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5 reasons to stay put for Holiday at Home

For the 59th annual Holiday at Home celebration, organizers decided on a circus theme: “Under the big top.”

The Holiday at Home festival originally began on Labor Day, 1959, under the sponsorship of the Kettering YMCA. The event was founded to provide other Kettering residents with a reason to enjoy the holiday in their hometown.  

Back then, there were a lot of car accidents and deaths over Labor Day weekend because so many people were traveling, according to Jordan Wyant, former Holiday at Home president.

Holiday at Home spectators brought along their own shade to keep cool. STAFF PHOTO/Chuck Hamlin

The founders of Holiday at Home created the festival with the intention of keeping their community members safe, while also providing an opportunity to have fun. The festival was so successful that it eventually outgrew the YMCA and has since been adopted by individuals in the city of Kettering. 

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Holiday at Home features four stages of live entertainment going all day as well as more than 150 artisans from all over the country, and so much more. 

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Holiday at Home confirmed more than 100 arts and craft vendors will set up shop for the weekend. 

Insider tip: head to the Fraze around 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday. If you don’t mind missing the parade, you’ll get to beat the crowds and have a somewhat personal shopping experience. 

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Expect to see a unique assortment of items that you can’t find anywhere else.

“These are people who take the time and energy to create their own products,” Wyant said.

Artisans have been known to have jam and jelly, furniture, glass creations, and even wooden birdhouses that are carved to look like faces. 


There will be a classic car show on Sunday, featuring unique and vintage vehicles. But the hot car action doesn’t stop there, because Monday is yet another car show featuring a wide cross-section of vehicles.

A young man looks over the hot rods at the Kettering Holiday at Home Invitational car show, hekd Sept. 4-5 along Lincoln Park Boulevard. © 2016 Photograph by Skip Peterson


Organizers promise a mix of both new groups and old favorites for what is one of the largest parades in the Dayton area this year. As many as 100,000 spectators have come out to see this feature in the past. The parade flows north on Far Hills Avenue starting at Stroop Road and ending just before Dorothy Lane making the parade route just under a mile. 

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Set your alarms, because the parade begins at 9:55 a.m. on Labor Day and runs down Far Hills Ave. from Stroop Road to Dorothy Lane. Don’t worry, we promise that it’s worth waking up for, even on your day off. 

Far Hills Avenue was lined with people watching the Holiday At Home Parade Monday, Sept. 1 in Kettering. Michael Franz \ Staff
Photo: Staff photo by Michael Franz


The annual 5K run takes place before the parade on Monday morning at 8 a.m. A free quarter-mile Kids Water Gun Fun Run takes place 15 minutes before the 5K with a squirt gun alley got kids to run through.

Up to 500 runners will jog through the parade route and other areas of Kettering, before enjoying a complimentary pancake breakfast. Now, that’s a lot of pancakes. 

You can register to participate here. We know you’re only in it for the pancakes. 

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5.) Kid's entertainment

The kid’s area will be sure to keep your little ones occupied all day long. They’ll have everything from face painting to inflatable bounce houses, all in line with the Holiday At Home 2017 theme.

For an extra special experience, take your kids by the interactive arts and crafts booths so they can make their own creations.  

Lincoln Park was filled with people for the Holiday At Home festival Monday, Sept. 1 in Kettering. Chuck Hamlin \ Staff
Photo: Staff photo by Michael Franz

Want to go? 

WHAT: Holiday at Home

WHEN: Saturday to Monday, Sept. 1-3

WHERE: Various locations around Kettering

COST: Free 

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