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Henry County Fair @ Henry County Fairgrounds
Aug 9 – Aug 16 all-day

The Henry County Fair will run from this Thursday to Thursday, Aug. 16, including the Tomato Festival Parade and Pageant; horse, truck and tractor pulls; and a country concert featuring High Valley.

The gates open at 7 a.m. each day.

Entry is free for children 12 and under, and $8 for others. Season/exhibitor tickets are $25.

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, admission is free for people 65 and older, veterans and their spouses, and people with developmental disabilities and their aides.

Ride wristbands are available for three blocks of time: noon to 5 p.m., $12; 5 to 11 p.m., $14; and noon to 11 p.m., $16.

Grandstand events begin at 6 p.m. Thursday with a cheerleading competition.

Pulling events will be held the next two days: draft horse pull, 1 p.m. Friday; truck pull, 6 p.m.; field stock tractor pull, 10 a.m. Saturday; NTPA National Tractor/Region II truck pulls, 6:30 p.m.

The Tomato Festival Parade and Pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The grandstand will host a car show at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, followed by the High Valley concert at 8:30 p.m.

There will be pari-mutuel harness racing at 6:30 p.m. both Tuesday, Aug. 14 and Wednesday, Aug. 15.

The demolition derby will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16.


8 a.m. — Open class farm products judging – Ag Hall; open class youth vegetable judging – Ag Hall.

8:30 a.m. — Junior Fair breeding swine.

9 a.m. — Dog Show — Entertainment; FFA project judging – Ag Hall; Junior Fair draft horse show — Show Arena; open class photography judging — Floral Hall; open class baked goods judging – Floral Hall.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Model trains running — Depot; Junior Fair poultry show — Small Animal Barn.

11 a.m. — Junior Fair goat show — Livestock Show Arena.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Historical area open.

Noon — 4-H booth judging — Youth Organization Booth Building.

12:30 p.m. — Open Class Flower Show 1 Judging — Floral Hall.

1 p.m. — Ag value education presentation – Donna Meller – Ag Hall.

2 p.m. — Draft Horse Family Fun Day (with Team Log Pull) – south side of infield.

4 p.m. — Junior Fair King and Queen coronation, commodity and 4-H royalty introductions — Ag Hall.

5 p.m. — Open class craft show judging – Floral Hall.

5:30 p.m. — Baked goods auction – Ag Hall.

6 p.m. — Cheerleading competition – Grandstand.


9 a.m. — Junior Fair Rabbit show — Small Animal Building; open class antiques judging — Floral Hall; open class canned good judging – Floral Hall; Junior Fair horse show — English show – Horse Show Arena.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Model trains running — Depot.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Historical area open.

Noon — Junior Fair sheep show — Livestock Show Arena; afternoon woodcarving by Tony Burroughs – south end of fairgrounds.

1 p.m. — Draft horse pull — Grandstand.

6 p.m. — Performance by Julie’s Dance Studio – Ag Hall; truck pull – Grandstand.

6:30 p.m. — 4-H modeling contest — Ag Hall.

7 p.m. Market lamb jackpot show — Livestock Show Arena.


8 a.m. — Junior Fair swine show — Livestock Show Arena.

9 a.m. — Junior Fair horse show (performance) — Horse Show Arena; open class needlework judging — Floral Hall.

10 a.m. — Open class art judging adult and youth — Floral Hall; open horseshoe pitching — Log Cabin Site; field stock tractor pull “” Grandstand.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Model trains running — Depot.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Historical area open.

Noon — Salsa Taste Off — Floral Hall.

1 p.m. — Ale, lager, (beer) and wine judging — Ag Hall.

4 p.m. — Angela Bird, solo guitar and vocals – Gazebo.

6:30 p.m. — Grand National Tractor Region II truck pulls – Grandstand.

7:30 p.m. — Miami Erie Canal music – Historical Society Gazebo.


10 a.m. — Henry County horseshoe pitching tournament — Log Cabin Site; community church service by Henry Gideon Camp – Ag Hall.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Model trains running — Depot.

10 a.m. — Open class draft horse hitch judging – Grandstand.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Historical area open.

1 p.m. — Kids pedal tractor pull — Livestock Show Arena; Junior Fair Fun Show and Decorated Duo — Horse Show Arena.

2:30 p.m. — Cornhole tournament — Log Cabin Site; Ag Hall of Fame presentation — Ag Hall.

3 p.m. — Genoa Legion Band — Gazebo.

5 p.m. — Napoleon Community Band — Gazebo.

5:30 p.m. — Largest ripe tomato contest winners announced — Ag Hall.

6 p.m. — Tomato Festival Parade and Pageant — Grandstand.


9:30 a.m. — Open class beef show followed by Junior Fair breeding show – Livestock Show Arena.

10 a.m. — Open class draft horse halter judging — Draft Horse Barns.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Model trains running — Depot.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Historical area open.

11 a.m. — Junior Fair beef breeding show immediately follows open class beef show — Livestock Show Arena.

3 p.m. — Open Class Flower Show 2 Judging — Floral Hall; junior beef showman, feeder calves and market beef show – Livestock Show Arena; Henry County master gardener presents “Horticulture 101” – Ag Hall.

5 p.m. — Pond doctor Bill Cody answers pond weed and algae questions – Ag Hall.

5:30 p.m. — 4-H tasting bee — Youth Organization Booth Building.

6 to 8 p.m. — Car show – Grandstand; David Grahn Live — Gazebo.

8:30 p.m. — High Valley Country concert — Grandstand.


9 a.m. — Junior Fair horse show (contesting) — Horse Show Arena.

10 a.m.– Junior Fair dairy show followed by open class dairy judging — Livestock Show Arena.

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Henry County senior day events — Entertainment Tent

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Model trains running — Depot.

10:30 a.m. — Junior Fair youth cookie judging.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Historical area open.

12:30 p.m. — District 10 Holstein show judging — Livestock Arena.

1:30 p.m. — Antique tractor show and games — Historical Area.

2 p.m. — Matt Richardson, solo vocal artist – Ag Hall.

3 p.m. — My Experiences in the Secret Service … by Jeff Mires – Ag Hall.

4 p.m. — “Coin Collecting & What makes a Coin Valuable?” by Gary Franz – Ag Hall; livestock judging contest – Livestock Show Arena.

4:30 p.m. — Free bean soup for veterans and spouses — Entertainment Tent.

5 p.m. — Napoleon Community Band – Entertainment Tent.

6 p.m. — Paul Sulpizio, solo guitar and vocals — Gazebo; cookie auction – Ag Hall, followed by 4-H recognition of volunteers and 4-Hers who have been

members for 10-14 years.

6:15 to 9:15 p.m. — Line and square dance, Farm Bureau — Entertainment Tent.

6:30 p.m. — Harness racing — Grandstand.


9 a.m. — Open Class swine judging — Livestock Show Arena; Youth for Christ program – Entertainment Tent.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Model trains running — Depot.

10 a.m. — Junior Fair horse versatility — Horse Show Arena.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Historical area open.

1 p.m. — Imagination Station — Entertainment Tent.

1 to 3 p.m. — Kids’ Day activities – Entertainment Tent. 2 p.m. — Programming sponsored by Henry County OSU Extension – Ag Hall.

3:30 p.m. — Junior Fair straw loading competition — Infield.

4 to 7 p.m. — Youth For Christ program – Entertainment Tent.

6 p.m. — Joe Killion, solo guitar and vocals — Gazebo; Junior Fair Showman of Showmen contest — Livestock Show Arena.

6:30 p.m. — Harness racing – Grandstand.

6:30 p.m. — Henry County FFA program – Ag Hall.


9:30 a.m. — Junior Fair livestock sale — Livestock Show Arena.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Model trains running — Depot.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Historical area open.

4 p.m. — Northwest Ohio Gymnastic Academy — Entertainment Tent.

7 p.m. — Demolition derby — Grandstand.

Indoor Box Lacrosse @ The Cube
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The City of Findlay Recreation Department is offering indoor box lacrosse on Tuesdays at The Cube, 3430 N. Main St., beginning July 24.

The five-week program is available for boys and girls in grades 1-12. Students in grades 1-5 will meet from 6-7 p.m., and those in grades 6-12 will practice from 7-8 p.m. Equipment is required for the scrimmages.

Registration is $25. Call 419-424-7176 or stop by the recreation department at The Cube from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to register.

Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training @ Hancock County ADAMHS Board
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Individuals worried about a loved one’s substance use can sign up for a class focusing on the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training model (CRAFT).

The class will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays, July 10 through Aug. 14, at the Hancock County ADAMHS Board, 438 Carnahan Ave. A maximum of 10 participants will be accepted into the class.

Participants will learn new techniques and solutions to help move their loved one toward recovery, build a healthier relationship and improve their personal quality of life. The class is structured around the book “Getting Your Loved One Sober” and will be facilitated by local community members who were trained by the author, Dr. Robert J. Meyers.

The class is free, and participants are encouraged to purchase the book, though copies will be available to borrow. Call the ADAMHS Board office at 419-424-1985 to register.

Riverside Summer Concert Series @ Riverside Park
Aug 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 67th annual Riverside Summer Concert Series, hosted by Hancock Park District, will begin Wednesday, June 6, with Night Jazz at the Allen P. Dudley Memorial Band Shell in Riverside Park, 231 McManness Ave.

Each performance runs from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Bench seating is provided at the band shell, or visitors may bring a lawn chair or blanket. If there is inclement weather, listen to WFIN radio for cancellations or alternate performance venues.

Cooperation in producing the concert series is provided by the City of Findlay Parks and Recreation Department, Hancock Parks Foundation, and the Hancock Park District. Sound engineering is provided by the House of Hindenach. WFIN radio personalities will be the masters of ceremonies.

For more information, visit under the “Park News” section or call the park district office at 419-425-7275.

Night Jazz
June 6

A big-band-style jazz group comprising members from Findlay and the surrounding area, Night Jazz plays tunes made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Frank Sinatra. Founded in 1995, the group incorporates trumpets, saxophones, trombones, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drums and singing into its musical mixture.

Fostoria Community Band
June 13

The 2018 Fostoria Community Band’s summer tour is titled “Celestial Wonders: Music from Beyond the Cosmos.” Selections include “Jupiter” from “The Planets” by Gustav Holst; “Sundance” by Frank Ticheli; “Star Trek Through the Years,” “Superman” and more. Founded in 1995, the band has 55 musicians from Fostoria and the surrounding area.

Nashville Crush
June 20

Featuring several Ohio musicians, Nashville Crush’s high-energy, award-winning stage show presents a balance of country and rock music with its combination of guitars, fiddle and banjo.

June 27

This duo of seasoned northwest Ohio musicians features Denise Grupp-Verbon on lever and pedal harp and Michael Grupp-Verbon on acoustic guitar.

Buddy Love and the Coconuts
July 4

With band members averaging 30 years of experience, Buddy Love and the Coconuts’ goal is to get the crowd moving and grooving to classic rock tunes from the 1960s and today’s top 40. The band has also been known to offer softer, slower acoustic sets and numbers.

Findlay Civic Band
July 11 and 18

Under the direction of Jack Taylor, a University of Findlay professor of music, the Findlay Civic Band mixes school musicians, professional people, retirees, seasoned musicians and novices into a presentation of light and pop forms of music, including patriotic, Hollywood and Broadway themes.

July 25

Findlay High School’s Pantasia Steel Drum Band performs music for all occasions on the steel drum. Since its spring 1997 inception, Pantasia has garnered a reputation as an educational and entertaining instrumental music ensemble, performing numerous shows throughout Ohio, nationally and internationally.

The Fossil Creek Band
Aug. 1

The Fossil Creek Band grew out of the farmlands of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan in the spring of 2006. Now a bluegrass/Americana band, its members boast backgrounds in folk, country, rock, gospel and barbershop music.

Civic Jazz
Aug. 8

Playing for more than 50 years, the Civic Jazz Band collects local talent from high school to retirement ages to play music of all genres. The band meets for only two months a summer to perform at the band shell in Riverside Park.

Ball in the House
Aug. 15

This five-member a cappella group follows the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6 while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams.

Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus
Aug. 22

The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus has provided the region with G-rated entertainment and harmonizing since 1962. Their repertoire includes barbershop standards, modern harmonies, comic numbers, and many gospel melodies.

Ted Yoder
Aug. 29

Ted Yoder brings a pop symphonic approach to the hammered dulcimer, a stringed musical instrument played by striking the instrument’s strings with small mallet hammers, utilizing skills from guitarists, percussionists and pianists. Yoder’s approach to the instrument weaves stately solo pieces of modern favorite tunes with unique arrangements, powerful dynamics, and beautiful melodic interlacement. His fame rose after his dulcimer rendition of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral from Facebook Live.

National Tractor Pulling Championships @ Wood County Fairgrounds
Aug 16 – Aug 18 all-day

The National Tractor Pulling Championships are returning to the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green for the 52nd annual event from Thursday, Aug. 16 through Saturday, Aug. 18.

Gates open at noon Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday at the fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green.

Presented by the National Tractor Pullers Association in conjunction with the Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association, 26 classes of vehicles will compete for purse money and awards in five Super National sessions.

In truck and tractor pulling, vehicles drag a 20-ton weight transfer sled along a straight, dirt track as the sled’s resistance increases. Within a class of similar vehicles, the puller that achieves the greatest distance is victorious.

Competing classes are:

Session one

  • Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
  • Light super stock, four-wheel-drive trucks, super semi, light unlimited, and unlimited.

Session two

  • Friday, noon
  • Super stock diesel, super stock open, two-wheel-drive trucks, super stock diesel 4×4, and light unlimited.

Session three

  • Friday, 7 p.m.
  • Light super stock, super farm tractor, pro stock, mini, and modified.

Session four

  • Saturday, noon
  • Super stock open, super farm tractor, four-wheel-drive trucks, super semi, and modified.

Session five

  • Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
  • Super stock diesel, pro stock, two-wheel-drive trucks, super stock diesel 4×4, mini, and unlimited.

Abby Paskvan will perform the American and Canadian national anthems as both countries’ flags are raised before the competitions begin.

Nashville Crush will perform from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the campgrounds Thursday and Friday.

The pit area is open all day, each day, where drivers test and tune their vehicles. Attendees can feel free to approach the drivers and ask questions.

Other attractions include 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.

Wednesday, Aug. 15, will feature a ribbon cutting for the new grandstands at 5:30 p.m., and Saturday will feature a 6:15 p.m. flyover by the United States Air Force Ohio 180th.

There are also weekend camping areas located on Poe and Haskins roads 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. A full weekend pass costs $100 advance, $110 at the gate. Children 10 and under are admitted free.

Thursday is veterans and family day, with free admission for all active military members, free T-shirts for all active military and veterans, and gifts for all children under 10.

The camping package, which includes two adult weekend passes, is $300.

While advance tickets are no longer available online, they can be purchased from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, and Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 1150 Haskins Road, Bowling Green.

Tickets are also available at most northwestern Ohio Kroger stores through the first day of the event, including Findlay’s Tiffin Avenue and Sixth Street locations.

For more information, call 419-354-1434 during business hours or visit

Delay the Disease @ Mennonite Memorial Home
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders are encouraged to attend free “Delay the Disease” exercise classes at Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton.

Classes are held from 1-2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays in the chapel and can accommodate those in wheelchairs.

Developed by Ohio Health, the program can help participants move about with ease and confidence in a crowd, get out of bed or rise from a chair independently, improve handwriting, dress independently and regain a sense of moving with normality. A physician referral is required and, if falling has been an issue, a participant must be accompanied by someone during the classes.

To register, call 419-358-1015, ext. 221.

Hancock County Farmers’ Market @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The 2018 Hancock County Farmers’ Market season runs from 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10 through Oct. 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St. Visit or call 419-422-5594 for more information.

Flower Arranging Class @ Putnam County District Library -- Kalida
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Classes in flower arranging will be offered at three of the Putnam County District Library branches in August.

Sessions are scheduled for 6-7 p.m. Thursday in Fort Jennings; 5-6 p.m. Aug. 14 in Pandora; and 6-7 p.m. Aug. 16 in Kalida. The fee is $7 and all supplies are provided.

To register, call the library where you will attend the class.

Grand Love @ McComb School Library
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A support group for grandparents raising their grandkids and other children affected by addiction is forming in McComb.

Grand Love, a program sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, premiered in Findlay last May. McComb organizer Deb Ewing said formation of the rural version has been in the works for the past year, with its first meeting set for Jan. 18.

Meetings are open to people living in McComb and the surrounding area and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday in the McComb school library (enter through north front door #2). Meetings will be facilitated by Family Resource Center professionals, with an emphasis on peer support. Registration is not required, although those bringing kids are encouraged to call ahead so arrangements to provide child care can be made.

For more information about McComb’s group, call Ewing at 419-306-9489 or email

SMART Recovery Meeting @ Focus on Friends
Aug 17 @ 3:00 pm

Focus on Friends now offers a SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) group led by a trained facilitator.

The group meets at 3 p.m. each Friday at 509 W. Trenton Ave., and no registration is needed.
SMART Recovery is a nonprofit international organization that provides science-based, self-empowering support groups for abstaining from addiction. The program uses techniques drawn primarily from cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing.

The SMART Recovery program is under continuous revision, and changes as scientific knowledge about addiction treatment and recovery evolves. It is reviewed by both practicing addiction treatment professionals, who volunteer as advisers to the organization, and the International Advisory Council, which includes many of the world’s leading addiction scientists.

Call Focus on Friends at 419-423-5071 for more details.

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