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Hamler Country Fest @ Hamler Community Park
Hamler Country Fest @ Hamler Community Park
May 19 all-day
Henry County will crank up its volume for two days of music, food and camping when the Hamler Country Fest roars into Hamler Community Park on Ohio 109. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, with Friday admission at $15.75; Saturday is $20.90; a primitive camping site (with two Friday and Saturday admission tickets) costs $124; and $330 pays for a campsite with four backstage passes, along with two Friday and Saturday tickets. Ages 16 and under are free with paid adult admission. Jerrod Niemann will headline Saturday’s bill, with Bucky Covington leading the way on Friday. Covington competed on “American Idol”‘s fifth season, and his self-titled debut album opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first-week sales for any debut country artist in 2007. His songs include “Different World,” “I’ll Walk,” “Good To Be Us,” “Buzzin’” and “Drinking Side of Country” (a duet with Shooter Jennings). Niemann co-wrote multiple songs for Garth Brooks, including the No. 1 hit, “Good Ride Cowboy.” His chart-topping major-label debut, “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury,” hit The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2010, with gold-certified Top 5 single “What Do You Want” and platinum-certified No. 1 hit, “Lover, Lover,” the song Niemann says changed his life. He is touring on the heels of his fourth studio album, “This Ride,” featuring the single, “I Got This.”   Friday’s music lineup begins at 7 p.m. with Adam Calvert, a southeastern Ohio native and Tennessee transplant; guitarist/singer Chris Salyer and bassist/singer Shellby Messmer, a duo based in Wayne, follow at 8:30; Brent Lowry and the Drifters, a Pemberville-based quintet, will perform at 9; and Covington will take the stage around 11. Redfeather, a Putnam County quintet, kicks off Saturday’s music at 3:30 p.m.; Waterville-based indie rocker Aaron Hertzfeld plays at 4:30; CJ Solar’s country music and southern rock fusion follows at 5; Vester Frey, an old time, roots rock, Americana and country blues stylist, plays at 6:30; country-rock quintet Nashville Crush commences at 7; Brent Lowry and Wade Wedge will bring their acoustic and multi-instrumental talents to the stage at 8:30; Natalie Stovall and the Drive, a Nashville-based quintet whose frontwoman/fiddler competed on the 13th season of “The Voice,” play at 9; and Niemann begins around 11. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Campers may arrive beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, and must be removed by Monday, May 21; a full list of camping regulations is available at The concerts will be under a roof with open seating, and lawn chairs are encouraged. Food and beverages are available, and no carry-ins are allowed. Signed memorabilia auctions run at 10:30 p.m. each day, registration for Saturday’s 5 p.m. cornhole tournament is at 4:30; and vendors include Tri-R Guns gun raffle; The Snack Shack; The Deshler Legion; Frank’s Fries; and Tiny’s BBQ. For more information, visit the event’s website, call 419-748-7459 or email
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7:00 am Armed Forces Day @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
Armed Forces Day @ Hancock County Fairgrounds
May 19 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Five people will be honored this weekend as part of the 31st annual Armed Forces Day celebration, hosted by the Findlay Military Association at the Hancock County Fairgrounds. Hours for the three-day event are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to noon Sunday. Daily admission is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6-17. Children younger than 6 are admitted free. Parking is free; enter at Gate C off Fishlock Avenue. Sgt. Jacob Hunt of the Ohio Army National Guard will be honored as the Hancock County “Military Person of the Year.” Four others will be recognized as “Veteran of the Year,” including Army S2 Security Specialist Joyce Winter, Army Command Sgt. Major Ronald Winter (retired), Army Lt. Colonel James Woodward (retired) and Army Master Sgt. E8 Leasha Dixson (retired). Armed Forces Day events will also include living history displays, musical performances, military vehicles, re-enactment performances and flamethrower demonstrations by Charles Hobson, an instructor for flamethrower operator training with 30 years of experience. He is author of the book, “The Illustrated Manual of U.S. Portable Flamethrowers.” An American Huey 369 helicopter and Wolfhounds will be at the fairgrounds at noon Friday and at 10:45 a.m. Saturday. There will also be a military memorabilia and vehicle parts swap meet and sale. A military service pass and review will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Food and beverages will be available throughout the event, and camping is available. Opening ceremonies will be held Saturday, which is Armed Forces Day, beginning at 10:15 a.m. The Arlington High School All-Brass Marching Band will perform, and the guest speaker is retired Army Col. James Coomler. A native of Indiana, Coomler holds a masters of military arts and science degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. He held a wide variety of command and staff assignments in the United States, the Federal Republic of Germany and South Korea. After retiring from the Army in 1999, he became the senior instructor for Springfield High School’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program. He retired from that position in 2015. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Accommodation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal and the Federal Republic of Germany’s Silver Iron Cross. A GI breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Building D with Coomler as the speaker. Cost of the breakfast is $6. Show admission is not included with the breakfast ticket. Following breakfast, the veterans recognition and awards program will begin at 8:30. Honorees include: • Hunt, a Findlay High School graduate, enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard as an 118th Infantryman as a 17-year high school junior. He graduated from infantry school and two months later was deployed with Bravo Company 1-148th of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to Afghanistan, where he served 14 months. He is currently preparing to serve as an Ohio Army National Guard recruiter/career counselor. Hunt’s military awards include the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. • Joyce Winter enlisted in the Army in 1971. After completing basic and specialist trainings, she was assigned to the Pentagon as 2nd assistant to the first woman brigadier general in the Army, a position she held until 1973. She also served as a casualty specialist, S2 security specialist and operational administrative specialist. Since receiving an honorable discharge in 1978, she worked as a bookkeeper, transportation specialist, payroll specialist and data processing specialist before retiring in 2003. She resides in Arlington. Her military awards include two Good Conduct Medals and National Defense Service Medal. • Ronald Winter enlisted in the Army in 1956. After completing basic training, he was assigned to intelligence school, where he completed a Morse intercept course. His assignments have included duties in Kenai, Alaska; Berlin, Germany; Republic of Vietnam; and Udorn, Thailand. He retired from the Army as a command sergeant major in 1979 and worked with Army Intelligence until 1987. He now lives in Arlington. His military awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Civilian Commendation Medal, seven Good Conduct Medals, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (3 stars), Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Vietnam Civic Action Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device. • A graduate of Arcadia High School and Findlay College, Woodward was commissioned a 1st Lieutenant and attended Army Command College and the Air Force War College. He served 34 years in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve before retiring in 1989 as a lieutenant colonel. In his professional life, he worked at Cooper Tire for 38 years. His military awards include the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Expert Infantry Badge. • Dixson joined the Women’s Army Corps after graduating from high school. She served three tours in Germany and one tour in Korea. She was a cryptologist and switchboard operator and later was a unit supply specialist. She joined the Army Reserve as an individual reserve augmentee. In 2004, she was deployed to Iraq. She retired from the Army in 2015 and works at Marathon Petroleum Co., where she has 17 years of service. Her military awards include the Army Achievement Medal (2nd OLC), Good Conduct Medal (fifth award), National Defense Service Medal (third award), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal W/M Device, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (third award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and a Marksman Qualification Badge with Rifle Bar. For more information about Armed Forces Day, visit Armed Forces Day itinerary Friday 7 a.m. — Gates open to the public 8 a.m.[...]
8:30 am Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive @ Walmart
Rose of Sharon Scholarship Fund Drive @ Walmart
May 19 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Members of the Hancock County Korean War Veterans Chapter 172 will conduct their annual Rose of Sharon Scholarship fund drive from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Walmart, 1161 Trenton Ave. All net proceeds will be used for first-year college student scholarships for eligible grandchildren of chapter members. Each donor will receive a rose of Sharon, the national flower of South Korea. Children will receive a miniature American flag. The fund drive began in 2002 and has provided 74 scholarships totaling $37,000. This is the chapter’s only fund drive for the year. For membership or additional information, call Larry Monday at 419-387-7532.
9:00 am Jenelle Hohman Color Me Happy Walk and 5K @ Riverside Park
Jenelle Hohman Color Me Happy Walk and 5K @ Riverside Park
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Jenelle Hohman Color Me Happy Walk and 5K will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 19 at Riverside Park. The color run, presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hancock County, was renamed last year for Hohman, a Findlay health care professional who specialized in play therapy for children. Hohman died in February 2017. Howard Ohler, board vice president at NAMI, said this is the organization’s ninth annual color walk and serves as NAMI’s signature fundraising event. “All proceeds go toward serving our clients with free classes, training and programming throughout the year,” Ohler said. Examples of programs designed to help individuals and families living with mental illness include Connections, Family-to-family and Peer-to-peer. New this year will be a health fair featuring over 20 local vendors offering free screenings, massages and more, along with a kids’ fest and pet zone, where free dog washing and nail trimming will be available. Eleven food vendors including Yellowbird Food Shack, Kimmel’s Meats and Amy May’s Rockin’ Tacos will be stationed throughout the park. The walk is highlighted by five color stations where participants walk through a different color of dyed corn starch powder. “And of course by the end, these people are doused in color,” Ohler said. “Ears, eyelashes, everything.” Those who register before May 11 will receive event T-shirts. The cost is $40 for adults 13 and older and $10 for children 6-12 years. Participants 5 and younger are free. Online registration can be made at or on race day for an additional $5. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. the day of the walk.
9:00 am Self-Guided Float Trips on the Blanchard River @ Blanchard Landing
Self-Guided Float Trips on the Blanchard River @ Blanchard Landing
May 19 @ 9:00 am
Hancock Park District is offering a series of self-guided float trips on the Blanchard River, with shuttle service provided by the park district. The trips will follow the river from Liberty Landing to Blanchard Landing. Trips will be offered at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, May 5, 12 and 19. The shuttle will be at Blanchard Landing at 9 a.m. Canoeists and kayakers will be transported to Liberty Landing. Register in-person at the Hancock Park District office or online at by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the trip. Cost is $20 per person, per trip, and registration is for adults and youth 16 and 17 years old. The 16-year-old participants must be accompanied by someone at least 18 years old. Participants must have a signed “Assumption of Risk/Liability Release/Waiver of all Claims” form and/or a parental consent form for the younger participants. Forms will be available at Liberty Landing prior to the trip. There is a maximum of 10 individuals per trip, with two participants per canoe, and individuals must be able to swim. For more information, call the park district at 419-425-7275.
10:00 am Crocheting Program @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
Crocheting Program @ Putnam County District Library -- Ottawa
May 19 @ 10:00 am
A free program on crocheting will be held at 10 a.m. May 19 at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Deb Kuhlman will lead the program. Those attending should bring a crochet hook size H and one color skein of yarn. Items made will be donated to those in need.
10:30 am Bustles and Brunch @ The Jones Mansion
Bustles and Brunch @ The Jones Mansion
May 19 @ 10:30 am
The Jones Mansion’s spring brunch will feature quiche, fresh fruit and chilled mimosas while taking a look at mid- to late Victorian fashions. Casey Heilman, local historian, will demonstrate and explain women’s fashions of the 19th century, featuring hoops, bustles and puffed sleeves. Guests are encouraged to wear a vintage hat or ensemble.
1:30 pm “Curtains Up” @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
“Curtains Up” @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 19 @ 1:30 pm
Becky’s School of Dance, home of the Findlay Academy of Ballet, will perform “Curtains Up,” a dance extravaganza with the theme of “Once Upon a Time.” About 300 dancers will perform, ranging from age 3 to adult.
7:00 pm Birchaven Village USO Tribute @ Birchaven Village
Birchaven Village USO Tribute @ Birchaven Village
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Birchaven Village will host a special tribute to the United States Organization’s (USO) shows of the past from 7-8:30 p.m. May 19 at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane. All veterans, spouses of veterans and a guest are invited to a night of hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live entertainment including The Flag City Rock & Soul Revue, Marilyn Monroe impersonator “Marilyn Performs” and Hancock County’s Marine Corps Color Guard. RSVP by Friday to Jeanna Kolhoff at 419-348-6978 or
9:00 pm Astronomy Around the Globe @ Shelter 5, Riverbend Recreation Area
Astronomy Around the Globe @ Shelter 5, Riverbend Recreation Area
May 19 @ 9:00 pm
Dave Ferguson, with Millstream Astronomy Club, will discuss “Astronomy Around the Globe” at 9 p.m. Saturday at Shelter 5 in Riverbend Recreation Area. After the program, there will be viewings of the nearly first-quarter moon, Venus, and Jupiter with four of its moons. No registration is required for the free family program. Participants may bring their own telescopes. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office, 419-425-7275.

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