By Rick Palsgrove
Looking for something fun to do?
Over the next few months the Reynoldsburg community offers a variety of activities to choose from.
“There are dozens of events, some bigger and more popular than others,” said Mary Hudson of the Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau. “Anyone interested in receiving a brochure of our activities calendar may contact my office at 866-4888 and we will make sure they get one.”
Hudson said the next big community event is the annual Clean Up Day/Week.
“This is an award winning program,” said Hudson. “It has been going on for seven years and in our second year we received an Emerald Award from SWACO for our campaign.”
Community Clean-Up Week is from June 7-15 with a variety of citywide activities designed to beautify the city. The week kicks off with Clean-Up Day on June 7 at the Reynoldsburg Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Services on Clean-Up Day include: residential document shredding, red recycling bin exchange, appliance drop-off, electronics disposal (no TVs), bicycle drop-off, bring worn and damaged flags to Boy Scout Troop 141 for retirement, donate new and used home goods and building materials to Habitat for Humanity, and donate new and used furniture to the Furniture Bank.
For information or to volunteer for Clean-Up Day/Week, call 322-6806.
Fourth of July and Firecracker 5K
The city of Reynoldsburg will host an Independence Day celebration on July 3 in Civic Park, 1600 Daugherty Drive, beginning at 6 p.m. and ending with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. The Reynoldsburg Fourth of July parade will be held July 4 at 10 a.m. from Rosehill to Main to Huber.
The Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau will sponsor the Mount Carmel Firecracker 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. on July 4 starting at the Senior Center, 1520 Davidson Drive, racing down Main Street and the parade route and finishing back at the Senior Center.
“This is the previous Fitness Challenge and is celebrating over 20 years in Reynoldsburg,” said Hudson. “We have police and fireman teams to honor first responders and also our military.”
Hudson said volunteers and runners are being sought for the 5K run/walk.
“Starting May 1, people can register online at Premierraces.com and also call the Visitors Bureau at 866-4888 to volunteer,” said Hudson.
Hudson said those interested in registering to enter the Fourth of July parade should visit reynca.blogspot.com. Also on this website, people can make nominations for the 2014 parade grand marshal.
The 49th annual Tomato Festival will be held in Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive, on Aug. 15 and 16.
“We already have our entertainment set for Friday and Saturday night of the event,” said Hudson. “We are also looking for vendors, volunteers and interested committee members to help with his signature event. We are also accepting nominations for our Senior King and Queen for 2014 as well as the Tomato Queen.”
The Reynoldsburg Community Association and the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival Committee have a joint meeting on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Wesley Ridge to share information and develop more volunteers for all the events these groups sponsor. The public is invited to attend.
For information on the Tomato Festival, visit www.reynoldsburgtomatofestival.org.
Other upcoming events
•Plant Reynoldsburg will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on May 10 at City Hall, 7232 E. Main St. Citizens can help beautify the community by planting flowers in the many beds throughout the city. Plants are provided by the parks and recreation department. For information call (614) 322-6806.
•The Reynoldsburg-Truro Historical Society will hold its annual flea market/pig roast, yard, book and bake sale on May 31, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the museum grounds, 1485 Jackson St., across from Hannah Ashton Middle School, as part of the Licking County National Road Yard Sale. Vendor spots available. Call Mark Myers at (614) 868-5354.
•Pioneer Day is June 14 at the Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road, from noon to 4 p.m. Take a trip back in time to experience the pioneer era through activities and demonstrations.
•The Reynoldsburg Farmer’s Market runs from June to August on Thursdays in Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. For information call (614) 322-6832.
•The Reynoldsburg Lions Club welcomes the Carson and Barnes Circus to town. (Time, date and place to be announced.)
•The Taste of Reynoldsburg/Business Expo will be Aug. 5 from 4-8 p.m. in Huber Park.
•Community band concerts will be held June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 1520 Davidson Drive.
•An ice cream social and a concert by the Reynoldsburg High School band will be held Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Livingston House.
•The Tomato Cup Soccer Challenge is Sept. 19-21 in Civic Park.
•Charity golf outings: Jason Murphy Memorial on June 14 at Willow Run at 1 p.m.; Wesley Ridge Charity Classic on July 15 at Pinnacle Golf Club at 9 a.m.; Lions Club golf outing on July 19 at Willow Run at noon; and Reynoldsburg Chamber of Commerce golf outing on Sept. 26 at Willow Run at noon.
For information on Reynoldsburg events, call the Reynoldsburg Visitors Bureau at (614) 866-4888.