ETC: 148th Wood County Fair to open in Bowling Green Aug. 2

Press Staff Writer

        The 148th Wood County Fair will be held Aug. 2-9 at the county fairgrounds, 13800 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green.
        Fair highlights include:
        • Aug. 2 - Veterans Day; Opening Ceremony, 7 p.m.; Parade and Queen and King Coronation, 7:30 p.m.
        • Aug. 3 – Harness racing, 5 p.m.; Music by Herbie and The Love Bugs, 7-10 p.m.; Junior Fair Dance, 8-10 p.m.
        • Aug. 4 – D.A.R.E. Day; Kids’ Ride Special ($10 from noon-5 p.m.); Harness racing at 5 p.m.; Water Ball Tournament, 6:30 p.m.; Brent Lowry Band, 7-10 p.m.
        • Aug. 5 – Senior Citizens’ Day; Quilt Show, 10 a.m.; Tractor Pull, 10 a.m.; 4 Wheel Drive Trucks, 7 p.m.
        • Aug. 6 – Cheerleading competition at 10 a.m.; Demolition derbies – Combine, Little Tikes, Mower, Minivans, 7 p.m.
        • Aug. 7 – Feed Wood County Food Drive by Brown Bag Food Project, noon-8 p.m.; Riverbend Band, 7-10 p.m.;   Championship rodeo, 7:30 p.m.
        • Aug. 8 –Monster Truck Showdown at 6 30 p.m.
        • Aug. 9 – Catch A Pig contest at 5 p.m.; Demolition for derbies for cars and trucks, 7:30 p.m.
        In addition, fairgoers can enjoy shows by chainsaw carver Dennis Beach, and the Great Lakes Timber Lumberjack Show, a petting zoo, agricultural displays and judging, contests, a quilt show, amusement rides and much more.
        For a complete schedule of events, visit
Book signing
        Bill Kieffer, an Elmore resident and village councilmember, veteran, coach/advisor and HR/talent management executive, will host a book signing event for his recently released book, “Military Career Transition: Insights from the Employer Side of the Desk,” Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Christy’s Corner Café, 368 Rice St., Elmore.         Kieffer says he is excited to partner with Christy’s Corner Café for this event, “as we both share a passion for supporting service members, veterans, small business and our community.”
        Books will be available for sale, and Kieffer will sign books that have been already purchased. The event is open to the public. The book is also available online at             
        Kieffer has worked with hun­dreds of service members, veterans, other individuals and organizations around the globe regarding career transition, leadership development, performance improvement and talent and business strategy throughout his career.
        He is active in his community, and was honored to present “Investing in the Middle” at TEDx Toledo in 2017. He has worked in and traveled to 32 countries and set foot on every continent except Antarc­tica.
        Christy's Corner Café is the first business sponsored by Engaging Opportunities Foundation. The Foundation provides meaningful opportunities for individuals with special needs and strives to help individuals reach their goals and greatest potential, and helps pave the way to long-term employment through job training while inspiring a culture of acceptance and awareness within the community.
        Christy's Corner Cafe is a dedicated supporter of service members and veterans, having sponsored and participated in multiple related events, including “Operation Oreo” and the Elmore American Legion Rider’s annual “Veterans Honor Ride.”
Celebrate Women’s Right to Vote Aug. 4
        To celebrate 101 years since women received the right to vote, the Northwest Ohio League of Women Voters will present a voter registration drive, a short performance and march on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont.
        These events will take place before Hayes Presidential’s Verandah Concert that evening.
        The League of Women Voters’ events were originally planned for August 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, but were postponed until this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
        The voter registration drive will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. in a tent at Spiegel Grove, the grounds of Hayes Presidential. Craft materials will also be available for women and girls to make their own suffragette sashes and participate in the parade.
        The Glacity Theatre Cooperative, of Toledo, will perform the short production “Rally,” based on an actual 1920s women’s rally. It was written by Holly Monsos, professor and chairman of the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Toledo.
        The event will begin a little before 6 p.m. with a parade/march forming at a gathering place on the grounds and proceeding to the south end of the verandah. The play will begin at around 6 p.m.
        Hayes Presidential’s ice cream social will also begin at 6 p.m., and the concert featuring Matthew Ball, aka “The Boogie Woogie Kid,” will start at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a chair or blanket for seating on the Hayes Home lawn.
        Verandah Concerts are sponsored by Fremont Federal Credit Union with additional funding by ProMedica.
        The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
        For information, call 419-332-2081, visit or follow HPLM on social media.
Elmore & Genoa library August events
        August will be a busy month at the Harris-Elmore and Genoa libraries. From outdoor movies to parking lot bingo, there will be fun for all ages.
        • Harry Potter Magic Show – Join local magician Eli Martin for two Harry Potter-themed magic shows on Aug. 14. Shows will be offered at 10 a.m. on the Elmore Historical Society Lawn, 353 Ottawa St., Elmore and at 2 p.m. at Clay Center Park on Susan Street in Clay Center.
        Grab your summer reading t-shirt and a STEM kit (while supplies last) before the show. Shows will be moved into the library with limited capacity in the event of of bad weather.
        • Outdoor Movie Nights – Swing by for the last outdoor movies of the year. Don’t forget your blankets and snacks.
        On Aug. 20, “Playing with Fire,” will be screened at 9 p.m. at the Harris-Elmore Library.
        On Aug. 27, “A Dog’s Journey,” will be shown at 9 p.m. at the Genoa Library.
        • Back to School Bash – Join Ms. Abigail to say goodbye to summer with outdoor games, a craft table, a face-painting station and hot dogs.
        The celebration will be held Aug. 17 from noon-2 p.m. at the Genoa Library and Aug. 25 from noon-2 p.m. at the Harris-Elmore Library.
        • Parking Lot Bingo – Carpool with members of your household and play through the radio. Bingo cards and markers will be provided.
        Play Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. at Genoa Veteran’s Park Parking Lot (next to the Big Dipper) and Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Elmore Historical Society Gravel Lot (facing the barn).
        Each month the Elmore and Genoa libraries offer fun, free crafts and programs that invite community members to
get involved. Check out a full list of programs online at
I       For more info, call the Harris-Elmore Public Library at 419-862-2482 or the Genoa Branch Library at 419-855-3380.
Fall tea reservations
        Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society is accepting reservations for its fall tea, which will feature a portrayal of Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, beginning Sunday, Aug. 1.
        Teas will be presented Sept. 9 and 14 at noon. Call Betty Metz at 419-346-8979 for more details and to make a reservation.
“All Shook Up”
        The Teen Rep, part of the Toledo Repertoire, will present the jukebox musical, “All Shook Up,” Aug. 5-6 at 7 p.m. the Ottawa Park Amphitheatre, 2205 Kenwood Boulevard, Toledo.
        Inspired by Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the musical takes audiences to 1955 and into a conservative small Midwestern town rides a guitar-playing roustabout who changes everyone’s idea of traditional love. The hip-swiveling, lip-curling fantasy spoof will have audiences jumping out of their blue suede shoes, with many of the rock classics from the Elvis Presley song catalog.
        The production is directed by Julie Zatko and Ryan Mahaffey, with music direction by Luke Rosen.
        Tickets may be purchased at Guests are encouraged to dress in 1950s rockabilly attire.
Blues, Brews & Brats
        The Fremont Rotary Club will host its 5th Annual Blues, Brews and Brats Fest Saturday, Aug. 21, from 5-11 p.m. in the 200 block of Front Street.
        This year’s festival will feature two of the area’s top blues musicians – Bobby G & the Third Street Cigar Band and The Good the Bad & the Blues.
        The fundraiser will feature brats from the Ballville E-Z Shop, domestic beers, various craft beers, wine coolers and wine.
        Admission is open to ages 16 and older. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Sandusky County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Grund Drug Company and online at and Fremont Rotary Facebook page.
        Proceeds raised will go to support a variety of local youth and community projects supported by the Fremont Rotary Club.
        For additional information,
Intro to Google Drive
        Join the Wood County District Public Library for an Introduction to Google Drive over Zoom on Monday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m.
        WCDPL technology team member Max Heath will walk patrons through using Google Drive and how to store and share files and synchronize files across devices. Participants will also learn the basics on how to use Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Slides.
        Registration is required. To register, call 419-352-5050 or email
TMA acquires “Baby Dragon”
        The Toledo Museum of Art has acquired a “Baby Dragon” portable glassblowing/reheat chamber combination furnace.
        An innovative hot glass tool, the furnace makes it possible to host outdoor glassblowing demonstrations and design experiences at the museum and offsite, throughout the community.
 “The portability of the ‘Baby Dragon’ is very exciting,” said Alan Iwamura, Glass Studio manager at TMA. “We now have the ability to take the art of glassblowing outside of the museum and into neighboring communities and beyond. The possibilities for teaching, interaction and engagement with the public are greatly increased by the arrival of this special tool. We look forward to the expanded community outreach that it will provide.”
 The “Baby Dragon” can be used to teach both beginner and advanced hot glass students, and functions as a stationary or mobile studio. Powered by propane or natural gas, the furnace is mounted on a heavy-duty base with casters and accommodates a broad range of project sizes.
 Purchase of the “Baby Dragon” was made possible by the sponsorship of Majida M. Mourad, in memory of her mother, Elham Ellie Mourad, with additional support from O-I Glass, Inc.
New playgrounds installed
at 10 Ohio state parks

        The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is investing in fun new features for children to enjoy at Ohio State Parks. From slides to swings, new playground equipment has been installed at 10 parks, including Maumee Bay State Park in Oregon.
        Each state park received a climbing structure, slide(s), tubes or bridges, and four swings. Most of the parks also added climbing rocks to their playgrounds.          
        The gear for the playgrounds was purchased from Snider Recreation, a family-owned and operated playground and recreation business based in Ohio. Division of Parks and Watercraft staff installed each of the new playgrounds for about $40,000 each. Ohio State Parks’ general fund was used to purchase the new equipment.
        “My wife, Fran, and I have made so many memories with our children and grandchildren at Ohio State Parks,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “Investments in new playgrounds and Storybook Trails will give families more opportunities to enjoy Ohio’s treasured parks for years to come.”
         “We want to make sure everyone, young and old, can come and find something to enjoy at Ohio State Parks,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “Recently, we have been updating our nature centers and adding Storybook Trails, and now we have added additional playground equipment to keep our youngest guests happy, healthy, and active during their visits.”
        Ohio State Parks are open every day and are always free. Many offer a variety of activities such as boating, camping, hiking, and more. To learn more, visit
Artists sought for
Art in Public Places

        The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Public Places Program has partnered with Metroparks Toledo to commission a new work of public art for the Glass City Metropark.
        The theme of the project is a celebration of the unique past, present and future contributions that glass has provided to our local community and to our world.
        A Design Review Board (DRB) plans to select three artists to design a site-specific public art installation for one of three sites at the park. Finalists will be paid a stipend of $2,000 to participate in the concept proposal process, which will include touring Glass City Metropark, exploring optimal siting, and meeting the Design Review Board and community members prior to developing a proposal.
        The commission is looking for artists that have experience with integrating public art into park environments. Submitted qualifications will be judged on a competitive basis.
        Three finalists will be paid $2,000 to develop proposals for the site. The budget for the artwork component is $400,000, including but not limited to all expenses related to project completion, site preparation, additional design fees, engineering, materials, equipment, fabrication costs, documentation, transportation, installation and travel.
        The project is open to all artists in the United States age 18 and over. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.
        The deadline to apply is Aug. 21 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Materials must be submitted online at


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