Farmers’ Market, music, Bender 5K, and Labor Day festival news

CW Farmers’ Market
One of central Ohio’s longest running outdoor markets, the Canal Winchester Farmers’ Market opened its 21st season in historic downtown Canal Winchester.

The Canal Winchester Farmers’ Market is presented by Destination: Canal Winchester and Kelly Abbott & the “A” Team, HER Realtors, with entertainment sponsored by Diley Ridge Medical Center.

Visit the market, located near Stradley Park, 36 S. High St., each Saturday through Sept.28 (rain or shine) from 9 a.m. to noon. Shop the market for fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs, home-baked goods, and more. Take a moment to slow down and savor the sights, sounds, and tastes of an old-fashioned marketplace.

For information about the Canal Winchester Farmers Market, visit,, or contact Karen Stiles at 614-270-5053. The market will be closed on July 27 to accommodate the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest.

Music in the Park
and Summer Movies
The next Canal Winchester’s Music in the Park free summer outdoor concert in Stradley Park is July 19 from 6:30-9 p.m. July’s Music in the It will feature the Gas Pump Jockeys and the 12th annual Cruise-In Car Show, hosted by C-Town Cruisers.

On July 12 and Aug. 9 at dusk, the park will become the setting for family-friendly movies. Bring a blanket and snacks to enjoy a free Movie in the Park. Screenings will begin when the sun goes down, at about 9 p.m. “Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse” will be shown July 12 and “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” will be shown on Aug. 9.

Portable chairs and picnics are welcome at outdoor summer events. No alcohol is permitted.

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CW Labor Day
parade honors local charity
Organizers of the 99th annual Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival announced that local charity, the Brockstrong Foundation, will be honored as parade grand marshal for the 2019 Canal Winchester Labor Day Parade.

The parade, themed “Heroes,” is scheduled to begin in downtown Canal Winchester on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m.

“Every year, our Labor Day Committee nominates and votes for deserving candidates to be the parade grand marshal,” said Mayor Michael Ebert. “This year, we chose to honor a local charity that connects with the community by serving others and reminding us that each and every day is a gift. The Canal Winchester Labor Day Committee recognizes them for their great work. We’re pleased to recognize this deserving organization as this year’s Labor Day Parade Grand Marshal.”

Labor Day Festival activities kick off Aug. 31 and continue through Sept. 2. In addition to the Labor Day Parade, festival attractions will include live entertainment, a car show, ice cream social, midway rides, and more. For festival information, visit

Festival hours are: Saturday, Aug. 31, noon–11 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 2, 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

The BrockStrong Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in August 2015 by the family of Brock Johnson to continue his legacy by showing compassion and kindness to the community, investing in youth and spreading random acts of kindness through everyone involved.

Dr. Bender 5K Classic
The 12th annual Dr. Bender 5K Run and Walk will be held July 20 at Canal Winchester High School, 300 Washington St., Canal Winchester.

The race honors the memory of Dr. John Bender, who was the long time head coach of the Canal Winchester cross country team. The race also serves as a fundraiser for the cross country team.

he kids’ 1 mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. The 5K run/walk and alumni/team challenge competition begins at 8:30 a.m. 5K runners will be moved out to the start line at 8:25 am.

Advanced registration for the 1 mile fun run is $10 and it is $25 for the 5K. Same day registration begins at 7 a.m. Each participant will receive a race t-shirt and a prize raffle entry. This year’s raffle features a pair of OSU football tickets and an Apple TV. Additional raffle entries will be available for purchase.

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Raffle to help Wagnalls
Organizers of the 99th annual Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival announced plans to support the Wagnalls Memorial Library Building Fund.

The Wagnalls Memorial Library, 150 E. Columbus St. in Lithopolis, recently announced a significant financial need, which if unsatisfied, could threaten operations within just two years. The Wagnalls Memorial Library building was constructed in the mid-1920s in the Tudor-Gothic style, with additions and improvements made into the 21st century. The complex now accommodates a library, event venue, theatre, and meeting space.

“For nearly a century, our Labor Day Festival has been known for offering fun attractions and a small-town experience perfect for families. When our event committee heard that our neighbors at Wagnalls Memorial Library had a need, we wanted to pitch in and do what we could to help,” said Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert. “We decided that the best way to generate interest and to help with their funding would be to donate all money from our annual Labor Day raffle drawings to Wagnalls.”

The Labor Day Festival typically directs two raffle drawings during the event, with tickets on sale at the festival information booth throughout the weekend. Buyers may purchase raffle tickets, sold for $5 each, for a chance to win a 50/50 cash drawing or a large flat-screen Smart TV. (Raffle tickets will also be available at the Canal Winchester Community Center and at Wagnalls Memorial Library in July and August). Winners will be drawn at 5 p.m., during the festival’s closing hours, on Sept. 2.

Labor Day Festival activities kick off Aug. 31 and continue through Sept. 2. In addition to the raffle drawings, festival attractions will include the annual Labor Day Parade, live entertainment, a car show, ice cream social, midway rides, and more For the latest festival information, visit

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