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Ultimate Dogpawlooza 9:00 am
Ultimate Dogpawlooza @ Riverbend Recreation Area
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Ultimate Dogpawlooza will run rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 Township Road 208. Ultimate Air Dogs will be featured from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the program is free to attend. Shows will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Check-in and practice begins at 10 a.m. The event will showcase distance jumping in different rounds, called “splashes.” Each competitor gets two jumps per splash, with the longer of the two jumps counting as their score. The dog’s score will determine their division, with the top five dogs in each division competing in the Division Finals for ribbons and bragging rights. Dog and handler teams can also earn annual titles on the Ultimate Air Dog Database by participating in the splash. Competition is open to dogs that can swim and are at least 6 months old. Purebred or mixed, large or small dogs are welcome to participate, but female dogs in heat are banned from the premises for all of the dogs’ protection. There will be an open practice, time permitting, so dogs may try for $10 per jump. If dogs are having difficulty learning, a crew of volunteers often provide assistance between activities. For more information about Ultimate Air Dogs, visit www.ultimateairdogs.com. Food trucks and more vendors will be on hand this year, and there will also be two demonstrations by the police/sheriff’s office K-9 units; dog agility demonstrations in the dog park; and LaRiche car dealers will provide free engraved pet nametags. The event’s proceeds will help the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County care for the animals at the shelter. The Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County does not receive funds from the Humane Society of the United States, a nonaffiliated organization, or from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The shelter also does not receive tax dollars. Participants and visitors can bring items to pack a LaRiche Toyota or Subaru to benefit the Humane Society. Wish-list items include bleach, high-efficiency detergent, paper towels and trash bags. For a complete wish list, visit www.hancockhumanesociety.com. Call the Humane Society at 419-423-1664 for additional information.
Harvest and Herb Festival 9:00 am
Harvest and Herb Festival @ Main Street, Ada
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ada rolls out the red carpet on Saturday for the 32nd annual Ada Area Chamber of Commerce’s Harvest and Herb Festival in downtown Ada, according to David Dellifield, chamber president. This year’s festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. As in past year’s, it will fill Ada’s Main Street from Highland to College. Main Street will be closed at State Route 235 all the way to State Route 81. Earlier this week there were 125 vendors registered and that number continues to grow. Booths are 12 feet wide by 8 feet deep and are available while they last. New vendors are invited to participate and all questions and request for booth space may be e-mailed to: email@example.com. Entertainment takes place from noon to 4 p.m. in the depot parking lot. At noon Ada’s mayor, David Retterer, will welcome everyone. The Ada VFW color guard will raise the flag. Alison McCliinton will sing the National Anthem. The entertainment schedule follows: 12:45 p.m. – Ali McClintock, country variety show 1:30 p.m. – Emma Ferguson, pop and country show 2:15 p.m. – Mark Hodges, oldies by goodies 3:30 p.m. – The Wild Steelions, steel drum band Following the opening ceremonies the 2017 Harvest and Herb Festival queen will be announced. Candidates are Ada High School seniors: Caitlyn Stover, daughter of Curt and Amy Stover. Lyric Jones, daughter of Scott and Bridgette Jones. Madison Preston, daughter of John and Christa Preston. Nikki Lehsten, daughter of David Lehsten and Michele Giddens. Participants are invited to join the Harvest and Herb Festival parade. The parade forms at 9 a.m. in the Ada schools parking lot and starts at 10 a.m. Junior Weihrauch of Arlington is the parade director. Persons with questions may contact him at 419-365-5304 or 419-889-4315.
Camp Fire Back-To-School Carnival 5:00 pm
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.
Bluffton Fall Festival 10:00 am
Bluffton Fall Festival @ Bluffton, Ohio
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bluffton’s family-friendly 14th annual Fall Festival is Saturday, Sept. 23. Activities are in six locations throughout the community with most taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As in past festivals, bus transportation is available between all locations at scheduled intervals. Here’s the schedule, by location: Maple Crest Senior Living Village, 700 Maple Crest Court • Antique tractor show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Live music, Wild Steelions steel drum band, 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.; more live music, 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. • Kiddie tractor pull, registration 12:30-1 p.m., pull starts 1 p.m. • Fishing derby (bait and poles provided), 2-3 p.m. • Food for sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St. • Horse-drawn carriage rides between MMH and downtown, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Silent auction, MMH lobby. Bids accepted from Sept. 18 to noon on Sept. 23. • Bake sale, 10 a.m. until sold out. Proceeds benefit volunteer service group • Balance test by Northwest Physical Therapy, 10 a.m.-noon • Kid’s activities –, train rides, face painting, straw dig, lawn jenga/corn hole boards, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Kid’s bike raffle, no purchase necessary to enter, drawing at 3:30 p.m. • Food for sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Fun photo booth, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. • Outdoor Bingo (no cash prizes), 3-4 p.m. • Kettle corn, maple syrup, soaps and lotions for sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Bluffton • Main Street retail district – businesses open • Farmers’ market, over 25 vendors, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Citizens National Bank parking lot. • Festival praise and worship, Presbyterian Church lawn, music by Bluffton congregations, tent with seating, 10 a.m.-noon • Senior Citizens Center toy car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Center will have lunch items during the show. Swiss Community Historical Society Homestead, 8350 Bixel Road Bluffton Scrap Artists quilt show, petting zoo, straw bale maze and other kid’s games, corn shelling, bread-baking, soup cooking, old-time rural crafts, wagon rides, horse plowing, Swiss-German music, historical exhibits, food for sale, self-guided tours of 1840s garden, barn, workshop, summer kitchen and house. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. BFR Sports and Fitness, 215 Snider Road 5th annual craft and home business expo. Booths of gifts, specialty items and other vendors. Past expos included home improvement, quilts, handmade furniture, glassware, patchwork animals, crocheted items, and fair-trade jewelry. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. • Also: meet the BFR staff, tour the facility, watch demonstrations on exercise equipment, and for $1 paint a pumpkin. Bluffton Hospital, 139 Garau St. Lots of kid’s activities including pony rides, inflatable bounce house, slide, obstacle course, pumpkin decorating and light refreshments. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Updates/additional information/cancellations For updates and complete information on the Bluffton Fall Festival visit its Facebook at facebook.com/BlufftonFallFest or www.blufftonfallfestival.com. See posted signs at the “bus stop” at each location for the schedule. Parking is available at each location.
Fostoria Rail Festival 10:00 am
Fostoria Rail Festival @ Fostoria Junior/Senior High School
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Rail fans will experience the ride of their lives Saturday during Fostoria’s 16th annual Rail Festival. The yearly train affair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fostoria Junior/Senior High School, 1001 Park Ave. The gymnasium, hallway and commons area of the school building will be packed with more than 100 tables for more than 50 vendors set up with model train displays and trinkets. Vendors will include museums, historical societies and model railroaders as well as area and visiting individuals and organizations with antique train memorabilia, clothing, videos, steam-operated items and more. Outside activities will also be available. Yale Skipworth from Lebanon will offer drones and remote-controlled airplanes. Gov. Charles Foster will come alive again in Fostoria Area Historical Society President Leonard Skonecki as he escorts visitors through Fostoria, discussing the history of its railroads. Bus tours, provided by Seneca County Area Transportation, will leave the south entrance of the building every hour beginning at 11 a.m. with the last tour leaving at 3 p.m. While train connoisseurs will have plenty to spark their interest, the Rail Festival will also offer activities for children. A children’s station will be set up in the commons area for youngsters to play with toy trains, color and participate in arts and crafts. Romick Railways will provide train rides for children outside the school while a smaller train ride will be inside. Cost of admittance to the festival is $4 for adults and free for children under the age of 10 with an adult companion. Food will be available inside the school. Parking will be available in the south parking lot. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund next year’s Rail Festival as well as go toward the Fostoria Rail Park.
Ohio Northern University Homecoming 10:30 am
Ohio Northern University Homecoming @ Ohio Northern University
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am
Ohio Northern University’s homecoming theme is “Bringing Memories Out of the Shadows.” Events planned for this weekend are intended to capture the essence of ONU and revive college memories. President Emeritus Kendall Baker and former first lady Toby Baker will be honored at 9 a.m. Saturday with the dedication of the Baker Commons near Affinity Village, located along Polar Bear Way and Loop Road. The homecoming parade in downtown Ada starts at 10:30 a.m., followed at 11:30 a.m. by a tailgate lunch and reunion photos in the King Horn Field House. The homecoming football game vs. Otterbein University will kick off at 1:30 p.m. in Dial-Roberson Stadium. The William L. Robinson Young Alumni Award recipients will be introduced prior to the game at 1 p.m., and the homecoming king and queen will be announced at halftime. Information about more activities is available online at www.onu.edu/event/homecoming.
Oktoberfest Findlay! 2:00 pm
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 http://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/oktoberfest-contests/ 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 http://hancockhistoricalmuseum.org/oktoberfest/ or call the museum at 419-423-4433.
Concordia Lutheran Church Fellowship Picnic 4:00 pm
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 www.concordiafindlay.com