News from around Canal Winchester

CW’s Hometown Day
The Canal Winchester Labor Day Committee is making plans for a Hometown Day celebration scheduled for Sept. 4 – a small, community event for the entire family.

As was previously announced, the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival Board and Committee made the decision to cancel the 2021 Labor Day festival, originally scheduled for Sept. 4, 5, and 6. The event, which was set to celebrate its centennial year in 2020, has been a Labor Day weekend mainstay in the community since 1920. The group begins planning, scheduling, and securing the many moving parts of the annual festival in January.

At that time this year, communities were facing state-mandated COVID-19 event guidelines with attendance restrictions of 30 percent. The three-day Labor Day festival brings almost 30,000 visitors to to Canal Wincheste and there was no feasible way to control the crowd, according to organizers.

In addition to these restrictions, there were also financial concerns. The annual event budget averages $80,000 and the festival is solely funded by donations and sponsorship. Although the city of Canal Winchester provides considerable support, including the use city property, water and electric, and offers city staff for street closures and cleanup, the festival is not a city sponsored event. Due to the effects the pandemic had on businesses, the largest financial sponsors indicated they were unable to support the event at the same level as previous years. Because the festival could not count on major donors to support it this year, a three-day event was ruled out.

Hometown Day will to be a fun-filled celebration for the entire community. The event will kick-off with a parade at 11 a.m., full of street and neighborhood floats and at least three marching bands. High Street and Stradley Place will be filled with children’s activities and food trucks, including Amish Country Donuts, and musical acts such as Frankie & Ranke and The Usual Suspects & Repeat Offenders. Additional entertainment, including a special act for children, are in the planning stages.

More details to follow as they become available.

The Canal Winchester Area Historical Society previously announced it will hold its annual Ice Cream Social on Sept. 5 from 1-4 p.m. at the Prentiss School at 10 W. Oak St.

Labor Day Festival organizers said they recognize the importance of the annual three-day Labor Day festival to the community and continue to plan for the 100th Labor Day weekend celebration in 2022.

Free tire collection
Thanks to a grant from the Ohio EPA there will be a free tire collection event for residents of the city of Canal Winchester and the residents of Madison Township.

Franklin County Public Health will facilitate the collection from 9 a.m. to noon on July 10 at C3 Church, 6305 Waterloo Road NW, Canal Winchester.

Residents of Madison Township and Canal Winchester may bring up to 10 rimless tires per household to the event for proper disposal at no cost. Only passenger vehicle tires without rims will be accepted.

Madison Township Public Works Superintendent Dave Watkins said, “This tire drive is a great opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted tires at no cost to the residents.”

Tires are a public health risk and are often disposed of improperly. Tires provide the perfect location for standing water to form, creating a habitat for mosquitoes. It is on the water that the mosquito larvae grow and hatch. By properly disposing of any junk tires, potential hot spots are avoided.

“Tires are typically very difficult to dispose of and tend to accumulate outdoors or end up in waterways as litter. There they fill with rainwater and turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” said the city of Canal Winchester Public Service Director Matt Peoples.

The event will also have free larvicide tablets for residents to take home and put in rain barrels, decorative water fixtures, and any other place with standing water.

To report problem areas for mosquitoes or to request spraying service, visit or call (614) 525-BITE (2483).

CW Farmers’ Market
The Canal Winchester Farmers’ Market will operate on Saturdays through Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. For information visit

Music in the Park
Canal Winchester’s Music in the Park is a free summer concert series will be held July 16 from 6-9 p.m. in Stradley Place, 30 S. High St. in downtown Canal Winchester.

Dr. Bender 5K Classic
This year’s 14th annual Dr. Bender 5K Classic Race will be conducted as a hybrid race.

Those who wish to participate in person can do so on the morning of July 17 at Canal Winchester High School. A virtual 5K event will also be available for those who are not able or choose not to participate in the in-person race. The dates to run the virtual race will be July 15-18. All in-person registrants may be converted to virtual if mandated by state or local guidelines specific to COVID-19 cases prior to July 17.

A longstanding community 5K run and walk through the streets of Canal Winchester, this year’s hybrid race format returns to the tradition of running for a cause in person, despite the fact that some may opt for a virtual race that offers social distancing. The proceeds from registration and sponsorships with this year’s hybrid race will directly benefit the boys and girls cross country teams at Canal Winchester High School. The alumni team challenge (high school or college) will again be part of the 5K for participants that are interested in putting together a team of four runners to compete against other alumni teams within the race. Provide your team member list at the registration tables the day of the event. This challenge is for the in-person race only. There will also be prizes for the top three overall men’s and women’s finishers for the in-person race as well as age group prizes for men and women.

If allowed, there will be a post-race raffle at the high school football field with some additional prizes. Each participant receives a raffle ticket. However, if state/local officials do not allow this by the day of the race, the raffle prizes will be drawn on July 19 at 8 p.m. via Facebook Live at the Dr. Bender 5K Classic page. These prizes will be delivered to a local winner and mailed to a non-local winner. Cotton t-shirts with this year’s race design are guaranteed to participants who register for the race by midnight on July 9. Shirts will be mailed to virtual race participants (week of July 19) and will be available on the day of the race for in-person participants.

Registration cost is $25 for the in-person or the virtual 5K races. The 1-mile kids fun run returns this year and costs $10. The fun run starts at 8 a.m. and the 5K race will follow at 8:30 a.m. Register at

CW’s Movies in the Park
The city of Canal Winchester, in partnership with Destination: Canal Winchester, will host two free Movies in the Park this summer. Family-friendly movies will be shown outdoors at Hanners Park, 458 Groveport Road, on July 9 and Aug. 13. The movies will begin after sunset, at about 9 p.m. “Onward,” rated PG, will be shown on July 9 and “The Little Rascals,” rated PG, will be shown on Aug. 13. Families may enjoy the movie from the comfort of their vehicle or bring a chair or blanket to watch from the lawn.
Visit or call 614-834-9915 for information.


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