Findlay, OH Bicentennial 2012

Celebrate 200 Years!



It's here!! Welcome to the 2012 Findlay Bicentennial Celebration. The Findlay Flag City Morning Rotary club, along with nearly 60 community volunteers, has planned a week of special events to celebrate Findlay’s 200th birthday. 


“The Bicentennial committees have been meeting for more than two years planning these events. They each deserve a big thanks for all of the work behind each of the events,” said, Christie Ranzau. Ranzau is a co-chair of the Bicentennial, along with Tamera Rooney. 

Here's an overview of the events. For contact information and details, check out our Events Page 

The week of events begins with The Arts Partnership’s Boogie on Main. Bicentennial souvenirs will be available for purchase. And, men can enter the Brothers of the Brush beard growing completion to be judged on June 30. Boogie on Main is Friday, June 8 from 6 p.m. to midnight on Main Street. Cost to enter is $5 per person. 

The Bicentennial Community Festival, organized by this year’s Hancock Leadership class, will occur on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday June 10 and will offer activities for all ages, including the Bicentennial Battle of the Bands and Little Miss/Little Mister Bicentennial Contests. Admission to the festival is $5.00 per carload.  Walk-in admission prices are $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. On both days, local businesses and nonprofit organizations with displays in the Merchants Building will offer activities for children.  The Hancock Historical Museum will display information about Findlay’s history and attendees can don “old-fashioned” attire and have their photo taken for purchase. The festival will also include a battle of the bands, a beer garden on Saturday and The Reunion Band performance. For a full list of events during the festival, visit

On Saturday, Blanchard Valley Industries will be holding the Findlay Co-ed Bicentennial Volleyball Tournament, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Riverside Park.

On Sunday, June 10, 7 p.m. the Findlay Area Musical Ministries Association will host “Forte Findlay, A Musical Celebration” at The University of Findlay’s Koehler Center. This event will feature more than 150 area church choir members, a children’s choir, performance by the Millstream Ringers and Night Jazz. The event is free.

Be sure to check out the Bicentennial Edition of The Courier on Monday. 

During the day on Monday, June 11, the 23rd Annual Julie Cole Golf Tournament will take place at the Findlay Country Club. $10 Grounds Passes are available to public. Special Bicentennial elements will be included at the event.

Also, on Monday the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library SummerREAD Kick-Off will feature musician and storyteller Bob Ford, playing music and telling stories about early Ohio. The event is free for the whole family and takes place from 7-8 p.m.

On Tuesday, June 12, the Hancock Historical Museum will hold A Night at the Museum, 7 p.m. The family friendly event will include tours othe museum, with live re-enactors, crafts and more. The Hancock Historical Museum is located at 422 W. Sandusky St.

On Wednesday, June 13, the committee will unveil the contents of the time capsule buried during the Sesquicentennial in 1962. This event will begin at 6 p.m. at Riverside Park. Night Jazz will perform at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Music in the Park series offered by the Hancock Parks District.

A birthday cake, parade and fireworks will be presented on Thursday, June 14. A four foot by six foot birthday cake will be presented to the community in front of the courthouse. The cake is being provided by Buggy Whip Bakery and will be free, first come-first served. The cake will be presented at 6:30 p.m. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and will follow Main Street north to Main Cross, then to West St. The parade is sponsored by Findlay Noon Rotary. Downtown fireworks display will begin at dark and will be able to be viewed by all of downtown. Safe Ride Home will be hosting a Barbecue prior to the parde 4:30 - 7 p.m. at the St. Mark's Dock. Tickets $7, and the meal includes chicken or pork, cheesy potatoes, baked beans, beverage and roll or sandwich bun.

On Friday, June 14, The Chamber of Commerce is hosting Rally in the Alley from 5-8 p.m. This will be a drop off location for time capsule items. The time capsule will be buried later in the summer. The costs to include items in the time capsule are; $1.00 for children and $5.00 for adults; companies and organizations can place items for $25.00. Time capsule items will also be accepted at the Hancock Historical Museum and at other locations throughout the summer.

Saturday, June 16 will wrap up the week with a Bicentennial 5K fun run/walk. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at Riverside Park in the Waterfall Pavilion. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Cost to register is $15. Register online at  Brush Company War of 1812 Re-enactments will take place in and around Dorney Plaza from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. A ceremonial march from the Millstream Art Plaza on Sandusky St. to the river will take place at 11 a.m. The group will walk back to Dorney Plaza and provide demonstrations until 4 p.m. This event sponsored by Hancock Historical Preservation Guild

And finally, Findlay Service League will host a Historical Gala on Saturday night from 7 p.m. to Midnight, at the Findlay Inn. The event is black tie, period clothing optional and costs $75 per person and $150 per couple. Tables of 8 are also available. Tickets are on sale at The Arts Partnership.

The Bicentennial celebration is sponsored by the following companies and corporations:

Diamond Level: Blanchard Valley Health System, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Marathon Petroleum Corporation and The Community Foundation (mural grant); Platinum Level: Fifth Third Bank, Noon Rotary; Gold Level: National Lime & Stone, Rowmark, LLC, Robison, Curphy & O’Connell Law Firm, and Whirlpool Corporation; Silver Level: Beerco, Bronze Level: Commercial Savings Bank, Danby Products, Drake, Phillips, Kuenzli & Clark Law Firm, Country Inn & Suites, First Federal Bank, and Holiday Inn Express.

Bicentennial souvenirs are available at the Trading Post in the Hancock Historical Museum, 422 W. Sandusky St. and will be available at various events throughout the week. Items include hats, shirts, plates, collectible spoons, ties, scarves, mugs and more.

Downtown businesses will be celebrating “Old Fashioned Days” from June 8-16th, which will include special sales, menus and a window decorating contest among businesses.

The celebrations don’t end on June 18th. On June 30th, Findlay will be a stop on The Great Race vintage car road rally. The festivities begin with the racers coming into downtown at 4:30. A Taste of Findlay food court will be set up in First Federal’s parking lot and other local vintage cars will be on display. More information on The Great Race is available at And, the Ohio Wheelman will be hosting an international meet July 19-21. Activities will include vintage bicycle rallies, demonstrations and other events. All information will be updated on the Bicentennial website.

Enjoy the festivities! 



Christie L. Ranzau & Tamera L. Rooney, Co-Chairs

 Thank you, Diamond Level Sponsors! For a full list of sponsors, click here.




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Enjoy listening to our "Bicentennial Minute" produced by and played on WFIN, WKXA and 106.3 The Fox. 
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The Courier presents the Findlay Bicentennial Commemorative Edition. Celebrating 200 years of history and community in Findlay, Ohio.
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A Little About Findlay

From Wikipedia: Findlay is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Ohio, United States.[4] The city metro area is often referred as The Greater Findlay Area. Located in northwestern Ohio, the city lies approximately 50 miles (80 km) south of Toledo. The population was 38,967 at the 2000 census, Greater Findlay Area was at 45,284. It is home to the University of Findlay. The city's official nickname is "Flag City, USA". Findlay is one of only two cities in Hancock County, along with Fostoria. Findlay is one of the few areas in Northwest Ohio that is still growing and is the second largest city in that region.

The Findlay and Hancock County community was named a winner in the first-ever national competition to identify the 100 Best Communities for Young People in September 2005. The honor was awarded through the America's Promise Alliance. Findlay and Columbus were the only two cities in Ohio to receive the distinction. In 2007, Findlay-Hancock County was once again selected (one of 52 repeat honorees), and joined Toledo as the only two cities in Ohio to receive this designation. Findlay is home to Blanchard Valley Regional Hospitals, which has been rewarded one of the best 100 hospitals in the United States