cancelled and postponed

(5-6-20) This summer could be one of adjustment for area residents as events continue to cancel or postpone events.

Durbin Bean Bake

Today the Durbin Bean Bake committee met. We had to make a difficult decision to cancel the Durbin Bean Bake 2020. Please take this time and spend it with your family and we hope to see you next year.

St. Marys Summerfest is Cancelled for this Year

It is with Great Disappointment that the SummerFest Committee along with the St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of St. Marys have decided that it is in the best interest of our community to Cancel the 2020 SummerFest.

We have spent untold hours trying to bring out Community a bright spot to be able to hang some hope and happiness on.

This decision did not come easy and we fought a good fight. We kept our hopes alive by coming together as one united team to meet and plan with every new obstacle that came at us we developed contingency plans. But as the time drew near the obstacles grew greater and greater and out time grew shorter and shorter.

To our community we would like to apologize and recognize the amazing amount of support and effort that we received from the City of St. Marys, Local Businesses and Industries. To be able to hold on to our hope and get as far as we did is a true testament to us as a Community in this trying time.

Remember we are the Riders the Mighty, Mighty Riders and we will rise up again for the 2021 SummerFest to make it on of the best ones yet!

St Henry Community Picnic

The St. Henry Community Picnic is having a one day event Saturday July 4th Starting at 1pm. Food, drinks will be available. The exact schedule is still developing. Please check the Facebook page for updates. Natalie Uhlenhake will be playing from 1:30-3:30pm Roger Demange will be playing from 5:30-8:30 SNAFU will be playing from 9pm until midnight Please bring a lawn chair with you to town square as seating will not be provided. Come on out and enjoy some live music and support our local organizations!!

From the Celina Lake Festival Steering Committee: (6-2-20)

“As you probably expected, due to the global pandemic COVID-19, and the rules and regulations regarding social distancing and crowds, the Celina Lake Festival Steering Committee has made the incredibly hard decision to cancel all aspects of the 59th Annual Celina Lake Festival scheduled to be held July 24th, 25th, and 26th. We, the Celina Lake Festival Steering Committee, explored every possible option to hold Lake Festival 2020 but the safety of our patrons, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and community are our number one priority. Please join us for the 2021 Celina Lake Festival to be held July 23-25, 2021. Celina Lake Festival Steering Committee is solely made up of volunteers from the community.” 

Immaculate Conception Festival 2020 Transitioning to a Virtual & Drive Thru Festival

(5-14-20) As the Covid-19 safety precautions continue and America slowly begins to re-open, the IC Festival Committee regrets to announce that due to the pandemic, there will be a scaled down virtual and drive thru IC Festival 2020.

The Immaculate Conception PRIZE PARADE RAFFLE, along with selling pork and chicken dinners, and waffles, will be held on Saturday, July 18th.  Plans for an online New Item Auction on Facebook are also being explored.

The Immaculate Conception PRIZE PARADE RAFFLE tickets are $50 each and feature over $55,000 in prizes:  1.34 Ruby & Diamond Ring, STIHL Lawn Tools, X Box & Games, Outdoor Griddle & $500 Friendly’s, TV Package, Kindle Fire & Amazon Gift Cards, 4 New Tires & Car Care, Nikon Camera, Freezer & $500 Green’s Gift Card, $1000 Cash, Patio Heater & Fire Table, 2 Trek Bikes, BOSE Headphones & Amazon Cards, Shop Local Gift Card Tree, Kitchen Gadgets, Yellow Sapphires w/4.95 Blue Zircon, Robotic Sweeper, Mower & Snowblower, Laptop, Ladies Necklace, Tablet, 2021 Golf Membership, Designer Purses, $1000 Cash, 4 New Tires & Car Care, Craftsman Tools, Washer & Dryer, $1000 Cash, Golf Cart, John Deere Mower, Patio Furniture, $2000 Shopping Spree Francis Furniture and a brand new car.  Just one ticket gives you 33 chances to win, but extra tickets increase your chances!!

The PRIZE PARADE drawings will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 starting at 7 pm and broadcast live via Facebook.  In person attendance will be by invitation and limited to the size of groups allowed by the Governor of Ohio/coronavirus restrictions as of July 11th.   Updates will continue to be provided through future newspaper ads and our social media outlets (online @ or Facebook @ Immaculate Conception Parish Celina, Ohio).

To order your Prize Parade Raffle ticket, send payment to: IC Parish Office, 229 West Anthony Street, Celina, OH 45822.  Your official ticket will be mailed to you.  Or, for tickets and more information, you can call Jeff Schott 419-305-9203 or Lisa Schott 419-234-5748.

Celina Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Taste of Celina Update
It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the July 10, 2020 Taste of Celina. With the Stay Safe Ohio orders recently being extended until July 1, it just isn’t possible to safely adhere to all the guidelines for such a large food event that brings in close to 1000 guests. Unfortunately, we cannot wait until the expiration of the order to plan and organize this event. We know this is a tough time for everyone involved, but we cannot put our local agencies, restaurants, and community members in a difficult position or at risk. Please continue to be the amazing community that we know you are and continue to support these awesome restaurants. We all look forward to having an amazing Taste of Celina in downtown Celina on July 9, 2021!!

From the Grand Lake Marathon:


We know there have been a lot of questions about the fall race plans. We’re here to give you a quick announcement and more details will follow: The in-person Half Marathon, 5k, and Kids Run are still scheduled to happen for Sept 26, 2020 The in-person Full Marathon is cancelled for 2020 (previously registered participant options will be released soon) Adjustments to the race(s) start time(s), social distancing procedures, participation limits, and additional details are still to come. We’re working hard to make sure we can still bring you a safe, fun, and in-person event on Sept 26th. Over the course of the next week you can expect to see additional details, exciting charitable additions for the race, and communication to those already registered. Thanks for your involvement in the races(s) in the past and we can’t wait to welcome you across the finish line in September!”


In St. Henry

From the St Henry Community Picnic Committee:

With much regret, we as a committee have decided to cancel the 2020 St Henry Picnic.  We held off as long as we could, but with the newly extended stay at home order limiting gatherings to 10 people it is not feasible.  We will still be having Moeder BBQ (Rocky’s)  BBQ chicken dinners on Sunday.  Pick up will be 11-1 at the St. Henry K of C Hall.  Most of our organizations have tickets for sell. They will also be available at St. Henry Bank and Hemmelgarn Marathon.  All proceeds will go towards making 2021 the best Picnic yet!!

In Rockford –

Rockford Memorial Day 2020 Finalization:

Due to the existing COVID restrictions, the Rockford American Legion Post 508 will be altering their Memorial Day activities. The annual Memorial Day ceremony held at Hedge’s Park is cancelled. Due to business closures, the Veteran’s Memorial will not be complete and will now be dedicated next year on May 31, 2021.

The Post will honor our fallen veterans at Riverside Cemetery at 10am. Flags will be placed on the grave markers, a 21 gun salute and TAPS will be performed. Any Post 508 members wanting to participate can report to the post at 9:30am.

The Rockford American Legion will also be holding their annual chicken dinner fundraiser from 11am to 1 pm-catered by the Rockford Carry-out. The cost will be $8. This year the dinners will be served in a “drive thru” fashion at the Post. Pres-sale tickets are required, and are available at Rockford American Legion, Barry’s Family Market, and The Rockford Carryout.

Rockford’s Community Days and Bicentennial celebrations have both been cancelled

In Chattanooga –

Chatt Farmers Picnic is cancelled this year  due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chatt Farmers Picnic had been scheduled for Thursday July 30th. The picnic has been going on for over 100 years. Organizers expect it will return next year.

In Coldwater –

The Coldwater Knights Of Columbus announced changes to their annual Picnic. On June 7th, BBQ Chicken Dinners will be available for pick up on the grounds of Holy Trinity Catholic Church from 3:30 to 6 pm. A mass will be held at 6 pm.

K of C picnic held Sunday, June 7th
3:30 drive thru BBQ chicken dinners
6:00 mass in Holy Trinity Church
8:00 Raffle drawing

Coldwater’s Taste of the Town, which was scheduled for June 9th has been postponed. Organizers hope to reschedule the event sometime in July, depending on state guidelines and restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Anthony Dinner Theater

News has been circulating of the permanent closure of the St. Anthony Dinner Theater…this is NOT true. The dinner theater is continuing to prepare for this year’s performance to be held November 1st, 6th-8th, 13th-15th, and 20th-22nd. This is a long standing program that has raised money for families in need and we look forward with carrying on this tradition for many years to come. If COVID-19 has an impact on this year’s show, we will make that announcement at that time. But we will most definitely be back! Our show will go on! Thank you for your continued support of the St. Anthony Dinner Theater and please spread the word that our performance will take place this November.

In Maria Stein-

ML Athletic Boosters With the current situation still changing every day, we have decided to reschedule our annual Bogey Buster Tournament. Right now, the plan is to hold the tournament on Sunday June 28th. Kirk and the Elks team are working on big plans to help us make it a great and safe event…

In Montezuma from the Zuma Days Committee:

“Unfortunately, we have to announce that the Zuma Park Board has cancelled the 2020 Zuma Days festival on June 20th, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to fundraise for our park expenses and improvements, we hope to hold a smaller scale festival in the fall. This would most likely include an auction and some other small events. Date TBD. We will keep everyone posted as we continue to get through this pandemic together. We, the park board, want to thank all of our volunteers, community members and businesses that help support Zuma Days each and every year.”


Earlier during the pandemic several other area events also were cancelled.

In Ft. Recovery –

We regretfully announce that the Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … The health and safety of the community members and our volunteers, as well as the limited ability to plan this year’s Jubilee were the committee members’ main considerations.

In Maria Stein  –

It is with a heavy heart that the Maria Stein Country Fest Committee has decided to cancel the 2020 festival due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It was after much thought and consideration that this decision was made. The health and safety of our community members, volunteers, non-profit organizations, and vendors is the number one priority of the Country Fest Committee.

St. Anthony –

The annual Grange strawberry supper, normally held the first week of June at the Unity Grange Hall has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the hall’s tightly-packed seating, Pomona Grange President Gary Brumbaugh said in a statement.

Organizers may consider holding the event later this summer if conditions allow.

Mercer County Fair Update



2020 Bremenfest has been cancelled

From the Bremenfest Committee:

Our 2020 Bremenfest Committee is sad to announce that we are canceling this years festival due to the global pandemic COVID-19. After considering all the rules and regulations that will play a part in this event, our committee has decided that for the heath and safety of our community, it would be in the best interest to cancel.  This was a very difficult decision and we hope everyone understands. Our committee has reached out to the 2020 Pumpkinfest committee and offered our assistance with their festival if they are able to have one. We would like to encourage everyone who typically comes up and supports our festival to please support our local businesses.  These business have sponsored us for many years and are one reason we are able to  give back.   Let’s show them love and support. Thank you all for your support and understanding.  We are looking forward to a great festival in 2021!

From the Auglaize County Fair:

Update:”We are excited to announce that after A LOT of consideration The Auglaize County Fair will go on August 2 – August 8. We have heard you, we appreciate the support and we hope that everyone can enjoy some fair fun, food, entertainment, games, camping and livestock. Please be patient as we are still figuring a lot of necessary proper precautions to take during fair week to ensure everyone’s safety to the best of our ability. Thank you and we hope that you all come support the fair and make memories with your families.”

Allen County Fairgrounds / Allen County Fair (Indiana)
After much discussion and collaboration between Allen County 4-H, Purdue Extension and local and state government, the Allen County Fairgrounds Board of Directors has decided, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, it is in the best interest of the organization, volunteers, vendors, and patrons, that the 2020 Allen County Fair, originally scheduled for July 28th to August 2nd, be canceled.
“Allen County is our home. Each year we come together to celebrate our community and provide enriching family activities during the Allen County Fair. Not unlike any other year, safety is our primary concern. We worked hard to brainstorm solutions that would keep our community safe and allow us to host the fair,” said Jerry Hammon, Allen County Fairgrounds, President.
Even though the Allen County Fair cannot go on as planned, Allen County Fairgrounds continues to work with Allen County 4-H to develop plans to provide a 2020 4-H experience that may include a combination of virtual judging and in-person livestock judging. These events would be closed to the public.
In addition, conversations are still underway with a midway to determine if amusement rides, games and carnival food can be located at the Allen County Fairgrounds during the dates of July 28th to August 2nd. Continue to watch the Allen County Fairgrounds Facebook page and website for more information.
It takes hundreds of volunteers and many months to plan the Allen County Fair. Waiting any longer to announce the status of the fair would put a strain on many businesses, partners and volunteers. In addition, the Allen County Fairgrounds is a non-profit organization and the Allen County Fair is the largest yearly fundraiser. “We have to do what is fiscally responsible and allows the Allen County Fairgrounds to be around for 30 more years. We want to continue to be an asset for our community,” said Dan Mudrack, Treasurer, Allen County Fairgrounds.


From the Shelby County Fair:

It is with great reluctance The 2020 Shelby County Fair has been cancelled. Committees are being made to explore options so that Jr. Fair aged exhibitors may show their projects in a modified manner. Details of those plans will be shared in the weeks to come, as they are laid out. Decisions will be made based on considering the public safety, in coordination with the Shelby County Health Department, while maintaining fiscal responsibility. Our next Sr. Fair Board Meeting will be June 17, 2020 @ 7:00pm. We know there will be many questions, please watch this page for updates. The Shelby County Senior Fair Board


Jay County Fair