The National Tractor Pulling Championships are returning to the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green for the 51st annual event from Thursday, Aug. 17 through Saturday, Aug. 19. A premier event of the Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association and the National Tractor Pullers Association, the championships feature tractor and truck pulls in several classes. Gates open at noon Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. The first pulling session begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; the second and third sessions are 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday; and the fourth and fifth runs at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Five classes will compete in the first session: Four-wheel-drive trucks, light unlimiteds (an additional class picked up this year), semis, light super stock, and unlimiteds. The second session’s five classes are: Light unlimiteds, super stock open, super stock diesel 4×4, two-wheel-drive trucks, and super stock diesel. Modified, super farm tractor, pro stock, modified minis, and light super stock all face off in session three. Session four’s classes are: Modified, four-wheel-drive trucks, super farm tractor, super stock open, and semis. Six classes will show up for session five: Modified minis, two-wheel-drive trucks, super stock diesel 4x4s, pro stocks, unlimited, and super stock diesel. The championship rounds will be completed before Sunday, when there will be no competition. The weekend will conclude Sunday with a Catholic Mass at 9 a.m., with a nondenominational service at 10:30 a.m. Abby Paskvan will perform the American and Canadian national anthems as both countries’ flags are raised before the competitions begin. The weekend’s music includes Nashville Crush’s country and rock fusion at 10 p.m. Thursday; the ’70s and ’80s rock/pop stylings of the Cherry Bombs at 10 p.m. Friday; and the Eric Sowers Band, a country music act from northwest Ohio, at 10 p.m. Saturday. The pit area is open all day, every day, where drivers test and tune their vehicles. Attendees can feel free to approach the drivers and ask questions. Other attractions include expanded campgrounds, remote-controlled tractor replica competitions, a kiddie tractor pull, an expanded museum featuring retired tractors, a Saturday morning tailgate party, a toy and trade show, and more. There are four weekend camping areas on the north side of the fairgrounds, located on Poe Road and Haskins Road in Bowling Green. An advance ticket for Thursday’s competition is $20, or $22 at the gate. Advance tickets for both Friday and Saturday sessions are $40, or $44 at the gate. Evening-only tickets for those days are $20 in advance, $22 at the gate. Children 10 and under are admitted free. The camping package, which includes two adult weekend passes, is $300 in advance and $324 at the gate. No electric campsites are available. Advance tickets are no longer available online, but they are available at most northwestern Ohio Kroger stores through the first day of the event, including the Tiffin Avenue and Sixth Street locations in Findlay. Reserved-seat tickets will not be available at Kroger, only gate-admission tickets. Tickets (gate, camping and reserved seats) will also be available at the event. These will be cash-only sales. For more information, call 1-888-385-7855 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.pulltown.com.
Two concerts will headline the entertainment at the Allen County Fair, which begins Friday and continues through Aug. 26 at the fairgrounds just east of Lima. Country music singer Dustin Lynch, with special guest Neal McCoy, are set to perform at 8 p.m. Saturday in the grandstand. Tickets range from $40 to $100 and can be purchased online or in the fairground box office. Visit allencofair.com for more details. Contemporary Christian artist Jeremy Camp will take the grandstand stage at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range in price from $25 to $40 and can be purchased online at www.jerichoconcerts.com. Daily fair admission is $7 for anyone age 7 and older. Children under 7 are free. Prior to the fair opening, adult season passes for ages 10 and over cost $30. Youth season passes for those between the ages of 7 and 9 are $15. Admission is free for veterans until 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, and for seniors until 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24. On Tuesday, Aug. 22, tickets may be purchased at the gate for $2 off admission between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a can of food to be donated to the West Ohio Food Bank. Admission is $2 off on Wednesday, Aug. 23, with a coupon from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the gates only. More information can be found at allencofair.com. Amusement rides will be open each day. On Friday, Aug. 18, rides will open at 4 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Every other day, rides will be available from noon to 11 p.m. Unlimited ride bracelets can be purchased for $25. Wristband specials will be available for $15 from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. A schedule can also be found here: http://thecourier.com/local-news/2017/08/15/dustin-lynch-headlines-allen-co-fair/
Fort Jennings will celebrate Fort Fest from Friday to Sunday. This year’s event will feature the Vietnam-era helicopters of the Huey 369 organization; the Spirit of America’s Story — The Wall, a traveling 100-foot wall of artwork featuring the history of America’s military men and women; the Traveling Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a scale replica, featuring items used at the actual tomb at Arlington National Cemetery; and the Ohio MIA/POW Wall. A Master Modeler display allows attendees to handle, wear or hold historic military memorabilia from an extensive collection which includes many homemade models and dioramas. New this year is World War II’s Armor in Action, a collection of moving, firing historic armored vehicles, and the U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Medical Battalion, a Vietnam-era military ambulance and medical display. An 1812 encampment of re-enactors will be held at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Additional activities include an historic military war vehicle display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and an encampment by the Wolf Hounds, a Vietnam re-enactment group. There will also be a wine tasting from 5-9 p.m. Friday featuring five area wineries, including Sycamore Lake Winery in Columbus Grove and DiVine Wine Bar of Findlay. A lawnmower/golf cart poker run will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be horse-drawn history tours from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, and the Lions Club duck races are scheduled from 7-11 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided by Truck Stop Manners at 9 p.m. Friday; Copper Creek Road from 3-6 p.m. Saturday; Crosseyed Willie from 8-11 p.m. Saturday; and the 338th Army Band at 1 p.m. Sunday. An 1812 Camp Sunday service will be held at 10:45 a.m. The day will also include a native song program at 11:30 a.m., a presentation on the fashions of 1812 at noon and a tomahawk demonstration at 12:30 p.m. Camp 1812 for children will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, featuring period games, crafts, music and learning about the life of a militia soldier. The cost is $15 per child, which includes lunch and a T-shirt. Registration forms are available at fortjenningspark.com. More information can also be found by searching Fort Fest – Fort Jennings, Ohio on Facebook.
The Rally in the Alley outdoor musical event series marks its 25th anniversary. The public is invited to enjoy music and food free of charge in downtown Findlay’s Latham Courtyard on the 500 block of South Main Street. The events run Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. This summer’s schedule is as follows: June 9: Willful Blindness; food provided by Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company June 16: The Reunion Band; food provided by Legends Steakhouse & Sports Bar June 23: The Athen Ry; food provided by Jimmy John’s July 7: The Hipnotix; food provided by Hot Head Burrito July 14: Big Red Deluxe; food provided by City Barbecue July 21: Reese Dailey Band; food provided by Fern Cafe will provide food. July 28: High Impact; food provided by Domino’s Aug. 4: Jeff Tucker Band; food provided by The Greek Garden Aug. 11: Loose Cannons Band featuring Kahuna’s All-Star Band; food provided by City Barbecue Aug. 18: Tongue ‘n Groove; food provided by Hot Head Burrito
The Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St., will host its free, public monthly classic movie night at 7 p.m. Friday with a screening of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” The film, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, won four Academy Awards in 1970 and was nominated for three more.