Friends of the Bluffton Public Library Fall Book Sale @ Bluffton Public Library
Sep 20 – Sep 23 all-day

The Friends of the Bluffton Public Library will hold a fall book sale next week on the lower level of the library.

Hours are 5-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 22, and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23.

All proceeds support library programs and services.

Open Arms Charity Golf Classic @ Red Hawk Run Golf Course
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am

Open Arms will host its 2017 charity golf classic Sept. 22 at Red Hawk Run Golf Course.

Breakfast and registration begin at 8 a.m., with a shot-gun start at 9.

The event is limited to the first 27 teams to register and pay by Sept. 8. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, with a deadline of Sept. 1.

For more information or to sign up, call 419-420-9261 or email

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.

Vitak-Elsnic Tribute Band @ Bavarian Haus
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Northwest Ohio’s Vitak-Elsnic Tribute Band will perform from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Deshler’s Bavarian Haus as a memorial to its first trumpet player and co-founder Kent Harris, who died suddenly in August.

The previously scheduled performance will now be a fundraiser for Bowling Green State University’s Polka Preservation Fund, with 100 percent of proceeds from CDs sold at the concert going to the organization. Additionally, an anonymous donor will match the amount raised.

The band plays “old time” polkas, waltzes and two-steps. For more information, contact band member Todd Harris at

Dinner on Broadway @ Broadway Street, Findlay
Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The American Cancer Society will present Dinner on Broadway, an urban dinner with local fare, from 5-10 p.m. Sept. 30.

The one-of-a-kind dinner will host 150 people seated at one long table stretching along Broadway Street in downtown Findlay. Guests will enjoy a meal prepared by local chefs, paired with wine selected specifically for the dish. Musical entertainment, an auction and a raffle will round out the event.

Tickets are $100 each, with proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Suzie Reineke at 567-207-7377 or email

5K Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk @ Waterfall Pavilion at Riverside Park
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am

Selected students throughout Hancock County are joining forces with various local professionals to plan, promote and coordinate the Seventh Annual 5K Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk benefiting the Hancock Youth Leadership (HYL) program. The Pumpkin Run/Walk will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Waterfall Pavilion at Riverside Park.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Catch the pumpkin runner and be refunded your entry fee! The registration fee for those pre-registered before September 30th is $25, which will include a long-sleeved shirt, goody bag, treats and drinks. Race-day registration will be $30. Awards will be provided for the overall male and female finisher, plus the first and second place participants, male and female, in a variety of age groupings.

Participants can register at or pick up a registration form at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 123 E. Main Cross St., Findlay. All proceeds will benefit the Hancock Youth Leadership program.

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