COLUMBUS GROVE — Eight days of celebrating will kick off this Sunday, June 15, in Columbus Grove, as the town celebrates the 150th anniversary of their founding. Contests, live music, historical tours, a craft show, sports competition, food, a tractor show, car show, parade and even a prince and princess contest are all planned during the week of Sunday, June 15, through Sunday, June 22. Most of the activities will take place downtown or in Columbus Grove Memorial Park.

In 1864 Columbus Grove was incorporated by John J. Baker and others. Since Captain Fruchey and most of the early settlers came from near Columbus, Ohio and because the village was located on ground that had once been a large sugar grove, Columbus Grove was the name chosen for the new village.

Activities will begin Sunday with a chicken barbecue in the park along with speakers Robert Cupp, former Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, and US Rep. Bob Latta speaking at the gazebo. Prior the speakers the Lima Memorial-Eyes of Freedom display will arrive in town to be displayed in the School Commons during the week. A 2014 Sesquicentennial Prince and Princess competition will also be held in the park for children ages 3-6 on Sunday.

Live music including the Lima Concert Band at 2 p.m. and Hallelujah Band at 4 p.m. will also be featured at the park. The Al Best Band will perform Monday evening, June 16, in the gazebo. Visitors to the community can also visit the school where pictures and memorabilia will be on exhibit during the entire week.

Clymer's Wildlife Museum will be open for tours Monday, June 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Located on Sycamore Street, the museum features a wide variety of animals from around the world.

Tuesday an ice cream social and entertainment by The Beer Barrel Boys will be featured.

A very special evening is planned for Wednesday evening when Sycamore Lake Wine Company hosts a wine-and wing tasting event with limited edition wine glasses given out.

Back-yard grill masters have also been invited to compete with their cooking skills during the chicken wing challenge. Entertainment during the evening will be provided by SomeOne's Kids.
The Columbus Grove VFW, 218 E, Sycamore Street, will serve pancakes and sausage, 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 19-Saturday, June 21, as a special part of the celebration.

Contests are big on the schedule for Thursday with a corn hole tournament, big wheel races and even pizza eating contest planned during the evening.

A special live entertainment in the gazebo will be provided that evening by the Dueling Pianos. So bring out your lawn chairs and be prepared to have a good time.

The more athletic visitors to the Sesquicentennial will enjoy Friday evening when a 5K race is held at the Clymer Stadium. Historical tours with a special train will be conducted around town with boarding Cross Street. The tours will continue on Saturday and Sunday.

Rides for the kids will also open Friday evening. Those who want to avoid cooking before enjoying the festivities uptown are invited to buy a ticket and enjoy the Eastern Star steak dinners served from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic temple.

Live entertainment will be provided Friday evening by The Hipnotix and the Country Star Play-offs hosted by T-102.

On Friday night, June 20, there will be a cocktail party at the Columbus Grove Pool from 7 to 11 p.m. This event is open to all Columbus Grove Alumni and friends regardless if this is an alumni year or not. Chuck Sommers will be performing at the pool.

The action is non-stop on Saturday beginning with a craft show and farmers market on High Street (SR12) downtown beginning at 10 a.m. Student-led tours will also begin at 10 a.m. in the Columbus Grove School. Just around the corner on W. Sycamore Street a 3-on-3 competition will begin at 10 a.m.

The parking lot at the school will be filled with vintage vehicles Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. when the Survivor's Club hosts a car show.

Special awards will be given for the best Ford, best GM, best Mopar and Best Mustang. There will also be a Best of Show and Clubs Choice award. Dash plaques will be given out to the first 100 entries.

Junior olympics will start at noon at Clymer Stadium. A baseball tournament is also planned at Hall Avenue Park.

Those wanting to take part in an unusual competition can sign up for the bed races at the corner of Liberty and Sycamore Streets. The event begins at 3 p.m. and promises to be an unusual, but entertainment event.

Spit Snake Johnson and the Rattlers plus Nashville Crush will provide the evening and night entertainment at the park. The only interruption to the live music will be the fireworks display at dusk. The display can be seen from anywhere in the village.

Bob Cupp will return to town on Sunday, June 22, to serve as the grand marshall for the 1:30 p.m. parade. The parade will feature bands, floats, tractors, and a wide assortment of entries. A farm equipment show along High Street is planned for immediately after the parade. There will also be a poker run and beard judging at the gazebo on Sunday.

Live entertainment by Blame it On Shorty will conclude the week-long celebration.