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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

Allen County Fair @ Allen County Fairgrounds
Aug 17 – Aug 25 all-day

LIMA — Ventriloquist Darci Lynne, an “America’s Got Talent” winner, headlines entertainment at the Allen County Fair, which opens Friday and continues through Aug. 25 at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima.

“Darci Lynne and Friends” will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the show range from $30 to $55, with $100 VIP seating available. The ticket price does not include general gate admission to the fair.

In other entertainment, a pair of tribute bands will be featured Sunday night. New Frontiers, featuring Journey songs, and Fleetwood 2 The Max will headline a free show beginning at 7 p.m.

Other traditional fair events include the Kewpee Showcase Of Bands, harness racing, a demolition derby, tractor pulls and a livestock scramble.

Daily entertainment programs include the Bengal Tigers, BMX Stunt Show, Jungle Island Zoo, Bear Hollow Wood Carvers and Crazy Mike V as the Village Idiot.

Daily admission to the fair is $7 for those 7 and older. Admission is free to those under 7.

Season passes, which are good for all nine days of the fair, also can be purchased. Prior to Friday, the season pass costs $30 for those 10 and over, and $15 for those ages 7-9. After the fair begins the season pass is $35 for those 10 and over, and $20 for those ages 7-9.

All-day wristbands for amusement rides are $25. Prior to the fair, wristband vouchers are $20. Special $15 wristbands are available from noon to 5 p.m. Monday and noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Fair highlights include:


  • 1 p.m. — Open class first flower show, Youth Activities Building.
  • 3:30 p.m. — OSU alumni band, grandstand plaza.
  • 4 p.m. — 168th Allen County Fair ribbon-cutting ceremony, AAA Grandstand Plaza Stage; Junior fair silent auction opens, Youth Exhibits Building.
  • 6:30 p.m. — OSU alumni band.
  • 7 p.m. — Kewpee Showcase Of Bands, grandstand; The Hoppers, gospel tent.


  • 10 a.m. — Open class bees, honey, seeds, grains, hay, vegetables, fruits judging, Ag and Fine Arts Building; 4-H dog obedience judging, show arena; Junior fair poultry judging, rabbit show arena.
  • 10:30 a.m. — Children Choosing Christ, gospel tent.
  • 1 p.m. — Allen County Horse Council IBRA/OGBRA/OMBRA Speed Show, Schmidthorst Pavilion.
  • 2 p.m. — Junior fair poultry showmanship, rabbit show arena.
  • 7 p.m. — Darci Lynne and Friends concert, grandstand; Jimmy Fortune, gospel tent.
  • 8 to 10 p.m. — Junior fair exhibitor dance, show arena.


  • 9 a.m. — Open class rabbit show, commercial meat and fryers show and showmanship, show arena; Allen County Horse Council 4-H Youth Horse Show, Schmidthorst Pavilion.
  • 10:30 a.m. — Nondenominational worship service, gospel tent.
  • 12:30 p.m. — Junior fair poultry breed show, rabbit barn, followed by open class poultry show, poultry barn.
  • 5 p.m. — Open class guys and gals lead, show arena.
  • 5:45 p.m. — Junior fair rabbit king and queen crowning followed by junior fair fur, fryers, and market rabbit judging, rabbit barn.
  • 7 p.m. — New Frontiers/Fleetwood 2 The Max concert, grandstand; The Isaacs, gospel tent.


  • 8 a.m. — Junior fair market hog show, show arena.
  • 9 a.m. — Junior fair meat goat showmanship followed by meat breeding and market goat show, sheep show arena; Junior fair rabbit showmanship demonstrations, rabbit barn; Youth fishing derby, Roschman Park pond.
  • 11:30 a.m. — Open class wine challenge, Ag and Fine Arts Building.
  • Noon to 9 p.m. — Buck I Guy, Merchants Building and various locations on fairgrounds.
  • 1 p.m. — Junior fair rabbit quiz bowl, rabbit barn; Open class second flower show, Youth Activities Building.
  • 2 p.m. — Youth Day activities, picnic tent at Roschman Park; “Creepy” Critters, opposite Roschman Park shelter house; Bred and Fed Sheep Show, sheep show arena.
  • 3 p.m. — Junior fair breeding sheep show, sheep show arena.
  • 4 p.m. — Cloverbud sheep showmanship, sheep show arena; Best dressed bovine contest, show arena.
  • 5 p.m. — “Creepy” Critters, opposite Roschman Park shelter house.
  • 6 p.m. — Junior Fair Born and Raised in Allen County market lamb show, sheep show arena.
  • 6:30 p.m. — Open class dairy breeding show and dairy pee wee showmanship, show arena.
  • 7 p.m. — Harness racing, grandstand, Dunlap-Renner Memorial Pace (free admission); Junior fair dairy showmanship followed by junior fair dairy show, show arena; Three Bridges, gospel tent; “Creepy” Critters, opposite Roschman Park shelter house.
  • 8 p.m. — Jason Gilbert Karaoke, AAA Grandstand Plaza Stage.


  • 8 a.m. — Farrow to Finish followed by junior fair swine showmanship, open class best-dressed pig contest, peewee showmanship, women’s showmanship, men’s showmanship, champion of champions showmanship, and open class market hog show, all at show arena; Born and raised single fryer rabbit showmanship, rabbit barn.
  • 9 a.m. — Junior fair horse and pony show, Schmidthorst Pavilion; Junior fair dairy goat showmanship followed by dairy breeding and all other breeds, sheep show arena.
  • 11 a.m. — Demo Days, Ag and Fine Arts Building.
  • Noon to 8 p.m. — Taste of the Fair, midway.
  • Noon to 9 p.m. — Buck I Guy, Merchants Building and various locations on fairgrounds.
  • 1 p.m. — Junior fair born and raised market goat show, sheep show arena.
  • 3 p.m. — Junior fair market lamb showmanship, sheep show arena.
  • 5:30 p.m. — Junior fair market lamb show, show arena.
  • 5:45 p.m. — Wehri Sisters, Youth Activities Building.
  • 7 p.m. — Harness racing, Allen County Supertrot, Ohio Ladies Pace, grandstand; Seams, sew fine style show, Youth Activities Building; The Browns, gospel tent.
  • 8 p.m. — Decorating on a Dime, Youth Activities Building; Junior fair born and raised market steer show, show arena; Shifferly Road, AAA Grandstand Plaza Stage.
  • 9 p.m. — Junior fair movie night, sheep show arena.


  • 8 a.m. — Junior fair breeding rabbit show, rabbit barn; Open class sheep breeding show, market lamb show, showmanship and fleece show, all at sheep show arena.
  • 9 a.m. — Junior fair horse and pony show, Schmidthorst Pavilion; Junior fair dairy beef steers showmanship followed by junior fair dairy feeders show, show arena.
  • 1 p.m. — Junior fair beef showmanship followed by open class beef pee wee showmanship, junior fair breeding beef show, show arena.
  • 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. — Frogs and Toads, opposite Roschman Park shelter house.
  • 7 p.m. — Junior fair market steer show, show arena; Junior fair goat fun show, sheep show arena; The Ball Brothers, gospel tent; Cheerleading competition, grandstand ($5 for 7 and over, 6 and under free).
  • 9 p.m. — Jason Gilbert Karaoke, AAA Grandstand Plaza Stage.


  • 9 a.m. — Antique tractor pull, grandstand infield; Junior fair beginning, junior and senior rabbit judging contest, rabbit barn.
  • 11 a.m. — Golden Age Day Party, gospel tent; Junior fair horse and pony costume class, Schmidthorst Pavilion.
  • Noon to 9 p.m. — Buck I Guy, Merchants Building and various locations on fairgrounds.
  • 1 p.m. — Open class third flower show, Youth Activities Building.
  • 1:30 p.m. — Open class table scapes judging (classes 10-14), Ag and Fine Arts Building.
  • 2 p.m. — Golden Age Day Party, gospel tent; Turtles, opposite Roschman Park shelter house.
  • 4:30 p.m. — Junior fair livestock auction, show arena (chickens and rabbits).
  • 5 p.m. — Turtles, opposite Roschman Park shelter house.
  • 7 p.m. — Demolition derby featuring Kids Power Wheels, grandstand ($8 for 7 and over, 6 and under free, infield pass all ages, $15); Lima Beane Barbershop Chorus, gospel tent; Turtles, opposite Roschman Park shelter house.
  • 8 p.m. — Jiveturkeys, AAA Grandstand Plaza Stage; Dodgeball tournament, sheep show arena.


  • 9 a.m. — Junior fair livestock auction, show arena (lambs, beef steers, dairy beef steers, milk, hogs and goats).
  • Noon — Veterans program, tent behind gospel tent.
  • 12:30 p.m. — Veterans ham and bean soup, corn bread and hot dog lunch, tent behind gospel tent.
  • 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. — Spiders, opposite Roschman Park shelter house.
  • 7 p.m. — Triumphant Quartet, gospel tent; Livestock scramble, grandstand (free admission).
  • 8 p.m. — Jason Gilbert Karaoke, AAA Grandstand Plaza Stage.


  • 9 a.m. — Open class dairy goat showmanship followed by open class dairy goat breeding show, sheep show arena; Baton and flag corps competition, grandstand (free admission).
  • 10 a.m. — 4th Annual Equine Country Club Bud Lauck Memorial Retro Horse Show, Schmidthorst Pavilion.
  • 10:30 a.m. — Children Choosing Christ, gospel tent.
  • Noon — Junior fair champion of all champions showmanship contest, show arena.
  • 1:30 p.m. — Kewpee Classic open prospect steer and heifer show, show arena.
  • 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. — Snakes, opposite Roschman Park shelter house.
  • 2:30 p.m. — Wood carving and glass blowing auction, AAA Grandstand Plaza Stage.
  • 6 p.m. — West Central Ohio Angus Association Show, show arena.
  • 7 p.m. — EZ and Company, gospel tent; Motorcycle Stunt Show, grandstand (gates open at 5 p.m., $8 for ages 7 and over, 6 and under free).
  • 8 p.m. — Haywired, AAA Grandstand Plaza Stage.
Fort Fest @ Fort Jennings Park
Aug 17 – Aug 19 all-day

The annual Fort Jennings Fort Fest will be held this weekend. Events begin at noon Friday and at both 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The festival features exhibits from all over the United States including the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and their 9/11 “Never Forget” mobile exhibit. This 53-foot tractor-trailer unfolds into a 1,000-square-foot museum with interactive displays, artifacts from the Twin Towers and firefighting equipment used at the scene of the 9/11 disaster with live tours by FDNY firefighters.

Kevyn Howard, known for his role as Rafterman from Stanley Kubrick’s film “Full Metal Jacket,” will bring two of his national 9/11 Angels Memorial Cars to the event. These cars are adorned with names of the victims from the Twin Towers.

Returning to the festival will be War of 1812 re-enactments, artillery and cannon displays, the Wolf Hounds Vietnam re-enactment group, Children’s Camp 1812 and the Ohio MIA/POW Wall. Other activities include a motorcade/motorcycle run, classic car show and wine tasting featuring four Northwest Ohio wineries. Entertainment will feature Truckstop Manners, Exploit, Midwest Dueling Pianos and the 338th Army Band.

Flights on a Huey helicopter are arranged on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the cost going directly to the American Huey 369 organization.

More information is available at .

No Child Left Indoors @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Aug 18 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm

Hancock County Pheasants Forever in partnership with Black Swamp Bucks Unlimited, Hancock Park District and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources/Division of Wildlife will host youth outdoor adventures during a “No Child Left Indoors” event from 8:45 a.m. to noon Saturday at Oakwoods Nature Preserve, 1400 Oakwoods Lane.

Sign-in begins at 8:15 a.m. Recreational activities will include archery, fishing, kayaking, Discovery Station, air rifle, BB gun and shotgun use, and more. The free program is recommended for 7- to 17-year-olds accompanied by an adult. Food will be provided.

Preregister with Mark Plesec at

Mount Blanchard Heritage Day Festival @ Mount Blanchard
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Mount Blanchard Heritage Day Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, featuring classic cars, antique tractors, hit-or-miss engines, vintage bicycles and kiddie cars in the downtown show.

New to the festival are sidewalk chalk artists, hourly antique car races at Island Park, wood carving demonstrations, a presentation about prominent Hancock County residents by the Hancock County Historical Society, a 50/50 raffle and a photo booth with clothing styles from when Mount Blanchard was founded.

A Kimmel’s chicken and pork barbecue will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It includes a half-chicken or pork chop, two homemade sides, roll and beverage. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time at The Food Center or The Hair Stop in Mount Blanchard, or by calling 419-306-3073. A limited amount of dinners will be available the day of the event.

Other highlights include an old-fashioned pie tent and ice cream, a watermelon stand, petting zoo, craft vendors, food vendors and a kids’ carnival at Mount Blanchard United Methodist Church.

All proceeds from the festival go toward beautification projects in town and at the parks.

Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Aug 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Swiss Homestead at 8350 Bixel Road, Bluffton, will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. every Saturday through August.

Areas open to visitors will include the restored 1843 house; reconstructed summer kitchen; restored workshop; 1850s kitchen garden; an outdoor bake oven; and extensive grounds. Docents will be available to interpret the homestead’s history each weekend.

The 1854 barn will be open the last Saturday of each month only. Special activities will take place the second Saturday of each month: June 9 — making butter in the summer kitchen; July 14 — children’s games; Aug. 11 — working with tools in the workshop.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 16 and younger and members of the Swiss Community Historical Society.

TGMA Gospel Sing @ Riverside Park waterfall pavilion
Aug 18 @ 1:00 pm

TGMA Gospel Music Promotions will present a gospel sing at the Riverside Park waterfall pavilion, 231 McManness Ave., at 1 p.m. Aug. 18. Featured performers include One Voice, HeartSong, His Servants, Jericho Road, 4-4-1, New Presence, Arnold Coy and Molly Pickett. Admission is one nonperishable food item to benefit the Salvation Army. Bring your own lawn chair. For more information, call 419-934-5456.

P.O.D., Lit and Alien Ant Farm @ All American Rock House
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm

With worldwide sales topping 10 million, P.O.D. has more than a dozen radio hits, including “Southtown,” “Alive,” “Youth of the Nation,” “Boom,” “Beautiful” and their No. 1 single, “Lost In Forever.” Lit has been crafting songs in the Nashville tradition for its whole career of SoCal power punk music, with the 1999 breakout album, “A Place in the Sun,” yielding the hits “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Miserable.” Alien Ant Farm sold more than 5 million albums, garnered a Grammy nomination and enjoyed a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks with a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.”

Powell Memorial United Methodist Church Anniversary @ Powell Memorial United Methodist Church
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am

The 135th anniversary of Powell Memorial United Methodist Church, 9648 County Road 313, will be celebrated during the 10 a.m. worship service Aug. 19. The event will include remarks by the current pastor, the Rev. Hugh Bowland, and former pastors. There will also be children’s music, adult members’ favorite hymns and an organ and piano duet. The story of the traveling man and the significance of the lighted church steeple will be told. All former members and friends of the church are invited to attend.

Gibson Family Reunion @ Wharton Park shelter house
Aug 19 @ 12:00 pm

The family of Robert and Idella Gibson will hold its 98th reunion at noon Aug. 19 at the Wharton Park shelter house.

The day will feature kids’ games, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and bingo.

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