Saturday will be a day of vibrant colors, music, and more in Ruihley Park.
It’s September Fest, sponsored by Archbold Parks & Recreation and the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce.
A kids fun run kicks things off at 9 am, followed by mile and 5-kilometer color runs at 9:30 am and 10 am, respectively.
Jennifer Kidder, Parks & Recreation director, said a color run is like any other, except at certain points along the course, bystanders will throw vibrantly-colored powders at the runners as they pass by.
The powders are non-toxic and wash off.
A DJ will play music as the runners round the course.
“It’s a fun event,” Kidder said.
But wait, there’s more.
Fans of The Ohio State Buckeyes can gather and cheer on their team and watch the football game on a 16-foot by 9-foot television in the park, Kidder said.
The Buckeyes take on Indiana University at noon.
Enjoy beer, wine coolers, and canned margaritas in the beer garden, along with a bite to eat from four food trucks who committed to the event.
There will be a doubleelimination cornhole tournament with prizes for the top teams, and an alumni softball game.
Ruihley Park will also be filled with about 30 vendors offering wares.
The Black Swamp Arts Council will bring back a kids arts and crafts area.
Starting at 11 am, there will be live music in Ruihley Park featuring four area acts, including Ryan Roth, Napoleon, a rural Archbold native, and “Girl Named Tom,” the three Liechty siblings from Pettisville. “Girl Name Tom” was featured in last week’s Archbold Buckeye.
The two other acts are Abigail Rose, Swanton, and Nate Maynard, Bryan.
Started In April
Kidder said Parks & Recreation began working on September Fest in April or May. The plans came together quickly.
Plans are already being made for 2020.
She said September Fest is “a day to bring the community together.”