Salsa Fest & contest add even more spice to Street Fair
There will be family fun for everyone at the 3rd Annual Genoa Street Fair, which will be held Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Genoa.
Fairgoers can browse the arts and crafts, partake of various food and refreshments, try their luck at bingo and enjoy entertainment by the Genoa High School Band, the Genoa Brass Quintet, Antioch, Buddy Luv & the Pitbulls, Bogus Notes Classic Rock, Dave Nienke playing `50s and `60s oldies, Dale and Myrna Aldrich Old-country Karaoke and more. There will also be and make-and-take-crafts for kids.
The Genoa Retirement Village will also be sponsoring its 3rd annual Chili Cook-Off & Pie Contest, with proceeds benefiting the Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association.
New this year will be a Salsa Fest and salsa contest, as part of the weekly farmer’s market.
For more information about the chili and pie contests, call Linda at 419-855-7755. For information about the salsa contest, call 419-855-0457.
Millbury Ox Roast celebrates 35th year
The Millbury Fireman’s Association will hold its 35th Annual Ox Roast Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Millbury Fire Hall, located on Oak Street.
Amy Davis of K-100 radio will be the grand marshal at the parade, which will step off at noon. (Call 419-466-4785 to register or obtain more information).
The 21st Annual Dean Schwamberger Memorial Car Show will also be held during the celebration. Call 419-836-7525 for more information.
A new merchandise auction will be conducted by auctioneer Jon Overmyer at 1:30 p.m.
There will also be poker, bingo, kids’ rides and games as well as beef and chicken dinners, pop and beer. The celebration actually begins Saturday Sept. 20, with a Texas Hold `Em Tournament 2 p.m. at the Millbury Fire Hall. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. There is a $25 registration fee.
That evening, help “Light Up the Sky over Millbury” with a celebration from 6 to 11 p.m. Live music will be provided by Buddy Luv & the Pitbulls. Fireworks will light up the sky at dusk, approximately 9:30 p.m.
Cars for Critters
A car show to benefit the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be held Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, located at 14000 W. SR 2 in Oak Harbor.
The first 100 registrants will get T-shirts and a goody bag. Trophy plaques will be awarded to class winners (People’s Choice). In addition, there will be family-friendly activities, food and beverages available for purchase and 50/50 raffles and door prizes.
Meet Puddles the Blue Goose, the National Wildlife Refuge System’s mascot. In addition, Mona Rutger and volunteers from Back to the Wild will have live critters on display, including bald eagles, hawks, owls, flying squirrels and other native wildlife.
Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Back to the Wild, which is a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center in Castalia, Ohio.
Sponsors for the event include the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association, Spangler Motor Sales, American Family Insurance, Baumann Auto Group, Bear’s Auto Repair, Mr. Emblem and Tri County Tire.
Little Sisters plan a Big Ride
The Little Sisters of the Poor will sponsor a Cruisin’ by the Park Classic Car Show and Motorcycle Run to Marblehead Lighthouse Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will be held on the grounds of Sacred Heart Home for the Elderly, located at the corner of Navarre Avenue and Wynn Road in Oregon, across from Pearson Metropark.
All makes and models of cars and motorcycles are welcome. Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is $10, and includes a goodie bag and a dash plaque. A parade will begin at 1 p.m., followed by judging at 2 p.m. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.
The day’s activities will also include music by DJ Cruisin Zeake; food, including a pig roast; door prizes, raffles and more.
Registration will begin at 10 a.m. for the Big Ride for the Little Sisters. At 11 a.m., after the blessing of the bikes, the group will depart for the Marblehead Lighthouse. Riders are invited to join the festivities upon return to the Sacred Heart Home, which will be at approximately 2:30 p.m.
Registration for the Big Ride is $25 per person and $35 for two, and includes coffee and donuts, refreshments at Marblehead, a pig roast, car show and door prizes.
All proceeds will benefit the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
DivorceCare divorce recovery seminar and support group meets at Christ United Methodist Church in Oregon each Tuesday beginning Sept. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.
The seminar features nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics. Seminar sessions include “Facing My Anger,” “Facing My Loneliness,” “Depression,” “New Relationships,” “KidCare” and Forgiveness.”
Child care is available. A light dinner will be served between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m.
The church is located at the corner of Starr Avenue and Stadium Road. For more information, call Karen at 419-351-2707.
Gold Ol’ Days Fun
Faith United Methodist church, located at Starr and Coy in Oregon, is planning a Good Ol` Days Family Festival Sept. 27 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Festival organizers promise “good food cheap,” including a roast chicken dinner. Kids can drive a half-scale Model T. Hands-on fun will include kite making and flying, rocket building and launching, the chance to make corn husk dolls and even to build a Montgolfier hot-air balloon.
The afternoon’s events will also include an old-fashioned cake walk, silent auction and stage entertainment every half hour.
All profits will benefit the Oregon Food Bank and UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Rapt over raptors?
On Sept 27 and 28, the Ohio Ornithological Society (OOS) and Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO), will host a two-day event featuring raptor experts who will present their knowledge about Lake Erie raptors at the Maumee Bay Resort & Conference Center in Oregon.
Saturday will start with displays, including live raptors from Back to the Wild, a wildlife rehabilitation center in Castalia, followed by presentations. The afternoon will include field trips to four local birding hotspots. The evening will feature dinner, and keynote speaker Brian Wheeler, author of “Raptors of Eastern North America,” and “A Photographic Guide to North American Raptors.”
Sunday morning features a field trip to Lake Erie Metropark, a premier hawk watching location in Brownstown, Mich. to witness the spectacle of migrating raptors. Proceeds from the Sunday field trip will benefit Back to the Wild.
For more information, costs, and a registration form, call BSBO at 419-898-4070 or visit www.bsbobird.org.