Watch the streets of downtown McArthur come alive with food, music, and fun for the whole family during Vinton County’s 33rd annual Wild Turkey Festival. The festival includes activities such as great nightly entertainment on the sound stage, carnival rides and games, a car show, a quilt show, and queen and baby contests.
The Vinton County High School Marching Band will open the festival on Thursday night. Singer Hayley (Watson) Keffer will perform.On Friday, The Band Keesey and Eastwood, a Vinton County-based country group, will perform. Hayley Keffer will sing as the opening act on Saturday evening, followed by headliners No Regrets, playing ’80s rock-n-roll hits. An unannounced gospel group will perform on Sunday afternoon.
Other Events and Activities
A talent show is planned for Saturday afternoon. Specific details have yet to be announced.
The Grand Parade will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the crowning of the new Wild Turkey Festival Queen. The Ohio Historical Society make a presentation. Like always, the festival will feature numerous food vendors, games, raffles, contests, and other booths. Grilled turkey legs will be back! Turkey drops are planned for each night in front of the stage.
The festival will open on May 4, the first Thursday evening in May, and runs through Sunday afternoon, May 7.
For more information, visit www.wildturkeyfestival.com or call 740-596-5033.
Ohio State Parks is offering a 25% discount on cabins booked on Valentine's Day.
Cabin reservations made today only, February 14, will earn you 25% off your stay. Select Ohio State Parks are now offering a discount when you book using the promo code Valentine17.
This offer includes cabins at Lake Hope, Hocking Hills, Buck Creek, Cowan Lake, Dillon, Mohican, Pike Lake, and Pymatuning state parks. The discount applies to new reservations only for overnight stays February 15 through March 12, 2017.
The discount may not be used in combination with other discounts or promotions.
The Iron Furnace Trail Run is a 13.1 mile run, and a 4.5 mile fun run, both starting at the same time at the Lake Hope State Park Lodge. 13.1 mile runners will meander along single-track trails taking in the beautiful views and traversing into the rugged Zaleski State Forest. Along the way runners will be treated with deep gorges, scenic overviews, and rocky outcroppings as they make their way back to where they started. 4.5 mile runners will split off in a different direction from the 13.1 mile runners shortly into the race and run along the shores of Lake Hope before looping around and finishing at the lodge. Whatever distance you choose, you’ll be sure to run on a great course and have a memorable experience. ... See MoreSee Less
Printed copies of the survey are available at the following locations:
Vinton County Chamber of Commerce Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library Vinton County Courthouse Lobby Vinton County Development Department
Vinton and Meigs Counties together were recently selected as one of only five communities across Ohio to participate in Connect Ohio’s “Connected Community” engagement program. Through this program, a newly formed Meigs-Vinton Broadband Committee and Connect Ohio are conducting a detailed assessment and analysis of the existing broadband environment with the purpose of creating an action plan to address the identified needs. This effort is being sponsored locally by the Meigs County and Vinton County economic development offices.
The committee is conducting surveys of residents, businesses, schools, and other organizations across the counties. Responses to these surveys will help to better understand the existing resources and capabilities for access, adoption and use of broadband technology in our homes and businesses. After a structured evaluation of this assessment, a comprehensive action plan will be developed with project milestones focusing on improving the two counties’ broadband environment in the most effective manner.
The committee hopes to collect 3,000 surveys by mid-March. Results from this work will be shared with the public later this spring, followed by additional work to develop countywide action plans to address identified areas of need. The community’s participation in the broadband survey and overall support of the effort is very important in developing an accurate assessment of broadband availability and related needs in Vinton County.
To take the survey as a resident, a business owner, or a designated representative of another organization, please visit connectmycommunity.org/meigs-vinton/ and select the appropriate option, or fill out a printed survey at the Vinton County Development Department at 205 South Market Street in McArthur. For more information, call 740-596-3529. ... See MoreSee Less
The Southern Ohio Forest Rally ( www.southernohioforestrally.com ) will take place in Vinton County and surrounding areas May 18-20th 2017. This Rally will be the first of its kind in Ohio in over 20 years and will feature drivers, crews and fans from all over North America and beyond. Our race is part of the 2017 Rally America National Championship and we are very proud to bring this level of racing and entertainment to the Scioto Valley.
Hours per week would vary upon what we would need them to do that week. We are really looking for someone who would be interested in going out and meeting with local business owners to follow up and try to get sponsorships for our Rally at this point. We, as the organizers of the event, all have our own jobs and the hours that I work especially do not allow me to meet with most businesses.
As the Rally gets closer we would have the intern help organize some promotional materials and events to gather fans for our event. This would include helping to write press releases, update websites and social media.
The week/weekend of the rally the intern would help us with event setup, such as hanging signs, banners, setting up electronics for registration/scoring etc.
We really have a variety of duties that we need help with. We would love to have someone with a passion for sports/racing that is willing to get out and talk to people. This should be a very fun internship and an opportunity to be a part of a team of people bringing something very positive to this area. We have the possibility to grow this into a huge event in the future so who knows what the internship could bring. Students would definitely be able to use us as a reference and experience for event planning, social interaction, etc. ... See MoreSee Less
The arrival of a new year invites us to reflect on the passing year and the experiences that came with it. 2016 was a fantastic year for travel in America, including year-round festivals from coast to coast, gorgeous summertime weather, and new attractions inviting travellers to explore. From the mo...
Christmas in Downtown is tomorrow from 3-6 p.m. Start off your adventure at the Chamber of Commerce office, located beside Mama Renie's Restaurant at 104 West Main Street in McArthur. Participate in raffles, win door prizes, take free wagon rides, participate in fun activities, and more! The parade will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a tree lighting ceremony at the courthouse at 7 p.m.
The Chamber office will host several raffles and have free refreshments. Raffles will include:
- $100 cash donated by Bob Grillo and family
- OSU Buckeyes table donated by Chris Hatem
- Snowman canvas painting donated by Cindy Owings-Waugh
- Antique window painting donated by Cindy Owings-Waugh and Tracey Gambill
- Christmas candle set
McArthur's annual Christmas in Downtown event, organized by the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce, will take place this Saturday, December 3, 2016, starting at 3:00 p.m.
The theme for this year's event is Christmas Movie Marathon. Each participating business and organization will have decorations and activities based around a Christmas movie of their choice. All the regular favorites will be back, including free horse-drawn carriage rides, music, raffles, door prizes, and more. The Reindeer Dash 5K will be back for its second year. The parade will be the finale, starting at 6:00 p.m.
To participate in the $100 raffle, start off your trip at the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce, located at 104 West Main Street beside Mama Renie's Restaurant.
It's not yet too late for businesses and organizations to register as participants in the parade. Call the Chamber Office at 740-596-5033 to register. ... See MoreSee Less
Christmas Movie Marathon in Downtown
December 3, 2016, 3:00pm - December 3, 2016, 5:00pm
Annual Christmas in Downtown McArthur celebration featuring many traditional Christmas activities such as music, crafts, games, horse drawn carriage rides and much much more. Event culminates at 6:00 pm with the annual Christmas Parade. Santa will arrive via fire truck and greet children at the Fire Dept. after the parade.