A tentative calendar of important events coming up in Paulding County. This is a preliminary list; our staff has not yet made all the contacts needed to update for the new year. Many events are still in the planning stages. Please check our website www.progressnewspaper.org and the Progress for updates throughout the year. To add an event, please email news@progressnewspaper.org.

JANUARY

Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day

Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 28 – Junior Fair Quality Assurance, 6-8 p.m. at the OSU Extension Office



FEBRUARY

Black History Month

Feb. 2 – Groundhog Day

Feb. 2 – American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life Kickoff Rally at Paulding Eagles, 6 p.m. with live auction starting at 7:30 p.m. Public welcome.

Feb. 3 – Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta

Feb. 3-9 – Boy Scouting Anniversary Week; Scouting Sunday on Feb. 3

Feb. 5 – Chinese New Year - Year of the Pig

Feb. 5 – Paulding County Spelling Bee competition at 7 p.m. at Payne School Auditorium

Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day

Feb. 15 – Science Fair 3-6 p.m. at Paulding School auditeria

Feb. 16 – A Day Outdoors, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., sponsored by Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District at the Black Swamp Nature Center in Paulding; outdoor activities and fun

Feb. 16 – Paulding County Hospital Foundation Valentine’s Party at the Paulding Eagles, 4:30-9 p.m. Proceeds to benefit the hospital. Dinner, DJ, games, prizes, auctions; tickets available at the Eagles, or visit www.pchospitalfoundation.org

Feb. 17 – John Paulding Historical Society annual meeting, at 2 p.m. at the museum in Paulding. Public welcome.

Feb. 18 – Presidents’ Day

Feb. 21 – Paulding Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, 5:30-7 p.m.

Feb. 23 – Wine & Cheese Tasting fundraiser at John Paulding Historical Society; for tickets, call 419-399-8218

Feb. 23 – “Ohio Has Talent!” fundraiser for Community Health Professionals Home Care & Hospice, 7 p.m. at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert; www.comhealthpro.org/Ohio_has_Talent.php

Feb. 25 – Vantage Career Center Open House & Taste of Vantage, 5-7:30 p.m. at Van Wert; www.vantagecareercenter.com



MARCH

National Women’s History Month

March 4-8 – Newspaper In Education Week

March 5 – Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)

March 6 – Ash Wednesday

March 10 – Daylight Saving Time begins

March 10-16 – Girl Scout Week

March 10-16 – National Agriculture Week

March 10-16 – Sunshine Week, to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy

March 12 & 14 – Oakwood Library Event Planners’ 13th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza, 7 p.m.; for information call Sue Brown, 419-594-2615 or the library at 419-594-3337

March 13 – Senior Center on the Road – Oakwood

March 14 – National Agriculture Day

March 15 – Paulding County Agronomy series at OSU Extension Center, 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 419-399-8225.

March 15-17 – Paulding High School Drama Dept. will present its spring musical “Beauty and the Beast” in the school auditeria

March 15-17 – Wayne Trace Jr./Sr. High and WT Performing Arts Association spring musical “Oklahoma” at the Payne School auditorium

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

March 20 – First day of spring

March 22-24 – Antwerp High School will present the musical “Wizard of Oz” in the school auditeria

March 23 – Paulding County Hospital Health Fair 7-10 a.m. at Antwerp Regional Health Center; registration day of fair or pre-register through hospital physician offices, hospital lobby or online at pauldingcountyhospital.com

March 26 – John Paulding Historical Society general meeting, 2 p.m., open to the public

March 27 – Annual Community Health, Business & Industry Fair, sponsored by the Paulding County Senior Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the county extension building at the fairgrounds

March 28 – Opening Day, Major League Baseball

March 29 – Paulding County Agronomy series at OSU Extension Center, 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 419-399-8225.

March 29 – Pretty Princess event for girls at Paulding School

March 30 – Paulding County Hospital Health Fair 7-10 a.m. at Oakwood Fire Department; registration day of fair or pre-register through hospital physician offices, hospital lobby or online at pauldingcountyhospital.com

March 30 – Junior Fair Quality Assurance, 9-11 a.m. at the OSU Extension Office

March 30 – Wayne Trace Athletic Boosters’ Annual Reverse Drawing event at the high school



APRIL

April 1 – April Fool’s Day

April 2 – Paulding County Career Opportunity Showcase & Job Fair at the OSU Extension Center, hosted by Paulding County Economic Development (PCED) and the county commissioners

April 2 – Paulding County Area Foundation Annual Meeting and Dinner at Grant’s Catering Hall, Antwerp, social time 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Call 419-399-8296 for information.

April 3 – Paulding County Carnegie Library’s Annual “Battle of the Books” county finals, starting at noon at the Youth Leadership Building at the fairgrounds

April 4 – Paulding County Township Association’s fish and chicken fry, 5-7 p.m. at the OSU Extension building, fairgrounds, open to the public

April 5 – Paulding County Agronomy series at OSU Extension Center at Paulding County Fairgrounds, 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, call 419-399-8225.

April 6 – Paulding County Hospital Health Fair 7-10 a.m. at Vancrest of Payne; registration day of fair or pre-register through hospital physician offices, hospital lobby or online at pauldingcountyhospital.com

April 6 – Divine Mercy Parish spring craft show, bake sale and luncheon, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Divine Mercy Center on Daggett Street in Antwerp

April 6 – Junior Fair livestock tagging and weigh-in, 9-11 a.m. at the fairgrounds

April 7-13 – National Library Week

April 7-13– National Volunteer Week

April 9 – Paulding Chamber of Commerce wine tasting event, 7-9 p.m.

April 13 – Paulding County Hospital Health Fair 7-10 a.m. at Paulding County Hospital; registration day of fair or pre-register through hospital physician offices, hospital lobby or online at pauldingcountyhospital.com

April 13 – Earth Day Funday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., sponsored by Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District at the Black Swamp Nature Center in Paulding; outdoor activities and fun

April 13 – Quarter auction fundraiser by the Oakwood Homecoming Committee; details to be announced

April 13 – Paulding High School bands will present the annual “Music of the Night” fundraiser in the auditeria

April 14 – Palm Sunday

April 14 – Annual Parkview Sports Medicine All-Star Basketball Classic at Antwerp High School; games begin at 3 p.m.

April 15 – Deadline to file federal income tax returns

April 19 – Good Friday

April 19-20 – Annual 24-Hour Basketball Marathon at Payne Elementary gym – proceeds go to the Paulding Area Support Society (PASS), formerly Paulding County Crippled Children & Adult Society; contact Chad Benschneider, 419-263-2277

April 21 – Easter Sunday

April 22 – Earth Day

April 22 – Paulding County Hospital Foundation Annual Membership Banquet and Scholarship Awards at the Paulding Eagles; for information, visit www.pchospitalfoundation.org

April 24 – Administrative Professionals Day

April 25 – Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

April 26 – National Arbor Day



MAY

Older Americans Month

Oakwood Community Garage Sale – dates to be announced

May 2 – National Day of Prayer

May 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 – Paulding FFA plant sale at the high school greenhouse on Caroline Street

May 3-5 – Horsepower Holiday Weekend “Mudder’s Day” at Paulding County Fairgrounds, mud racing, truck-tractor pulls, truck-car show; www.horsepowerholiday.com

May 4-5 – Free Fishing Days in Ohio – All Ohio residents are invited to experience fishing without purchasing a license.

May 4 – Oakwood Library Event Planners’ Spring Tea & Style Show at noon in the Community Room; for information call Sue Brown, 419-594-2615

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

May 5-11 – National Small Business Week

May 10 – Paulding Chamber of Commerce “Tunes, Brews and BBQs 1” 7-10 p.m.

May 11 – Celebrating Arts & Artists of Paulding County at the John Paulding Historical Society, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

May 12 – Mother’s Day

May 16 – Women of the Chamber Evening, 5:30-7 p.m.

May 17-18 – Paulding County Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the block building at the county fairgrounds in Paulding. Vegetables, perennials, annuals, herbs, houseplants.

May 17-18 – Paulding Community Garage Sales; to be included on the map, call Carla Morris 419-769-2159 or Katie Sunday 419-786-0026. To rent a spot at the fairgrounds, call Guy Dasher 419-796-7269.

May 18 – Armed Forces Day

May 19 – Commencement for Antwerp High School, 2 p.m. in the main gym

May 21 – Paulding County Senior Center’s Senior Day at the OSU Extension Building; doors open 10:30 a.m. RSVP at 419-399-3650

May 26 – Commencement for Wayne Trace High School, 2:30 p.m. in the high school gym

May 26 – Commencement for Paulding High School, 2:30 p.m., high school gym

May 27 – Memorial Day – observances to be announced

May 28 – John Paulding Historical Society general meeting, 6:30 p.m., open to the public

May 29 – Junior Fair Skillathon at the OSU Extension Office, 4-7 p.m.

May 31-June 2 – Payne Community Garage Sales

May 31-June 1 – American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Paulding County Fairgrounds, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday through 2 a.m. Saturday. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/pauldingcounty or email Cheryl Eddy at cheryl.eddy@cancer.org



JUNE

Paulding County Carnegie Library’s Summer Reading Program begins – date to be announced

June 1 – Motorcycle Scrabble Run fundraiser at John Paulding Historical Society in Paulding, kickstands up 11 a.m.

June 1 – Annual Antwerp Cleveland Street Rib Fest with 5K River Run, organized by Antwerp Community Development Committee

June 7-8 – Antwerp Community Garage Sales & Sidewalk Sales. Contact Antwerp Chamber of Commerce

June 8 – Paulding Fire Department’s annual Firefighter 5K Run and 1 mile walk – date to be announced Registration begins at 8 a.m.; race at 9 a.m. Registration forms available on Facebook, at Foltz Insurance or from any Paulding firefighter.

June 10-15 – Paulding County Fair, Paulding County Fairgrounds

June 10 – Antwerp Chamber of Commerce event “Grab Your Neighbor and Explore Your Downtown” 5:30-7:30 p.m. with vendors, special activities, businesses open late. Theme: Super Heroes. www.facebook.com/antwerp.chamber

June 11 – Senior Day at the Paulding County Fair, activities start at 8:30 a.m., RSVP required for lunch at 419-399-3650

June 14 – Flag Day

June 16 – Father’s Day

June 21 – First day of summer

June 21 – Annual Paulding Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at Auglaize Golf Club. Call 419-399-5215 for information

June 21-23 – Rock the Block on Main Street in Payne, presented by Payne Chamber of Commerce, Payne Ministerial Association and Village of Payne

June 29 – Branch Christian Fellowship second annual Block Party 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Main Street in front of their building in Paulding. Food, games, vendors, various raffles.



JULY

July 4 – Independence Day

July 5 – Paulding County Senior Center Fourth of July picnic at the Reservoir Park shelterhouse, 11:30 a.m.

July 8 – Antwerp Chamber of Commerce event “Grab Your Neighbor and Explore Your Downtown” 5:30-7:30 p.m. with vendors, special activities, businesses open late. www.facebook.com/antwerp.chamber

July 9 – Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cleveland

July 9-13 – Paulding County 4-H Camp at Camp Palmer

July 10 – Paulding County Hospital Foundation’s 20th Annual Dr. Mark Teets Memorial Golf Tournament at Auglaize Golf Course; for information, visit www.pchospitalfoundation.org

July 19 – Paulding Summer Blast (formerly John Paulding Days) held on the courthouse square in Paulding. Events include the Grand Parade at 6:30pm and concludes with fireworks at dusk. For more information, contact 419-399-5215; www.pauldingchamber.com

July 20 – Special Activity – Flat Rock Creek stream cleanup, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., sponsored by Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District at the Black Swamp Nature Center in Paulding

July 20 – Big Boy$ Toy$ Car Show at 3-8 p.m. in downtown Antwerp, call 419-506-2333 for information

July 24-Aug. 4 – Ohio State Fair, Columbus, www.ohiostatefair.com

July 27-28 – Grover Hill Summer Fest at Welcome Park



AUGUST

July 24-Aug. 4 – Ohio State Fair, Columbus, www.ohiostatefair.com

Aug. 1-4 – The 127 Yard Sales, also called the “World’s Longest Yardsale,” covering Michigan to Alabama along U.S. 127, including Paulding County. Visit www.127sale.com

Aug. 2-4 – Ohio Sales Tax Holiday for back-to-school clothing and school supply purchases

Aug. 2 – Paulding County Senior Center’s Paint the Park Purple and Alzheimer’s Fundraiser, 10 a.m.

Aug. 3 – “A Day In the Park” at Riverside Memorial Park in Antwerp, starting with a parade at 10 a.m. Parade theme: “Small Town Heroes.” For information call Antwerp Chamber of Commerce, 419-258-1722

Aug. 3 – John Paulding Historical Society annual chicken barbecue and cruise-in, 4-7 p.m.

Aug. 7 – Deadline 4 p.m. for filing nominating petitions of candidates in nonpartisan races for the General Election; deadline for filing local questions and issues for General Election

Aug. 8-10– Annual Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Yard Sale in Ohio. Visit www.historicbyway.com

Aug. 9 – Paulding Chamber of Commerce “Tunes, Brews and BBQs 2” from 7-10 p.m. at Herb Monroe Community Park on the square in Paulding

Aug. 12 – Antwerp Chamber of Commerce event “Grab Your Neighbor and Explore Your Downtown” 5:30-7:30 p.m. with vendors, special activities, businesses open late. www.facebook.com/antwerp.chamber

Aug. 14 – Cruisin’ to Good Times cruise-in on Main Street (Ohio 49) in Payne, 5:30-8 p.m.; food, door prize drawings, 50/50 drawing

Aug. 24 – Annual Paulding County Democratic Party picnic, at Grover Hill Welcome Park

Aug. 24 – Youth For Christ (YFC) annual auction and dinner at Grant’s Reception Hall, Antwerp; doors open 5 p.m., followed by dinner and live auction.

Classes begin at area schools for the 2019-20 school year – dates to be announced



SEPTEMBER

United Way of Paulding County Campaign Kick-off event – date to be announced

Wine and beer tasting fundraiser to benefit Divine Mercy Catholic School – date to be announced

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 – Oakwood Homecoming; for information visit oakwoodhomecoming.weebly.com or Oakwood Homecoming on Facebook

Sept. 2– Labor Day

Sept. 5 – NFL season kick off

Sept. 8 – Grandparents Day

Sept. 8 – Annual Car Show and fundraiser sponsored by Paulding County Senior Center at the fairgrounds (tentatively 2-5 p.m.)

Sept. 9 – Antwerp Chamber of Commerce event “Grab Your Neighbor and Explore Your Downtown” 5:30-7:30 p.m. with vendors, special activities, businesses open late. www.facebook.com/antwerp.chamber

Sept. 11 – Patriot Day (September 11 anniversary)

Sept. 11 – Cruisin’ to Good Times cruise-in on Main Street (Ohio 49) in Payne, 5:30-8 p.m.; food, door prize drawings, 50/50 drawing

Sept. 12 – Leadership In Action program kickoff; for more information, contact Paulding Chamber of Commerce at 419-399-5215

Sept. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month begins, through Oct. 15

Sept. 16 – 100 days until Christmas

Sept. 20-22 – Annual Flat Rock Creek Fall Festival, Paulding County Fairgrounds. For more information, call Paulding Chamber of Commerce, 419-399-5215; www.flatrockcreekfestival.com

Sept. 22 – Antique & Classic Truck Show at John Paulding Historical Society Museum, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sept. 23 – First day of autumn

Sept. 24 – John Paulding Historical Society general meeting, 6:30 p.m., open to the public

Sept. 28 – National Hunting & Fishing Day



OCTOBER

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Paulding County Carnegie Library’s Fall Extravaganza – date to be announced

Paulding County Economic Development Annual Business & Industry Appreciation Banquet – date to be announced

Oct. 1 – 4-H enrollment begins for the 2019-2020 program; contact the OSU Extension office, 419-399-8225

Oct. 5 – “A Taste of History” at John Paulding Historical Society, open 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Oct. 5 – Annual Habitat For Humanity of Paulding County 5K Hog Run, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Paulding County Fairgrounds; www.habitatpauldingcounty.org

Oct. 6-12 – Fire Prevention Week

Oct. 6-12 – National Newspaper Week

Oct. 6-12 – National 4-H Week

Oct. 7 – Voter registration ends at 4 p.m. for General Election

Oct. 8 – Paulding County Democrat annual supper and Meet the Candidates, 4:30-7 p.m. at Paulding Eagles

Oct. 12-13 – Payne Fall Festival at Payne Community Park. For information, see facebook.com/PayneFallFestivalAtThePark

Oct. 14 – Columbus Day observed

Oct. 16 – Boss’s Day

Oct. 16 – 90+ Birthday Bash at Paulding County Senior Center; for reservations phone 419-399-3650

Oct. 19 – Sweetest Day

Oct. 19 – Falling in Love With Nature Day, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., sponsored by Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District at the Black Swamp Nature Center in Paulding; outdoor activities and fun

Oct. 19 – Live Oak Historic Graveyard Tours, 3-6 p.m. starting at the mausoleum in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding

Oct. 22-30 – MLB World Series

Oct. 26 – Make a Difference Day

Oct. 31 – Halloween – local events to be announced



NOVEMBER

ACDC Antwerp Community Development Committee annual public meeting – date to be announced

Divine Mercy Parish annual fall bazaar – date to be announced

Antwerp Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas Tree Lighting – date to be announced

Nov. 2 – Annual “Beacon of Hope” dinner and auction, presented by Community Health Professionals of Paulding 6 p.m. at Paulding Eagles, call 419-399-4708

Nov. 3 – Daylight Savings Time ends

Nov. 5 – General Election Day (Polls are open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.)

Nov. 8 – Veterans Day luncheon at Paulding County Senior Center, all veterans invited

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Nov. 12 – Paulding County Economic Development Annual Business & Industry Appreciation Banquet

Nov. 14 – Evening meal fundraiser for Christmas For Kids and Christmas bazaar at the Paulding County Senior Center, open to the public

Nov. 15-17 and 22-23 – (two weekends) The annual Festival of Trees at John Paulding Historical Society with the theme "Ski Lodge Winter Wonderland"; free admission

Nov. 26 – John Paulding Historical Society general meeting, 2 p.m., open to the public

Nov. 28 – Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 30 – Small Business Saturday

Nov. 30 – Antwerp Chamber of Commerce annual Shop Small Saturday event in Antwerp

Nov. 30 – “Shop the Square” in downtown Paulding, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nov. 30 – OSU vs. Michigan game, at Ann Arbor



DECEMBER

Payne’s Downtown Jolly Jamboree – date to be announced

Dec. 1 – First Sunday of Advent

Dec. 7 – Pearl Harbor Day

Dec. 7-8 – “Shop the Square” in downtown Paulding; hours and details to be announced

Dec. 8 – Paulding Chamber of Commerce annual “Merry & Bright Christmas Celebration” events; festival, pageant, jingle jog; parade and tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 8 – Christmas Hope Walk for Relay For Life of Paulding County, 5-7:30 p.m., self-guided tour of homes in Paulding decorated for the holidays; for tickets, call 419-399-3547 or email Cheryl.Eddy@cancer.org

Dec. 10 – John Paulding Historical Society open for the final day this season and will remain closed until Feb. 4, 2020

Dec. 11 – Deadline 4 p.m. for filing declarations of candidacy for partisan candidates for the Primary Election on March 10, 2020; deadline for filing local questions and issues for Primary Election

Dec. 14 – Wreaths Across America

Dec. 20 – Paulding County Senior Center’s Christmas cookie exchange

Dec. 21 – First day of winter

Dec. 25 – Christmas Day

Dec. 26 – Boxing Day

Dec. 26-Jan. 1 – Kwanzaa

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve 2019 — Welcome, 2020!



JANUARY 2020

2020 will be Paulding County’s bicentennial year

January 2020 – Paulding County Guide to be published

Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day

Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Feb. 2 – Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Feb. 4 – John Paulding Historical Society reopens for the year

Feb. 16 – John Paulding Historical Society annual meeting, at 2 p.m. at the museum in Paulding. Public welcome.