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Hayes Center hosts GroveFest

Beth Werling • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

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• WHAT: GroveFest

• WHEN: 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (activities until 5 p.m., auction ends 9:30 p.m.) July 30

• WHERE: Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont

• INFO: 419-332-2081

Want a mix of food, music, sports, history and cars? Then it’s time to gather in the grove. Spiegel Grove, that is.

The Grove, a focal point of the Hayes Presidential Center, will be the site of GroveFest, a family-friendly event set for July 30. The day starts at 9 a.m. with events like a croquet match, car show, and bluegrass concert, and ends with a fundraising auction at 9:30 p.m.

“Kids will love the bluegrass concert and to sit and watch croquet,” said Nancy Kleinhenz, communications manager for the Hayes Presidential Center. “And of course people are free to wander the grove.”

Families can enjoy a stroll through the front lawn while watching the Croquet at the Grove six-wicket tournament. Members of the Hayes Presidential Center Croquet Club will play with other croquet enthusiasts from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The tournament is free to watch.

Visitors to the free-admission event can also check out the second annual Collectible Cars at the Grove car show.

Fifty American and foreign cars spanning two centuries will be on display from noon-

4 p.m. Kleinhenz said the great-granddaughter of Ransom Olds, the founder of the Olds Motor Vehicle Co., will be at the event.

“We’ve got some really cool cars coming in this year,” Kleinhenz said.

After a fun-filled morning, families can fill their bellies with snacks from the Fremont Exchange Club’s concession stand. Food and refreshments, from hot dogs to ice cream, will be available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Those refreshments can be enjoyed while watching the Music at the Grove concert, which will feature the Ottawa County Bluegrass Band. Admission is free and the concert will take place from 2-4 p.m.

A day at the Presidential Center wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the museum and presidential home. The museum is home to a new Civil War exhibit that is full of original uniforms and artifacts that belong to people from this part of Ohio, Kleinhenz said.

Admission to the museum, which includes the temporary exhibit titled Civil War: Battlefield & Homefront, is $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for those 60 and older and $3 for those ages 6-12. Kids 5 and younger are free. Kleinhenz said there will be a family discount for tours of both the museum and home.

While the family activities end at 5 p.m., the evening will continue with the ticketed auction, the Bid at the Grove. Tickets, which were $100, have already been sold.

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