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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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Delaware county Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Set for October 4, 2014

DELAWARE, Oh. – The Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off event will be coming to Delaware
on Saturday Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

The event is open to all residents of the Delaware-Knox-Marion-Morrow Solid Waste District.
Residents are asked to enter the fairgrounds at 935 U.S. 23 North to access the drop-off area. Residents will be asked for $5 donations to defray costs.

Unbroken fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent bulbs will be accepted. All other light bulbs will not be accepted. Paint will
not be accepted. Paint can be dried in open cans and then disposed of safely in regular trash. Appliances, trash and yard waste will also not be accepted.

There is a $10 fee for television collection. Residents dropping off tires will be charged $2 per
passenger auto tire, $4 for tires larger than 17 inches and $25 for truck or tractor tires. In
addition, there will be a $2 charge for computer monitors while other computer components
will be accepted free of charge.

The drop-off events are an annual service provided by the DKMM District with assistance from
Keep Delaware County Beautiful, the Delaware General Health District’s recycling and litter
prevention program.

For additional information, contact Jenifer Way-Young, Keep Delaware County Beautiful
program coordinator, at 740-368-1700 or visit the DGHD website at

Source Delaware General Health District

The Story Behind Leeds Farm

Owner Christy Leeds tells me about the farm.  (Photo Katie Longtine

Owner Christy Leeds tells me about the farm. (Photo Katie Longtine

Autumn is coming, which means it’s almost time for colorful falling leaves, apple cider, and pumpkins.  It also means it’s almost time for Leeds Farm to open to the public.  Located on Route 36 near Ostrander, Leeds offers fun activities for the family for affordable prices (pricing info here).  My family has made wonderful, fun memories there, but I never knew much about the farm itself, so I spoke with owner Christy Leeds to learn more.

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View of the activities from atop the mountain slides. The farm looks so different when it’s busy! (photo Katie Longtine

Christy and Rob Leeds first started growing pumpkins on Rob’s farm when they married.  In 1994, they decided to open to sell pumpkins, so they bought their property on Route 36 and started a business.  Over time, people began asking if they could go in the barn and see the animals, so the Leeds started adding new activities.  Twenty years later, they feature a variety of activities, from the exciting big zip to the combine slide—the only of its kind in the Midwest.

(photo Katie Longtine

(photo Katie Longtine

Leeds Farm offers a chance for kids to be active, Christy says.  They purposefully choose active adventure activities to engage the kids.  With activities as creative as the combine slide and tube time, I had to wonder how they thought of them!  Christy told me they attend an annual conference, which consists mostly of people with farms much like Leeds.  The community shares ideas which can be adapted to fit other farms.

This is the combine slide from the side (photo Katie Longtine

This is the combine slide from the side (photo Katie Longtine

Combine slide from the front. (Photo Katie Longtine

Combine slide from the front. (Photo Katie Longtine

On an average working day, employees come in early to get the farm ready.   Doors open at ten, and then until five there are lots of people.  There are chores, and the animals have to be cared for throughout the day, but a break is taken to feed the staff.  At five they close, and then they reopen from 6:00 to 8:30 for a private party that has rented out the farm.  There’s a bonfire for the party, and then the farm closes, the staff cleans up, and heads home.  In the spring, the farm will host events as a venue (like weddings), and in October they open for school tours.

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These adorable piglets were forty-eight hours old when this photo was taken! (photo Katie Longtine

During school tours, they love to educate the kids about agriculture.  One of the reasons the Leeds started the farm was their interest in helping people understand agriculture and desire to provide people with a closer view of it.  Christy says she wishes they had more time for discussions about agriculture. However, people come to the farm to have fun with their families, so it’s difficult to strike a balance between educating them and having fun.  One of the things they’ve tried to do for the kids is design activities that help them learn about agriculture.  For example, a lot of kids have never seen and held field corn.  At Leeds Farm, there are corn boxes—like sandboxes except filled with corn—for the kids to play in!

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Christy says she loves the farm because it is what her family does together, even their extended family.  She’s thankful that the guests realize a lot of work goes into transforming the farm into a public space, and she’s thankful for their respect.  Leeds will be open to the public for six weekends, starting September 20 and ending October 26.  October 2 they’ll be hosting Witch’s Night Out, a girl’s night out event.  All of the ticket sales go to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer.  You can find more information about all their farm fun and special events on their website.  If you’ve never been, take your family for an afternoon of fall fun and memories you won’t forget!

Delaware Daily – Tuesday August 26, 2014

Members of the Delaware Hayes Talisman staff from left to right: Morgan Knight, Sammi Piroska, Sarah Rose, Dylan James.

Members of the Delaware Hayes Talisman staff from left to right: Morgan Knight, Sammi Piroska, Sarah Rose, Dylan James.

Delaware Ohio Local News, Other News and some fun and interesting stuff too

Local News

Delaware City Police Reports August 18 – 22: Public Indecency, Stolen Backpack Valued at $500, and other items in this weeks Delaware City Police Reports.

Volunteers Needed For River Sweep Litter Cleanup

Labor Day Refuse and Recycling Collection Schedule Announced

Cleveland.Com: Berea teacher bequeaths scholarship fund to Ohio Wesleyan University

Columbus Dispatch: Stillwagon sues to force release of grand-jury evidence

This Week News: Delaware gets big head-start on test preparation

WTTE Fox 28: Mumps Cases Near 500 in 4 Central Ohio Counties

WBNS 10tv: Debate Over Militarization Of Local Police Stirs In The Wake Of Ferguson Unrest

Do you have something to buy, sell, or trade in Delaware? Need a new home or a job? Click the following link to visit the Classifieds.

Central Ohio News

Marion Star: Patrol charges man with OMVI after car strikes house

WBNS 10tv: 10TV: Man Shot And Killed Outside Apartment In North Columbus

WSYX ABC6: wsyx6: Police looking for 2 possible suspects after girl wounded in shooting.

WSYX ABC6: wsyx6: She’d lost thousands to a scammer, & would’ve been out thousands more if not for an alert Kroger clerk.

Ohio News

Columbus Dispatch: Plenty of questions in Common Core debate

WCMH NBC4i: NBC4 Poll Shows Ohioans Split On Waters Firing

Dayton Dailey News: Donation will help build Wright flyer replica

National News

610 WTVN: Doctors Call For Later School Start For Teens

Newsweek: Newsweek: Hundreds gather in in St. Louis for Michael Brown’s funeral

Wall Street Journal: WSJ: Malaysia Airlines is likely to cut about a quarter of its workforce and drop unprofitable routes

CBS SF Bay Area: Caught On Camera: Concord Thief Uses Mystery Electronic Device To Break Into Car


Forbes: Burger King’s Tax Inversion and Canada’s Favorable Corporate Tax


610 WTVN: Miller Surgery Tuesday

Thought/Word for the day

Bend but dont break!

Of Interest To Us

Washinton Post: Driverless vehicles? Even in D.C. streets? An autonomous car takes a capital test run.

Reuters: Exclusive: IRS enforcement agent numbers could drop to lowest levels since 1970s

Top 10 list!

Upcoming Events

Delaware Ohio’s PREMIER Meetup/Networking Event – Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tune of The Day

George Strait “Troubadour”

Today’s Sponsor

Window tinting, paint protection, auto detailing -Tintworks   614-649-5878

Readers Picks

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Delaware Ohio’s PREMIER Meetup/Networking Event – Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We meet again Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at Blend of Seven Winery in Delaware (481 London Rd. ) from 6 to 8 pm. If you arrive and the lot appears full, there is an overflow parking lot to the west.

Please join us if you are a local business person or active in local social media. Can you think of a better way to spend an early Fall Wednesday night?  Plus you can enjoy a selection of wines made at the location. There is no fee to attend the meetup…your only cost is your own food and beverage.

Corporate sponsors this month include  Delaware, Ohio’s hometown professional lacrosse team The Ohio Machine, CES Credit Union and Tint Works (Window tinting and auto detailing).  We will again have announcements and the usually unpredictable business card drawing. If you wish to donate a gift for the drawing, let me know.  (August give aways were provided by DFC Screen Printing, Service Before Self Leadership, Sequential Pathways and Kona Ice.)

We start at 6 PM and network for about 50 minutes. We have announcements, do some prize give aways and then network some more and enjoy food and beverage!

Thanks to those who made the August event another fine one. The food was catered in by the Final Score.

Register online: Click here

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online: with this link

Questions or to RSVP: Stephen Evanko – or 740-816-7123.

Thank you!

Please keep sharing our event with others…it continues to be a success due to all of you.

Delaware, Ohio Daily – Monday August 25, 2014

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Local News ICYMI – Delaware Ohio’s PREMIER Meetup/Networking event August, 2014 meeting wrap up

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Central Ohio News

WBNS 10TV: Former Columbus Resident Lives Through California Earthquake

Marion Star: Mastodon fossils found in Morrow County

Ohio News


Columbus Dispatch:  Texting ban needs some teeth

National News

610 WTVN: 6.1 Quake Jolts San Francisco

WCMH NBC4I: Rap mogul Suge Knight shot, wounded in nightclub


CBS Sports: Bengals owner Mike Brown treated for medical incident in Arizona

ABC News: Michael Sam mocks Johnny Manziel Bengals pick up unspectacular win over Cardinals

Thought/Word for the day

Call or visit your mom, she misses you.

Of Interest To Us

610 WTVN: Don’t Put These Items In Your Fridge!

Bacon: Twinkies and Twix and bacon, oh my! It’s fair food!

Top 10 list!

NY Post: The 10 most (accidentally) offensive things Americans do overseas

Tune of The Day
It has been a Hootie and the Blowfish “Hold My Hand” kind of day.

Today’s Sponsor

Readers Picks

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Delaware Librarian Receives Ohio Library Council “Librarian Of The Year.”

Librarian of the Year: Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library

Mary Jane Santos, Director, Delaware County District Library (DCDL), was appointed Director at a time when the county population had exploded, becoming one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Unfortunately, the library’s budget was not increasing to meet the needs of these new community members. Santos developed a strategy focused on two goals: pass a levy and build a branch in an area of rapidly expanding population. Under her leadership, both of these goals were accomplished. In recent years, DCDL has expanded services and facilities to keep up with the community. Santos’ strong and steady guidance has allowed staff to carry forward with innovations and changes while keeping the “small library” team feeling. During her tenure, the library has nearly doubled in size and continued to increase in circulation, visitors, programs, cardholders, and computer use. Santos has developed partnerships with schools, other libraries, higher education institutions, law enforcement, and businesses that strengthen the library’s importance in the community.

The Ohio Library Council (OLC) is continuing its tradition of honoring some of the best and brightest individuals and organizations in the Ohio public library community through its Awards and Honors program. The 2014 honorees have demonstrated outstanding
leadership and remarkable dedication to providing the best possible library service. Santos will receive her award at the Awards and Honors Luncheon on Oct. 8 at the OLC Convention and Expo in Columbus. Santos was selected based on nominations and recommendations received from her peers in the Ohio public library community.

Source Ohio Library Council

The Delaware Ohio Daily Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Thursday is here and the summer is quickly coming to a close. With that, I am thinking ice cream with the family and another cookout this weekend. Maybe even a water balloon fight. We will see.

How about you, do you have any good plans for the weekend?

Local News

Here are some links about the fatal accident yesterday on U.S. 23 North and State Route 229. Driver Charged With 2 Counts of Vehicular Homicide Regarding Fatal Accident on U.S. 23

WTTE Fox 28: Two People Killed, Several Injured in Delaware US 23 Crash

WBNS 10TV: Semi Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide After Deadly Delaware County Crash

Other local news:

This Week News: ODOT moving quickly on wall; trustees want more details Regarding intersection at SR 750 and SR 2150

Columbus Business First: McDonald’s coming to Continental’s Olentangy Crossing along Route 23 Ramsey’s newest artist: Morgan Treni ~Treni is a former OWU student.

Columbus Dispatch: Sunbury, Galena work togther to make competing summer festivals thrive

Ramsey’s newest artist: Morgan Treni
Ramsey’s newest artist: Morgan Treni
Ramsey’s newest artist: Morgan Treni [Read more…]

The Delaware Ohio Daily Friday, August 15, 2014

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Staff photo by Spenser Hickey

Delaware Ohio Local News, Other News and some fun and interesting stuff too

Local News

City of Powell: Public Service Requests 

Delaware Creative Housing: Save the date, October 10th – “An evening with Anthony Billups”

Morrow County Sentinel: Proposal made to improve Delaware Wildlife Area shooting range

Helpline of Delaware & Morrow Counties: What can I do TODAY to prevent suicide?

Central Ohio News

Dublin Farmers Market: Info and hours

Ohio News

Insurance News  20 Ohioans Participating in Intensive Agricultural Leadership Program

National News

Bloomberg: First-Time Buyers Shut Out of Expanding U.S. Home Supply


Reuters: Japan ‘strongly protests’ Russia maneuvers on disputed isles


The Lantern: Ohio State athletics self-reports 22 minor NCAA violations in first half of 2014

Thought/Word for the day

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.” – Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society

What Our Writers Wrote

Morgan Knight: A Profile on Kyle Harrison “K18″ : Ohio Machine Midfielder

Katie Longtine:  August 17th is Water Night at DGBC

Of Interest To Us The 10 Best-Paying Jobs of 2014 

Top 10 list!  10 Ways One Direction Should Celebrate Their 10 Teen Choice Awards

Tune of The Day

Don McLean- American Pie

Today’s Sponsor

Your local health insurance resource – contact Creative Financial Insurance Agency for healthcare reform questions (740) 363-5433

Readers Picks

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Rock the Boat Caribbean Cruise Event




Thursday, September 4, 2014  6 – 10 p.m.

Sumptuous food, island-themed games, auctions, steel drum music, dancing, PLUS a 7-night Caribbean Cruise for two. The Rock the Boat Cruise Event has it all!  Buy your tickets now and support programs and services provided by the Council for Older Adults.


To buy tickets or for more info: