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Ten Fall Events in Delaware County

Delaware, Ohio Fall Events For Sweater Weather



It’s that time of year again where Delaware folks start their preparations for the fall weather and traditions that come with it! If you’re looking to try something new that’s family friendly and has that fall spirit, keep your calendars marked for these upcoming events.

Alum Creek’s Fall Campout – October 2nd
Make your way to Alum Creek’s Campground and enjoy an evening of pumpkin decorating, hiking on haunted trails, trick or treating around the campground, and several games and contests. This is a great event for families and anyone who wants to experience Halloween early!


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2015 5k Pumpkin Run & 1 Mile Walk – October 3rd, 8am
In support of Live Strong, there will be a 5k race and 1 mile walk at OWU’s Selby Stadium. Entry fee is $30 for the run, and $20 for the walk. There will also be a kid’s sprint at 9am with a $5 entrance fee.



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Race for the Soul – October 3d, 9am
The Columbus Zoo will be hosting their 9th annual Race for the Soul to bring awareness for the needs of people all throughout Central Ohio such as food, clean drinking water, medical attention, and emotional support. There will be a kids run at 8:45, and a 5k run or 1 mile walk around the zoo at 9. Entry fee is $15-40, depending on whether or not you have a zoo membership and what race you run in.
Powell Oktoberfest – October 3rd, 12pm-10pm
The Village Green Amphitheater Pavillion will be hosting their annual Oktoberfest featuring live German music and entertainment, food trucks, and activities for all ages.

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Kilbourne Community Fall Festival – October 3rd, 8am
Enjoy a full day of fall fun and activities starting with a delicious breakfast from 8-10am; followed by a hog roast, petting zoo and games along with crafts and a flea market (9am-4pm) Also. enjoy stories and historical displays relevant to the local area.
Oakland Nursery’s Fall Festival – October 10th-11th                                                                                                                                                                     Oakland will be hosting their 35th annual Fall Festival at all their store locations this year! There will be a haunted house, a petting zoo, balloon art, pumpkin painting, and sales on merchandise. Don’t miss out on this fall-filled event.


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Miller’s Country Gardens Fall Festival – October 11th, 12pm
Take a hayride through the pumpkin patch and explore the corn maze at this great fall event at Miller Country Gardens in Delaware. There will also be Pumpkin Express barrel rides, face painting, balloon sculpturing, live music by “In A Jam”, and great food by Sock Hop Soda Shop.

Campfire at Stratford Ecological Center – October 16th, 6pm-8pm
Make your reservations quick for this great night of fall fun and camping out. This is a great event for smaller kids. There will be a wagon ride through the Stratford woods, popcorn and cider, hiking, and storytelling.

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Central Ohio Symphony’s Debut Concert – October 17th, 7:30pm
The Central Ohio Symphony is entering into their 37th year of fantastic music and performance. Their season debut concert will be shown at the Gray Chapel in Delaware. Tickets can be ordered at

Leed’s Pumpkin Farm
Located in Ostrander, this is a place I always looked forward to visiting every fall when I was a kid. There are fields of pumpkins to go picking for, hayrides and petting zoos, ziplines, and great snacks. I definitely recommend this place for all ages. They are open every Saturday and Sunday through October 31st.

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Thoughts from the Zoo Lights


The two wonderful young women I got to go to the Zoo Lights with: Mariah and Brittney.

The two wonderful young women I got to go to the Zoo Lights with: Mariah and Brittney.

I have a handful of memories that are from so long ago that they seem like they were only a dream.  One of them happens to be of my fourth birthday.  I remember blowing out the candles on my cake and silently making my wish: to see some Christmas lights.  I’m a December baby, so it wasn’t too ridiculous a thought.  It might have been that we planned on going to the Zoo Lights, but decided not to since the weather was too cold.  The thought of Christmas lights was somehow implanted on my small brain that evening, and that was the one thing I wanted.

After dinner, we shuffled out to our van and went for a drive.  The next thing I remember is driving past house after house, each decked out in what seemed like thousands of colored bulbs.  I sat gleefully in my car seat, bouncing my legs as I exclaimed, “My wish came true!”

As you can imagine, these were simply houses with strands of lights outlining their roofs and clothing their trees.  I can only imagine what four year old me would have done had she actually gone to the Zoo Lights.  I’ve recently had the joy and privilege of going to the Zoo Lights as a youth leader with Delaware Grace Brethren Church.

All small groups (or Bible studies) from the youth ministry planned to go and meet at the zoo. Two ladies from small group I help lead came: Mariah and Brittney.  I picked them up at the church, and then we headed down to the zoo for our fun filled evening.



The Zoo Lights are incredible. I don’t care if you’re eight or eighty, they’re still cool.  Seriously, almost every tree is covered in lights, there are some lights made to look like animals, and it’s practically a childhood fantasy.  As I walked along the paths with Mariah and Brittney, I had to take a moment and reset my mind back to that four-year-old mindset.  There’s a part of me—the whimsical childish part—that seemed to have all but died.  I had to mentally refocus to realize I was walking through something amazing, something novel.

A lot of laughs and a few meaningful conversations later, our tiny group joined a larger group of youth from the church, and we walked around the zoo, laughing and having a fantastic time.  We finished off the evening hanging out and warming up in the food court.  It was great to get out of the cold, but what was even better was being with friends and talking.  My favorite part had to be the part spent talking around the table, and the chats I had with Mariah and Brittney even while we were in the freezing cold.  The Zoo Lights shine brightly, and they’re fantastic, and we ought to appreciate them.  But just as each light shines, each person can hold a light inside them, bright and unique.  We only have to take time to see it, and to cherish it.




Births were the first at Polar Frontier
Powell, OH – Polar bear cubs were born Saturday, Dec. 20 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium but they did not survive.
Animal care staff observed the births while monitoring the mother’s activity from a camera mounted in the den. The first birth, recorded at 5 a.m., appeared to be stillborn. The second cub was born about two hours later and the mother, Aurora, appeared to begin caring for it.
The Zoo team could hear the cub vocalizing and observed Aurora, an inexperienced mother, holding the cub in a proper nursing position. Despite Aurora’s apparent care for the cub, the cub’s vocalizations stopped by the afternoon and the animal care team was unable to see it.
The Columbus Zoo animal team, in conjunction with recommendations from other polar bear breeding facilities, made the decision not to intervene. Polar bear cubs are difficult to hand rear and disrupting Aurora’s maternal care was not advised.
Polar bears have one of the lowest reproductive rates of any mammal. The survival rate for a polar bear cub during the first few weeks of life is only about 50 percent.
“While we would certainly wish for a better outcome the birth of these cubs is a major step in our polar bear breeding program,” said Curator Carrie Pratt. “We will likely never know why the cubs did not survive but we do know Aurora is able to reproduce and she has gained experience. She’s still a young bear and has many reproductive years ahead of her.”
Female polar bear twins Aurora and Anana arrived at the Columbus Zoo in 2010 when the Polar Frontier region opened. The twins are now seven years old and both have mated with the 27-year-old male polar bear, Nanuq, who arrived in 2012. All three polar bears came from other zoos on breeding loans as part of the Species Survival Plan for the threatened species.
It is unknown if Anana is pregnant, however her desire to den and elevated progesterone levels indicate it is a good possibility.
Female polar bears generally have their first set of cubs between the ages of four and eight years. Due to delayed implantation, the gestation period can range from about 195 to 265 days. Pregnant polar bears den in the fall and give birth, generally to two cubs, in the winter. The cubs typically weigh about one pound at birth, growing quickly on their mother’s fat-rich milk before emerging from the den in the spring.


Polar bears are native to the circumpolar north including the United States (Alaska), Canada, Russia, Norway and Denmark (Greenland). They are at the top of the Arctic food chain and primarily eat seals. Polar bear populations are declining due to the disappearance of sea ice, and experts estimate that only 20,000-25,000 polar bears are left in the wild. Some scientists believe if the warming trend continues two-thirds of the polar bear population could disappear by the year 2050.
“Polar bears need our help,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf. “We are committed to doing everything we can at the Zoo, as well as supporting conservation initiatives for wild populations, to save these magnificent sea bears.”
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has been designated an Arctic Ambassador Center by Polar Bears International.


‘Boo At The Zoo’ Returns With New, Live-Action Performances

 Powell, OH For Halloween fun without the fright, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is presenting a special “Boo at the Zoo” event the last two weekends in October.

Presented by Diet Pepsi, Boo at the Zoo will offer an all-new attraction this year: A live-action Spider-Man show.  This action-packed performance features Wolverine, Storm, Captain America and, of course, Spider-Man, as they battle the devious Green Goblin. Two evening shows are available without additional cost every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Boo. Catered daytime shows can be reserved for additional purchase.

The Otterbein University Theatre students will bring many other friendly Halloween characters to life. The talented troupe will portray witches and wizards, as well as mentor young buccaneers at the Eerie Shores Pirate Academy.

The rest of the park will be enchanted with other merry, not scary, attractions.

Asia Quest will be transformed into the magical “Frogwortz” Academy, and North America will become Creepy Hollow. Colo’s Cove events area will become Little Boo Village – complete with treat stations, a candy castle and a hay maze – and a skeleton diver will even tell grand fish tales at Eerie Shores.

Boo at the Zoo will also be crawling with photo opportunities, from posing with superheroes to cuddling with costumed character ambassadors. Guests younger than 13 years old and their guardians are encouraged to wear costumes however, parents and guardians cannot wear costumes that cover their faces.

Regular Zoo favorites – such as the Animals on Safari Show, Animal Encounters Village demonstrations, and keeper talks – will continue throughout the Boo weekends.  The event also marks one of the last weekends to check out seasonal attractions, such as Dinosaur Island and the Heart of Africa. These regions will close Nov. 2 if not earlier, depending on the weather.

For more ways to enjoy this ever-popular family event, check out the Zoo’s calendar page at

WHEN:               Weekends of Oct. 17-24 and 24-26

 Fridays (Oct. 17 and 24): Zoo opens at 10 a.m.; Boo festivities run from 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturdays (Oct.18 and 25): 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Super Hero Lunch from noon to 2 p.m.
Sundays (Oct. 19 and 26): 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Super Hero Lunch from noon to 2 p.m.

WHERE:             The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, located at 4850 Powell Rd., Powell, OH 43065.

COST:                Included in price of admission. Pre-registration and additional fee required for the Super Hero Lunches.

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Baby Mandrill Born At Columbus Zoo Helps Species Protection Plan

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Powell, OH The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is excited to announce the birth of a male mandrill, the second member of this threatened species to be born at the Zoo.

The Zoo’s latest arrival, named Brody, was born on Friday, Sept. 19. He is strong, healthy and is walking on his own.

Brody, which means “brother,” is the second offspring of Mandisa and Doug. Mandisa initially appeared to take some parental interest, but her care soon deteriorated. At that time, zookeepers began feeding Brody by hand but now he is back with the group. A surrogate mother, Tatu, has shown interest in adopting Brody.

Brody is a welcomed addition to the Species Survival Plan, a program developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to save the genetic diversity of animal populations that are threatened in the wild. Nationwide, zoos care for about 100 mandrills. Finding successful mating pairs has posed challenges.

“Although the mandrill population in zoos was once stable, a lack of reproductive success has led to a decline over the last few years,” said Audra Meinelt, assistant curator of the Congo Expedition. “This birth will help the Species Survival Plan so zoo visitors can enjoy and learn about these animals well into the future.”

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Photo courtesy of Columbus Zoo

Mandrills are a vulnerable species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with their primary threat being deforestation. As their habitats disappear, they move into agricultural areas and are killed as pests. They are also hunted for their meat.

A close relative to the baboon, the mandrill is one of the most colorful primates. A scarlet stripe runs down their nose, the ridges of which are bluish-purple, and a yellow tuft of hair accents their chins. Their red and blue rumps become brighter when the animal is excited.  They are very expressive, often using grand facial gestures and body language to communicate with other mandrills. They have also been observed using tools, such as sticks for grooming.

With the arrival of Brody, the Columbus Zoo now houses six mandrills in Congo Expedition.

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COLO’s Classic Car Show, Now Two-Day Event: October 4-5, 2014

Powell, Ohio – New this year, Colo’s Classic Car Show will take a detour to MAC Tools in Westerville on Oct. 4, before cruising to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Oct. 5.

Classic, muscle and low-rider cars and motorcycles from across Ohio are cruising to MAC Tools and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for one of Ohio’s largest classic car shows. Car aficionados and enthusiasts alike will ‘rev their engines’ for special guest and automotive icon, Chip Foose, who will make an appearance at both events thanks to MAC Tools.


  • Saturday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Colo’s Classic Car Show will get its start at MAC Tools located at 505 North Cleveland Ave., Westerville, Ohio. Spectators can observe the cars, as well as enter to win door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Entry for showing only at MAC Tools is a $10 donation.


  • Sunday, Oct. 5 from noon to 4 p.m.

Make a pit stop at the Zoo on Sunday to wrap-up Colo’ Classic Car Show. Guests can view the line-up of classic cars at Jungle Jack’s Landing and Colo’s Cove, as well as enter to win raffle prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Boots from Auto Smarts Radio will host car trivia for a chance to win additional prizes. Viewing is free with a paid admission or Zoo membership. Car registration begins at 8 a.m. Awards will take place at 3 p.m.

Pre-registration is $15 per car, which includes both events and four general admission tickets to the Zoo, valid Oct. 5 only. Registration the day of the event is $20 per car.

Trophy classes include: Nationwide’s Choice, Colo’s Choice, Jack’s Choice, Foose’s Choice, Boot’s Choice, Best Original, Best Modified, Best Antique, Best Truck, Best Import, C&A Harley-Davidson Best Bike, Top 50 awards, and Top ’78 and above.

This event was made possible thanks to the following partners: MAC Tools, Nationwide,, Roosters, The Right Stuff and Pepsi Max.

Pre-registration is available online. All proceeds benefit the Zoo’s conservation and education programs. For more information visit

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Heart of Africa Expands With Birth Of Dana Gazelle


Photo courtesy of Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Powell, OH – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium welcomed the newest resident to the Heart of Africa region on Saturday with the birth of a dama gazelle. The calf, who appears to be a male, is the first dama gazelle to be born at the Zoo.

This newborn is the third calf for mother, Layla. Mother and calf are doing well and are bonding off-exhibit within the region. It is not expected that the calf will make his debut prior to Heart of Africa closing for the season on Nov. 2.


Photo courtesy of Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Dama gazelles are critically endangered and the rarest of all gazelles, so every birth is special and important to the survival of the species.

Currently, there are approximately 130 dama gazelles in North American institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and fewer than 300 in the wild. These animals have been disappearing as their habitats are ruined by livestock overgrazing, land development and over hunting. Their native range is in one of the poorest regions of Africa, where little conservation action has been taken.


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But reintroduction efforts are likely within this species, making every new birth especially exciting. The Columbus Zoo keepers expect that other dama gazelles are breeding, with hopeful births next spring. Dama gazelles typically give birth to only one calf at a time, after a gestation of five and half to six months.

The dama is the largest of all gazelles, with adults weighing up to 165 pounds. They have a white body with reddish brown features – which can vary by region, the animal’s age and season – and both sexes have s-shaped horns. They might live in mixed herds of 10 to 20 animals or lead solitary lives.

Like other gazelles, the dama may exhibit a pronking behavior in the wild to communicate with other members of the herd. This involves hopping from all four limbs, which appear to leave and touch the ground at the same time.  The calves can run as fast as the adults in as little as a week of age. 

In the wild, they are found in isolated areas of Chad, Mali and Niger.

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Endangered Rhino Calf Born At The Wilds


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A Happy, Healthy, Bouncing Baby Rhino

The Wilds welcomed a greater one-horned Asian rhinoceros, also known as an Indian rhino, on Sat., Aug. 30. The calf was born out in pasture with the rest of the herd and is the sixth one-horned rhino born at the Wilds.

“We had been watching the mother very closely over the past week. Her udder development and behavior told us the birth was imminent, however there are several good hiding places across 100 acres,” said Dan Beetem, Director of Animal Management. “The calf is doing well and already enjoys swimming in the lake with mom.”

The greater one-horned rhino calf, whose sex has yet to be determined, marks the continued success of the greater one-horned rhino breeding program at the conservation center located in southeast Ohio.


Credit Jeff Hammer.

The calf is the third for 15-year-old dam, Sanya, and the third for 11-year-old sire, Rustum, who came to the Wilds in 2007 as part of a group imported by the Zoological Society of San Diego to bring new genetics into the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) program.

Born after a gestation of nearly 16 months, one-horned rhinos can grow to be 4,800 pounds and six feet tall at the shoulder. Their range is the plains or woodlands of northern India, Bhutan and Nepal.

There are now six greater one-horned rhinos and 13 southern white rhinos at the Wilds. The calf is currently with the herd and will someday play a vital role in the Species Survival Plan (SSP).

According to the International Rhino Foundation, an organization that receives support from the Wilds, the greater one-horned rhinoceros is a success story in conservation. In 1990, their population had dwindled to 200, but in 2005 their numbers increased to 3,200 in the wild, and 150 in human care. However, poaching and encroachment are still concerns for wild populations.

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Zoombezi Bay Now a Better Place to Play

Watch out! Mischievous baboons have taken over Zoombezi Bay Water Park! Zoombezi Bay is introducing a brand new, four and a half million dollar multi-level play structure and surrounding pool that will replace the Barracuda Bay. “The whole area was kinda old and needed a facelift,” said Zoombezi Bay’s Vice President, John Gannon, “if you weren’t here before, you can appreciate how nice it is.”

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Photo of Zoombezi Bay 2014

Several new additions to the park have made such as fresh concrete, heated water, water falls, water basketball, overhead trellis for shade, cabanas with overhead fans and stocked refrigerators, and more. “We knew it was going to look fabulous,” said the Director of Operations, Andy Cloyd, “There’s so much more to do.” This animal-themed attraction provides an imaginative stimulation along with “hands-on” experiences for people of all ages. “We wanted to have some animal theme to it since we’re associated with the zoo,” Cloyd said. This brand-new attraction will include 9 thrilling waterslides along with the 1,000 gallon bucket dump. “You’re just getting sprayed everywhere you go,” Cloyd said. Vibrant colors, splashing water, and movable attractions will all contribute to an enjoyable summer.

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A different angle of Zoombezi Bay

Zoombezi Bay is a “whole new different experience,” Cloyd said. Also, Gannon guarantees that there’s “gadgets and gizmos for the whole family.” Zoombezi Bay’s slides and water rides are sure to make your heart race! With only one out of six in the United States, Big Boa Falls will whip you from side to side at a rapid speed. What’s even more of a rush is the Python Plunge, which is an uphill water slide! Say whaaaaaat? Riders will accelerate at high speeds as they are blasted uphill on jetted water followed by a 70-foot long shot into a landing pool. What a rush! There’s also rides for the whole family to enjoy at a time. The Tahitian Tower accompanies up to 5 people through a series of acceleration drops in complete darkness along with a 360 degree spin before landing. Grab your sunscreen and admission tickets and make your way to Zoombezi Bay to dive into some exhilarating adventures fun for the whole family!