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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

39th Van Wert Peony Festival begins Friday, June 6
Thursday, June 05, 2014 11:10 AM

VAN WERT – The 39th version of the Peony Festival begins this Friday, June 6, at 10 A.M. in Van Wert's Fountain Park. A craft show, Optimist Youth Art Show, Art Rageous On Main Artists Exhibits, car show, food vendors including the Peony Festival food booth in Fountain Park all lead up to the Fountain Park Community Concert at 7 PM featuring Papa Doo Run Run. This concert is sponsored by the Van Wert County Foundation and always draws an extra large crowd on the first day of the Peony Festival weekend.

On Saturday, June 7, the annual free kids' fishing derby will be held at Camp Clay. Kids ages 3–13 years have the chance for free fishing, no fishing license required, from 9–11 pm. Prizes are given for the longest fish in four age groups and one overall winner. Bait is furnished for all kids. Show up with a fishing rod ready to go! An information sheet is available at vanwertpeony.com.

The YMCA is hosting its annual Peony Pace 5K Run & Walk plus a 1-mile Fun Run for kids in conjunction with the free fishing derby. Visit the YMCA website for registration forms.

Fountain Park has activities all day and evening Saturday with the Girl Scouts of America offering children's games and Main Street Van Wert sponsoring fun activities Chalk the Walk, Art Rageous On Main, and the popular Architectural Hunt downtown. The Optimist Youth Art Show is again part of the festival and the annual pet show is now a free entry pet show 10–11 a.m. in Fountain Park. Bring your special pet early, register, and then show off your pet!

Food vendors are open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and the craft show continues until the annual Peony Parade begins at 5 p.m. A new free event this year in Fountain Park is the Medieval Reenactors performing from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Young dancers from Stars by Erin dance studio hit the band shell stage from 12:30–1 p.m.

This year there is a Saturday night free concert sponsored by the Peony Festival Committee. Blair Carmen, playing authentic 1950s style Honky Tonk, takes the stage at 7 p.m. The Peony Parade again follows the south-to-north Washington Street route beginning at the county fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Gather up your group of parade watchers for an after-parade visit back to Fountain Park. The food vendors will be ready for your group and then get a good seat before the concert starts.

A new event this year is the Punt, Pass & Kick competition on Saturday, June 7, 1:30 p.m. at Eggerss Stadium. The Van Wert High School football team is sponsoring the event for ages 6–17 years and an adult division. This is a fundraiser for the football program with a registration cost of $5. The registration form is also available at vanwertpeony.com.

A “retro” event comes back to the National Guard Armory this year. Remember when the Jubilee Flower Show was held at the armory many years ago? It's back, hosted by the Wassenberg Art Center in their newly remodeled armory building. It's an amazing building and a must-see this year. This 53rd Flower Show will be 1–5 p.m. Saturday and 1–4 p.m. Sunday. Wassenberg also has a charity silent auction on the festival weekend.

The Peony Festival Garden Tours are Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday noon–3 p.m. The Wassenberg Art Center is included on the tour this year. Stop by the Peony Festival information booth at the corner of Fountain Park to pickup a tour schedule. The booth opens at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Queen Jubilee XXXIX, Chelsea Hancock, Crestview High School, and her court have a 11 a.m.–1 p.m. luncheon at DeShia Country Gift Shoppe on Friday. The Queen's Reception is combined with the Flowers In Full Bloom Reception on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Willow Bend Country Club.

John Paulding Days starts Thursday night PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, June 05, 2014 10:09 AM


By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

PAULDING – “Music Through the Ages” will be the theme for the annual John Paulding Days held in downtown Paulding on the courthouse square, June 5-6.

“The chamber board decided it would be a great theme for area groups to celebrate the music they love most,” said executive director of the Paulding Chamber Erika Willitzer.

This year’s event, which kicks off on Thursday, June 5 at 5 p.m., will also feature a free family music fest.

“The two day festival located in downtown Paulding will be family focused with free music on the courthouse lawn and at the Herb Monroe Community Park too,” Willitizer said.

“Plenty of craft and food vendors will be situated in the downtown area and families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the music.”

The parade will be on Thursday, June 5 at 7 p.m. like past years and the parade route will be the same as last year.

Parade entries will line up at the Paulding County Fairgrounds at 5:45 p.m. Float themes centered around music of the various decades is strongly encouraged.

George Carter, chief executive officer of Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, is this year’s grand marshal.

The parade route will be the same as last year, starting at Williams Street, turning right on to Wayne Street, then left on Main Street, left on Perry, then right on to Williams Street, and then left on to Jackson where the parade will end. The announcer will be positioned near Hometown Pizza.

Following the parade, a free family music festival will last from 8 until 10 p.m.

Among other highlights of this year’s festival will include a courthouse candy drop.

Last year’s event was so successful that that John Paulding Days organizers decided to do it twice this year. The second annual courthouse candy drop will be held at 9 p.m. June 5 and at 6 p.m. on June 6.

Participants are urged to bring their plastic bags and get ready to pick up all kinds of candy on the courthouse lawn. Kids are welcome to line up around the lawn of the courthouse and when the instruction is given to “Go!” those participating can walk around and pick up sweet treats.

“Candy is spread all over the courthouse lawn and kids can go and pick it all up. It’s quite the scene! Parents are strongly encouraged to bring their own bags,” said Willitizer.

Some of the other planned events include a craft fair on the square, and a corn hole tournament put on by Relay Team Marathon Moms & Open Mic.

Craft vendors and nonprofit/service agency food vendors will be open from 5-9 p.m. each evening.

Anyone wanting to display talents can contact Willitzer at 419-769-3011 or by email at PauldingChamber@gmail.com

Friday’s events will include rides and concessions from 5-10 p.m., free family music fest 5-10 p.m., courtyard candy drop 6-7 p.m. and craft fair 5-9 p.m.

Local thespians with CC Banks Productions of Antwerp will be on the grounds performing bits from their musicals, as well.

Face painting and kid crafts will also be going on during the two days.

“This is a community event that allows us all to come together to kick off the summer season,” concluded Willitizer. “We hope you’ll bring your family out to enjoy this great tradition in Paulding.”