Camp Fire Back-To-School Carnival @ Camp Fire Northwest Ohio
Sep 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Camp Fire will host a free back-to-school carnival from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at its office, 305 W. Hardin St.

The event will feature games, a bounce house, food and information on upcoming programs including after-school clubs for elementary youth; classroom enrichment programs for all grade levels; and “School Day Out” camps offered on days when kids are home and their parents must work. Environmental education and camp programs are available for youth of all ages, and Teens in Action reaches youth ages 12-18.

For more information, call Camp Fire at 419-422-5415.

Oktoberfest Findlay! @ Broadway Street
Sep 23 @ 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The third annual Oktoberfest Findlay! will celebrate German heritage in Hancock County with German music, polka dancing, contests, kids activities, German food and a large selection of German beer and wine. The family-friendly event will take place from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at downtown Findlay’s Broadway Street.

Admission is $5 for ages 21 and over and $3 for those under 21.

All funds raised will benefit the operations and programming at Hancock Historical Museum, a privately funded nonprofit organization located at 422 W. Sandusky St.

Sarah Sisser, the museum’s executive director, said the event became one of the largest single-day events in the county in its first two years, drawing more than 4,500 people annually.

She said the music, food, and activities all give people a chance to experience authentic German culture.

John Ordosch and the PROSIT-teers will take the stage to kick off the festival at 2 p.m. Winners of the first annual German baking competition will be announced along with the Oktoberfest royal court at 2:30 p.m. The Oktoberfest Planning Committee, Alexandria’s Beer Club, and the Oktoberfest pageant royalty will take the stage at 4 p.m. for the official tapping of the keg and opening ceremonies for the festival’s many contests, including a stein endurance challenge (contestants hold one full liter of beer for as long as they can), bratwurst eating competition, and a yodeling contest. Fred Ziwich and His International Sound Machine will take the stage at 6 p.m.

John Ordosch and the PROSIT-teers hail from Parma and perform polka, rock, country, American standards, jazz, and novelty/specialty songs.

Fred Ziwich was elected as a lifetime achievement winner for the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in 2010, and was inducted into the International Polka Music Hall of Fame this year.

The festival’s new features include a German baking competition and the Hancock Historical Museum will have an exhibit in the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library open to festivalgoers to learn more about local German heritage and Findlay’s brewing history.

There will also be an expanded Kinderplatz! Kids Zone with assistance from the University of Findlay and the Millstream Career Center, which will be open from 2 to 7 p.m.

To pre-register for the contest, visit

The Stein Endurance contest has an entry fee of $25 that includes a 42-ounce glass stein and 42 ounces of Rochester Mills Oktoberfest beer. The Team Beer Endurance Race has a $25 entry fee per team of 4 and includes 16 ounces of beer per member. The brat eating contest has a $10 entry fee, and the yodeling contest is $5. The Costume (Tracht) Contest is free, as is the baking competition.

People can also register for the contests the day of, though space is limited.

For more information, visit or call the museum at 419-423-4433.

Concordia Lutheran Church Fellowship Picnic @ Concordia Lutheran Church
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm

Concordia Lutheran Church’s annual fellowship picnic will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 24 at the picnic shelter behind the church. Games for all ages will be provided and the public is invited. The church is handicap accessible at the north entrance. Additional information is available at

Bluffton University Homecoming @ Bluffton University
Oct 7 – Oct 8 all-day

Bluffton University will celebrate Homecoming weekend Oct. 7 and 8.

A free picnic lunch will be available for alumni in an alumni tailgate tent at Emery Sears Athletic Complex from noon until 1:30 p.m., when the Homecoming game against Anderson will begin.

Tables will be designated for 1987 football alumni, cheerleaders, managers and coaching staff to celebrate 30 years since that team earned a spot in the playoffs. No reservations are required for the tent; game tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth at the gate. Admission is free for children ages 4 and under.

From noon to 2 p.m., a Kid Zone, also at Emery Sears Athletic Complex, will offer activities such as inflatables for children ages 5-10. Bluffton mascots J. Denny and Jenny Beaver will also be available for selfie photos. Adult supervision will be provided.

Saturday’s activities will conclude with the President’s Banquet, honoring milestones of achievement, service and giving. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Burcky Gym, followed by the banquet at 6:30 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Alumni awards will be presented to Dr. Marvin H. Hall, a 1977 graduate who will receive the Professional Achievement Award, and Barbara Stettler, associate professor emerita of family and consumer sciences, who will receive the Faculty/Staff Service Award.

In addition, Dr. James Harder, president, will recognize donors for achieving milestones in giving to Bluffton last year.

Tickets for the banquet are $25 and may be reserved by Sept. 22 by contacting Julia Szabo in the alumni office at or 419-358-3245.

Saturday’s events will also include:

  • Art exhibit, “The Mirror of the Martyrs,” Grace Albrecht Gallery, Sauder Visual Arts Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring eight of the original copper plates produced by Dutch artist Jan Luyken to illustrate the “Martyrs Mirror.” The exhibit allows visitors to learn about Mennonite religious heritage and its application to contemporary life. The exhibit will be on display in the gallery from Oct. 1 to Nov. 5.
  • Reception for “The Mirror of the Martyrs” exhibit, 10 a.m. to noon, enjoy refreshments and meet Bluffton art faculty.
  • Baseball alumni game, 10 a.m., Emery Sears Athletic Complex
  • Ultimate Frisbee, 4 p.m., Musselman Library Green

Homecoming weekend will conclude Sunday, Oct. 8, with a free 2:30 p.m. concert by Bluffton’s Concert Band in Yoder Recital Hall.

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