General Canal Winchester news

CW Farmers’ Market
The 2021 Canal Winchester Farmers’ Market will begin on Saturday, May 29 and run through Saturday, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. For information visit

Blues and Ribfest cancelled
Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest officials recently announced on Facebook that the event, scheduled for the summer of 2021, has been cancelled due to circumstances surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. They plan for the festival to return on July 29-30, 2022.

Dr. Bender Scholarship
Canal Winchester City Council announced two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in honor of the late Dr. John Bender, a former council member for 17 years. Graduating seniors may review eligibility requirements and submit applications online at Applications will also be available in the guidance offices at Canal Winchester High School and Bloom-Carroll High School. Completed applications and materials are due by 4:30 p.m. on May 28. Recipients of the Dr. John Bender scholarship will be recognized at the June 21, Canal Winchester City Council meeting.

Kindergarten registration
Online registration for Canal Winchester Schools’ 2021-22 kindergarten runs through May 7. Your child must be age 5 on or before Aug. 1, 2021 to be eligible to attend kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. Go to and click on the “Kindergarten Registration 2021-22” link for instructions. Online registration must be completed by April 7 for your child to participate in Kindergarten Round Up. Kindergarten Round Up will be May 12-14 at Indian Trail Elementary, 6767 Gender Road. For information call (614) 837-4533.

Art on the Canal
Destination: Canal Winchester will present Art on the Canal, the 10th annual Canal Winchester Art Stroll, on May 15 from noon to 6 p.m. in historic downtown Canal Winchester.

Works from central Ohio fine artists, painters, sculptors, woodcarvers, jewelry makers and more will be displayed throughout Canal Winchester’s charming downtown. In addition, Art on the Canal will feature a variety of live music, dancing, chalk artists, and food trucks.

Nationally known artist Robert Warren will offer free art lessons to children throughout the afternoon. Visit the one-room Prentiss School and the “Queen of the Line” Railroad Depot at the Canal Winchester Historical Complex, located at 10 W. Oak St.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all vendors will be wearing facial coverings and visitors are encouraged to do the same. Vendor booths will be spread throughout downtown to allow for social distancing. Destination: Canal Winchester invites visitors to enjoy local food, drinks, and shopping while strolling between artisans.

For complete schedules and event information, visit or call 614-270-5053.

Congressman resigning
U.S. Representative Steve Stivers announced April 19 that he will not seek re-election to Congress. Stivers has served six terms in Congress, representing Ohio’s 15th District. He will step down effective May 16 to serve as president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District,” Stivers said. “The best part of this job has been making a positive difference in the lives of constituents. I am grateful to the people of Ohio’s 15th Congressional District for putting their trust in me to represent them in the halls of Congress. It has been one of the biggest honors of my life.”

Prior to running for Congress, Stivers served in the Ohio Senate. He also worked in the private sector for the Ohio Company and Bank One.

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