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ASHLAND -- In following with Gov. Mike DeWine's orders to limit large gatherings and recommendations to limit other gatherings, too, Ashland County businesses and organizations have canceled many local events for this weekend and the coming weeks. 

Those events that have been shared with us are listed below.

If an event is missing, please submit it here. While this is not a live & regularly updated article, we will share those additions in our Community Bulletin

Friday, March 13

- The Mid-Ohio Home Show is canceled. The event had been scheduled to run Friday, March 13 to Sunday, Mar 15 at the Richland County Fairgrounds, 750 N Home Rd. 

Saturday, March 14

- The Community Service Awards Banquet planned by the Loudonville Chamber of Commerce on March 14, 2020 at the American Legion in Loudonville has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date so people are encouraged to keep their tickets if they've have already purchased and can contact Valerie Spreng with questions.

- The Ashland Christian Health Center has canceled its annual Chocolate fundraiser planned for Saturday. 

- The Community Service Awards Banquet planned by the Loudonville Chamber of Commerce for Saturday evening will be rescheduled.

- The Spring Fling Vendors Event at Ashland County Wildlife Conservation Farm will reschedule. 

- Ohio Federation of Musicians Competition is canceled. 

- The Ohio 4-H Conference set for March 14 is canceled. The Ohio State University has announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction of lectures, seminars, and other similar classroom settings, and the move to virtual instruction effective immediately and through at least March 31. Based on these guidelines, all 4-H Clubs must postpone/cancel all face-to-face meetings between now and April 20.

In addition to all 4-H club meetings, the following list of 4-H events qualify as non-essential between now and April 20. Based on these guidelines, these non-essential activities must be postponed/ cancelled/ or held virtually. Examples include (this list is not exhaustive and subject to change at any notice): 4-H committees, including advisory, saddle horse, endowment, etc., Club kick-offs, open houses, etc., Community service projects, Educational clinics

Events put on by advisory or county committees or clubs (including fundraisers, shows, etc.), Fundraisers, Social events (egg hunts, square dances, etc.) and Teen leader groups.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illnesses is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals might interact and transmit the diseases. The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that our COVID-19 policy guidelines will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. We will share updates as more information becomes available, a Facebook post said. If you have any questions, please email Kathy Blackford at blackford.10@osu.edu

Monday, March 16: 

- The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum in Loudonville has announced that their upcoming program, “Terrorizing Immigrants and Catholics: The Ohio Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s” has been postponed. The museum will announce the new date, and other details, once they become available.

The museum will remain open during this time, and other museum events—including the upcoming Brewery Tour and the Bavaria Tour scheduled for this fall—will continue as expected. For more information on both trips, visitors are encouraged to visit www.crfmuseum.com or contact the museum at calling (419) 994-4050.

Wednesday, March 18 

- Initially planned for March 18, Ashbrook Center Major Issues Series luncheon with Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 22. 

If you have already made a reservation, no action is required on your part. Your reservation is good for the rescheduled event. To cancel or make a new reservation, please contact Carrie Clever at cclever@ashbrook.org or 419-289-5430.

- Ashland University's Vctims Of Communism Series: "The Lives Of Others" Film Screening planned for 6 p.m. is canceled. page1image30770496

Friday, March 20 

- Maplerock Jazz Festival is canceled. Maplerock patrons who already purchased tickets will be contacted with further details.

Saturday, March 21 

- MADE in Ashland will be postponed. 

- Loudonville High School's version of The Masked Singer set for Saturday, March 21 to raise money for the Loudonville-Perrysville School Foundation will be rescheduled. 

Sunday, March 22 

- Ashland County Middle School Honors Band Concert will be canceled 4 p.m. Initially, this was only a venue change.  

- The Junior Recitals for Alli Lange (mezzo soprano), Ariane Hill (flute) that were set for March 26 and March 22 respectively will be rescheduled. New dates/times will be announced at a later date.

Thursday, March 26 

- The Junior Recitals for Alli Lange (mezzo soprano), Ariane Hill (flute) that were set for March 26 and March 22 respectively will be rescheduled. New dates/times will be announced at a later date.

Friday, March 27

- Due to the recommendation of the CDC and Governor Mike DeWine, Ashland Area Economic Development’s Annual Meeting that was scheduled for March 27 has been canceled and will be rescheduled.  

April cancelations

- The Odd Couple (Female Version) performances set for April 1-4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 at 2 p.m. will be rescheduled. Additionally,  the senior theatre performances by Nikolas Demers and Holly Fongheiser will be rescheduled for later in the semester. Details will be announced soon.

Other related announcements 

- Ashland University announced rehearsals for Ashland Area Chorus & Ashland Area Community Concert Band are postponed until March 30.

- In light of the current state of the country and the pending EdChoice legislation, the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund has extended its waiting list application deadline to Friday, May 29, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.

NOSF awards need-based scholarships for private school tuition and homeschool expenses for grades K-8. To learn more go to https://nosf.org/, or to Apply https://nosf.org/i-want-apply