Hairspray, eyeliner and leather all will be optional at this year's Picktown Palooza, but judging by the three-day festival's music lineup, the accessories surely will be welcome.
The 2022 installment of the Picktown Palooza will harken back to those simpler days of the late 1980s and early 1990s when rock 'n' roll was loud and hair styles were big.
The festival is July 14-16 at Pickerington High School Central, 300 Opportunity way, and all three evenings will feature hair bands from those glam days of yore.
• July 14: Grand Designs: Rush Tribute Project, 5:30-7 p.m.; Steelheart, 7:30-9 p.m.; and Winger, 9:30-11 p.m.
• July 15: Artifax, 6-7 p.m.; Pettibone, 7:30-9 p.m.; and Stephen Pearcy, The Voice of RATT, 9:30-11 p.m.
• July 16: Gypsy Kings, 4:30-6 p.m.; Faster Pussycat, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; L.A. Guns, 8-9 p.m.; and Cinderella's Tom Keifer Band, 9:30-11 p.m.
"We've got six national artists coming in," said Chris Stein, president of the nonprofit Panger Productions that puts on the Picktown Palooza. "We're ready to rock.
"Anybody who is a big fan of '80s rock bands, this is the festival for them."
Since establishing the Picktown Palooza in 2017, organizers typically have scheduled one night each of pop, country and rock.
However, Stein said he ran into difficulties securing national pop and country acts so, the decision was made to go with three nights of rock, a genre that's done well at the festival in past years.
"Every year since our inception in 2017, rock has been king," Stein said. "No matter who we brought in, rock has been our biggest night.
"This year, they're all popular artists. We already have people saying they're coming in from all over the country."
The shows are included in the admission charge, which is $5 daily. Three-day passes can be purchased for $10. Children 12 and under are admitted for free.
Passes can be purchased each night at the admission gate or ordered at picktownpalooza.org/admission-passes-and-prices/.
"A lot of things have gone up – way up – but we wanted to make sure this was as family-friendly as possible," Stein said.
In addition to three nights of live music, the format and itinerary for the 2022 Picktown Palooza is the same as past years.
On July 16, the annual Car, Truck & Bike Show will return, with viewing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PHS Central.
Carnival rides, a Kids' Corner for children 12 and younger and exhibits by local and regional businesses also are available all three days
At least 10 food vendors will participate, and the designated beer garden also will return. Stein said the beer garden will support local charities, with tops from designated hours going to different organizations.
Because the Picktown Palooza is a nonprofit event, proceeds also support groups like Pickerington Schools, local veterans organizations, the Boy Scouts and youth sports.
Stein expects 15,000 to 18,000 to attend over the three days.
“Picktown Palooza is a point of pride that attracts thousands of visitors over several days," said Dave Gulden, Pickerington economic development director. "That exposure to our local business community is a major benefit.”