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.



Photo courtesy of connect2.owu.edu
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.

Flyer courtesy of heartofpowell.org

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 centralohiosymphony.org

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.

Photo courtesy of leedsfarm.com


5K Run in Oxford Township To Benefit Cancer Patient


Tony Franklin 5k Benefit Run

5k is at Oxford Township Hall
*On September 6th
-5125 Shoemaker rd Ashley, Ohio 43003
– registration starts at 8 am
– fee of $25 to run
– run starts at 9 am
100% goes to Tony for hospital bills

Tony Franklin grew up in Ashley, Ohio with his wonderful parents Christeen and Paul Franklin. He was one of four kids; 2 brothers Mike and Bob, and a sister Chris. He palyed basketball and football in Highschool and even held some records. In school he was considered one of the “lonely kids” because he grew up in church. But what the other kids didn’t know was he wasn’t lonely at all!

On August 10th, 1991 my dad married the love of his life Jerri McDaniel. They have four beautiful children: Skylar, the twins Abbie and Addie, and Shayla. Tony is a great Husband, Father, Son, Brother, and Cousin.

He has a loving heart and cares alot for everyone. Oh, and did I mention he’s really funny! He works at Delaware Hayes as a teacher’s aid for the Special Needs Kids. He has such a great heart and cares for each one of the kids deeply.

Tony goes to Church reguraly where he is a Preacher and a pretty good one if I must add! He has such strong Faith and Trust in God and he shares it wherever he goes. Church is one of his main priorities and he makes sure that his kids and loved ones knows it too.

But not everything is all that good.

About two years ago Tony was Dignosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Thats where his faith and trust was really put to the test. Things became really hard and it seemed like everything was just going down hill, from having surgeries, to radiation, to Chemo, to infections,to sickness, and to Blindness.

But with all that said he still keeps a Smile on his face because he knows God has him under his wings and is taking care of him. Putting his struggles in Gods hands has made him to not worry and still be Happy. Because with God on his side hes’s a winner either way.

So for one day can you take some time out of your day to come help support him, and donate so he can still Fight to Kick Cancers Butt.

If you can’t just do me a favor and keep our family in your Prayers. We hope to see all there


The Franklin Family

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Music In Motion 5K Run/Walk September 6, 2014

The Delaware Music Boosters will host the sixth annual Music in Motion 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 6, at the campground area of Delaware State Park. Registrations are open online at www.active.com/delaware-oh/running/distance-running-races/music-in-motion-5k-2014. Runners and walkers who prefer to register using a paper form can find them during open hours at the Second Sole, the YMCA, or by visiting the Music Boosters table at the Main Street Delaware Farmers’ Market on any Saturday before the race date.

The entry fee is $25, or $30 on the day of the race. Same-day registration will be held from 7 to 7:30 a.m., the race will start at 8:00 a.m., and awards and raffle prizes will be distributed at 9:00 a.m. All participants receive a race t-shirt, and awards will be given for overall female, overall male, and first place male and female in each age bracket. Race packet pick-up starts at 7 a.m. on September 6th.

The Music Boosters, a 501c3 organization, supports the performing music programs at all eight Delaware City Schools. Performances of the 4th through12th grade orchestras, 5th through 12th grade bands, and 5th through 12th grade choirs are free and open to the public, with the exception of the marching band at Hayes football games, which are subject to the standard OHSAA high school athletics admission prices.

For more information about the Delaware Music Boosters, please visit our Facebook page or www.delawaremusic.org.

Left to right: 2013 runners Gabe Haferman, Jane Boyer, and Owen Boyer. Photo Credit Rod Alsup

Left to right: 2013 runners Gabe Haferman, Jane Boyer, and Owen Boyer. Photo Credit Rod Alsup


Left to right: 2013 overall winners Chris Fink and Annette Schwartz. Photo Credit Rod Alsup.

3rd annual Delaware Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk & Little Gobbler Kid’s Run

3rd annual Delaware Turkey Trot 5k run/walk & Little Gobbler Kid’s Run

Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27, 2014. The race begins at 8:30 a.m
Held on Mill Road Crossing (Behind Glenwood Commons; Meijer/Kohl’s Shopping Center).

This event is for the whole family. 100% of the proceeds go to the Autism Society of Central Ohio. Come join us as we raise money for Autism research and care. We have donated $15,000 over the last two years!

You can learn more about the race, the cost, and you can register online at the race website: DelawareTurkeyTrot.com

Questions/Comments: Contact us at DelawareOhioTurkeyTrot@gmail.com


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Otterbein University Students Host 5k for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk – Saturday April 26, 2013

Dogs and dog lovers are invited to participate in the family-friendly 5K for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Otterbein University’s Cross Country course, 350 N. Cleveland Ave. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the race starts at 10:30 a.m.  The entry fee is $20 without receiving an event t-shirt or $25 with an event t-shirt. The event is open to the public and all proceeds benefit the MedVet Charitable Foundation.
The 5K for K-9 Cancer Run/Walk is organized by Otterbein students, who hope it will educate and raise awareness for canine cancer in central Ohio. Their goal is to raise at least $10,000, with all of the proceeds earmarked for clinical investigation of the diagnosis and treatment of canine cancer. In addition to the 5K, the event will feature contests, an obstacle course challenge, silent auction, educational materials, informational presentations, exhibitors, and family-friendly activities like inflatable games and paw print art.
The event was inspired by Hilary Seif, a current Otterbein employee and dog owner who lost her golden retriever, Newman, to cancer in the summer of 2013. Canine cancer affects one out of every three dogs; more than half of them will die as a result. Cancer is the leading cause of death in dogs over the age of 10. The warning signs of cancer in dogs are similar to those in people, including lumps or bumps; wounds that don’t heal; any kind of swelling; enlarged lymph nodes; lameness or swelling in the bone; and abnormal bleeding. But sometimes there are little or no signs in the early stages of the disease.
With the help of Otterbein University’s .edu/Events/5kk9cancerrunwalk.

Run Willis, Run!

On April 26, 5th and 6th graders with their families will be running, walking, and jogging the 5k route at the YMCA in Delaware to help raise money for their school.

The fundraiser is not only a great way to help Willis, but it’s also helps family and friends connect . “We were trying to come up with a fundraiser for the school that also created family involvement” said Heidi Kegley, the principal of Willis Intermediate School. “…something that was going to bring our community and families together for an event which was for a good cause.”

 The 5k will  help the students at Willis by allowing the purchase of iPads and laptops, along will helping Family Promise. “Family Promise is a group that works with families in Delaware that are homeless [by] providing shelter and housing to them as well as job training.” Kegley said.

Willis has held this event for 3 years with the help of Delaware City Schools, the YMCA, and the Delaware City Police Department. The race starts at 8 A.M. on the 26th of April at the YMCA, but if someone can’t attend they can still help by doing a sleep-in. “So you basically pay your money you get your T-shirt but you choose to sleep in and not come to the event.” said Kegley.

The price for the event is $20 per participant and there is as $50 maximum per family.

If anyone would like to sign up for the race information can be found on the Delaware City Schools website or by calling Willis Intermediate Middle School at (740)833-1700.

Orange “Out The Door” 5 K, Saturday March 22, 2014

Tired of being stuck inside during this cold Ohio winter? Spring is coming, so it’s time to get out the door and join us for the 1st Annual Orange “Out the Door” 5K presented by Anne Therese M.D. Aesthetic Medicine. This 5k road run/walk will take place at Olentangy Orange High School on Saturday, March 22nd at 8:30am and all proceeds will go to the OOHS Track and Cross Country Teams. Bring the whole family as we’ll have a FREE kids race at 9:15 a.m. with Pioneer Pete running as well!

The cost for 5k run/walk entry is $25 until March 10th and is $30 from March 11th through race day. You can register the morning of the race starting at 7:15am, but to guarantee your dri-fit tshirt you should register by the 10th. Please register online and find more details at www.runolentangyorange.com. Other highlights are cash prizes to the overall winners, age group awards, food, music and raffling off Columbus Crew tickets. Register today!