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Henry County Fair @ Henry County Fairgrounds
Henry County Fair @ Henry County Fairgrounds
Aug 12 all-day
The Henry County Fair will be held from Aug. 10 to 17 at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Napoleon. More information, including schedule: http://thecourier.com/local-news/2017/08/07/henry-county-fair-kicks-off-thursday/
Flag City BalloonFest @ Emory Adams Park
Flag City BalloonFest @ Emory Adams Park
Aug 12 all-day
More than 40 balloons will fly into Findlay’s Emory Adams Park for Flag City BalloonFest, a free event running from Aug. 11-13. BalloonFest was founded in 1999 by Findlay businessman Dan Clinger, who worked with a committee of family, friends, and volunteers to create a local celebration for the new millennium in 2000. The festival has continued every year since, with this year’s event drawing balloons from locations like Upper Sandusky and Lima to places as far away as Florida, North Carolina and Texas. Standing eight stories high (with some special-shaped balloons standing taller), the balloons take off and fly into the park at 7 a.m. each day, weather permitting. They also take off at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The special-shaped balloons are known as “fiesta balloons,” and they have become crowd favorites, said Bruce Baker, media chairperson of BalloonFest. These include “Oggy the Friendly Dragon” from Westfield, Indiana; Peg Leg Pete from Mahomet, Illinois; and Gordo, a monkey and BalloonFest regular, from Columbia, Missouri. Most of the balloons are competing to win points for the U.S. and World Nationals. Competitions include a bean bag 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 balloons will light up the park for illumination ceremonies at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, weather permitting. This involves heating the air inside the balloon with propane-fueled fire, which causes the balloon to glow brightly. During a daytime flight, this effect is usually not seen, but the BalloonFest website described the nighttime view as “stunning.” Friday’s events will conclude with a fireworks display at 10 p.m. Sunday’s activities include a free pancake breakfast for at least 200 people at 6:30 a.m., and a praise service at 7:30 a.m. Other attractions during the weekend include a Saturday car and motorcycle show; food vendors; a beer garden; a beer-making demonstration by the Hancock County HomeBrewers Association; helicopter rides; a remote-controlled airplane show and display by the Findlay Flying Circuits; Hancock County sheriff K-9 demonstrations; a petting zoo; a kids fair; knocker ball; autograph sessions with Miss Ohio and the balloon pilots; a Saturday morning 5K race; a vintage base ball match with 19th century rules; and more. Music will be provided by four local bands from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday in a battle of the bands, and Saturday’s music will run from 5:30 to 11 p.m., featuring Nashville-based Findlay native Joshua Melton and Sol Jam, a local act. Balloon rides are offered to the general public during some of the morning and evening flights. “Tiny,” a balloon piloted by Brian Trapp of Lebanon, Ohio, can carry up to 10 riders, depending on their weight. The rides cost $250 per person. If the ride is canceled due to high winds or poor weather, $225 will be refunded or the participants could make arrangements to fly Sunday morning or another time. Participants must arrive at Emory Adams Park’s information tent half an hour before their scheduled flight to check in. Pre-registration and advance payment are required and can be done on flagcityballoonfest.com by clicking on the “Balloons” tab and clicking on “balloon rides,” as well as by emailing pilots@flagcityballoonfest.com Tethered balloon rides are offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and cost $20, with no registration required. Laurie Givin of Lebanon, Ohio, will offer the rides in her balloon, “Lady Blye.” In the event of inclement weather, including rain and dangerous winds, flights can be canceled but other events continue. The BalloonFest is a drone-free zone. No drones are allowed to fly by the public during the entire event. For a full schedule of events, visit flagcityballoonfest.com or call 567-208-0026 for more information.
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9:00 am Bridenbaugh School Open House @ Bridenbaugh One-Room School House
Bridenbaugh School Open House @ Bridenbaugh One-Room School House
Aug 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Bridenbaugh One-Room School House will hold a free open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. At 1 p.m., historian and collector Paul Nusbaum will present a program on local Indian artifacts, including some examples of Indian stones that he has restored to show their use in everyday life along the Riley Creek. Members of the Bridenbaugh family will also be available to discuss the history of the school and its restoration. The Bridenbaugh One-Room School House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at the intersection of county roads 6 and M6, just north of Pandora. For more information, call Dale Bridenbaugh at 419-384-3374.
10:00 am Windows on Wildlife @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Windows on Wildlife @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Katie Mehlow, Hancock Park District program specialist, will have an interactive display about nature and be available to answer questions during an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. There will be bird watching through the “Windows on Wildlife,” mounted animals and live animals on display, nature videos, field guides and nature books to read, a touch table and puppets, and seasonal displays and exhibits. The family program is free and requires no registration. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275 or go online at hancockparks.com.
10:30 am Crochet and Knitting Program @ Putnam County District Library
Crochet and Knitting Program @ Putnam County District Library
Aug 12 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A crochet and knitting program will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Participants should bring a crochet hook size H, I or J; one color skein of yarn; and size 8 or 9 needles for knitting — circular are best. Donations of yarn are also being accepted.
12:00 pm Start the Conversation @ Cowboys & Angels/Venue 18
Start the Conversation @ Cowboys & Angels/Venue 18
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Several community leaders will come together Saturday with the hope of starting a new conversation about the impact of heroin abuse in America. “Start the Conversation: A day of heroin awareness education” will take place from noon to midnight Saturday at Cowboys & Angels/Venue 18, 11295 W. Ohio 18. Area experts, mental health professionals and recovering heroin addicts will be on hand for the all-day event in a collaborative effort to open people’s eyes to the devastating effects of opioid abuse. At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Richie Webber, a 25-year-old recovering addict and mixed martial arts fighter, will discuss “Fight For Recovery” — the nonprofit he founded to combat the heroin epidemic in northwestern Ohio. At 2 p.m., Mircea Handru, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties, will lead a discussion about the various resources available to addicts and their families. At 3 p.m., Stacey Gibson with the Seneca County Board of Health will talk about how families can prevent drug abuse through open discussion. Tim Wise, site director for Firelands Counseling and Recovery in Fremont, will speak at 4 p.m. regarding medication-assisted treatment, detox services and other treatment options. Koriann Evans, who has been in long-term recovery, will speak about breaking the silence, raising awareness and putting an end to stigma. Her program begins at 5 p.m. Tim Sarreshteh, whose daughter Rachael succumbed to her addiction on Aug. 14, 2016, will lead a motorcycle rally at 1 p.m. Saturday. “Rachael’s Ride” will travel from Fostoria to the Viaduct Bar & Grill in Tiffin and to Brew U in Findlay before returning to Fostoria. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at Cowboys & Angels/Venue 18. The event will conclude at Cowboys & Angels/Venue 18 with live music from Silence the Echoes, Bones of Giants, Autumn Burning and South-Carolina based Alice in Chains tribute band Grind.
7:00 pm Eliot Lewis @ The Jones Mansion
Eliot Lewis @ The Jones Mansion
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm
Independent multi-instrumentalist Eliot Lewis will return to the Jones Mansion for a special benefit concert to restore its upper porch. The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, with doors opening at 6 p.m. A former member of Average White Band, Lewis consistently performs and releases his own brand of guitar-oriented rock and soul as a solo artist, performing at the Hollywood Bowl and Japan’s Budokan Arena, and he has appeared on television programs like “The Voice,” “The Today Show,” “The View,” and Conan O’Brien’s and Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night programs. He is also a frequent collaborator with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Daryl Hall and John Oates in their live performances, and makes regular appearances on Hall’s “Live From Daryl’s House” online series. He has also worked with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, Train, Grace Potter, Ben Folds, Booker T., Jewel, Rob Thomas, Keb’ Mo’, Jason Mraz, Darius Rucker and Gavin DeGraw. Elijah’s bar will be open to serve refreshments. Seats are reserved for the length of the show, so attendees can visit the bar and restrooms without losing their spots. Seating is limited, and there will be no sales at the door the day of the event if presale tickets sell out. The first-sold tickets reserve the most desired seats. Tickets cost $15 per person and can be reserved by calling Leslie at 419-427-6110.
7:00 pm Findlay High School Class of 1997 20th Reunion @ Fin’s Seafood & Grille
Findlay High School Class of 1997 20th Reunion @ Fin’s Seafood & Grille
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm
The Findlay High School Class of 1997 will hold its 20th reunion at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 on the patio at Fin’s Seafood & Grille, 1801 Broad Ave. Email Nathan Aukerman at Ukalum24@yahoo.com to RSVP or for more information.
9:00 pm Perseid Meteor Shower @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 5
Perseid Meteor Shower @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 5
Aug 12 @ 9:00 pm
Steve Rice of Millstream Astronomy Club will present a program on the Perseid Meteor Shower at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area. After the program, visitors may view the night sky by telescope. The family program is free and no registration is necessary. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office, 419-425-7275, or online at hancockparks.com

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