Proudly display your Bicentennial Spirit by purchasing Wadsworth Bicentennial merchandise - shirts, hats, calendars, stickers and magnets, and the beautiful, "Our Town, Wadsworth, Ohio" historical coffee table book. Merchandise may be purchased at:
- WCTV in the Wadsworth Community Center
- Three Roses Gift Boutique in Downtown Wadsworth
- Online here at the Downtown Wadsworth store (shipping charges apply to online orders)
Schedule of Events
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Historical Speaker Series - Caesar Carrino, "Wadsworth Streets & Historic Families"
10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers
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.
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
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.
Historical Speaker Series - Charley Aukerman, "The Hard Family Memoires" - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical Speaker Series - Roger Havens, "Wadsworth City Schools" - 10 am at Wadsworth City Hall Council Chambers
Blue Tip Parade
Historical Tea - Home of David & Dee Stewart - SOLD OUT
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
Wadsworth Community Picnic at Memorial Park
Live Bands, Food Vendors, Crafters, Antique Car Show, Native American Display, Old Fashioned Kids Games, Wandering Musicians, Baking Contest, Prizes & more!
Founder’s Day Celebration Weekend
Founders Day Weekend Schedule of Events
Wadsworth Community Day at Progressive Field -1:05 Game, Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros
The Wadsworth Area Historical Society presents The Great Ladies of Wadsworth at 7:30 pm - Grace Lutheran Church
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.
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
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
Ebner Furnaces, Inc.
Randy and Robin Kilbride
The O’Neill Group
Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Morse Co, LPA
Eric and Carol Ralston
Rotary Club of Wadsworth
Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital
Wadsworth Lions Club
Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home
American Municipal Power, Inc.
Norman E. Brague
GenFed Financial Credit Union
Hubbell Power Systems, Inc.
Robin and Bryan Laubaugh
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
Ann’s Pastry Shop
Barlett Cook Florist
Cox Funeral Home
Franklin Elementary School
Dr. Bruce Manning
St. Mark’s Church
Three Roses Gift Boutique
RM Plank Accounting
Judy and Oscar Mifsud
First Place Awards
Wadsworth Newcomers Club
Town Money Saver
Walt and Betty Gairing
BICENTENNIAL BOY WITH THE BOOT DONORS
American Blind Golf
Joe & Susan Arpad
American Legion SAL Post 170
American Legion Post 170
American Legion Aux
Franklyn School Childern
Blue Tip Donation
Gerald / Janet Keller
Richard & Connie Hohman
John & Phyllis Kendrick
Max & Diane Miller
VFW Mens Aux 1089
National Honor High School
Wadsworth City Schools
Susan Berkey Vanik
In Memory of Clark and Eileen Thomas Berkey
Wadsworth post 1083
Medina County Fund Grant
Wadsworth History Video
Wadsworth residents have a long and rich history of being devoted to their chosen religions. Click HERE to learn more.
A History of Wadsworth Hospital
Interested in the long history of Wadsworth hospital? Click HERE to learn more.
Descendants of Wadsworth Founding Families
The Founder's Day Committee for the Wadsworth Bicentennial is actively trying to locate persons currently living in the City of Wadsworth or in the Wadsworth School District who are direct descendants of the Wadsworth founding families who lived here from 1814 to 1820. There will be a special recognition of these families on Founder's Day, August 7, 2014, on the town square. If you are a descendant of any of the following people, please contact Mr. Terry Greenhalgh at (330) 336-8762 :
- 1814 - Daniel Dean, Oliver Durham, Salmon Warner, Michael Waltz, Peter Waltz, William Rasor, Christopher Rasor, George Rasor, Jacob Everhard, John Henry Everhard, Jonathon Everhard, Adam Smith (Schmitt).
- 1815 - Samuel Blocker, Orrin Loomis, Daniel Ware, or Henry C. Wright, Henry or Samuel Falconer, Jacob Miller.
- 1816 - Benjamin Aagard, Lawrence Baughman, Frederick Brown, Joseph Loomis, Colonel Harry Mills, James Reed, Christian Ritter, Benjamin Simcox, William H. Wright, Abraham Hard, Lysander Hard.
- 1817 - Levi Blakeslee, Henry Hayden, Samuel Hayden, Elisha Hinsdale, George Lyman, John Sprague.
- 1818 - Ebeneezer Andrus, Abiel Bennett, Stanton Bennett, Timothy Bennett, Phineas Butler, Michael Calbetzor, John Curtis, William Curtis, widow Sabra Curtis, Amos Hanchett, Abraham Hard, Chauncey Hart, Luther Hemmingway, Guerdon Hilliard, Abiah Lindley, Augustus Mills, Ira Moody, Ephraim Moody, Lemuel North, Allen Pardee, James Platt, John Weeks, Leavitt Weeks, Peter Weeks. Aubel Family, Falk family.
- 1819 - Freeman Austin, Andrew Delong, Levi Clark, Clement Clark, Philo French, Thomas French, Hiram Kingsbury, Abner Wines, Jacob Wise.
- 1820 - Caleb Battels, David Beyer, William Eyles, Robert Hilliard, Samuel McCoy, Obadiah Newcomb, Thomas Reese, James Spillman, John Spillman, Charles Wheeler