Autumn Oaks Coming Today To Wayne County For 2014 National Event

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autumn oaks event 2014News Release
The United Kennel Club Autumn Oaks Participants will begin coming in this evening (Tuesday) through Sunday for the 2014 national event. 
This is the 54th year for the continually growing event since 1960. Most area hotels are close to a complete sell out as usual and Wayne County Tourism (Stacey Whichard, Chasity Templin and Mary Walker) have been working with their Vice president Tanya Raab and staff in Kalamazoo Michigan as well as several area businesses to assist with the preparation for the 23rd year of hosting this huge premier event in Richmond Wayne County.
autumn oaks puppiesOver 6,850 Participants and their families will stay, shop, dine, fuel up and explore Wayne County, providing a significant direct economic impact of over $1.3 million ($1,301,500.00) conservatively.
Richmond Wayne County welcomes back UKC & the thousands that call Richmond home each labor day week- weekend!
United Kennel club invites spectators to come out to the event, show schedules are posted on their website.

Moving Sale! This Sunday, August 24 from 1-3 p.m.

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Kaitlin on left, her Momma on the right, at the Yellow Kitty Hair Salon

Moving Sale…Bon Voyage!

So one of the nicer things about having a family-run website is that we get to post things like this.

I’ve written for the site for about four years now and have posted over 600 blog posts and have never thought of promoting something personal.  But I just remembered–we can do that.

We’d like to ask you all to support our wonderful niece and great niece  in their long awaited dream which is now a reality–moving to California.  Kaitlin is graduating from the radiology program at Reid this week and in just a couple of weeks will be heading for California.

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Ella on left looking at bunny cages at the 4H Fair with cousin Mary Grace

We are so proud of all her hard work and dedication towards her education and her plans to move.  She must have been born a “California girl” because after her first visit there –it was in her blood.  And then meeting her fiancé was a bonus.   We do have a lot to offer here in Wayne County, but for those like Kaitlin who long for the ocean and sun–it’s a great fit.

This Sunday is a big Moving Sale to help them along their way and to lighten their load (they are packing all they need in a car).  So if you want some great deals on furniture, clothes, books, lamps, just about anything–you won’t want to miss this sale!

And you’ll be helping with a great adventure that has been a long time in coming for Kaitlin and Ella (and Christopher).  The sale is at 3585 Pleasant View Rd, this Sunday from 1-3 p.m.(also the address of Yellow Kitty Hair Salon–another family plug).  We hope to see you there from 1-3 p.m. and make sure you congratulate our girl on a job well done!

Richmond Civic Theatre Presents 500th Production: Shrek

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Ryan Shaw, who will portray Shrek, prepares for a previous performance at Civic Theatre

This weekend crowds will gather at Richmond Civic Theatre to celebrate their 500th show and to enjoy the cast and characters from Shrek the musical.

By all reports through social media, tickets are selling out fast.  So be sure to order your tickets online or you can visit the box office.  (box office hours are: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm).

The excitement is mounting for opening night which is tomorrow, August 15, 2014.  The show will run for two weekends, with matinees on Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Ryan Shaw, who will play the part of Shrek, has had a pivotal role as well in making this a community event.  Shrektacular was a big hit with kids and adults and was a great way to celebrate such a momentous occasion.  Cast members entertained crowds with songs from the show in their bright green Shrek t-shirts, and kids walked around with green Shrek ears.

Ryan shared that he is thrilled to have gotten this role, and after 14 years in Civic Theatre and dozens of shows Shaw adds that “Shrek is becoming my favorite show.”

Other members of the cast include Jeremy Williams, who will play Shrek’s sidekick “Donkey”, and Regina Branigan who will portray Fiona.  There will also be several children playing parts including Emerson Cozart who will be the Gingerbread Man.

With all the great talent from acting to professional make-up artists and backstage crews, this is bound to be a very special performance.  Break a leg! To all the cast and crew.  We can’t wait!

 

Catalyst 4Change: Awards Ceremony to Benefit Wernle

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Catalyst 4Change

is an awards ceremony which honors people at four levels (national, local, alumni and philanthropist) who have made a significant positive impact on the lives of youth.

Tim Brown of the Oakland Raiders

tim brown oakland raidersThis year’s national honoree is Tim Brown of the Oakland Raiders. The first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy, Brown has helped over 5 million children as a mentor and educator.  “In 1995, Brown became the National Chairman of Athletes & Entertainers for Kids and the related    9-1-1 for Kids.”  These efforts have helped children and teens through mentoring and educational programs.

In addition to the awards ceremony, Catalyst includes both a dinner and auction on September 25, 2014, 5:30-9:00pm at Forest Hills Country Club.  The cost is $100 for individuals $700 for a table of eight.  For reservations call 765-939-4565 or email masher@wernle.org

Proceeds from the dinner and auction will benefit Wernle Children’s Home in Richmond IN.

Free Fun Fly: Hagerstown IN

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SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, August 16th is National Model Aviation Day.  The Hagerstown, IN RC Club is celebrating by hosting a Fun Fly from 11:00 AM- 7:00 PM at the Hagerstown Airport. NMA is a radio control flying day event to teach others about the hobby whether you’re just interested, a new R/C Pilot, or a well-seasoned RC Pilot.

We will have open flying for all AMA members and open racing on our Radio Control car dirt track.   There will also be a “tailgate swap meet” so bring anything you want to sell or trade.   Free raffle prizes from hobby shops and great kids’ activities including NASA paper rockets and AMA model airplanes.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Food and t-shirts will be available to purchase to help support the Wounded Warrior Project and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County.  Food, Flying, Racing and more.   Visit our Facebook page at Hagerstown Indiana RC Club for more info or directions to the event. (see flyer below)

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Fireworks In Wayne County….What a Blast!

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fireworks 2Richmond Annual Fireworks Display & Freedom Jam

G101.3 will start broadcasting for Freedom Jam, sponsored by First Bank Richmond, on the hill July 4th, at 4:00 p.m. with live music starting at 5:30.

Fireworks will begin at 10:00 p.m. on Roosevelt Hill.

Cambridge City Fireworks Display

Date:         July 4, 2014 at Dusk

Where:    Creitz Park, Cambridge City, Indiana

Fountain City Fireworks Display

Date:         July 4, 2014 at Dusk

Where:   East Ball Diamond, Fountain City Road

Centerville Bicentennial Fireworks Display      

This year Centerville will kick off their Bicentennial celebration with the July 4th fireworks at dusk.  Also, earlier in the day in the soccer fields there will be family fun starting in the early afternoon.

 

Today at the Fair…Corey Cox, Fireworks and more!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Today at the 4H Fair is an exciting day for all the 4H kids who have worked so hard taking care of their animals.  It’s the big Auction Day, where kids will sell all types of animals.  Get out to the 4H Fair and cheer them on- these are such hard-working and determined kids and deserve our support.

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Corey Cox performs live tonight at the 4H Fair, Wayne County

Later today, 7:30 p.m., Corey Cox will provide live entertainment on the Tom Raper RV Free Stage.  Corey has quite a following and according to his fan website “Continuing his rapid climb in the country music world in 2012, Corey performed for tens of thousands of fans in the Super Bowl XLVI Village, sang the National Anthem at the Brickyard 400 Nationwide Race and secured a major sponsorship with Coors Banquet beer. Corey has built his name through his relatable lyrics, contagious songs, and energetic live shows – a combination that has attracted a strong and loyal following.”  And his fans follow him everywhere!   According to Corey- this is what he was meant to do.  And he loves it.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see him perform live–and Free!

fireworks 2And tonight at dusk….Fireworks!!  Bring a chair, grab some great Fair food and enjoy! 

We’ll see you at the 4H Fair!

First Bank Richmond is the business sponsor for the day.

Chanticleer String Quartet Announces Their Summer Schedule

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Be a Blood Donor at the 4H Fair and Save a Life!

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Back again this year, an opportunity to donate blood and save a life at the Wayne County 4H Fair, 2014.  See below for details on how to sign up.  Please share this post with your friends and family so we can get as many donors out as possible!

BLOOD DRIVE

Richmond Shakespeare Festival Continues This Week

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shakespeare festival pic from civic theatre in USA today

Picture contributed by Richmond Civic Theatre and used by USA Today

If you haven’t made it to the Shakespeare productions of Much Ado About Nothing or Romeo and Juliet, you still have several chances.

According to the Shakespeare Festival site:

Indiana’s Richmond Shakespeare Festival is producing Much Ado About Nothing and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in Richmond’s historic Starr-Gennett piano factory (with generous support from the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department),  in repertory, from June 6 through 15, 2014.

Professionally directed, designed, and managed, these performances are intended to be fresh, accessible, and relevant.

The Starr-Gennett building becomes a 250-seat theatre and the surrounding park is converted into a festival area with performers, art displays, vendors and other events and activities.

Are you ready for a Hoosier Shakespearience? Please join us. (Ticket & dates information can be found on the Shakespeare Festival site).

If you are visiting from out of town, you can get directions, tickets and other important information by visiting the information page at Richmond Shakespeare Festival site., for those visiting our area.

A Taste of What’s Coming to the Wayne County 4H Fair

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Wayne County 4-H FAIR

June 21-28, 2014

Richmond, Indiana

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Phillip Fox Band playing live at Wayne County 4H Fair on the Tom Raper RV Free Stage

Saturday, June 21

Wayne County Idol,  5 PM at the Tom Raper RV Free Stage, Mud Race – 7 PM, Karaoke Time Following Idol Finals at the Tom Raper Free Stage.

Sunday, June 22

Church services – 11 AM at the Tom Raper RVs Free Stage,  Little Miss & Mister Contest, 2 PM at the Tom Raper Free Stage, Special Music 4 PM – 10 PM at the Tom Raper Free Stage,  CK Cycles Moto Cross Racing – 5 PM, Horse Pull – 7 PM – FREE Admission

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Monday, June 21Car Show at 5 PM in the Kuhlman Center Parking Lot, ATV/Truck Drags – 7 PM, Pork McElhinny – 7:30 PM @ Tom Raper RV Free Stage.

Tuesday, June 24

Hoosier StateTractor Pull at 7 PM, Phillip Fox Band at 7:30 PM on theTom Raper RV Free Stage, Silly Safaris, 5:30 & 7:30 PM at the Family FitnessWorks Tent

 Wednesday, June 25

Pottery by Jeremy South,  3 PM – 8 PM at the Family FitnessWorksTent,  Tom Butters Painting – 5 PM @ Family FitnessWorks Tent, Wayne County Idol – 6 PM @ Tom Raper RVs Free Stage, and a Truck / Tractor Pull – 7 PM.

Thursday, June 26

Kids Day, 12 Noon to 4:30,  Armband Special – $12,  Rodeo – 7 PM,  Dancers – 6:00 PM @ Tom Raper RVs Free Stage,  Silly Safaris at 5:30 & 7:30 PM in the Family FitnessWorksTent.

Friday, June 27

4-H Livestock Sale of Champions Auction – 11 AM,  Corey Cox – 7:30 PM @ Tom Raper RVs Free Stage,  Mud Bog – 7 PM,  Fireworks @ Dark

Saturday, June 28

Off Road Swap Meet – 10 AM Free Health Screenings – Family FitnessWorks Tent – 12 PM,  Wayne County Idol Finals – 5 PM, Karaoke Time Following Idol Finals @ Tom Raper RVs Free Stage, Demolition Derby – 7 PM.

For the full schedule visit the Wayne County 4H Fair website.   And keep checking back here for cool pictures and any updates.

 

Best Tasting & Best Stand Contests This Saturday: During Taste of Italy

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Best Tasting & Best Stand Contests

391This Saturday, May 10, 2014,  young entrepreneurs will set up “shop” in the Depot District during Taste of Italy.

Not only can you support their efforts by purchasing their lemonade and admiring their stands, you will be helping them to understand the rewards of owning their own business.  The kids, and their families, have spent hours mixing up special lemonade recipes, designing and building their stands, as well as working on their budget and other aspects of business ownership.

Support Local Non-profits

Many of the children donate a portion of their earnings to local non-profits like Relay for Life, HELP animal shelter, Boys and Girls Club, and many others.  So by supporting them, you are supporting non-profits in our community.

396To enter the Best Tasting & Best Stand contests, you must be registered for Lemonade Day.  (registrations will be available that day if you haven’t signed up yet, or sign up at your child’s school, First Bank Richmond branches, or local libraries).  All contestants will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD & a Veach’s gift card.  1st & 2nd places in both categories will receive a trophy.  Set up begins at 10:00 a.m. and judging will begin at 11:15 a.m. (Celebrity judges will vote for their favorite lemonade and stand).

Contestants are encouraged to stay and sell lemonade as long as they are able, while they enjoy the Taste of Italy.

“Spark A Dream” Workshop for Lemonade Day & Upcoming Events

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This Saturday, May 3, 2014, is the Spark a Dream workshop hosted by VanVleet Insurance and Square Donuts.  Running from 10 a.m. to noon at VanVleet on East Main Street, the workshop will teach kids about advertising, customer service and how to choose a great spot for their stand.

IMG_0883Of course, the Lemonhead will be there for autographs and pictures! (bring your cameras).   And it looks like the weather will cooperate to make it a great day!

Coming next weekend

Best Tasting & Best Stand contests will be coming to the Depot District, May 10, 2014.  This year the contests will be combined into one day AND will be during the Taste of Italy in the Depot.  So kids…you will have customers!!  Trophies will be awarded in both categories for first and second place.  Everyone who registers for Lemonade Day and participates in the Best Tasting & Best Stand event, will get their name in a drawing for a Kindle Fire HD and a Veach’s gift card.  Set up begins at 10:00 a.m. with judging of stands and lemonade at 11:15.  Celebrity judges will be present including Rick Duncan from 101.3, and Mayor Sally Hutton will announce the proclamation for Lemonade Day.

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Is Sunday, May 18th, 2014.  Set up your lemonade stands and get ready to manage your own business!  And grown-ups, don’t forget to visit stands that day and DRINK LEMONADE.  Support the youth in Wayne County in their quest to become entrepreneurs.

 

 

Wayne County 4H Fair 2014: Save The Date

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4h phillip fox band

Phillip Fox Band

This year the Wayne County 4H Fair will run from June 21 – 28, 2014, and what a line up!

Live music on the Tom Raper stage will include the Phillip Fox Band and Pork McElHinny.  Some old favorites will return this year including the Silly Safari animal show, a free ice cream social, and the exciting tractor pulls.  4Her’s will be showing off their livestock, horse and crafts projects all week, so be sure to get out and support them.

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Pork McElhinny

Keep checking back for more updates and check our calendar for fair events.  It’s going to be a great year for the 4H Fair!

Easter “Hoppenings” Around Wayne County

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easter bunny real

Happy Easter!

There are several opportunities for yummy foods, eggs hunts and other Easter fun.  Check out the GoWayneCounty.com calendar to see what’s “hoppening” this weekend.

Happy Easter!

Wernle Annual Golf Event: Become a Sponsor

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Wernle Coaches for Kids Golf Classic - Sponsorship and Team Information_Page_1There’s a special treat coming up in Richmond for golfers and lovers of the Cincinnati Reds.   A veteran pitcher and the speediest young player in Major League Baseball will take part on Monday, May 12, in the annual Wernle Coaches for Kids golf event.  Golfers will have the opportunity to meet pitcher Mat Latos and rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton during the event at Forest Hills Country Club.

To sign up as sponsor or a team, contact Marci or Jodi at Wernle by calling (765) 939-4575 or by contacting: development@wernle.org. Individual golfers can sign up, too.

The event also will include an auction that will feature lots of sports-related memorabilia. Latos has won 14 games in each of the last two seasons, while Hamilton is considered one of the speediest players ever in the game.

The annual event is one of the top fund-raisers each year for the Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center. Wernle has served children of need in Richmond and the region for 135 years. It can house, treat, supervise and educate 75 young men at one time. A girls program is starting soon on a campus that has expanded with new and renovated buildings.