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July 28, 2016


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Get ready for Bluffton fall festival - it's Sept. 24

Plans are underway for this year’s Bluffton Fall Festival.

This year’s event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24. Several locations in the community will have activities and those will be announced as plans are finalized.

Here are events planned at Mennonite Memorial Home:

Silent auction, bake sake, luncheon, kettle corn, horse and wagon ride, straw dig, photo booth and kiddie train rides.

Maple Crest

Apple crisp and cinnamon ice cream, antique tractor show, kiddie tractor pull, fishing derby and more to be announced.


St. Mary's church host to Aug. 4 blood drive

Bluffton's next American Red Cross blood drive is from noon to 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, in St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The drive is in the church large room at 160 N. Spring St., Bluffton. To schedule an appointment call 800-RED-CROSS  or go to www.redcrossblood.org sponsor code "smccbluff".




Beaverdam summerfest Aug. 13 - lots of raffle prizes

Beaverdam-Richland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department hosts its annual summerfest Saturday, Aug. 13.

Events begin at 4 p.m. and go into the evening. Summerfest had homemade food and ice cream, kids bouncy rides plus a game trailer.

The band, Exploit, performs at 7 p.m.

At 9 p.m. will be drawings for several prizes


Tommy Tire brings Jungle Island Zoo to Bluffton; customer appreciation day

Tommy Tire of Bluffton will hold a customer appreciation day on Friday, July 22, according to Tom Dotson, owner.

The event, at 319 N. Main St., Bluffton, includes homemade ice cream by Jay Lugibihl plus a visit by animals from Jungle Island Zoo of Delphos.

Events take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Riley Creek Arbor hosts family movie night July 26

Riley Creek Arbor 797, a recently formed Bluffton organization, will host a family movie night, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 26, at Ebenezer Mennonite Church Crossroads Ministry Center, 8905 Columbus Grove Road, according to Gary Reese.

The free family movie is "When the Games Stands Tall."

There will be free popcorn and soft drinks available. Persons attending are asked to bring a donation to an area crisis pregnanc center. These items could include cash, diapers, formula or other baby items.


Hilty Home cruise-in tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.

Hilty Home, Pandora's second annual cruise-in takes place Thursday, July 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Home front parking lot. Hilty Home is located 304 Hilty Drive, just off State Route 12, west of Pandora.

The event is hosted by Ottawa's Four Deuces Car Club. The cruise-in includes food, music and free admission.


Dare to Dream event Nov. 2

This year's Dare to Dream wine tasting and auction to benefit the Bluffton Bike Pathway Project is at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, at Sycamore Lake Winery, rural Columbus Grove.

The event is hosted by the Bluffton Lions Foundation. Tickets are now available at $25 per person of $50 per couple.

For more information call 419-788-0729.


Mt. Blanchard Heritage Day Festival Aug. 20

The first-ever Heritage Day Festival takes place in Mt. Blanchard on Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting through fireworks that evening.  

The Beautification Committee, with help from village council, sponsors the event.

Watch the Icon for additional information later this summer.


Ada VFW holds car show on Saturday

The Ada VFW Post 9381 will expand its car show this year after a successful first year. This year’s show is Saturday afternoon, July 16, at the VFW Post, 2147 State Route 235, north of Ada.

Last year's event drew 40 cars and 15 motorcycles.

New this year will be a truck category.

Registration of $10 is from 2 to 4 p.m. Judging is from 4 to 6 p.m. and awards are presented at 6:30 p.m.

Trophies will be awarded for car, bike and truck categories, best of show, people's choice award, participant's award, mayor's choice award.


Your invitation to join the Aug. 12 Arlington festival parade

The Arlington Village Festival is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13.

One of the events is a parade and area organizations and businesses are invited to participate. The parade is at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug 12. Line up starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Arlington elevator lot and in front of the Arlington High School.

Junior Weihrauch, who directs the Bluffton Blaze of Lights parade, is the Arlington parade director. He invites local groups to participate and the an application form is attached to this story.