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Bicentennial Events Schedule

German Heritage Days

Start date: September 20, 2019

End date: September 21, 2019

Friday 4:00 p.m. to Midnight. Saturday Noon to Midnight

Canal Park
15 North Main Street
Fort Loramie, Ohio

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Join the Village of Ft. Loramie in this annual celebration of German Heritage. Great German food, music, and fun! This year the festival welcomes back Talbach Musikanten, an authentic German band from the Black Forest Region. Also, be sure to check out the living history presentation by Rusty Cottrel as he portrays Black Hoof.

Admission is Free

Bicentennial MarketPlace

Start date: September 28, 2019

End date: September 28, 2019

8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Shelby County Fairgrounds
655 South Highland Avenue
Sidney, Ohio

To kick off the fall and Christmas shopping season, the Bicentennial MarketPlace will offer a variety of unique items for shoppers. Antiques, vintage clothing, furniture, glassware, Shelby County collectibles, homemade items such as soaps, candles, crafts, and woodcarvings will be on display and available for purchase. An antique tractor display will accompany the market.  Guests will enjoy live music and refreshments while they browse. Informal appraisals of coins, jewelry, pottery, glassware and fine china will be available as well.

Free Admission from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE to download a Vendor Form if you would like booth space at the Bicentennial MarketPlace.

Sponsored by Douglas Millhoff  and Greg and Priscilla Wilt.

Village of Lockington – Shelby County Bicentennial Celebration

Start date: September 29, 2019

End date: September 29, 2019

3:00 to 6:00 P.M.

10363 Museum Trail
Lockington, Ohio 45356

The Shelby County Bicentennial celebration comes to Lockington. Opening remarks by Lockington Mayor Tracy Johnson, Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst, and Shelby County Commissioner Bob Guillozet. Presentations by Andy Hite with the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency, Don O’Connor with the Miami-Conservancy District, and Dr. Sarah Hippensteel-Hall with the Miami-Conservancy District. Closing remarks by Shelby County Commissioner Julie Ehemann.

The Shelby County mobile history museum will be on display along with food, beverages, and Jumpy.

Bicentennial Tree Ceremony

Start date: October 5, 2019

End date: October 5, 2019

10:00 a.m.

Shelby County Court House
100 East Court Street
Sidney, Ohio

To commemorate the 200 year anniversary of Shelby County, a tree will be planted at every county school in 2019. In the year 2020, a tree will be planted at every Sidney school commemorate its 200 year anniversary. Red Oak trees will be planted in Shelby County.  White Oak trees will be planted in Sidney.  Oak trees were selected for their stately stature, brilliant fall color, and the tremendous value they offer wildlife when mature.

Admission is Free

This activity is being sponsored by AW Golf.

Lecture Series: Rumley: An African American Pioneer Community in Frontier Shelby County

Start date: October 14, 2019

End date: October 14, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic
Church - Parish Activity Center
9377 State Route 119 West
McCartyville, OH 45302

With the removal of Native Americans after 1830 from the area north of the Greenville Treaty Line, settlers rushed to claim the rich lands of northern Shelby County. Among these were the African American pioneers who established Rumley, a thriving farming community. From its founding in 1837 through the 1880s, Rumley served as a major stop for travelers on the post road northward and a haven for hundreds of African American citizens from the slave south. Although Rumley is gone, its influence continues. Dr. Roy E. Finkenbine from Anna, Ohio will lead this presentation. Dr. Finkenbine is Professor of History and department Co-Chair at University of Detroit Mercy and Director of the Black Abolitionist Archive.

Sponsored by Steve and Peggy Baker

Shelby County Church Tour

Start date: October 19, 2019

End date: October 20, 2019

To Be Announced

Participating Churches to be announced.

Drive it yourself tour of county churches. Open house style visits. Tour booklet for all Shelby County churches will be available including a list of “ghost churches”, those no longer in existence.

Participating Church Locations to be announced.

Admission is Free

Church Tour sponsored by Richard and Kathleen Eshleman

Church Directory sponsored by Steve and Peggy Baker

Lecture Series: Bicentennial Salute to Shelby County Veterans

Start date: November 11, 2019

End date: November 11, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Sidney Municipal Court
Monumental Building
110 West Court Street
Sidney, OH 45365

Presenters Rich Wallace and Jim Hall will share stories about Shelby County Soldiers.

To celebrate the Bicentennial of Shelby County Ohio, the Shelby County Historical Society has prepared a series of interesting presentations tracing the history and significance of the county and its citizens.

Sponsored by Steve and Peggy Baker

Bicentennial Ball

Start date: February 22, 2020

End date: February 22, 2020

8:00 p.m. to Midnight

Shelby County Court House
100 East Court Street
Sidney, Ohio

The Bicentennial Ball will bring to a close the 200thanniversary celebration of Shelby County Ohio and usher in the 200th anniversary celebration of Sidney Ohio. This glamorous evening will feature live music, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvre, and an abundance of community fellowship. Historical displays will adorn the historic Shelby County Courthouse. Formal attire is suggested.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased through Sidney Alive.

This event sponsored by Freshway Foods

50th Anniversary of the Sidney High School 30 & 0 Football Team

Start date: September 3, 2020

End date: September 4, 2020

To Be Announced

Sidney Memorial Stadium
750 South Fourth Avenue
Sidney, Ohio

This game commemorates the most significant local sports achievement of Sidney’s 200 years, 30 straight football wins during the three perfect seasons of 1968/69/70. Team members will be introduced at the game with Tipp City.

This game will be played on either September 3rd or September 4th based on a local television network’s decision to broadcast.

Tickets can be purchased through Sidney High School Sports Box Office

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