Family briefs: 57th Ottawa County Fair set for July 19-25 in Oak Harbor

Press Staff Writer

        The forecast is “fair” in Ottawa County as the 2021 Ottawa County Fair opens July 19 at the county fairgrounds, 7870 SR 163, Oak Harbor. The fair, which includes a full schedule of events and activities, runs through July 25.  
        Highlights of the special events scheduled, by date, include:
        July 19 – Harness racing at 5 p.m.; Fair grand parade at 5 p.m.; Junior Fair King & Queen Contest, 8 p.m.
        July 20 –OHHA Harness Racing at 5 p.m.; Ace of Clubs Hog calling contest at 6:30 p.m.
        July 21 – Senior Citizens Day (free admission and special activities for seniors); Autocross at 7 p.m.
        July 22 – Broken Horn Rodeo at 7 p.m.
        July 23 – Twisted Metal Demolition Derby at 7:30 p.m.; Brent Lowry & The Drifters country band at 9 p.m.
        July 24 – Veterans Day (free admission for all veterans), Kiddie Tractor Pull at noon; OSTPA Tractor Pulls at 7:30 p.m.; Square Dance beginning at 9 p.m.
        July 25 –Fishing derby at 9:30 a.m. (up to age 5) and 10:30 a.m. (ages 6-12); Open to the World Draft Horse Show at 11 a.m.
        In addition, there are Dino Roar! tours available daily July 20-21; Chainsaw carving July 20-23 at 6:30 p.m. and July 24 at 1:30 p.m. with an auction of carvings at 6:30 p.m.; and All-American Petting Zoo July 21-25.
        For a complete schedule and more information,
Zip the Burg
        Downtown Perrysburg, Inc., will present the “Zip the Burg” 4.3551 Mile Race Friday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. Presenting sponsor for the event is Mercy Health.
        The family-friendly event will include:
        • Free bounce houses on Second Street and Louisiana Avenue from 6-8 p.m.
        • A family-friendly beer garden featuring DJ Jason Kelley at the docks.
        • A Kids’ Dash beginning at 7 p.m.
        • The 4.3551-mile run beginning at 7:25 p.m.
        • A 1-mile fun run/walk beginning at 7:30 p.m.
        Visit to register. Runners in the 4.3551-mile and 1-mile races will receive a t-shirt, pint glass and beer ticket (over 21). Kids’ Dash participants will receive a finisher’s ribbon.
        For more details, visit DPI’s social media pages or contact Race Director Brandi Purcell at
Nashville band to perform
        Nashville band Tobi Lee & Mustang Sally will be the featured performer during a kick-off event for Christmas in July weekend in Rossford Saturday evening, July 24 in Rossford.
        A free Party in the Parking Lot at Reset bar and restaurant in the Crossroads at 27250 Crossroads Pkwy next to Amazon will feature the music, several food trucks and other outdoor activities. The festivities take place from 6-10 p.m., with Mustang Sally scheduled to take the stage at 7 p.m.
        Activities scheduled for Sunday, July 25, include a 5K Race/Walk sponsored by Run Toledo starting at 9 a.m. near Edward Ford Memorial Park, located next to IPS Headquarters at 146 Dixie Highway. The event will take runners through downtown Rossford and into the surrounding neighborhoods and then wind back to Ford Park for a festive celebration (non-runners invited).
        The free activities on Sunday run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the park and include a Christmas in July Parade, food trucks, vendor booths, ice-carving demonstrations, kids’ activities and live music by Polish music band leader Randy Krajweski.
        Sign up for the race to receive a Christmas in July t-shirt and a pizza buffet at Reset. A portion of the registration fee will benefit the Edward Ford Memorial Fund. Register for the race at
        Visit for more details.
Christmas in July at Hayes Presidential
        To celebrate Christmas in July, the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums will add some holiday elements to its tours of the Historic Hayes Home on Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25.
        Additionally, the Museum Store will offer sales of 10 percent off most merchandise, 15 percent off all sweatshirts and a consignment sale of Christmas ornaments and decorations on both days.
        Those who tour the Hayes Home will hear heart-warming stories of how President Rutherford and First Lady Lucy Hayes spent the holidays, in addition to information shared on the standard home tour.
        Hayes Home tours are included in a site pass, and prices are: $20 for adults, $18 for military/AAA/seniors 65 and older, $10 for teens 13-18, $5 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and younger. Hayes Presidential members are admitted for free.
        Tickets can be purchased online at or at the museum front desk.
        Hayes Presidential is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.
        For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit Like HPLM on Facebook at @rbhayespres and follow on Twitter and Instagram at @rbhayespres.
200 years of Wood Co. history
        Travel Back in Time with 200 Years of Wood County History at the Library
        Learn about Wood County’s last 200 years with a virtual tour of the Wood County District Public Library’s Local History Collection on Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m.
        Local History Librarian Marnie Pratt will give an overview of both the physical and digital resources available in the collection and provide a glimpse of the unique pieces of information patrons can uncover.
        “We wanted to offer people an introductory class on doing research about Wood County, while at the same time, we thought we could demonstrate some of the unique resources we have in our Local History Collection,” Pratt said.
        Registration is required. To register, call 419-352-5050 or email
Drone Golf Ball Drop fundraiser
        The Wood County Museum has partnered with Toledo Aerial Media (TAM) for a fun and unique fundraising event.
        A Drone Golf Ball Drop will be held Sunday, Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Wood County Museum, following the Living History Day event.
        Purchase a golf ball for $15 each or three balls for $30. Golf balls can be purchased online at, at the museum, or at the Living History Day event. A Toledo Aerial Media (TAM) drone will drop numbered foam golf balls onto the yard. The three golf balls closest to the pin/in the hole, as well as the furthest ball away from the hole will win prizes.
        Purchasers need not be present to win. The ball drop is limited to 500 golf balls. Golf balls will be sold until 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22 or until sold out.
        In the case of inclement weather, the drone golf ball drop will be rescheduled.
        Proceeds raised will go to the Wood County Historical Society to help support educational programs, future exhibits and collections management.
        Questions can be directed to the museum by calling 419-352-0967 or email
Dancing with the Stars
        The Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center announced the return to an in-person star-studded Dancing with the Stars event this year.
        Four local stars have been working with dance professionals to prepare a dance and fundraising to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. This year’s stars include Brittany Griffin, GenoaBank; Amy Pugh, Port Clinton Police Department; Caylin St. Clair, Commodore Perry Federal Credit Union, and Ottawa County Auditor Jennifer Widmer.
        The event will be held Saturday, July 24 at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center in Millbury. Tickets are $55 and include dinner, a cash bar and entertainment.
        Tickets may be purchased from any of the stars or by calling 419-301-0225.
        The Ottawa County Family Advocacy Center advocates for the stability and success of the children and families of Ottawa County.


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