go home!'
"I’m kind of sappy," Lindus said. "I was raised here and I think this is one of the most wonderful communities anyone could grow up, go to school or got to work in. People help each other out. In terms of nature it's gorgeous.
"Everything's better here," she said. "Not to be snooty, we're all just proud of our community and feel blessed to be here. is a way to celebrate that.
The festival runs from 7:30a.m. Saturday (Aug. 6) through 5 p.m. The day starts off with a pancake breakfast and ends with a flag retirement ceremony by local Bath Boy Scout Troop 385. In the between are activities for children and adults, silly contests and booths that highlight local businesses.
For veteran townies it's a chance to catch up with neighbors and friends. For newbies it's a kind of one-stop welcome wagon.
"We want to let people know what's available in the community," Lindus said. "We have talented people here: doctors, dentists, lawyers and artists. Community Day gives you a chance to get to know your neighbors."
The local fair has run by a group of volunteers headed by Nadine Clar for all of its 13 years. Clar said visitors will find new events this year, including a blood drive and a drum circle. Canned goods also will be collected in a claw foot (Bath) tub, to benefit the Open Door Assembly Church.
Events go on rain or shine.
Pancake Breakfast, 7:30a.m. to 11a.m.,
Parade, 11a.m. to 12p.m. steps off at and ends at .
- Cross Country Race, registration 2p.m., race 3p.m.
- Bath's Best Pooch Contest, 2:30p.m.
- Flag Retirement Ceremony, 3p.m.
A full list of activities and times is available here or see the attached flier.