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photo of Wheelmen at 2009 Great American Brass Band Festival parade

Upcoming Events

   

Event Organizer: Please consult this page to request an appearance by the Ohio Wheelmen at your event.

For more information on these events and/or to indicate your intention to participate, please send an e-mail to the Ohio Wheelmen Captain.

The Wheelmen national organization also has an event list.

Date City Event
Events in 2023
Various dates in 2022

Various parades & events

It's expected that regular events from past years will be attended by Wheelmen this year. These events include the Great American Brass Band Festival, the Minster Oktoberfest Parade, and many others.

If your local area has a parade, offer to ride your bicycle and help promote The Wheelmen.

March 17 (Fri)

Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade

Cleveland, OH

The Wheelmen have applied to ride in this large parade. If you want to ride, let Richard D. know.

May 7 (Sun)

Monroe Classic Bicycle Show

Monroe, MI

Big midwest bicycle show and swap meet. Full information here:
Monroe Bicycle Show poster.

May 27-28

Bicycle Heaven Bike Show Swap Meet

Pittsburgh, PA

Not a Wheelmen-sponsored event but very popular! For more information: bicycleheaven.org 412-716 4956 or 412-734 4034.

June 2 - 4 (Fri-Sun)

Great American Brass Band Festival

Danville, Kentucky

Join a crowd of Midwest Wheelmen for a day of free brass band music and a wonderful parade.

The Friday evening Great American Balloon Race just south of Danville may return this year. If not, we will ride around the festival grounds in Danville.

The Wheelmen lead the parade on Saturday morning! We then provide a bicycle exhibit early afternoon at the Festival, but all the while enjoying the brass band music.

Please coordinate your attendance with the Kentucky Captain.

June 25 (Sun)

Unity Days Festival Parade

Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Wheelmen have ridden in the Unity Days festival parade and have enjoyed it for several years. Come and join us! High wheel riders, safety riders, tricycle riders are welcome!

June 25 - 28 (Sun - Wed)

Michigan Wheelmen Biennial Meet

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Note this meet will be Monday and Tuesday where hotel rooms are less expensive and the crowds clogging the downtown streets are smaller. Arrive Sunday evening, leave Wednesday morning. If you need more information, contact Bill Smith.

July 7 (Friday)
6:00 pm

History of Bicycle Demonstration

St Marys, Ohio

More details will be added later as planning progresses for this 30 minute event. An honorarium will be received for this activity.

Please contact state captain, Lynda K if you have a question, want more information, and/or if you plan to ride and/or assist.

July 15 (Saturday)

Montpelier Bean Days Festival

Montpelier, Ohio

The Wheelmen have been requested to contribute to the annual festival with a Wheelmen static bicycle display in the library during the late-morning, and then ride in the 1:00 pm parade followed by a History of the Bicycle demonstration right after the parade. Honoraria will be received for these activities.

Please contact state captain, Lynda K if you have a question, want more information, and/or if you plan to ride and/or assist.

August 12 (Sat)
4:30 p.m.

Ohio Bicentennial Celebration Parade

St. Marys, Ohio

Line up is an hour or more before at Loc Performance parking lot on SR 66, just South of St. Marys. This parade has an honorarium needing at least 4 high wheel riders. More information will be forthcoming.

Please contact state captain, Lynda K if you have a question, want more information, and/or if you plan to ride and/or assist.

August 19 (Saturday)
1:00 pm step off

78th Free Fair Parade

Pemberville, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to again ride in the Free Fair parade. Come and join us! High wheels, safeties, kids' bikes & trikes, and banner walkers. This is another classic large parade in a small town.

The Free Fair Parade forms up at 12:00 noon and steps off at 1:00 pm.

Please contact state captain, Lynda K if you have a question, want more information, and/or if you plan to ride.

September 6 - 10 (Wed - Sun)

56th Annual National Wheelmen Meet

at the Old Car Festival
in Greenfield Village

Dearborn, Michigan

The Wheelmen annual meet will be conducted just before and during the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village. The Old Car Festival is a long-standing festival where car owners share their passion of antique cars.

More details will be published in the Wheelmen Newsletter in coming months.

Been There, Done That in 2022!
April 23

The Miamiville Trailyard Restaurant
First Birthday

Loveland, Ohio

Rode on the paved Little Miami River Bike Trail and exhibiting bicycles.

April 27-29

Memory Lane Bicycle Swap Meet

Bowling Green, Ohio

Not a Wheelmen-sponsored event but very popular!

May 15 (Sunday)

Dayton Lane's 2022 May Promenade

Hamilton, Ohio

Join us as we demonstrate Victorian-era bicycles to the crowds touring Victorian homes in the wonderful Dayton Lane neighborhood. The Promenade is held every-other year and The Wheelmen have been invited back again.

If you are interested in participating or want more information, please send the Ohio Captain a note.

May 29 (Sunday)
2:00 pm

Memorial Day Parade (on Sunday)

Kipton, Ohio

Come and ride on this Last Sunday in May parade for Memorial Day.

Camden Township, Henrietta Township and the village of Kipton will hold a parade on Route 511 in Kipton, with a memorial program at 2:30 p.m.
The Village of Kipton's parade participants will gather at the water tower at 1:30 p.m. and the parade steps off at 2:00 p.m., circle the town, and then head to Memorial Park, where Mayor Bob Meilander will give an opening welcome speech and a roll call of veterans will be read.

The paved North Coast Inland Trail also passes through Kipton offering a pleasant ride before or after the parade. 2018 Annual Meet participants will recognize Kipton as the halfway rest stop for the OHWT.

Kipton is of note for a train wreck in 1891 that resulted in better clock timing in the railroad system nationwide.

May 30 (Monday)
10:00 am

Memorial Day Parade

Powell, Ohio

Wheelmen ride in this parade each year. Coordinate riding with JP O'Donnell.

More information can be found on this page.

June 2 (Thursday)

Possible Parade

Milford, Ohio

WHEELMEN RIDING WAS CANCELLED DUE TO FORECASTED RAIN.
Potential Wheelmen participation in a parade in the Cinci area. Coordinate riding with Ohio Captain. More information will be forthcoming.

June 3 - 5 (Fri-Sun)

Great American Brass Band Festival

Danville, Kentucky

Join a crowd of Midwest Wheelmen for a day of free brass band music and a wonderful parade.

The Friday evening Great American Balloon Race just south of Danville may return this year.

The Wheelmen lead the parade on Saturday morning! We then provide a bicycle exhibit early afternoon at the Festival, but all the while enjoying the brass band music.

Please coordinate your attendance with the Kentucky Captain.

June 18 (Sat)
9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Carillon Historical Park

Dayton, Ohio

Where else can you see the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world's first practical airplane, the 1835 B&O steam locomotive, and the first automobile self-starter? And more? Dayton's Carillon Historical Park !

Overall schedule:

  • 9:30 am. Park opens
  • 9:30 am. OHWT down a paved path starting at the park
  • 1:00 pm. Demonstration for the public
  • 2:00 pm. Bicycle games
  • 5:00 pm. Park closes

Come and spend the day demonstrating our bicycles, tricycles, and ephemera as well as touring the historic park. More information and activities as details are firmed up.

Please coordinate your attendance with and ask questions of the Ohio Captain.

June 26 (Sun)

Unity Days Festival Parade

Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Wheelmen have ridden in the Unity Days festival parade and have enjoyed it for several years. Come and join us! High wheel riders, safety riders, tricycle riders are welcome!

July 20-24

(Wed - Sun)

55th Annual National Wheelmen Meet

Goshen, Indiana

Details will be published in upcoming Wheelmen Newsletters. If you need information beyond what is contained in the Newsletters, contact Randy Oleynik.

The usual activities will be conducted, such as a riveting business meeting, an OHWT / OAST, a century ride, public demo, swap meet, and workshops.

To register for the 2022 Annual Meet, click here .

August 6

Pro-Football Hall of Fame Parade

Canton, Ohio

The Wheelmen have been invited by the parade committee to ride in this huge annual parade. If you are interested in riding a high wheel or safety, please tell the Ohio Captain! If you would like to walk along and carry a Wheelmen banner in front of our group, let me know! Or if a non-riding family member wants to carry the banner.

Nearly 200,000 spectators join us on Cleveland Avenue to welcome members of the Class of 2021 Enshrinees and many returning Gold Jackets. Specialty units, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats, and marching bands dazzle the crowds along the 2.2 mile parade route.

Note this is the HUGE Grand Parade!

August 13 (Saturday)
10 am to 5 pm

Sauder Village Regional Meet

Archbold, Ohio

This is the Ohio Wheelmen's big biennial Sauder Village Regional Meet hosted by Sauder Village. Riding demonstrations, bicycle games, and exhibits will be in the village green. Note that this year will be Saturday only. Remaining pandemic impacts has Sauder Village closed on Sundays.

Pre-registered bike owners will receive complimentary admission on Saturday for the event.

If you are interested in attending, please send the Ohio Captain a note.

Sauder Village has a campground and fine hotel on-site. Motels are a few miles away near Ohio Turnpike exits. Archbold is about 40 miles west of Toledo.

August 14 (Sunday)

Informal ride on Kelleys Island

Kelleys Island, Ohio

This was called off this year due to weather.

Wheelmen have decided to have another informal riding day on Kelleys Island. We will take a morning ferry over from Marblehead and spend the day exploring the island by wheel, check over the glacial grooves, have lunch somewhere, and ride some more. Bring your bathing suit if you are so inclined. Bring your non-antique-bicycle friends if they are so inclined. Kelleys Island is a low-traffic, bicycle-friendly island.

If you have questions or comments, please send Richard an e-mail note.

August 20 (Saturday)
1:00 pm step off

77th Free Fair Parade

Pemberville, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to again ride in the Free Fair parade. Come and join us! High wheels, safeties, kids' bikes & trikes, and banner walkers. One Wheelmen rode and delighted the assembled masses.

The Free Fair Parade forms up at 12:00 noon and steps off at 1:00 pm.

August 21
Meet at noon
Step off 1:00 pm

Bremenfest Parade

New Bremen, Ohio

The Bicycle Museum of America has invited The Wheelmen to participate in the Bremenfest Parade, August 21st. Parade steps off at 1:00 pm. We meet behind Wagner's Grocery on St Rt 66 at 12 noon.
If any members can help us make a great Wheelmen presence, I sure appreciate it. Please contact state captain, Lynda K.

September 10 - 11 (Sat - Sun)

Old Car Festival
Greenfield Village

Dearborn, Michigan

Many Ohio Wheelmen were in attendance at the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village. The Old Car Festival is a long-standing festival where car owners share their passion of antique cars.

September 17 (Saturday)

Bicentennial Parade

Tiffin, Ohio

Two Wheelmen rode in the parade.

Interesting trivia for this parade (and other parades).
Brian Underwood rode his great-grandfather's 1881 Columbia high wheel. It was restored in 1976 by Brian's father, Lester Underwood. Brian has been riding a high wheel bicycle for more than thirty years.

October 2
1:00 pm

Octoberfest Parade

Minster, Ohio

Come ride in this huge parade! We once again have Mel's Decorating as our sponsor in this parade. We are so pleased with our continuing relationship with Mel's. We are happy to follow-along behind two youngsters carrying the shop's banner as they lead us along the parade route.

Please contact state captain, Lynda K if you have a question, want more information, and/or if you plan to ride.

November 26 (Sat)

4:00 pm line up
4:30 pm step off

Lorain Winterfest Parade

Lorain, Ohio

Wheelmen have ridden in this parade several years. Naturally, weather permitting!
Please contact state captain, Lynda K if you have a question and/or if you plan to ride.

For more information on these events and/or to indicate your intentions to participate, please send an e-mail to the Ohio Wheelmen Captain.

The Wheelmen national organization has an event list.





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