CENTERVILLE, OH (WDTN) - There's a land war taking place in Centerville.
A coveted spot next to the road has people rushing to stake their claim ahead of the Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival.
"He's like a junkyard dog," said Tim Heiskell, preparing his spot East Franklin Street. "He comes out here, 'woof woof', and they take them away."
For the past 30 years, Tim Heiskell has been marking his spot near Centerville High School.
Since then, he has seen all forms of ways people are saving a space for the parade .
Rope and chairs, rocks and blankets, or the less subtle reserved placard on the pavement all top the list of space savers for the parade.
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But It seems recently Heiskell has to put down his caution tape earlier and earlier.
"It seems like every year, they stick them out a little sooner," said Heiskell. "They were putting them out in the middle of last week, I heard."
Even organizers are having trouble landing those premium spots under a shady tree.
"If you look six days in advance or so, there are chairs coming here first," said Steve Wenstrup, Chairman for Centerville-Washington Township Americana Festival. "Because the other places across the street, although they are nice places to watch, they are not going to be as cool when it is sunny out."
It is a festival that will see about 75,000 people fill downtown Centerville.
Centerville Police said they do not get any complaints about the chairs.
The main problem they face is people getting around the festival.
"Probably the biggest trouble we run into is people trying to find that convenient parking space," said Officer John Davis with the Centerville Police Department. "There's no magic word to that, we don't know what that is."
For veteran festival goers, they know if you want the best seat you got to get to the parade early.
It has to be a week early for some who don't want a back seat to the parade.
"Get the front row seat otherwise you'll be back up on the porch," said Heiskell.
The festival starts Thursday, July 4 at 7:30 a.m. with a 5k Run.
The street fair begins at 9:30 a.m. with the parade beginning at 10:00 a.m.
The Centerville Police Department will begin blocking off Main Street and Franklin Street at 6:00 a.m. with roads opening back at 6:00 p.m.
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