Volunteers and vendors were busy Wednesday night setting up for the 2021 Bratwurst Festival, the eatingest festival in Ohio and a three-day reunion for Bucyrians near and far.

Thursday's opening ceremonies are at 11 a.m. on the Wyandot Mutual stage, located on West Rensselaer Street.

Highlights of opening day include cheerleading and bratwurst eating competitions, a parade and three royalty pageants, capped by the Queen's Pageant at 8 p.m., also on the Wyandot Mutual stage.