Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Food Truck Rodeo - Friday, August 15, 5 - 9 p.m. Kick off Licking County’s Local Food Week at one of the county’s gems. Enjoy creative fare from food trucks featuring local ingredients and sample local craft beers from Buckeye Lake Brewery, Granville Brewing Company and Homestead Beer Company. Make a night of it enjoying local live music too! Free admission.
The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. For more information visit www.dawes arb.org
The Queen of the Lake II - Buckeye Lake. This 40-passenger tour boat gives tours of Buckeye Lake Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors learn about the lake’s lively history and unique sites, including the one and only floating Cranberry Bog. Public tours depart from the North Shore Boat Ramp off Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org/queen-of-the-lake.html for more information.
Cruisin’ on the Commons - Millersport. Come out to Millersport Lions Park from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, August 15, for the monthly car show. Cars, trucks and motorcycles welcome! Registation is 5- 7 p.m. Plus door prizes, 50/50 and trivia games.
Granville Farmers Market - Granville. Saturdays from 8:30 to noon, on North Main Street between Broadway and College streets. All kinds of good things to eat and drink.
Pataskala Street Fair - Pataskala. The annual Street Fair sponsored by the West Licking Firefighters Association is Aug. 13-16. Nightly entertainment, rides, and games. Hours: Wed-Fri. 6-11 p.m. and Sat. noon-11 p.m. Visit www.pataskalastreetfair.org for more information.
Snider Heart and Lung 5-Mile Run/Walk - Lancaster. Fairfield Medical Center’s 7th annual Snider Heart and Lung 5-Mile Run/Walk will be held Saturday, August 16 at Fairfield Medical Center to raise funds for patients who cannot afford the cost of cardiac and pulmonary rehab. This year’s race will include a 5-mile run/walk, a 1-mile walk and a kids’ race. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with the 5-mile run/walk and 1-mile walk starting at 9 a.m. The kids’ race will immediately follow the 5-mile run/ walk. The entry fee is $25 if the participant registers by August 8 and $30 the day of the race. To register, visit www.fmchealth.org and click on the Heart and Lung Run link on the homepage.
Breakfast at the Airport - Newark-Heath Airport. EAA Chapter 402 hosts its annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 16. There will be aircraft and classic cars on display as well as a variety of other exhibits. Learn how children ages 8 to 17 can receive a free Young Eagles flight during the month of September. Breakfast is $6 per person.
Licking Township Tire Amnesty Day - Jacksontown. Licking Township residents can get rid of tires from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, at the Licking Township Fire Station #3, 9384 Jacksontown Road (Ohio 13). $1 per passenger tire; $3 per truck tire; and $10 per semi-truck or agricultural tire or any tire on a rim. CASH ONLY! Tires must be clean and dry.
Classic Boat Regatta - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Yacht Club’s annual Classic Boat Regatta returns from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. FREE and open to the public. Boat displays by area marinas plus entertainment. Food and drink available.
Library Garage Sale - Newark. The Licking County Library is cleaning out its garage next to the Main Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 16. There will be shelving, file cabinets and other used furnishings and equipment available. Sorry no books or DVD’s in this sale.
Back to School Bonanza - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Fire Department hosts a Back to School Bonanza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, at the fire department. All local students can pickup free school supplies, get a haircut and enjoy games. School supplies are availalbe on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. The Buckeye Lake Police Department will provide finger printing for kids.
Free Movie Night - Buckeye Lake. Enjoy The Lego Movie under the stars at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, at the North Shore Boat Ramp off Ohio 79 in Buckeye Lake Village. A short video about the history of Buckeye Lake precedes the movie. Free refreshments, but don’t forget your lawn chairs and blankets! Sponsored by the Buckeye Lake Museum, Park National Bank and Perry County Juvenile Court Judge Cooperrider.
Dog Paddle - Heath. How about an end of year dip with your favorite pooch? Bring your “best friend” out for a fun evening of pooches in the Activity Pool and the Lazy River at the Heath City Water Park from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, August 17. Visitors can bring their non-aggressive dogs to swim at Heath City Water Park for a nominal fee of $10 at the door, per dog (two people admitted with each paying dog; children 12 and under free). Proceeds will benefit spay and neuter of dogs and cats of the Licking County Animal Shelter. All dogs must have proof of current rabies vaccination and current county dog license. (Licking County dog licenses & rabies vaccines will be available for sale at this event).
Local Food Week - Kraner Nature Center, Taft Reserve South, 10383 Fairview Road, Heath. Licking County Local Food Week runs from August 15-22. Licking County has a rich agricultural heritage and diverse array of producers and entrepreneurs specializing in local food enterprises. Come learn about where your food comes from Aug. 16-17! Guided hikes will depart the Nature Center at 10:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17. For more information, visit www, licking- parkdistrict.com
Millersport Lions Sweet Corn Festival - Millersport. It’s ear-resistible Aug. 27 -30. Entertainment headliners are Diamond Rio at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29 and Jo Dee Messina at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. For a complete schedule, visit www.sweetcornfest.com. Hours: Wed. - Fri. 5 - 11 p.m. and Sat. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. FREE! Parking is $10.
Gold Rush Days - Bellville. The Ohio Buckeye Gold Prospectors are holding Gold Rush Days, August 30-31. The annual Labor Day weekend commemorates the 1853 Ohio Gold Rush at their Richland County claim between Butler and Bellville, Ohio. Each year hundreds of visitors are treated to two days of hands-on gold prospecting-related activities and competitions. Panning for the small bits of gold which past glaciation and annual flooding has deposited into the area has become the pastime of choice for many Mid-westerners. Most prospectors will tell you that it only took finding that first tiny speck of gold to ignite a fever that lasts a lifetime and has sparked many adventures. While the gold in Ohio is fine and sparse, the skills needed to recover it are the same as those used by small-scale miners in California, the Yukon, or Australia in the 1800’s.
From lessons on gold panning to common dig operations where participants new to the hobby work alongside seasoned diggers using large pieces of prospecting equipment getting valuable advice and sharing in the rewards of their efforts. With free parking, admission, and many free activities, Gold Rush Days both an affordable and fun way for the entire family to enjoy the outdoors. The event is held at GPAA Swank claim at the corner of Gatton Rocks and Cutnaw roads, Bellville. For more information, www.buckeyegold.com
Historic Jail Tour - Newark. The Historic Licking County Jail is once again throwing open the cell blocks and inviting the public in to experience this one of a kind Licking County landmark! Tours are $10 per person from 5 to 7 p.m. and the dates are: Friday, Aug. 29, and Friday, Sept. 26. Visit www.facebook.com/LCHistoricJail for more information.
Harvest Moon Gathering - Flint Ridge. Traditional Native American Gathering, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sept. 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lots of family fun!! Intertribal dancing, crafts, food, demonstrations, art, native storytelling, Flint knappers and Vendors. Grand Entry at Noon both days. *Honoring the Life of Wendell Humphrey - Saturday, 2 p.m. *Cherokee Legend & Forgiveness Ceremony - Sunday 2 p.m., The Ridge Museum, 14430 Flint Ridge Rd., Glenford (not at the state park), Sept. 5 is set up day for Vendors. To reserve a spot, call (740) 787-2869 before Aug. 29.
Backbeat Beatles Tribute - Granville. Backbeat recreates the aura and sound of the most famous musical group in history at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16. Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome on Denison University’s Fine Arts Quad, 338 W. Broadway.