While many of Ohio’s fairs and festivals are planning to reopen in 2021, The Festival of the Bells in Hillsboro will not be held.
The Festival of the Bells Committee, the City of Hillsboro, and the Highland County Health Department made that announcement in a social media post.
The committee stated- “Currently, it is too difficult to provide a safe event for our community, guests, artists and vendors. The potential for a large crowd in a confined area is a health concern. The decision was made with heavy hearts but with the best intentions in mind for all involved. Efforts will focus on a strong comeback for the 2022 Festival of the Bells.”
Governor Mike DeWine has already given the go-ahead for fairs and festivals to be held in 2021, with the stipulation that health guidelines be observed during their events, if they are still needed at that point.
After a year off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Lancaster Festival is returning for the summer of 2021.
The 2021 Lancaster Festival will be held July 23rd-31st, with adjustments being made to accommodate COVID-19 safety protocols and processes. The Festival dates will be shortened to nine days and will include the Festival’s signature events held at the Wendel Concert Stage in the outdoor amphitheater at Ohio University Lancaster and a series of live events downtown.
The Lancaster Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Gary Sheldon will return, although it will be smaller to accommodate safety guidelines.
The Lancaster Festival will be bringing the entire 2021 festival outdoors, with signature acts like former Eagles Band member- Don Felder and The Band Perry, appearing at the Wendel Concert Stage on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus.
The concert lineup includes: The Band Perry July 24th, Jazz Night July 26th, Orchestra Soloists Spotlight July 27, Kelly Vaughn and the Remnants among the July 28th performers, and the Grand Finale with Don Felder on July 31st.
Art Walk will be on July 23rd.
Tickets go on sale May 3rd. For more information on the 2021 Lancaster Festival, follow our link to their website. CLICK HERE:
Last month, the United Way of Pickaway County announced the names of seven finalists for the 2021 Community Impact Award.
The 2021 finalists for the outstanding community volunteer honor are Mike Wagner, Cindy Wagner, Mark Denniston, Sharon Link, Suzie McMullen Ebenhack, Karla Exline, and Terrell Edwards.
This year’s winner will be named on Saturday, April 10th at 2pm on the United Way of Pickaway County’s Facebook page by way of a livestream event. Members of the community are encouraged to vote daily for the candidate(s) of their choice until April 4th to help decide this year’s honoree.
The winner will have five scholarships named in their honor which will be awarded to high school seniors of the Class of 2021 in Pickaway County in May.
As a part of the online livestream, hosted by Mare Wilbanks, United Way of Pickaway County will highlight and honor each candidate and their contributions to the community through volunteerism.
Donations have been made possible by Deer Creek Lodge, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Hampton Inn, Easton TownePlace Suites, and Marriott Residence Inn (Mason, OH), Brew Brothers, Mum Mums, the Pickaway County Family YMCA, and Hampton Inn (Circleville).
This virtual Community Impact Auction will be a way to help fundraise for the nonprofits this year’s finalists volunteer and work on behalf of. Prospective bidders can head to the link below to access and view items.
All five online auction packages are local in-state getaways with all proceeds going to support the six Pickaway County community agencies the United Way supports: the Pickaway County Senior Center, the Haven House, Traditional Scouting with the Boy Scouts of America (Simon Kenton Council), Pickaway County Community Action Organization (PICCA), Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Ohio, Pickaway Area Recovery Services Inc., and the Pickaway Family YMCA.
Members of the public can get to know the 2021 finalists by reading their bios and question and answers at the link here.
The Ross County United Way Campaign for 2020-2021 is shortly coming to an end and they are $66,000 away from meeting their annual goal. In April they are going to have a series of events that they hope will help their efforts to reach the annual goal of $625,000.
The first event is Saturday, April 3rd, and all you have to do is eat at Panda Express on Bridge Street, between the hours of 10:30am-9:30pm.
You can order online or go in person and 50% of the proceeds will go to the Ross County United Way, but you must mention or bring the flyer with you.
United Way of Ross County says more events are coming as well.
Celebrate National Volunteer Month by giving about an hour of your time donating blood. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, from accident victims to children battling cancer to mothers giving birth. Healthy volunteer donors are the key to helping save lives. Medical conditions and emergencies don’t stop for a pandemic. You can help by encouraging others to sign up to donate blood with the Red Cross.
Below are the promos being offered in April…
Youth (Ages 16-24) $10 E-Gift Card (April 1-30) You’re essential! It’s in you to make a difference. Youth donors ages 16-24: get a $10 e-gift card for a place you like to eat or shop when you come to give blood Apr 1-30. We appreciate all that you do to help save lives.
Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma April 1-30, 2021, will receive automatic entry for a chance to win one of five $1,000 e-gift cards to a merchant of their choice. Terms and conditions apply.
While many fairs and festivals are planning for their events to be held in 2021, the Washington Court House Scarecrow Festival is announcing they are cancelling this fall’s event.
The Scarecrow Festival Committee posted the announcement on the City of Washington Court House Economic Development Facebook page.
The 2021 festival was scheduled for September 17th-19th.
This decision in Washington Court House comes despite the recent announcement from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, which stated that fairs and festivals would be permitted to move forward with their 2021 events. DeWine said the events could be held- using whatever health safety precautions would be needed at that point in the pandemic.
After the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic altered their date and start/finish line, The Buck 50 is back in full-swing with a different launching point.
The 2021 race will go into downtown Chillicothe for their start/finish for the fundraiser race to be held April 16th-17th.
100% of the race proceeds benefit the 2,000 students who participate in the M.A.D.E. Program that is affiliated with the 60 school Chapters with Drug Free Clubs of America. The Buck 50 serves the eight local chapters, which are called M.A.D.E. by the students, for My Attitude Deter-mines Everything!
Dave Huggins, Co-Organizer for the Buck 50, says it is an “inspiration” to be part of something that can help young people make choices to stay clear of the addicting power of drugs and other chemical substance abuse.
Huggins says the annual race has also served to inspire many people to continue running for their own health and the course offers various challenges to each degree of runner that participates in the event.
Huggins adds that Ross County is a great place to live and and says this event helps “shine light on the good natured people of Ross County”, who are always ready to step up to help the youth of the community.