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Hancock County Camp Meeting @ Bible Methodist Church
Hancock County Camp Meeting @ Bible Methodist Church
Aug 11 all-day
The 118th annual Hancock County Camp meeting will be held at Bible Methodist Church, 529 Stadium Drive, Monday through Aug. 12. The Missionary Service will be held Thursday, with representatives from the Kentucky Holiness Association, Evangelistic Faith Missions and Holiness Pilgrim Mission. Marlin Hotle of Tennessee will be the evangelist and the Whitaker family will be in charge of music. Services will be held nightly at 7 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
Henry County Fair @ Henry County Fairgrounds
Henry County Fair @ Henry County Fairgrounds
Aug 11 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. THURSDAY 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. FRIDAY 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. SATURDAY 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. SUNDAY 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. MONDAY 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. TUESDAY 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[...]
Flag City BalloonFest @ Emory Adams Park
Flag City BalloonFest @ Emory Adams Park
Aug 11 all-day
Nearly 40 balloons from around the country will land in Findlay’s Emory Adams Park for the 19th annual Flag City BalloonFest from Aug. 10 to 12, featuring flights, rides, food vendors, activities and live music. Admission is free. The balloons will fly into the park at 7 a.m. each day, weather permitting. They also take off at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11. Spectators can watch as balloons engage in competitions, including a beanbag drop from the flying balloons. A ring-grab contest includes a Hula-Hoop ring on a 20-foot pole, which the pilots must grab as they fly by. Accuracy and skill is required for the pilot to reach the ring. The festival’s opening ceremony will happen at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 10, with the Midnight Entertainment District and its 21-and-over beer tent opening at 5. The district and tent will open 8 a.m. Aug. 11 and at noon Aug. 12, with food vendors opening 4 p.m. Aug. 10, 11 a.m. Aug. 11 and 10 a.m. Aug. 12. The hot air balloon illumination will happen 9 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11. This involves heating the air inside the balloon with propane-fueled fire, which causes the balloon to glow brightly at night. Fireworks will follow Aug. 10’s illumination at 9:30 p.m., with an Aug. 11 rain date set. Aug. 12 begins with a free pancake breakfast at 6:30 a.m., with a sunrise praise service from 7:30 to 7:50 a.m. Balloon rides will be available at 6:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11, weather permitting, with refunds and rescheduled rides available, including the morning of Aug. 12. Rides cost $250 a person with preregistration required, available at or by calling 513-932-9007. Tethered balloon rides will also be available from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 for $20 a person paid at the gate. The weekend’s musical performances include Findlay native and Nashville songwriter Josh Melton playing from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 10, with Nashville Crush playing from 10 p.m. to midnight. Aug. 11’s Battle of the Bands runs from noon to 10 p.m. and features Miss Ohio winner Matti-Lynn Chrisman, Shifferly Road Band, Moths in the Attic, Random Draw Band and The Athen Ry competing for votes from the attendees. Grammy-winning country artist Bryan White will conclude the weekend’s music from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 12. Other attractions include an Aug. 11 car and motorcycle show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; an Aug. 11 5K at 8 a.m. (registration available online) along with a 9 a.m. CASA/GAL Super Hero Fun Run; Aug. 10 and 11 helicopter rides for $35 a person (no reservation needed); a petting zoo and pony rides; Aug. 10 autographs with Chrisman from 6 to 8 p.m. and Aug. 11 autographs with the balloon pilots from 4 to 5 p.m.; a vintage base ball tournament with 19th century rules from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11; a remote-controlled airplane show and display by the Findlay Flying Circuits Aug. 10 and 11; knockerball; a kids’ fair, and more. New this year is an arts, crafts and Amish-made goods show featuring artwork, crafts, apparel, jewelry, leather work, woodworking, and cottage foods. The show will run from 4:30 p.m. Aug 10 and 10 a.m. Aug. 11 until 8:30 p.m. each day. It will also be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 12. Other new attractions include the only 1966 Batmobile in the world to be ridden and autographed by Adam West and Evel Knievel, which will be on site all three days for photo opportunities. The Entertainment District will also have a mobile escape room for attendees of all ages, with two puzzles each offered for $5 a person. Flag City Honor Flight will also host Veterans Night on Aug. 10 from 5 to 10 p.m., with food provided by Heavenly Pizza. For more information and a full schedule, visit
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9:30 am Basket Weaving Class @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Basket Weaving Class @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Aug 11 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
A basket weaving class for adults will be held at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lindamood Room. The class will be making a small market basket. Registration is required by visiting the registration desk. A material fee of $14 must be paid at the time of registration.
10:00 am Phillips Discovery Center Open House @ Discovery Center in Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Phillips Discovery Center Open House @ Discovery Center in Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chris Allen, program specialist with the Hancock Park District, will display insect nests and provide facts about them from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday during an open house at “Doc” Phillips Discovery Center in Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Activities and attractions will include: bird watching via the Windows on Wildlife, mounted animals and live animals on display, nature videos, field guides and nature books for reading, touch table, and puppets. There will be seasonal displays and exhibits too. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
10:00 am Portage Holiness Camp @ Portage Holiness Camp
Portage Holiness Camp @ Portage Holiness Camp
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am
Portage Holiness Camp will be held Aug. 1-12, with daily services for the public at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Services will be led by the Rev. Lane Loman and the Rev. Gary Bond. Simultaneously, youth services and sporting activities will be led by the Rev. Brad Buhro for ages 12-18. The camp is located one mile east of Portage, and overnight facilities are available with reservations. The precamp concert, featuring the Morse Family Singers, will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 in the Portage Camp Tabernacle. For reservations, contact Dave Doolittle at 567-208-8693 or More information is at
1:00 pm Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Swiss Homestead Open House @ Swiss Homestead
Aug 11 @ 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.
4:00 pm Arlington Village Festival @ Arlington
Arlington Village Festival @ Arlington
Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm – 11:59 pm
The fourth annual Arlington Village Festival will be held from 4 to midnight Friday and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. The festival’s famous homemade noodles and desserts, along with other food options, will be available starting at 4 p.m. both days.. The parade steps off at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Due to construction, the route has changed this year and will begin at the high school, traveling north onto Cumberland and crossing back over Ohio 68 at the library, ending at the park. Entertainment has been added to the weekend lineup with Eric Sowers Band taking the stage at 9 p.m. Friday. This concert is in conjunction with the annual Corn Hole Tournament which will begin at 8 p.m. in the adult zone. Saturday evening is highlighted by concerts from the up-and-coming group Kaitlyn Schmit & The Move at 7 p.m., followed by Joshua Melton at 10. Another addition to this year’s festival is an area for teens ages 13-19. A glow party will begin Friday after the parade, and a free flag football competition starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. This will be followed by a teen corn hole tournament, trash pong, beach volleyball, Twister and more. The kiddie parade returns at 6 p.m. Saturday, with prizes available in various categories. Other kids’ games and inflatables will also be offered. The festival also hosts a “Blast of Color 5K,” welcoming families to walk or run from the park around town for a little colorful fun. Registration starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the shelter house, with the race beginning at 9. Proceeds from festival and previous grant monies from Hancock County Community Foundation will help develop, sustain and maintain a walking path around the park. For more information, “Like” Arlington Village Festival on Facebook or check
4:00 pm Unquenchable Love Summit @ Findlay Art League
Unquenchable Love Summit @ Findlay Art League
Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 12 @ 12:00 am
An “Unquenchable Love Summit” will be held from 4 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday at the Findlay Art League, 117 W. Crawford St. The live artist summit is being organized by Cathy Schock and will feature prayer and worship through varying forms of artistic expression. Ministers in prayer, praise and creativity are being sought to lead hourlong sessions. Attendees can come and go as they please, or are welcome to stay for the entire 14-hour event. To sign up as a leader or for more information, email Schock at
6:00 pm The Unsinkable Molly Brown @ Pandora-Gilboa school auditoria
The Unsinkable Molly Brown @ Pandora-Gilboa school auditoria
Aug 11 @ 6:00 pm
The Riley Creek Singers will present the musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” from Aug. 10-12 in the Pandora-Gilboa school auditoria. Tickets will be available as of July 30 from any cast member or at the Riley Creek Pharmacy in Pandora. Call assistant director Valerie Nusbaum at 419-384-3782 for more details.
8:00 pm You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm
Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” gang will leap off the funny pages and onto the Fort Findlay Playhouse stage for three blocks (but not “blockheads”) of musical performances. “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” will run July 26 to 29, Aug. 2 to 5 and Aug. 9 to 12. Sunday shows begin at 5 p.m., with all other shows starting at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Monday for $15, with a $1.50 service charge per ticket with credit cards. They can be reserved in person from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St., over the phone at 567-525-3636 during box office hours or online at Presented through special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, the show features music and lyrics by Clark Gesner with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and extra dialogue by Michael Mayer. The story follows bossy Lucy (Samantha Henry), hopelessly in love with piano prodigy, Schroeder (David Marquart), who doesn’t give her the time of day. Perfectionist Sally (Ashley Carey) is still mocking blanket-toting Linus (Rob Stauffer). Snoopy (Seth Carey) is continuing his adventures as the Red Baron; and the “blockhead” himself, Charlie Brown (Patrick Davis), pines for “the little red-headed girl” without getting a single Valentine from his classmates. Key members of the gang get a song or two in the spotlight: Charlie Brown sings about battling his friendly enemy, “The Kite”; Lucy dispenses some psychiatric help when “The Doctor is In”; Snoopy dishes about “Suppertime”; thoughtful Linus sings about “My Blanket and Me”; Schroeder delivers his own version of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”; and the entire company performs “Happiness” and also lets the star of the show know “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Aeryn Williams directs the show along with the music, Caroline Guy choreographs and Jordan Gottschalk produces. Orchestra members include Tina Matteson on piano, Mara Wallace on bass, Brian Fortin on percussion, Tom Carey on violin, and Desra Dabney on reeds. For more information, visit Fort Findlay’s website or click on “Our Shows” at
9:00 pm Millstream Astronomy Club: Perseid Meteor Shower @ Shelter 5, Riverbend Recreation Area
Millstream Astronomy Club: Perseid Meteor Shower @ Shelter 5, Riverbend Recreation Area
Aug 11 @ 9:00 pm
Steve Rice, a member of the Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program about the Perseid meteor shower at 9 p.m. Saturday in Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area. After the presentation, participants may observe Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus and the meteors. There will be telescopes available or participants may bring one. The free, family program requires no registration. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.

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