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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.

Date City Event
Events in 2022
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.

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

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.

This will be the day AFTER the big Sauder Village Regional Meet west of Toledo. Stick around an extra day after that Meet to ride the island OR come a day early to ride the island and go to that Meet!

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.

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 4 (Sun)
2:00 pm step off

64th Milan Melon Festival Parade

Milan, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to ride in this popular festival parade. No candy is thrown in this parade. Come and join us!
Let the Richard D. know if you want to join in!

September 17 (Saturday)

Bicentennial Parade

Tiffin, Ohio

Wheelmen are registered for this parade. Let us know if you are interested in riding.

More information about the festival may be found on this page.

Interesting trivia for this parade (and other parades).
Brian Underwood will be riding his great-grandfather's 1881 Columbia high wheel. It was restored in 1976 by Brian's father, Lester Underwood. Brian has been riding 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.

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 .

Been There, Done That in 2021!
March 20, 2021 (Sat)
8:00 am to 2:00 pm
NEW VENUE FOR 2021

Ohio Wheelmen Memorabilia & Swap Meet
American Legion Post 241
6458 St Rt. 66
New Bremen, Ohio

This meet is revamped for 2021 and will be held in the New Bremen American Legion Hall.

Current information is here:
Memorabilia Meet info

Note: The meet will NOT be conducted in the Bicycle Museum.

May 6 - 9 (Thu - Sun)

Memory Lane Classics & Antique Bike Swap Meet

Bowling Green, Ohio

Free admission & parking. Rain or shine.

Want more information? Call 419-365-2111 or e-mail.

Memory Lane Swap Meet

May 22 (Sat)

Mad River and Nickel Plate RR Car Show

Bellevue, Ohio

Big show to benefit the MRNKP museum with about 140 cars classic to modern and two 19th century bicycles.

May 23 (Sun)

CANCELLED
Ann Arbor Saline Bike Swap Meet & Show

Saline, Michigan

CANCELLED
40th annual meet. $5 admission. 10,000 bikes. 275 vendors.

Yes, cancelled.

May 29 & 30, 2021 (Sat/Sun)
9:00 am - ??

Annual Bicycle Show & Swap Meet

Pittsburgh, PA

plus Cushman, Whizzers & Mini Bikes. Rain or Shine.
For more information, call Craig Morrow 412-716-4956 or 412-734-4034.
This date has been changed a couple of times to avoid other swap meets and events.

Bicycle Heaven

May 30 (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 at 2 p.m. on Route 511 in Kipton, with a program at 2:30 p.m.
The Village of Kipton's parade participants will gather at the water tower at 1 p.m. and the parade steps off at 1:30 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.

We had a lady on a high wheel tricycle and two high wheel riders for a very nice parade in a tiny historic town!

May 31 (Monday)

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 11 - 13 (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 has been postponed for 2021.

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.

We had about fifteen Wheelmen for the abbreviated parade for this first year at the end of the pandemic. A good time at the Ruby Cheek.

June 20 (Sun)
11:30 am line-up, 12:30 step off

Festival of the Fish Parade

Vermilion, Ohio

The Festival of the Fish is a long-standing tradition in Vermilion. It usually draws personalities from a Cleveland TV station. We have enjoyed this parade in the past. Come and join us!
No handing out or throwing candy, or any material or items along the one-mile parade route.

We had two high wheel riders for a very huge parade! We both got wet in the rain storm AFTER the parade.

June 26, 2021 (Sat)

29th Annual Copake Auction

Copake, NY

Annual Copake Bicycle Auction on Saturday ON-LINE ONLY! No in-person auction. Preview will be on-line about one month before.

June 27 (Sun)

Unity Days Festival Parade

Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to ride in the Unity Days festival parade. We have enjoyed this parade for the last several years. Come and join us!

We had two high wheel riders for a very huge parade!

July 3

Bucyrus Bicentennial Parade

Bucyrus, Ohio

Tentative Wheelmen riding in the parade.

July 4, 9:30 am

Bexley Independence Day Parade

Bexley, Ohio

Wheelmen riding in the parade. Contact Eric Norris for info.

July 4

Independence Day at Ohio Village

Columbus, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to visit, ride, talk with visitors, and demonstrate in the Village during their Independence Day program. Stop in for an hour or two or three, just the time that you can. Come and join us!

Preliminary info, subject to change.

August 1 - 5 (Sun - Thu)

54th Annual National Wheelmen Meet

Mackinac Island, Michigan
NEW LOCATION!!!

Details have been published in recent Wheelmen Newsletters. If you need information beyond what is contained in the Newsletters, contact Bill Smith.

After the Mackinac Meet, you might consider taking a leisurely drive home via Canton, Ohio for the huge-HUGE Pro Football HOF Parade (see next item here).

August 7 (Sat)
8:00 -10:30 AM

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
The Canton Repository Grand 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 15 (Sun)
1:30 pm step off

Corn Festival Grande Parade

North Ridgeville, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to ride in the Corn Festival parade. Come and join us! High wheels, safeties, kids' bikes & trikes, and banner walkers.

Thomas Stevens spent an overnight in this town during his 1884 cross-country ride from San Francisco to Boston. The parade route includes a segment where he rode! "Staying at Ridgeville overnight, I roll into Cleveland . . ."

The parade forms up at the North Ridgeville high school campus at 12:00 noon. Enter the main road from Bainbridge Road. The parade steps off at 1:30 pm.

August 15 (Sun)
1:00 pm step off

Bremenfest Parade

New Bremen, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to ride in the Bremenfest parade along with the Bicycle Museum of America group. Several Wheelmen have enjoyed this parade in the past.

The parade steps off at 1:00 pm.

August 21 (Sat)
1:00 pm step off

76th 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.

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

September 5 (Sun)
2:00 pm step off

57th Milan Melon Festival Parade

Milan, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to ride in this popular festival parade. No candy is thrown in this parade. Come and join us!
Let the Ohio Captain know if you want to join in!

September 11 - 12 (Sat - Sun)

Old Car Festival
Greenfield Village

Dearborn, Michigan

This will be the 50th anniversary of The Wheelmen participating in 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 12 (Sun)
CONFLICT OF EVENTS IN 2021
12 noon

Lyndhurst Home Day Parade

Lyndhurst, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to ride in the Home Days festival parade. Come and join us! Let the Ohio Captain know if you want to join in!

September 25 (Sat)
CONFLICT OF EVENTS IN 2021
9:00 am line-up

Heritage Days Festival Parade

South Charleston, Ohio

The Wheelmen have not been registered for this parade. If you want to participate and ride in the parade, we'll need to register. Contact the Ohio Captain!.

Wheelmen have been requested to ride in the Heritage Days Festival parade. Come and join us! High wheels, safeties, kids' bikes & trikes, and banner walkers. We have enjoyed this parade for the last several years. Big parade, small town.

"Your group has always been a highlight of the parade and we would enjoy seeing you again!"

Line up at the same location on 140 S. Church St. at 9:00 a.m. with the parade kicking off at 10:00 a.m.

October 3 (Sun)
RAINED OUT FOR 2021 !!!
OHWT rides at 10:00 am
Parade line-up at 1:00 pm

Oktoberfest Parade and OHWT

Minster, Ohio

Oktoberfest Parade at 2:00 pm. This is a huge parade in a small town.

We are planning to have an OHWT 10 mile ride in late-morning before the parade. Be there are ready to ride at 10:00 am for the OHWT. A beautiful route has been found from Minster, through Fort Loramie, through Lake Loramie State Park along Lake Loramie, and back to Minster.

October 10 (Sun)
(date change)
Noon - 3 pm

Trail Anniversary Celebration

Mt. Vernon, Ohio

The Kokosing Gap Trail (KGT) and the Heart of Ohio Trail (HOOT) are observing 30th and 20th anniversaries this year with a fall event and invited The Wheelmen to participate. An exhibit booth will be set up for The Wheelmen and perhaps a group ride on either trail before and/or after the event. Come and join us!

Event will be in the Schnormeier Event Center in the Ariel-Foundation Park in Mt. Vernon.

November 27 (Sat)

4:00 pm line up

Lorain Holiday Festival Parade

Lorain, Ohio

Wheelmen were rained out for the parade this year. Well try again next year.

Were Not There, Did Not Do That in 2020!

CANCELLED FOR 2020

Ohio Wheelmen Memorabilia & Swap Meet

TBD, Ohio

This meet has been cancelled for 2020. The meet will NOT be conducted in the Bicycle Museum this year.

May 17 (Sunday)

Dayton Lane's 2020 May Promenade

Hamilton, Ohio

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
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.

Saturday, June 20

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Bicentennial Celebration
Postponed until 2021

Rockford, Ohio

We will ride in the parade during bicentennial celebration in Rockford, Ohio, over in western Ohio. If you are interested in riding, please send the Ohio Captain a note.

Sunday, June 27

POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Unity Days Festival Parade
Postponed until 2021

Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Wheelmen have been requested to ride in the Unity Days festival parade. We have enjoyed this parade for the last several years. Come and join us!

Sunday, July 26
2:30 - 4:30 PM
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
The Community Parade

Canton, Ohio

Thousands of citizens will enjoy an afternoon in the heart of downtown Canton with family and friends for lots of fanfare and fun! Nearly100 diverse parade units including community youth groups, marching bands, the walking flag, and more. This parade route is about 1 mile long.

The Wheelmen have applied to ride in this community annual parade associated with the Hall of Fame festival. If you are interested in riding a high wheel or safety, please tell the Ohio Captain!.

Note that The Wheelmen will also be in the HUGE Grand Parade on August 8. Come ride in one or the other, or both!

August 1 & 2 (Sat/Sun)
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Sauder Village Regional Meet

Archbold, Ohio

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

This weekend is the Ohio Wheelmen's big biennial Sauder Village Regional Meet hosted by Sauder Village. Riding demonstrations and exhibits will be in the village green. The meet will include a multi-lap century on Saturday and an OHWT on Sunday morning, both on quiet country roads. A great location for your first century (or your second or ...)

Some details are on the Sauder Village Event Schedule.

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.

Saturday, August 8
8:00 -10:30 AM
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival
The Canton Repository Grand Parade

Canton, Ohio

The Wheelmen have applied 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.

The Canton Repository Grand Parade Click here to access the online application to become a unit in the Canton Repository Grand Parade! Nearly 200,000 spectators joined us on Cleveland Avenue to welcome members of the Class of 2020 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! The smaller parade is on July 26.

September 10 - 13 (Thursday - Sunday)
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

53rd Annual National Wheelmen Meet

Dearborn, Michigan

This will be the 50th anniversary of The Wheelmen participating in the Old Car Festival at Greenfield Village. The Old Car Festival is the longest consecutive antique car show of its kind in America. 2020 will mark the 70th year when generations of car owners share their passion with festival-goers.

The overall meet is described on this Meet information page. You can also check The Wheelmen events page for other events this year.

October 4 (Sunday)
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
OHWT rides at 10:00 am
Parade line-up at 1:00 pm

Oktoberfest Parade and OHWT

Minster, Ohio

Oktoberfest Parade at 2:00 pm. This is a huge parade in a small town.

We are planning to have an OHWT 10 mile ride in late-morning before the parade. Be there are ready to ride at 10:00 am for the OHWT. A beautiful route has been found from Minster, through Fort Loramie, through Lake Loramie State Park along Lake Loramie, and back to Minster.

October 22-24, 2020

Memory Lane Swap Meet
New Location! Wood County Fairgrounds
Bowling Green, Ohio

Probably about the same vendors and attendees as previous years, but new location.

October 23-24, 2020

Antique Wrench Auction
Greenville, Ohio

Wheelman Dan Gaier is hosting a large antique wrench auction in Greenville, Ohio. A swap meet will be held Friday morning before the auction starts. There will be many unusual bicycle wrenches in the auction.
Check the link below to the WRENCHING NEWS for links to the auction lot descriptions and photos. Bidding on-line, phone, and in person will be available for the auction.
Many Wheelmen members prefer to have an original wrench in their leather tool kit for when the need arises out on the road. Wrenching News

Saturday, November 28

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Lorain Holiday Festival Parade
Postponed until 2021

Lorain, Ohio

Wheelmen were requested to ride in the parade. We have enjoyed this parade for the last several years. But it was soon cancelled due to state guidelines for the COVID 19 pandemic guidelines.

Been There, Done That in 2019!
November 28 (Thursday)

100th Annual Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Wheelmen had 28 riders, including two from Ohio, in this huge parade. There were large crowds along the Parkway and national TV coverage. Proper machines and period clothing required.

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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