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
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.
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.
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.
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.
an ice cream social and entertainment by The Beer Barrel Boys will be
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.
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.
are big on the schedule for Thursday with a corn hole tournament, big
wheel races and even pizza eating contest planned during the evening.
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.
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
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.
entertainment will be provided Friday evening by The Hipnotix and the
Country Star Play-offs hosted by T-102.
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.
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.
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
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.
olympics will start at noon at Clymer Stadium. A baseball tournament
is also planned at Hall Avenue Park.
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
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.
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
entertainment by Blame it On Shorty will conclude the week-long