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Seneca County Fair
     This is the 175th fair! The Seneca County Fair is a great event that offers many activities for people of all ages and interests. From the Opening Ceremony at 8 am on Monday, July 24th to the last contests on Sunday, July 30th, the days are jammed packed with shows, contests and entertainment.  The 2017 Fair Schedule and passes are available at the Fair Office.  Beginning July 10th, the Fair Office will be open 9 am to 5 pm.  
     The Seneca County Fair Board is looking for one more Day Sponsor.  If you would like to be the Day Sponsor on Opening Day, please contact the Fair Board.
Exclusive Fair Day Sponsor
Weekday Sponsor-$2,000 (Monday)
Be the exclusive sponsor for an entire weekday!
* Your banner will be hung at all main gates for the day of your sponsorship
* Exclusive use of our sponsor tent/booth for the day of your sponsorship
* Your name will be posted on our digital sign for the day of your sponsorship
* Your name will be announced over the primary PA system, throughout the entire day of your sponsorship
* Special thanks will be listed on a billboard, radio, and/or newspaper, recognizing you as a Platinum Sponsor
* A special plaque made recognizing you as our daily sponsor
* A direct link to your website will be accessible via our website’s sponsor tab
* Special thanks will be listed on our Facebook page and Fair Book
25 day passes to the main fairgrounds (excludes special grandstand events) 

Did you see us on the news? 
     We were featured in a story about the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure last month! View the video here!

Digital Billboards Wanted!
     If you're looking to advertise your business or upcoming event, contact us to place it on our digital billboard at the corner of SR 18 and US 224!
     Cost is $125 a month. Time frame can be negotiated. 
     Contact Deb at 419-447-4141. 

2017 Educator’s Breakfast
     You’re invited to the 33rd Educator’s Breakfast and Awards Ceremony, the Chamber’s annual celebration for the new educators in our community!
     The 2017 Breakfast and Awards Ceremony will be held at Marion Center, Tiffin University, 235 Miami St. on Thursday, August 10th at 7:30 am.    
     The Marion Center is located near the Wall Street Pub & Grille. Parking is located on Miami Street and Wall Street.
     The deadline for reservations is Monday, July 31st. The cost of the breakfast is $10. If you would like to nominate an educator who made in impact on your life, visit our website to access the 2017 nomination form. Nominations are being accepted until July 19th.    
     To help cover the cost of this event, we are looking for sponsors to cover the educators' breakfasts.  They will be our guests that morning. For more information or to register for this great event, please call Deb at 419-447-4141. 

Christmas & 2018 Event Information Wanted
     Yes! There is that word again! Christmas: a great word that evokes many emotions.  We were already thinking about it in June:
     “It is way too soon to think about Christmas! However, it is not too soon for us as a community to look at the calendar and schedule our holiday events.  We will be creating a brochure to promote Christmas and Holiday events taking place in Seneca County.  Please send us all the pertinent information by October 1, 2017.  We actually have some Holiday events already on the calendar, look for the burgundy color.”
     So, why are we repeating this?  We want to promote Seneca County!  We need your help!  Please look at the events, you have held this year and what you have planned for the rest of the year. Did you plan a spring or fall open house?  Are you going to repeat the event in 2018?
     Please think of what you did last year for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Did you do something special for Thanksgiving?  Did Santa make a visit to your store?  Dust it off, revise, update with 2017/2018  dates and send this information to us as soon as possible.  The deadline is October 1st for the special holiday brochure and for the 2018 Visitor Guide.
     Please send your information to Deb or Brittany!

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Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure: Thank You!

     As the Tiffin stop in this year's Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure comes to a close, we would like to thank all those who participated in the event, whether planning or during their visit.
     Thanks to those who helped in both the planning and implementation of the campground and food: Denny and Janel Behm, Tom Renninger, Tiffin City Pool employees, Tiffin Park Employees, Mark Ingalls and the Tiffin Columbian High School Girls Cross Country team.
     Thanks to Amy Reinhart and the Business Enhancement Committee for getting the word out to our businesses.
     Thanks to Seneca Crawford Area Transportation, their drivers, Mary Habig, and Elizabeth Rickard for organizing the shuttles for visitors around Tiffin.
     Thanks to all who donated their time to provide food: Calvert Prom Committee, Rotary Club, St. Joseph Church, Calvert Boosters, Leadership Seneca County and the YMCA.
     Thanks to the local restaurants and stands who provided food: JT Bagels, Jolly's, Behm's Concessions, Riehm Farms, and Carmie's.
     Thanks to the Tiffin Police for providing safety services and
entertainment, Seneca County Sheriff's Community Corrections Office, and Republic Services for trash pickup.
     Thanks to the Tiffin YMCA for their hospitality, weather backup, and involvement in our entertainment.
     Thanks to all who provided entertainment and helped distribute information: United Baptist Church, Grammes-Brown House, Gem Yoga, Brandie Gruss, Health Coach and Best Break; Mojo, Lisa Swickard, John and Kelly Spahr and WTTF; Danny Beck Square Dancing, Heidelberg University, Tiffin University, Cindy Kalnow and the East Tower, LLC; the Ritz Theatre, Richard DeLombard and the Ohio Wheelmen, Jumpers Wild, Keith Hodkinson and WTSC, Dale Depew and the Seneca News Daily, and the Advertiser-Tribune.
     Thanks to all the restaurants and businesses that opened or extended their hours, including the American Civil War Museum of Ohio, The Enchanted Moment Doll Museum and Shoppe, Tiffin Art Guild, Tiffin Glass Museum, Seneca County Museum, and the Tiffin Historic Trust.
     The biggest thanks goes to all those who volunteered at the park and at all of our events downtown. This entire event would have never been able to happen without your involvement.
     Thanks to the city of Tiffin, Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, and all the Tiffin residents who welcomed GOBA into our city!
     To any we might have missed, thank you for everything you have done and we hope to welcome GOBA back to Tiffin in the tours to come!

Brittany Cook, Marketing Director of Destination Seneca County
Bryce Kuhn, Tiffin Parks and Recreation Director
Gemma Marschke, Co-Owner of Gem Yoga & Life Enrichment, LLC

Chamber Challenge
The Chamber would like to extend a hearty thank you to everyone who made the 2017 Chamber Challenge Golf Outing a success! We had a great time, and hope you did too!  Congratulations to the winning team from Carmie’s Catering.  This event would not have been possible without the generous support of all our sponsors.


We would also like to extend a thank-you to all of our Event Sponsors, Premiere Sponsors, Patrons, Prize Sponsors, Hole Sponsors, Door Prize and Goody Bag Sponsors, and Volunteers who donated their time and effort into making the 2017 Chamber Challenge a success. This would not have been possible without you! For a complete list of sponsors, volunteers, and participants please view the attached Thank you! Finally, mark your calendars for next year’s Chamber Challenge, to be held on June 14, 2018! We’re looking forward to it, and hope you are too! 

Seneca County Museum Seeking Community Input
     The Seneca County Museum strives to be a stronger and more vibrant resources and attraction for our community.  “This is an exciting time for the Museum and we are inviting community members from across Seneca County to participate in Town Hall meetings this summer to gather your input and suggestions.” said Tonia Hoffert, Seneca County Museum Director. “This is your museum and we want your thoughts and ideas to be part of our future.”
     The following town hall meetings are set for interested individuals to share their insights and suggestions with the Seneca County Museum Advisory Board and Director.

Town Hall #1 – Tuesday, July 11th from 9am to 10:30am
Tiffin YMCA Community Room, 180 Summit Street, Tiffin

Town Hall #2 - Tuesday, July 11th from 1pm to 2:30pm
Tiffin YMCA Community Room, 180 Summit Street, Tiffin

Town Hall #3 – Thursday, July 13th from 7pm to 8:30pm
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, 77 Jefferson Street, Tiffin

     Community members will hear a brief update from Museum Director Hoffert, and then be engaged in small groups to share input, discuss ideas and think about what vision they have for the future of the Seneca County Museum.
     To sign up to participate please contact the Commissioner’s office at 419-447-4550 or e-mail

Ambassador Meeting 
June 16
Pictured above front row (left to right):  Courtney Stine, AAA Ohio Auto Club; Mikki King, Community Hospice Care; Aaron Sponsler, Western & Southern Life; Kellie Hartsel, St. Francis Senior Ministries; Lori Welter, Legacy Title, LLC; Bryce Riggs, SIEDC.  Back row:  Kevin Snyder, New York Life Insurance Company; John Detwiler, Chamber; Gwen Stallard, Croghan Colonial Bank; Chelsea Dahm, GoWireless; Tricia Reinhard,  Superior Credit Union; Amy Baker, Impact Credit Union;  Robin Dieter, Croghan Colonial Bank;  Rachel Taylor, Jimmy John’s; Greg Harkins, US Bank. 
      The Ambassador Club meets monthly, to stay up to date on events. They also have the opportunity to share information about their businesses. 
New Ambassadors (left to right): Amy Baker, Impact Credit Union; Robin Dieter, Croghan Colonial Bank; Rachel Taylor, Jimmy John’s. 

Bilger’s Lawn & Landscape: Ribbon Cutting/After Five
June 15
     Bilger’s Lawn & Landscape kicked off their After Five with a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate their new location.  Bilger’s Lawn & Landscape kicked off their After Five with a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate their new location.
     Bilger’s Lawn and Landscape was founded in 1999 by Brian Bilger out of his parents, Alan and Marsha Bilger’s garage.  Bilger’s Lawn and Landscape is now celebrating our 17th year in business.  We have expanded several times and we are now in a brand new facility located at 1761 north State Route 53 Tiffin, Ohio 44883.  Today Bilger’s L&L employs approximately 20 people.  We are able to help you with all your landscape needs including; digital landscape design, landscape installation, landscape maintenance, landscape lighting, water features, paver patios/retaining walls, drip irrigation, lawn treatment programs, swing sets/storage sheds and  retail landscape material sales.  Check their social media for more! 

On Pointe Performing Arts Studio, LLC: Ribbon Cutting
June 22
The dance studio has recently opened inside of Bodyworks.  On Pointe offers dance classes for ages 3 to 18. They accept dancers of all levels. Classes offered are ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop.

Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services
19 W. Market Street
Tiffin, OH 44883

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