Race and Run
This month is the prime time for hardcore runners and anyone simply looking to get in shape. September’s races start out with the Spherion Mid-Ohio 13ER Half Marathon. This course will take you through all of Mansfield’s landmarks and also brings light to drug prevention. The 3rd Annual Suds & Sapphires 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Tot Trot kicks off September 11th and will provide a nice variety of distances for all ages of runners. That same day, the Donut Dash -1st Annual Mansfield Police Wives 5K will take place in order to honor and support our local Law Enforcement Officers. Do you have a furry friend? Bring them along to the Strutt Your Mutt Canine Festival and register for the Strutt Your Mutt 5K! This is the Richland County Humane Society’s largest fundraiser of the year. On September 19th, the Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs will be coming to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. After the race on Saturday, there will be the first ever SCCA Runoffs 5K & Checkered Flag Dash. Proceeds go to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and Maxton’s Fight Foundation.
Fairs, Food & Festivals
Are you in the mood for some great food and fun festivals? September 9th is the Buckeye Iron Will Club’s 19th Annual Tractor and Engine Show. Enjoy tractor pulls, shows, games, and homemade pie! The Bellville Street Fair returns September 14th. There will be four fun filled days of exhibits, shows, rides, entertainment, and more! The 32 Great Mohican Pow-Wow returns September 16th thru 18th.For three days, the Mohican Reservation will be busy with traditional Indian ceremony, dancing, competitions, and storytelling. September 24th and 25th Malabar Farm will host the 40th Annual Ohio Heritage Days Festival. Dive into your past with crafts, antiques, food, live music, Civil War & Buck Skinners Camp, and archaeological displays.
Labor Day &The Great Outdoors
Spend you last unofficial weekend of summer at Pleasant Hill Lake Park with some camping and unwinding. There will be free kayak/ canoe rentals and a Labor Day Firework display on Saturday night and live music during the day! If the sky is clear, head over to Gorman Nature Center on September 6th for The Night Sky. Use telescopes and binoculars to observe the moon, stars, constellations, other planets, and maybe even a few galaxies! This is the perfect opportunity to learn about astronomy and enjoy a beautiful evening. Do you also want a taste of nature? Support our numerous local farmers markets around town! Locations include Crestline, Downtown Mansfield, Shelby, and the North End Farmers Market.
Fall is such a popular time in Mansfield/ Richland County that we start some of our festivities an entire month early! Mansfield is known for its haunted locations and one of the most famous being the Ohio State Reformatory, filming site of The Shawshank Redemption. This year Hollywood’s special effects genius, Robert Kurtzman, is taking over the Paranormal Penitentiary that officially kicks off on September 23rd. You might want to bring a change in pants because this will be a terrifying evening. It will be your responsibility to assist the Slayers of the Damned in capturing a violent inmate and monsters in order to return them to their cells. This place is literally the Guantanamo Bay for monsters and madmen. Stop by another one of Haunted Mansfield’s sites, The Renaissance Theater, for a funk-rock music performance by Here Comes the Mummies. You won’t want to miss all of the excitement that this month has to offer.
For more events this month visit our Calendar of Events and watch our social media posts for the hashtags #RichlandHappenings every Tuesday and #RichlandLIVE every Thursday.
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