Calendar of events - 75th Pemberville Free Fair to celebrate event’s rich heritage

Press Staff Writer

        The Pemberville Free Fair, set for Aug. 14-17 in the village’s Memorial Park, is celebrating 75 years.
        The four-day family event has a rich history dating back to its inception in 1935. After several years, it was discontinued, until it was brought back in 1948.
        “Stop and think how many volunteers have helped with the fair over the years … how many flower arrangements have been made for the annual flower show, how many pigs have been caught as a part of the Swine Scramble, how many youth have participated in the Kiddie Parade, how many acts have performed on the main stage and how many elephant ears have been consumed at the Pemberville Free Fair,” said Randy Jennings, president, Pemberville Free Fair, Inc.
        Jennings credits the many volunteers and sponsors who support the fair for making the annual event a family tradition.
        From the opening ceremony on Wednesday evening, to the closing ceremony on Saturday night, the fair will be jam packed with old fashioned family fun, including  Grand and Kiddie Parades, rides, contests, arts and crafts, entertainment, exhibitions and more. A complete schedule of events is listed online at
        In celebration of the fair’s milestone anniversary, a historical display of photos, posters, souvenirs, memorabilia and fair books will be creatively displayed throughout the Business District during the fair. A shuttle service will be provided nightly to take fairgoers downtown to view the display. Look for the kiosk on the south end of Memorial Drive for shuttle boarding.
Ongoing August include:
Through Aug. 18: Cedar Point Nights, Cedar Point, Sandusky. When the sun goes down, experience fun in the park and on the beach at Cedar Point Nights. Party in the park with a concert at Lakeside Stage or dance the night away on the beach at the Glow Zone and Silent Disco Zone. The Chill Zone offers fire pits and lounge chairs. Challenge friends and family other with larger-than-life games at the Family Fun Zone.  Admission to Cedar Point is required.
Through Sept. 15: “Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture,” Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo. The first large-scale domestic exhibition to provide a historical overview of this topic with an emphasis upon the Midwest. This is a ticketed exhibition; free admission Thursdays 5-9 p.m.
Saturdays-Sundays through Sept. 29: Family Fishing Days, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Catch-and-release fishing at the visitor center pond. Equipment and bait provided. 419-898-0014,
Through Oct. 6: Special exhibit “Demon Rum & Cold Water: The Two Sides of Temperance,” Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Spiegel Grove, Fremont. Before Prohibition, there was Temperance. In reaction to increasing consumption of alcohol in the 1800s, many people began to express concerns about the social effects of drinking. The Temperance Movement gained popularity in the 1850s and became a significant moral and political force by 1900. This exhibit will present the causes for Temperance, the role of its proponents in American society, and how the Hayeses were shaped by and helped shape the movement. Access to the exhibit is included with regular admission. Members are admitted free. 419-332-2081, or visit
Through Feb. 23, 2020: “Everything Is Rhythm: Mid-Century Art & Music, Toledo Museum of Art. A multi-sensory exhibit featuring a selection of 20th-century abstract paintings, each paired with carefully curated musical compositions. Free admission.
Through March 8, 2020: “Global Conversation: Art in Dialogue,” Toledo Museum of Art. Dozens of contemporary works of art, many from the Museum’s permanent collection and many newly acquired, that encompass a broad range of media and geographic regions are featured. These works will offer visitors the chance to discover the many powerful ways that artists are engaging with issues of urgency facing the world today. Free admission.
Through March 29, 2020: Women of Spiegel Grove – a special exhibit at Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. In spring 1919, Congress passed the language of the 19th Amendment extending the right to vote to women. The states would ratify the amendment as part of the U.S. Constitution over the coming year. In honor of the centennial of women’s suffrage, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will be presenting an exhibit that showcases the lives of the many women who played important roles at Spiegel Grove and tells the national story of women in America, from the suffrage movement to the pursuit for social and workplace equality to the #MeToo movement. Access to the exhibit is included with regular admission. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members are admitted for free. 419-332-2081,
Through Aug. 5: Wood County Fair, Wood County Fairgrounds, Bowling Green.
Aug. 3: Palooza in the Park – Pizza and Music Night, Central Park, Northwood. Pizza, cold beverages, live music and more. Free admission. Proceeds benefit Northwood Fall Festival. Presented by City of Northwood and Northwood Community Cares Commitee.
Aug. 3: Fremont’s Got Talent & Party in the Park Music Festival, hosted by the Fremont Exchange Club in Walsh Park, Fremont. Preliminary round starts at 11 a.m.; final round starts at 2 p.m. Party in the Park, a fundraiser sponsored by the Exchange Club to support community causes, will be an all-day event with food, a beer tent and a lineup of bands. Parking at Walsh Park is $10 a carload; gate admission is $2. 419-332-4470.
Aug. 3: Fremont Speedway (Pub 400 – Family Fun Night), Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. Times and schedules subject to change. 419-332-5604,
Aug. 3: Annual Doll & Teddy Bear Show & Sale, Sauder Village, 22611 SR 2, Archbold. Doll lovers will enjoy browsing Founder’s Hall as exhibitors share their antique dolls, original dolls, teddy bears, and modern collectibles as well as accessories, supplies, artist reproductions, clothing, doll furniture, books and patterns.
Aug. 3-4: Wild About Art, Toledo Zoo. A unique art show featuring hundreds of pieces in various mediums.
Aug. 3-4, 20-11, 17-18, 24-25: Tour Ottawa Wildlife Drive, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, sunrise-sunset. Enjoy the refuge from the comfort of your car. The seven-mile, one-way gravel route begins from the overflow parking area. 419-898-0014,
Aug. 4: Monthly Bird Survey, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak, Harbor, 8 a.m. Free. Join refuge volunteers and become a citizen scientist the first Sunday of each month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet at the trailhead parking area. 419-898-0014,
Aug. 4, 11: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Zoo Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. Free community concert. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Concessions available for purchase. Cakewalkin’ Jass Band will perform Aug. 4; Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra will perform Aug. 11.
Aug. 4, 11 and 25: Play Croquet at Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, 2 p.m. The Croquet Club has matches scheduled May-Oct on the lawn of the historic Hayes Home and is looking for new members. Non-members are also invited to play at any of the matches. There is a fee for non-members to use the museum's equipment. Croquet can be played with two or four players and involves using a mallet to drive balls through wickets.
Aug. 6, 7 and 8: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Buffalo Bisons, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 7:05 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
Aug. 7: Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss, Huntington Center, Toledo, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 7: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center, Hayes and Buckland, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. followed by music by Matthew Ball, “The Boogie Woogie Kid.” Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn.
Aug. 8: Going Green on the Green, Hensville, Washington Street, Toledo, 3-7 p.m. Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful, Inc. will be taking over Hensville, filling the park with over 30 vendors focusing on recycling education, sustainability, environmental initiatives, and “green” products. Free and open to the public.
Aug. 8: Summer Evening Stroll, Historic Woodlawn Cemetery, Toledo, 6-7:30 p.m. Guides will lead the walk on a discovery of history, art and nature.
Aug. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31: Snooze at the Zoo. During the overnight adventure, guests make enrichment for animals, tour the Zoo, meet animals up close and enjoy meals. Each Snooze lasts from 6:30 p.m.-10 a.m. the next day. Separate fee, pre-registration required.
Aug. 9: Music in the Park, Friendship Park, Millbury, 6:30 p.m. Featuring the Polish American Concert Band. Hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, root beer floats and more available. No alcohol permitted. Bring a lawn chair. (The concert will be canceled in the event of inclement weather).
Aug. 9: Dennis DeYoung, Promenade Park, Toledo, 6;15 p.m. DeYoung will take the stage with the music of Styx, as part of the ProMedica Concert Series.
Aug. 9: Super Hero Theme Glass City Dance Party, Holland Gardens, Holland, 8-11:30 p.m. Free dance lesson at 7:15 p.m. with paid $10 admission.
Aug. 9: Lights in the Refuge Sky, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, 7:30-10 p.m. Free. Amateur Astronomer Tim Winship will bring his telescope to ONWR to observe the summer's planets and moons. See the planet Jupiter with its four Galileo moons, Saturn with its rings and multiple moons, and the Sea of Tranquility on Earth's moon (in honor of Apollo 11's moon landing 50 years ago). Attendees are welcome to bring their own telescope. Weather-permitting. All ages welcome. Call to register. 419-898-0014.
Aug. 9, 10: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Pawtucket Red Sox, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 7:05 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
Aug. 9-10: Maumee Summer Fair, Uptown Maumee, Conant Street. Parade, arts & crafts, entertainment, kids’ area, and more.
Aug. 9-11: Toledo Jeep Fest, downtown Toledo. Buckle up for an adventure and take part in free activities such as an all-Jeep parade and car show through downtown, vendor display areas, a Kids’ Zone, music, food, beer gardens and more.
Aug. 10: 3rd Annual Arts & Wine Festival, Williams Park, Gibsonburg, 3-9 p.m. Live music, food, art and craft vendors and wine tasting from an assortment of Ohio Wineries.
Aug. 10: Toledo Speedway 60th Anniversary Celebration, Toledo Speedway, 7 p.m. RCA Late Model Gold Cup/Main Event LM Series; Racer's Reunion. $1 concession night.
Aug. 10: Movie Night – “Wonder,” Brentwood Park, Northwood, 9 p.m.
Aug. 11: Summer Sunday Street Fair, Log Cabin Park, Church and Main streets, Oak Harbor, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. The Oak Harbor Development Group has merged the downtown farmers markets with the Log Cabin summer concert series to create the Summer Sunday Street Fair. Food, vendors, games/activities for children, music, and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. 419-898-0479,
Aug. 11: Afternoon Blue Goose Bus Tour, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak, Harbor, 1-3:30 p.m. Discover and learn about habitat restoration projects and management techniques while exploring closed areas of the refuge on this behind-the-scenes tour. Destinations vary depending on wildlife use and activity. Reservations required. 419-898-0014.
Aug. 11: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Pawtucket Red Sox, Fifth Third Field, Toledo, 7:05 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
Aug. 13-17: 23rd Rug Hooking Week, Sauder Village, Archbold. An annual gathering of thousands or artists and visitors to view a gallery-style exhibit which has featured 500 to over 800 pieces, plus more than 200 pieces displayed by vendors. More than 30 classes taught by teachers from around the country and Canada in a wide variety of topics, techniques, and skill levels will be offered.
Aug. 15: Sandusky County Historic Jail Tour, 622 Croghan St., Fremont, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. One-hour guided tour includes the historic 1892 Sandusky County Jail, the 1840s dungeon located under the Sandusky County Courthouse and the Gallows Exhibition Hall. $5. Tickets available at the door or at the Sandusky County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Aug. 15: Art Loop: Art of Automobiles, downtown Toledo, 5:30-9 p.m. Explore the downtown creative community through self-guided tours of the art, artists, and spaces that inspire a vibrant Toledo. A program of The Arts Commission, presented in partnership with the artists and participating venues. Walk, cycle, drive or hop aboard a bus, made possible through the Arts Commission’s partnership with TARTA. Exact change of $1.25 is needed per person to ride the bus. Already have a TARTA pass - just hop on and enjoy.
Aug. 15-17: National Tractor-Pulling Championships, Wood Co. Fairgrounds, Bowling Green.
Aug. 16: Battle of Fallen Timbers 225th Anniversary, Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Maumee, 5 p.m. Battle demonstrations, sutlers, Native/military camps, Woodland Native Heritage Village, Native music, programs, presentations, films at the visitor center, Ft. Miamis demonstrations and programs. Visit the event Facebook page for info.
Aug. 16: Lakeshore Utility Trailer Night of Destruction, Toledo Speedway, Toledo, 7:30 p.m. Rain date Aug. 18, 6 p.m.
Aug. 16-18: Northwest Ohio Rib-Off, Lucas Co. Fairgrounds, Maumee. Local and national BBQ ribbers, national entertainment acts, amusement rides, vendors and more.
Aug. 16-18: Toledo Pride, various locations, downtown Toledo. Events include a large-scale, outdoor event showcasing local and national entertainment, a parade, food and merchandise vendors, and networking with numerous community organizations.
Aug. 17: Toledo Night Market, Toledo Farmers’ Market, Toledo, 6-11 p.m. Open-air market featuring food, live music, vendors and more.
Aug. 17: Rotary of Fremont Blues, Brews & Brats Fest, downtown Fremont, 5-11 p.m. The evening of food and beer raises funds to support a variety of local youth and community projects organized by the Rotary Club of Fremont. Bring a lawn chair. For band lineup, ticket info and more, visit
Aug. 17: Moonlight Mud Run 5K Obstacle/Mud Run, Ottawa County Fairgrounds, Oak Harbor. An evening mud run with rock concert lights and music, plus food, drinks and lots of Black Swamp mud. $49-$69 per person.
Aug. 17: Port Clinton Lighthouse & Maritime Festival, Port Clinton Lighthouse, 10:00 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendors featuring nautical, maritime, lighthouse and local themes, plus food vendors, music, lighthouse tours and more.
Aug. 17-18: Annual Levis Commons Fine Art Fair, the Town Center at Levis Commons, Perrysburg. A juried fair featuring more than 130 artists and artisans offering jewelry, ceramics, painting, glass, photography, fiber and more. Free admission and parking.
Aug. 18: Halupki Festival, Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, Marblehead, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. A celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, hosted annually by the oldest Orthodox church in Ohio. Food, craft fest, live polka bands and more.
Aug. 18: Birmingham Ethnic Festival, Consaul Street between Front and Milford in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood. Take a trip to the Old Country and enjoy food, entertainment, crafts and more.
Aug. 18: Vintage Base Ball Game, 2 p.m. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2 p.m. The Spiegel Grove Squires take on the Canton Cornshuckers.
Aug. 20, 21: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Indianapolis Indians, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 6:35 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
Aug. 20: Toledo Zoo Garden Tour: Landscape Maintenance, Zeim Conservatory, 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. Pre-registration required. 419-385-5721,
Aug. 20-25: Sandusky County Fair at county fairgrounds in Fremont. One of Ohio’s largest county fairs featuring displays of arts and crafts, food, amusement rides, entertainment at the Log Cabin Stage and more.
Aug. 21: Street Drags #3 Race Night,  Toledo Speedway, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 21: Verandah Concert, Hayes Presidential Center & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 7 p.m. The evening starts with an ice cream social at 6:45 p.m. followed by music by the North Coast Big Band. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and choose a spot on the lawn.
Aug. 22-25: North American Demo Boat Show, Cedar Point, Sandusky. Featuring boats of all sizes. Tickets do not include admission to Cedar Point.
Aug. 23: Martina McBride, Promenade Park, Toledo, 6:15 p.m. Part of the ProMedica Concert series. Tickets available at
Aug 23: Fridays in the 419, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Cocktail caravan with Lakefront Lines that journeys to Schedel Gardens, Elmore, Toledo Spirits Company and Black Cloister Brewing. Beverage samples included at every stop. Onboard DJ entertainment. $59 per person. 21 and older.
Aug. 23-25: 52nd German-American Festival, Oak Shade Grove, Oregon. Northwest Ohio’s oldest ethnic festival featuring food, music & entertainment, contests and more.
Aug. 24: Barbershop Concert, Sauder Village, Archbold, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Concert at 1 p.m. featuring the Men of Independence.
Aug. 24: BUGFest, Toledo Zoo. A day of fun dedicated to the creatures that creep and crawl and float and flutter. 419-385-4040,
Aug. 24: Fremont Speedway (Redline Equipment, Case IH – Tractor Pull, Fair), Fremont. Gates open at 4 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. (subject to change). 419-332-5604;
Aug. 24-25: Revolution on the Ohio Frontier, Fort Meigs, Perrysburg. Revolutionary War soldiers recreate life in early America with battles, weapon demonstrations, and more.
Aug. 24-25: Perry’s Birthday Celebration & Carronade Weekend, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay. Weekend celebration of the 234th Anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry's birth on Aug 23, 1785 and the 200th Anniversary of his death at 34 years old on Aug 23, 1819. Listen to the Hero of Lake Erie as he discussed his life from the time he became a midshipman at age 13 to his victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie at age 28. Firearms demonstrations will take place at 11 am, 3 pm, and 5 pm. Carronade demonstrations will be given at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm. At 1 pm a Junior Ranger program: "Join Perry's Navy" will be given.
Aug. 24-28: Celebration of First Lady Lucy Hayes’ Birthday, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont. 419-332-2081,
Aug. 25: Ottawa Tram Tour, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. One-hour open-air tram tour of the marshes along the refuge trails. 419-898-0014,
Aug. 25: Vintage Base Ball Game, 2 p.m. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums at Spiegel Grove, Fremont, 2 p.m. The Spiegel Grove Squires take on the Canal Dover Red Legs.
Aug. 28: Presidential History Book Club, Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont, noon. Free. A discussion of “Hoover,” by Kenneth Whyte. Participants may bring a lunch. 419-332-2081;
Aug. 29: Bash on the Bay featuring Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker and more, Put-in-Bay Airport. Tickets available through
Aug. 30-Sept. 1: Perch, Peach, Pierogi & Polka Festival, Port Clinton Knights of Columbus. Three-day festival with polka bands, food and beverage choices.
Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Milan Melon Festival, Village Square, Milan, Ohio.
Aug. 30, 31: Toledo Mud Hens vs. Louisville Bats, Fifth Third Field, downtown Toledo, 7:05 p.m. 419-725-HENS,
Aug. 30-Sept. 2: Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power (S.C.R.A.P.) Antique Tractor & Engine Show, White Star Park, SR 300, a mile south of Gibsonburg. Displays of antique tractors, engines, cars, trucks, motorcycles and farm equipment, demonstrations, live entertainment, food, a large flea market and more.
Aug. 31: Blue Goose Bus Tour, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Oak Harbor, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-3:30 p.m. Explore behind-the-scenes access to closed areas of the refuge complex. Reservations required. 419-898-0014,
Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24: Senior Discovery Days, Toledo Zoo, 2 Hippo Trail, Toledo. Seniors are treated to free admission, great perks and activities on Tuesdays in September during Senior Discovery Days and exclusive discounts during the rest of the week. 419-385-4040,
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