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Schedule of Events

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March 8
Historical Speaker Series - Caesar Carrino, "Wadsworth Streets & Historic Families"
10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers

March 15
Wadsworth First Night - Download the First Night Map. There's so much to see and do! Admission buttons will be available for $5 the night of the event, as well as free maps to guide you through every activity.

April 12
Historical Speaker Series - Kim Freshley Carlson, "Wadsworth Families based on the work of traveling artist Ferdinand Brader - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers

April 25
Spirits of the Past Johnson House Open House
You're invited to celebrate Wadsworth's Bicentennial by toasting and touring one of Wadsworth's best-kept secrets and historical gem, The Johnson House, located at 161 High Street in Wadsworth- next door to Wadsworth City Hall. This "Spirits of the Past" Open House will be held from 6:30-9 pm. You'll enjoy live music from hometown folk band, High Strung Irish, and delicious food. A cash bar will be available for beer and wine. Tickets are $20 and available at Three Roses Gift Boutique, Thurber's Jewelers and The Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Wadsworth; as well as WCTV located in the Wadsworth Community Center. You can also purchase tickets by mailing your request and payment to Kay Bowman, 1318 Fieldcrest,Wadsworth,Ohio 44281.

May 10
Historical Speaker Series - Charley Aukerman, "The Hard Family Memoires" - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers

May 15
Women’s Club Historic Luncheon featuring the Great Women of Wadsworth
The Galaxy Restaurant doors open at 11:30 am. This event is open to the public, so bring your husbands, wives, children and grandchildren. Tickets are $17 and may be purchased at WCTV, located in the Wadsworth Community Center; and Three Roses Gift Boutique, located in Downtown Wadsworth. You can also reserve tickets by calling Patty Haskins at 330-322-3646. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets today.

May 26
Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans & Dedication of the Boy with the Leaky Boot Statue
The Boy with the Leaky Boot statue will be dedicated at 10 am near the Gazebo on Broad Street. Parade will form on Main Street in front of the American Legion & VFW at 10:15. Parade kicks off at 10:30 am and will march to Woodlawn Cemetery, stopping at St. Mark’s church for ringing of bell, then proceed to Woodlawn Cemetery for the service. We will return to the square by way of Prospect and High Street. We invite all veterans and military personnel to participate. In case of rain, service will be held in OJ Work Auditorium at 11 am.

May 30
Historical Tea - Home of Michael & Jana Day - SOLD OUT

Wadsworth Community Night at Canal Park - Akron Rubber Ducks vs. Harrisburg Senators - in conjunction with the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce at Canal Park in Downtown Akron. Game time is 6:35 pm, with fireworks following. Tickets are $6 each for the Wadsworth Community. Bring your family and friends, and let's fill Canal Park with Wadsworth spirit! For tickets, contact Jeremy Heit at 330-253-5151 ext. 281 or

June 14
Historical Speaker Series - Roger Havens, "Wadsworth City Schools" - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers

June 17
Blue Tip Parade

June 21
Historical Tea - Home of David & Dee Stewart - SOLD OUT

July 12
Historical Speaker Series - Joe Mayer, "Wadsworth and the Erie Railroad" - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers

Historical Tea - Home of Anthony & Sandy Solaro - SOLD OUT

July 25-27
Wadsworth Community Picnic at Memorial Park

Community Picnic Schedule and Map

Live Bands, Food Vendors, Crafters, Antique Car Show, Native American Display, Old Fashioned Kids Games, Wandering Musicians, Baking Contest, Prizes & more!

August 7-10

Founder’s Day Celebration Weekend
Founders Day Weekend Schedule of Events

August 24
Wadsworth Community Day at Progressive Field -1:05 Game, Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros

Click Here for Details

September 10
The Wadsworth Area Historical Society presents The Great Ladies of Wadsworth at 7:30 pm - Grace Lutheran Church

September 13

Historical Speaker Series - Paul Bicksler, "Bicksler Electric" - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers

Historical Tea - Home of Steve & Gail Williams - SOLD OUT - Presentation by Carol McIlvaine as Alice Longworth

Wadsworth Municipal Airport Fly-In from 10 am to 4 pm

September 26 WHS Alumni Day Homecoming Parade and Tailgate Party

October 11 Historical Speaker Series - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers - The final presentation in the Wadsworth Bicentennial Historical Speaker Series will take place on Saturday, October 11th at 10 am in Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers, featuring a presentation of the Art and Writing of Bob Tubbesing. Join your fellow Wadsworthians for a rollicking hour of Wadsworth memories in story and art by 93-year old native son, Bob Tubbesing. Throughout his long career as artist, writer, teacher and naturalist, Bob has kept a special place in his heart for his hometown and the characters he knew and loved in the years between the wars. This is your chance to hear their tales and see Bob’s pen and ink interpretations of those “wonder years” of yesterday, and take away an autographed print of Wadsworth’s most famous landmark (You know what it is!).

October 23 Thriller in the Square 6 - 8 pm

Beware, there’s Zombies on the Square! The leaves in the street indicate that it’s almost time for the Scare on the Square. This fun downtown event has become so popular that the streets are filled with Trick or Treaters who want to enjoy a safe evening. This year’s event will be held on the square on Thursday, October 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Also, for this Bicentennial year, a repeat performance of the Thriller Flash Mob will take place in the square at the beginning of the event.

October 26 The Men of Wadsworth - An afternoon of men's chorus music in celebration of Wadsworth's Bicentennial at Trinity United Church of Christ - 4 pm

November 22 Bicentennial Ball at the The Galaxy Restaurant - Download ticket registration form HERE

December 22 Community Christmas Sing-A-Long

The Community Christmas Sing-A-Long will take place on Monday, December 22 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM on the Buehlers patio. This event is sponsored by the Wadsworth United Methodist Church, Buehlers, and the Bicentennial Committee. The Wadsworth Community Choir, under the direction of Linda McNamara will perform your holiday favorites. Enjoy hot cocoa and cookies too! Rumor has it that Santa and Mrs. Claus will make visit, so bring the whole family. This is a free event; however attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the Salvation Army food drive.

Wadsworth Bicentennial

Mayor Robin Laubaugh

Welcome to the City of Wadsworth's Bicentennial website!

We are looking forward to celebrating our City’s Bicentennial this year, and many exciting plans are underway. Please check this website often so that you can plan to participate in each and every event. LIKE our Facebook page so you don't miss any information on our exciting events.

The Wadsworth Bicentennial Committee is an organization dedicated to the City of Wadsworth’s Bicentennial Celebration, and was established to promote awareness of our City’s rich heritage, and to encourage citizens and business leaders to plan, participate in and sponsor events and activities that recognize the 200 years of the history and growth of The City of Wadsworth.

The Wadsworth Bicentennial Committee is dedicated to developing a robust and transformative commemoration of the city's 2014 Bicentennial, and also to acting as a catalyst for greater economic prosperity. The goal for the Wadsworth Bicentennial Celebration is a community that is more inspired, proud and engaged in its progress and in the increasing vitality of the City, which will lead to a community that is better recognized locally and globally as one of the best places to live and work.

If you would like to be part of a Wadsworth Bicentennial event committee, we would love to have you join us. Currently, we have seven subcommittees that are working on a great variety of interesting topics, from Events and Entertainment, to Publicity and History. Please see the menu item Committee Members to find contact information for each committee.

2014 will be an unforgettable year as the City celebrates its 200th birthday. Help us make it a bigger, better event, and make some unforgettable memories!

Mayor Robin Laubaugh
The City of Wadsworth

We are grateful to these individuals and businesses that have sponsored the Bicentennial celebration to date:


Clampco - Linda and Jim Venner

Remington Products Company

Rohrer Corporation

Sandy and Tony Solaro

City of Wadsworth



Cornwell Quality Tools Company

The Galaxy Restaurant & Banquet Center

Goldsmith & Eggleton, LLC

A Ravago Company

Roger L. Havens, Principal

Franklin Elementary School

Medina County University Center

The Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival

J.C. Whitlam Manufacturing Company

Allen & Hartzell Insurance Agency

Oz2 Design Group Inc.


A-1 Sports Sales

Drs. Joseph and Susan Arpad

Dunkin' Donuts

Ebner Furnaces, Inc.

Randy and Robin Kilbride

The O’Neill Group

Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Morse Co, LPA

Eric and Carol Ralston

Retirement First

Rotary Club of Wadsworth


Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital

Wadsworth Lions Club

Aldridge Folders

Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home


American Municipal Power, Inc.

Norman E. Brague

FirstMerit Bank

GenFed Financial Credit Union

Hubbell Power Systems, Inc.

Robin and Bryan Laubaugh

Qualiform, Inc.

Congressman Jim Renacci and Tina Renacci

Pat and Debbie Ryan

Phillip and Jennifer Stone and Family

Structure Personnel, Inc. - Barbara Truman

Bob and Kim Thurber

Wadsworth United Methodist Church

Ritzman Pharmacies


Ann’s Pastry Shop

Barlett Cook Florist

Bellezza Avanti

Cox Funeral Home

Franklin Elementary School

Hilliard Rospert


Pro’s Choice

Sunway Cleaners

Tom Stugmyer


Dr. Bruce Manning

Freight Concepts

R.W. Corwin

St. Mark’s Church

Three Roses Gift Boutique

Wadsworth Music

Ruhlin Construction

RM Plank Accounting

Luke Engineering

Judy and Oscar Mifsud

First Place Awards

Wadsworth Newcomers Club

Town Money Saver

Walt and Betty Gairing


American Blind Golf
Joe & Susan Arpad
American Legion SAL Post 170
American Legion Post 170
American Legion Aux
Franklyn School Childern
Blue Tip Donation
David Monroe
Gerald / Janet Keller
Richard & Connie Hohman
John & Phyllis Kendrick
Douglas Whitlam
James Arnett
Max & Diane Miller
John Dunstan
James Renner
Eleanor Gibbs
VFW Mens Aux 1089
Barbara Gilbert
B.A. Foulk
National Honor High School
Gean Babbitt
Wadsworth City Schools
Cecelia Bees

Susan Berkey Vanik
In Memory of Clark and Eileen Thomas Berkey

Roger Havens
Wadsworth post 1083
Virginia Shaffer
Medina County Fund Grant

Wadsworth History Video

Become a Sponsor


To make a monetary donation to the Wadsworth Bicentennial, download and print the Donation Form. Send along with your check or money order payable to "Downtown Wadsworth":

Wadsworth Bicentennial
c/o The Mayor's Office
Wadsworth City Hall
120 Maple Street
Wadsworth, OH 44281

Cash donations can be dropped off at the Mayor's Office on the 2nd floor of Wadsworth City Hall.

Your support of this exciting event is appreciated!