Lantern Tours

Thru Aug. 31/WEST LIBERTY – 9:10 a.m. daily at Ohio Caverns to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its discovery. The lanterns are yours to keep! Guests will see the Historic Section of the caverns as it was seen before electric lights were added. This is a guided tour and takes approximately 45 minutes. There are 44 steps to enter and 38 steps to exit. To begin this tour, guests board a shuttle bus and travel to the site of discovery. The tour features areas that were explored from the time of discovery until 1925. Guides provide information about the history of the cavern and point out historic “graffiti” left behind by the early explorers. The tour exits into the visitor center. Reservations are required. Anyone arriving after 9 a.m. may be rescheduled for another day. Spots are limited to 20 per day. Call 937-465-4017 to reserve space. With the price of admission, each guest receives a battery-powered LED lantern.

Sunflower Festival

Aug. 12-13/BUCYRUS – Join us for fields of flowers and summertime fun. Stroll through rows and rows of blooms and cut your own in the sunflower field as well as the U-pick patch from The Ohio Flower Girls. Enjoy outdoor activities like wagon rides, face painting or tattoos, farm animals, a bingo scavenger hunt, and seasonal photo opportunities
• Shop The Stalls, with 60+ vendors and two floors of unique finds–decor, clothes, crafts, antiques and more
• Stock up on fresh produce and unique groceries in The Market
• Come hungry! Pull up a seat for breakfast or lunch in the Cafe (8 a.m.-3 p.m.) or grab something quick from the Snack Shack. In order to help space out traffic during the event, please reserve your spot with a free ticket at the linkPlease reserve a ticket for each visitor.

Mercer County Fair

Aug. 12-18/CELINA – Country stars Collin Raye, Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin, along with special guest Colt Ford, will bring the Roots & Boots tour to the Mercer County Fair on Aug. 12. Other special “Grandstand Entertainment” includes Christian artists For King and Country on Saturday evening, there will also be Harness Racing, DCTPA Tractor Pulls, the High School Band Show, and the Demolition Derby. As always, the fair will also include fair favorite foods, Jr. & Sr. Fair projects and competitions, rides, games, free entertainment and fun for the whole family. For all the details check out the Auglaize County Fair Book and you can get all the details on the Mercer County Fair by clicking on the Mercer County Fair.

Antique Bike Event

Aug. 13/ARCHBOLD – The Ohio Wheelmen will be gathering at the Sauder Village event and will have more than 50 antique bikes on display on the Village Green and a special antique bike parade will take place at 1 p.m. see demonstrations, watch bicycle games, and get an up-close look at these unique bicycles. Expect to see high-wheel bikes, safeties, kid’s bikes and trikes, with bikes dating back to 1865! Regular admission is $22.00 for adults, $16.00 for students (6-16), and free for members and children 5 and under. For more information, visit https://saudervillage.org/


Hot Diggity Dog Days

Aug. 27/VERMILION -11 a.m.-2 p.m.  at Main Street Beach. The event brings friendly pooches, their owners as well as dog lovers in general together for a dog-centered event that delivers fun, pet-related vendors, games and competitions for dogs, and a rare opportunity for them to enjoy a special section of Main Street Beach for a dip in the lake. Most of the activity will be held on the portion of Main Street from Huron Street to the beach. The event features fun games and social activities for dogs including Musical Sit and a DogStacle Course, music, dog ice cream for sale, a watering station, vendors and more. The day ends with the K9 Costume Contest. “Registrants are encouraged to be super creative in outfitting their dogs, and themselves. There will be prizes for different categories. Complete details are available at www.mainstreetvermilion.org/hddd and on-line registration will be open through August 26, with the first dog at $10 and addition dogs at $5 each. Day of registration is $15. The first 125 registrants will receive a Wag Bags filled with cool dog swag.More information is available by calling Main Street at 440.963.0772.

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