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4-H camp offers opportunities
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:29 PM

By JIM LANGHAM

Feature Writer

This is the fourth year that Paulding County 4-Her Austin Conlon has served as a counselor at the summer 4-H Camp at Camp Palmer in Fulton County. These days, Conlon realizes the experience has not only been fun, but has given him the opportunity to look at things from an adult perspective.

This year’s camp will take place July 9-13. However, registration forms for those attending are due by June 23. Paulding County assistant program director Staci Hiler noted that this year’s goal is to have 150 in attendance between campers and counselors.

 
Slideshow: Paulding County Fair June 9
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 4:53 PM

 

Paulding County Fair highlights June 9, 2014

 

Highlights from the opening day of the Paulding County Fair in Paulding, including poultry and rabbit judging, parade and king and queen coronation. The fair is June 9-14.

Photos by Jenise Griffiths/Paulding County Progress

 

 
Auglaize River Regatta a true community effort PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:56 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

OAKWOOD – The Oakwood Development Company (ODC) is collaborating with businesses as well as individuals to promote the eastern portion of Paulding County. According to executive director Damien Morales, the ODC is actively promoting the many resources available in the region in hopes to build camaraderie, strength and growth.

One natural resource available are the many waterways that flow through the county. When Morales made his first trip to Oakwood, he saw the potential of the rivers and what could be done to bring people, dollars and a sense of pride to the area.

“What better opportunity to promote what we have than to discover the river up close and personal,” said Morales.

In order to do so, the ODC is the driving force behind the first Auglaize River Regatta, to be held Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“We want to focus on the east side of the county, near Oakwood. We have wonderful people to work with, a great community park in Oakwood and everything downtown is in close proximity,” Morales said.

He admits they are starting at the ground floor with their first event, but already he sees success developing before the first canoe hits the water.

“When you do something like this, it’s all about the people and businesses. As an economic development group we want to build relationships and in the process keep them in front of us. Right now, just seeing people come together, working hard and pooling their resources for a common cause is exciting.”

The ODC is drawing from many in the area to help facilitate the regatta. The paddle race, using one or two person canoes or kayaks will be 3.5 miles and will launch from Auglaize Canoe and Kayak located at 24687 Road 207, outside of Oakwood near the Paulding/Putnam County line. Boat rentals will be made available at Auglaize Canoe and Kayak for a nominal fee.

Preregistration, at a 50 percent discount, can be made through June 14 by calling 419-796-1825. After June 14 registration will increase to $20 for adults and $10 for youth ages 7 through 17.

Please note that check-in for the regatta and same-day registration will be held at the Oakwood Community Park. Once completed, participants will make their way to Auglaize Canoe and Kayak for the launch of the 3.5-mile waterway adventure.

On the day of the regatta, the community park will be the stage for entertainment, food and arts and crafts throughout the day. The Oakwood Community Band will perform at 11 a.m. followed by Brian and Poor Bottom Grass Band scheduled for noon.

Food will be provided by CJ’s Place from the Five Span area.

“We are excited to see Auglaize Canoe and Kayak, CJ’s Place and the bands come together for this. CJ’s is a relatively new restaurant and for them to have the opportunity to showcase their food is a good thing We are getting a lot of support and we hope this first year event will grow and be something we can look forward to every year,” said Morales.

The idea of having the regatta starts at a top notch facility like Auglaize Canoe and Kayak and finishing at the community park where everything will be close together is something that Morales feels is a real plus.

“We have been planning, strategizing and developing this regatta for eight months and we have overcome some challenges. We have a grand plan and if we can work through everything logistically we will be more than pleased and everyone should have fun day,” said Morales.

For more information, visit www.odcohio.org/race-registration.

 

 
Fire, EMS leadership in question at Payne
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:54 AM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Staff Writer

PAYNE – On Monday, The Payne Village Council heard from one of its own EMT/firefighters who came before the council with several concerns and was wanting answers.

 
Paulding County Fair now under way PDF Print E-mail
Monday, June 09, 2014 7:32 PM
The Paulding County Fair is June 9-14 in Paulding. Gate admission is free.

PAULDING – Now that school is out, the kids are scrambling to put the finishing touches on their 4-H and FFA projects. The Paulding County Fair is right around the corner, ready or not!

This year’s edition runs Monday, June 9 through Saturday, June 14 and has lots of new venues to enjoy as a participant or onlooker. Once again, admission and rides are free during afternoons. The fairground is located in Paulding, Ohio.

Games and rides are being provided by D&D Putting and Amusements Inc. All will be open from 1-10 p.m. daily.

Seven rides will fill the grassy area of the midway. Rides will be free from 1-5 p.m.; after 5:30 p.m., the cost will be 75 cents each.

Also available for a fee are miniature golf, carnival games and an arcade. Grenko Pony Rides and Games will also be represented all week. GMH Snyder Farms will have a mechanical bull on the fairgrounds June 9-13.

Another week-long attraction will be a turkey hatching exhibit by Cooper Farms in the block building.

Senior fair board president Dan Howell is excited about this year’s fair.

“The truck pull is always a big draw. We have a demolition derby new this year. The Dazzling Mills Family is new, Connor Rose is new. Some things are back, like the mechanical bull and Matt Enik,” he said. “There is something for everybody. All throughout the day activities are going on with multiple events in the evenings.”

Harness racing at the Paulding County Fair is a long-standing tradition. Races will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 10-11. The speed program calls for six heats each evening. Pari-mutuel wagering will be available.

Trotting bred pony races will be run between heats on Tuesday night.

Organizers are again planning a parade of Kentucky Derby-style hats for Tuesday night before the races start. Winner of the parade will get the honor of riding in the starting gate that evening.

Pull-in and weigh-in of junior fair animal projects are on Sunday, so all entries will be ready for opening day 8 a.m. veterinarian checks.

MONDAY

Opening day activities begin at 9 a.m. with several junior fair shows and judgings. A prince and princess contest is followed by the junior fair parade around the grounds at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following will be the coronation of the junior fair king and queen at 7 p.m.

Evening entertainment includes a cornhole tournament, Thunder of the Night Band Show in the grandstand and Restoration and Morse Family Gospel Singers in the senior pavilion.

Thunder of the Night band show makes its third annual appearance in front of the grandstand. All three schools will be represented in the concert.

TUESDAY

Senior citizens will be honored as June 10 is slated as Senior Day. The event is complimentary for all seniors age 60 and older. Refreshments, games, lunch and entertainment will be provided in the Brenda Thomas Senior Pavilion from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Clothing judging precedes the annual style review and modeling contest in the afternoon.

Kids can compete in the  Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull in the evening, organized by the junior fair board. Sign up is the day of the event.

Evening entertainment will also include harness racing and comedian and ventriloquist David Crone.

WEDNESDAY

The day’s slate of events is stuffed full of junior fair shows and judgings before harness racing in the evening. Also providing entertainment will be Spittin’ Image, a musical/comedy duo from Greenville.

THURSDAY

Veterans’ Day activities for veterans and their spouses are planned in the senior pavilion for June 12 through early evening, highlighted by a bean soup supper starting at 4 p.m.

Integrity Ford will be holding a Drive 4UR Community event from noon-6 p.m. at the fairgrounds. Take a free test drive and Ford Motor Company will donate up to $6,000 to the Paulding County Agricultural Society.

For fun, check out the Goat Obstacle Course event, Frying Pan Toss, Decorated Lamb Contest and the Hay Bale Stacking Contest (followed by a Needle in a Haystack Contest!).

The always entertaining open swine show gets under way at 6 p.m. Of special interest are the Over and Out and Pee Wee Showmanship classes.

The Tri-State Diesel Shoot Out Truck Pull and two performances by the Dazzling Mills Family close out the evening’s entertainment.

FRIDAY

Junior fair judgings and shows come to a close June 13, concluding with the Showman of Showmen contest at 4 p.m.

Jack Fetter will offer a kids’ adventure at noon in the senior pavilion.

The Paulding County 500 Race, a drag race involving pedal cars for kids of all ages, begins at 3 p.m. Listen for announcements about registration prior to the start.

Evening events include an open beef show, a performance by country artist Connor Rose and pony pulls.

The new Paulding County Idol will be crowned following Friday’s annual contest. Entries will be accepted until 6 p.m. prior to the event. Cash prizes and bragging rights will be up for grabs.

SATURDAY

Hungry fairgoers can visit the Farmers Care Breakfast sponsored by the local Farm Bureau in the pavilion. Free-will donations will be accepted.

Junior fair animal projects will be taken through the sale ring during the annual auction beginning at 9 a.m.

Polls will open for the director election at noon in the fair board office and will remain open until 4 p.m.

A sand volleyball competition and open goat show fill the afternoon hours. Closing the week’s activities will be a demolition derby at the grandstand and country singer Matt Enik in the pavilion.

The demolition derby will include seven or eight different classes.

 

2014 Paulding County Fair Schedule of Events:

 

Sunday, June 8

9:00-4pm Livestock Arrival

5:00 Weigh In with exception of swine

 

Monday, June 9

Cancer Awareness Day

8:00 Vet Checks

9:00 Jr. Fair Rabbit Show

12:00 Jr. Fair Poultry Show

1:00 Food & Nutrition Judging

5:00 Prince/Princess Contest

5-6 Morse Family Gospel Singers - Sr Pavilion

6:00 Jr. Fair Parade Line up

6:30 Jr. Fair Parade

7:00 Jr. Fair Coronation Ceremony

8:00 Thunder of the Night Band Show - GndStd

7:00-8:00 Restoration - Sr Pavilion

8:00 Corn Hole Tourney

8:00-9:00 Morse Family Gospel Singers - Sr Pavilion

 

Tuesday, June 10

Senior Day

8:00 Senior Refreshments

9:00 FFA Project Judging

10:00 Jr. Fair Goat Show

11:30 Senior Lunch

1:00 Clothing Judging

3:00 Money Scramble

4:00 Style Review/Modeling Contest

6:00 Jr. Fair Swine Show

6:00 Harness Racing/Hat Parade

6:00 I’m No Dummy David Crone Show - Comedian/Ventriloquist - Sr Pavilion

7:00 Registration for Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull

8:00 I’m No Dummy David Crone Show - Comedian/Ventriloquist, Sr. Pavilion

8:00 Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pull

 

Wednesday, June 11

4-H Alumni Reunion

9:00 Small Animal, Horseless Horse & Jr. Leaders Judging

12:00 Jr. Fair Sheep Show

2:00 Water Balloon Toss

2:00 Jr. Fair Dairy Show

4:00 Jr. Fair Beef Show

5:00 Open Swine Show Entries Close

6:00 Spittin Image - Sr Pavilion

6:00 Harness Racing

7:30 Feeder Calf Auction - Show Arena

8:00 Spittin Image - Sr Pavilion

 

Thursday, June 12

Veterans Day

9:00 Jr. Fair Pleasure & Performance Horse Show

9:00 Cloverbud Judging - Youth Leadership Building

12:00 Integrity Ford Drive 4UR Community Test Drive Event

1:00 Goat Obstacle Course - Show Arena

3:30 Choir Show -?Sr Pavilion

4:00 Bean Supper

4:00 Frying Pan Toss

4:30 Truck Pull Weigh-In

5:00 Decorated Lamb Contest - Show Arena

6:00 Open Swine Show

6:00 The Dazzling Mills Family - Sr Pavilion

6:30 Tri-State Diesel Shoot Out Truck Pull - Grandstand

8:00 The Dazzling Mills Family - Sr Pavilion

8:00 Hay Bale Stacking Contest immediatedly after hay bale stack is Needle in a hay stack contest

 

Friday, June 13

FFA Alumni/Flag Day

9:00 Conservation/Science Judging

12:00 Jack Fetter Kids’ Adventure - Sr Pavilion

1:00 Family Consumer Science Judging

3:00 Paulding County 500 Race

4:00 Showman of Showman

4:00 Entries Close for open beef show

6:00 Open Beef Show

6:00 Connor Rose Show - Sr Pavilion

6:00 Jr. Fair Contesting Horse Show

7:00 Paulding County Idol Contest - Sr Pavilion

8:00 Connor Rose Show - Sr Pavilion

8:00 Pony Pulls - Grandstand

 

Saturday, June 14

Flag Day & Scouts Day

8:00 Farmer Share Breakfast - Sponsored by Paulding County Farm Bureau

9:00 Jr. Fair Livestock Auction

12:00 Polls Open For Election of Directors

4:00 Polls Close

5:00 Sand Volleyball - Horse Arena

6:00 Open Goat Show - Show Arena

7:00 Demolation Derby - Grandstand

8:30 Matt Enik- - Sr Pavilion

 

 

 

 
Farewell celebration for Rev. Lowell on June 15 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, June 09, 2014 6:38 PM

PAULDING – The Paulding United Methodist Church is getting ready to say “good bye” to the Rev. Ben and Judy Lowell. Pastor Ben is retiring from full-time ministry and will be moving to Rawson, where he will be serving a smaller congregation part-time.

On Sunday, June 15, the Paulding UMC, 312 N. Williams St., will be hosting a celebration of his ministry to the congregation and the community. Realizing that Pastor Ben has not only been the church’s pastor but also ministered to many in the area, the invitation is extended to the community to participate in this special day.

The day will begin with worship service at 9:45 a.m. as usual. Around 11:15 a.m., a meal will be provided in the fellowship hall and at 12:30 p.m. there will be a program, also in Fellowship Hall. This time together will include presentation of gifts from the congregation as well as a time of sharing memories.

The planning committee realizes this is Father’s Day and does not want to take a large portion of your day, but they do hope that people will be able to attend for at least part of the celebration. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to send a card or note to Rev. Ben and Judy Lowell “Celebration”, Paulding UMC Office, 308 N. Main St., Paulding OH 45879.

The Lowells’ last Sunday leading worship in Paulding will be June 22. At this worship service, a special blessing will be pronounced upon Pastor Ben and Judy.

 
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