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Timeline of Events for 125th Anniversary

May 2023
Sunday, May 21, 2023

Opening Event for 125th Anniversary

Rossford Public Library

1 pm to 4 pm

Opening and Welcome by Mayor Neil A. MacKinnon, III

History of Glass in Rossford – How the Ford Family ended up there

Milton Ford (Tony) Knight

Glass in NW Ohio – Importance of LOF Plant in Rossford – Kyle Sword

Re-enactment of Edward Ford by Alex Chiarelott

Tours of Library Mural

Musical Performance

Videos of LOF and ROSSFORD History 

Display of Rossford High School Centennial Celebration items


Sale of Commemorative T-shirts 

Sale of 125th Yard signs 

Free Magnets with Save the Date July 28 and 29 special event.

125th Historical Magazine available to public


Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Downtown Rossford Business Event 4:30-7:30 PM during Stroll the Street
• Trolley to participating businesses from Ford Park
• Business ‘Passport’ of Savings
• Scavenger Hunt
• Entertainment throughout the Downtown
• Historical photos of Downtown buildings

June 2023
Sunday, June 11, 2023
Home Trolley Tours of Eagle Point Colony (fee)
Tours of Murals at Rossford Library

July 2023
Tours of NSG during Stroll the Street – Date TBD
Friday, July 28, 2023

Evening event at Rossford High School – open to the public
• Proclamation, speakers and introduction of special guests such as Ohio Governor, Ford City Mayor, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Ford family members, Hall of Fame honorees, and other dignitaries
• Tours of the high school

Saturday, July 29, 2023
Morning activities:
• 10 AM – 125th Anniversary Parade beginning and ending at Veterans Memorial Park
• ‘Follow along’ theme with prizes for decorating - adults (golf carts) and children (bikes, scooters)
• All Saints Catholic Church Traditional Ethnic Food Drive Thru and Dinner

Late Afternoon/Evening Activities
• Food trucks
• Large “Birthday Cake/Cupcakes
• Kid’s Game Tent sponsored by All Saints Church
• Bounce House and Dunk Tank
• Riverfest activities including Live Band and Beer Garden
• Fireworks display by Rocketship Pyrotechnics
• River cruise and Fireworks on The Pearl (fee)

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Fun Facts About Rossford

Cranes Woods, which later became the site of Rossford’s Indian Hills Elementary School, was a common gathering place for picnics and large events, including the LOF Old Timers’ annual picnics. In Rossford’s early days, families often walked their cows to pasture there.

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Fun Facts About Rossford

LOF paymaster and timekeeper Jake Bayer, who worked for the company in the early 1900s, knew all LOF’s 1,700 employees. When they lined up on payday, Bayer just looked at their faces and handed them their wages. Bayer carried gold and silver coins in a wheelbarrow from department to department on paydays, accompanied by an armed constable.

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