Hedges-Boyer Park

39th Tiffin-Seneca Heritage Festival this weekend

heritage festival brochureBeginning in 1979, the Heritage Festival is the 8th largest in Ohio and is preparing for a great 39th year. Originally a one day event, the festival was an event for the community to celebrate the town’s history by visiting the Seneca County Museum, strolling among craft exhibits, enjoying bands, and eagerly watching to see which ladies dressed in old fashion clothing would win the titles of Miss and Mrs. Heritage Festival. Although times have changed, the event still honors the traditions of the city while including some new attractions September 15th-17th, 2017.

At the Park

The Living Historic Village in Hedges-Boyer Park features reenactments, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and much more for a fun family environment. “Children’s Village Crafts and Games on the Green” are free to all ages, and children under 12 can enter the Village gate for free as well, with adult tickets costing $3. “Candy Cannon Shoot” happen at 12:30pm and 3pm both Saturday and Sunday for children 12 and under, and a “Heritage Cemetery Walk” at the Village Entrance at 6pm Saturday. Be sure to check out the “Heritage Ball” held in the YMCA Fieldhouse Saturday night at 7:30pm, where the whole family can learn dances of the era. Sunday the games continue with a Vintage 1860s Baseball Game at 10am and the Lake Plains Chorus performing at 1pm. Throughout both days live music will play, making any time a great time to stop by!

Downtown

German Heritage Block kicks off downtown Friday night with Richard Wiener 6:30pm-9:30pm in the County Health Department Lot. The Fostoria Community Band will perform the following day 12pm-1pm, followed by a Cream Puff Eating Contest (sign up quick, only the first 6 can compete!). The Toledo Holzhacker Baum will be there 2:30pm-3:30pm as well as 6:30pm-7:30pm on Saturday, with the Route 161 Happy Wanders following 4pm-6pm and again 8pm-10pm. Men and women are encouraged to show off their skills with a Women’s Beer Stein Carrying Contest at 7:30pm on Saturday and a Men’s Beer Stein Holding Contest Sunday at 4pm.

In City Lot 7, New Frontiers: Journey Tribute Band performing Friday from 9pm-12am, and on Saturday, Smalltown Throwdown will perform 6:30-9 pm followed by eighties arena rock tribute band Electrik Circus 9:30pm-12am.

Following the annual parade Saturday, which begins at 10:30am, Elk Lodge 94 is hosting the Kids Korner, filled with free kids events include face painting, sand art, prize giveaways, and crafts, making Saturday’s events fun for all ages.

Also on Saturday, gear up for the 5th Annual Independent Car Show from 12pm-5pm, at the Seneca County Museum. The show will include raffles and drawings to support the museum, as well as the Jolly’s food truck for refreshments. Judging starts at 2pm and plaques will be awarded to winners at 4:30pm.

In the downtown area food will be available all day and rides will run all weekend in the RTA parking lot. Tickets are available at the event and pre-sale tickets can be purchased at Croghan Colonial Bank and Old Fort Bank, 24 tickets for $10 (2-3 needed per ride). For more information visit TiffinFestival.com, a free shuttle is available to the Village and Downtown locations. Come join the community of Tiffin September 15th-17th for the Heritage Festival, where history comes alive!

Other Events

Elks Lodge 94 and Tiffin Eagles 402 will both have beer gardens and live music both night. The Elks will feature Nebdroola Friday and Alternate Ending Saturday night; the Eagles will feature Quickshine on Friday and the Eric Sowers Band on Saturday night.

The Behind the Facade Tour: Riverside Ramble takes place Sunday from 2pm-5pm at Frost Parkway, an exploration of Tiffin’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods. More information can be found at TiffinHistoricTrust.org or contacting Vicki Ohl at 419-448-8588.

Museums around town will also be open, including the American Civil War Museum, The Enchanted Moment Doll Museum, Tiffin Art Guild, Seneca County Museum, and Tiffin Glass Museum. Hours can be found on each museum’s website, as well as the Heritage Festival’s site TiffinFestival.com.

View the brochure and schedule of events here.

Downtown Tiffin businesses offer “Trick or Treat”

Downtown Trick or TreatA new Tiffin Halloween event, the 1st Annual Downtown Trick or Treat is slated for Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30-5 p.m. More than 60 businesses, organizations and offices all over downtown Tiffin will be opening their doors to provide candy to children. Afterward, Tom Rodgers Flowers will have cider and donuts for adult trick or treaters from 5-6 p.m.

Organizer Yolanda Gonzales got the idea from a similar event in Owensboro, KY, where she used to live. “It was a win for the community, businesses got positive exposure, kids got candy, caretakers learned more about their community and it was daylight. I found myself entering business that I would not normally go into – it was a wonderful way to meet businesses in town – also meet the people who own the businesses and  people who work there,” she said. “So, I contacted Mr. Montz with the idea and he said it was a great idea – but he needed someone to coordinate it.  I volunteered.”

Gonzales was greeted with excitement and enthusiastic responses from downtown businesses and hopes to make this an annual event. “The owners of Cabin Creations said they used to do this downtown – but no one else remembers.  I hope this becomes a new tradition for Tiffin.”

The following organizations are scheduled to participate, as well as businesses displaying a flyer in the window during the event:

If you have a downtown business, organization or office and would like to join the fun, contact Yolanda Gonzales at yolanda.gonzales4@gmail.com.

This is only one of the many events taking place over the next two weeks. Other upcoming community Halloween events include:

Bo Reid Memorial Baseball Tournament set for this weekend

The 11th Annual Bo Reid Memorial Baseball Tournament will take place this weekend with free events planned Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26. This year also features 24 youth baseball teams from Northwest Ohio and special guest, actor and author Dwier Brown.

The weekend kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday with Dwier Brown speaking at the Ritz Theatre, followed by a free screening of Field of Dreams, the award-winning baseball film in which Brown plays Kevin Costner’s father. On Saturday at Hedges-Boyer Park, the tournament will begin when Dwier Brown throws out the first pitch at 8:45 a.m. There will also be activities for children and a screening of the film, Mom and Dad Save the World. The tournament resumes Sunday with the championship games and a trophy ceremony.

Dwier Brown will be also be signing copies of his critically acclaimed memoir, “If You Build It… A book about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams,” on Friday and Saturday.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday – Ritz Theatre

  • 7 p.m. – Dwier Brown
  • 7:30 p.m. – Field of Dreams showing
  • 9 p.m. – Q&A with Dwier Brown

Saturday – Hedges-Boyer Park

  • 8:45 a.m. – First pitch – Dwier Brown
  • 9 a.m. – Tournament begins
  • 10 a.m. – Bouncing inflatables, slides, play area
  • 12 p.m. – Dwier Brown speaks
  • 12:30 p.m. – Mom and Dad Save the World screening

Sunday – Hedges-Boyer Park

  • 9 a.m. – Championship games
  • 7 p.m. – Trophy ceremony

All proceeds from the tournament are to be donated to the Robert ‘Bo’ Reid Memorial Fund, managed by the Tiffin Charitable Foundation, to benefit Tiffin Park and Recreation.

Tiffin Music and Art Festival this weekend

TMAF flierThis weekend, June 12-13, the fourth annual Tiffin Music and Art Festival will be held at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin. This year will be the biggest yet, with 73 performances scheduled on five outdoor stages, a beer garden, vendors and workshops, and tons of events for children and adults. Headliners are the Tom Frietchen Band on Friday, and Shrub and Hawthorne Heights on Saturday.

Also new this year is the TMAF Scholarship, which will provide $500 each to at least two Tiffin area high school seniors planning to pursue education in performance or visual arts. Proceeds from the event will go toward funding the scholarship.

Founded in 2013, the Tiffin Music and Art Festival is a non-profit event staffed by community volunteers. It was created to raise awareness for the arts in the greater Tiffin area and benefit the surrounding community. Events and attractions for children and adults have included live music, fire performers, magicians, clowns, food vendors, glass blowing, a wide variety of workshops, an interactive ice cream stand, interactive kids’ zones and bouncy inflatables.

Festival admission is free, however there is a charge for access to the beer garden.

Check out the video below for more information about this year’s Tiffin Music and Art Festival.

Thousands attend 8th largest festival in Ohio

The Budweiser Clydesdales in the Heritage Festival parade. *Photo courtesy of the Tiffin Seneca Heritage Festival's Facebook page.

The Budweiser Clydesdales in the Heritage Festival parade.
*Photo courtesy of the Tiffin Seneca Heritage Festival’s Facebook page.

This month marked the 36th time Tiffin has celebrated the annual Heritage Festival. Friday, September 19th kicked off Ohio’s eighth largest festival with festivalgoers celebrating in the downtown and at Hedges-Boyer park, where people were treated to food vendors and live music throughout the night. On Saturday, September 20th, families gathered for the annual Heritage Festival parade in historical Downtown Tiffin. The parade featured local school bands, dance groups, Heidelberg and Tiffin University international students, Heritage Festival royalty, and a visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales. Following the parade, a short meet and greet with the Clydesdales was conducted in front of The Ritz Theatre.

Following the parade, festival attendees explored the Heritage Festival’s Downtown Area. Downtown featured food vendors, children’s activities, and a kid’s inflatable area in Courthouse Lawn. In addition, Frost Parkway featured a stage of live music and entertainment performers, along with an Arts and Crafts show. Finally, the night was once again filled with live entertainment throughout many Downtown locations.

Along with the Downtown festivities, the Heritage Festival features a living history village in Hedges-Boyer Park. The living history village takes attendees back to the Civil War era, where visitors experienced Civil War encampments, Native American villages, and Pioneer camps. Guests enjoyed open fire food vendors, vintage baseball matches, a kid’s craft area, miniature steam engine rides, and a Civil War military ball. In addition, a Heritage 5K and youth race occurred at the park.