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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 Edward Ford Memorial Park
• Business ‘Passport’ of Savings
• Scavenger Hunt

• Bird's Eye View Circus performers, including stilt walkers, jugglers, and more!
• Entertainment throughout the Downtown
• Historical photos of Downtown buildings

June 2023
Sunday, June 11, 2023
Trolley Tours of Eagle Point Colony (fee)
1, 2, and 3 PM – Rossford Public Library
•  Tickets available online –
•  25 Riders per Hour
•  Tours of Library Murals
•  Brochure of Colony Homes


June 16-18, 2023

Rossford Music Festival
Festival Hours:
Friday, June 16 - 6 PM - Midnight
Saturday, June 17 - Noon - Midnight
Noon - 7 PM Saturday - Kids Activities
Sunday, June 18 - Noon - 6 PM
Kids Activities, Pierogi Eating Contest

Friday, 8 - 11 PM - Ashley McBryde
Saturday, 8  PM - Walker Montgomery
Saturday, 9:30 -11 PM - Gary LeVox
Sunday, 1 -5 PM - DynaBrass Polka Band


Tickets $15/Advance, $20/at Event, $49.50/VIP or Stranahan Theatre Box Office

July 2023

Friday, July 28, 2023

Free Public Tours of LOF/NSG Plant
1-5 PM – Edward Ford Memorial Park
Register Online at Rossford

Grand Opening Event
6 PM - Rossford High School Gymnasium

•  Proclamation by Mayor Neil A. MacKinnon, III
•  Introduction of Distinguished Guests
•  Performance by Ukrainian Kolomeyka Dance Ensemble
  From Detroit, Michigan
•  Help create a 125th Anniversary Glass Mural with
  Artist Gail Christofferson

Saturday, July 29, 2023
Morning activities:
•  Register Your Unit Now –
•  “Follow Along” – Adults (golf carts) and kids
  (bikes, scooters), join in at the end of the Parade and
  WIN great prizes!

All Saints Catholic Church
11 AM–1 PM – Traditional Ethnic Food Drive Thru (preorder)
4:30 PM – Polka Mass
5:30-7 PM – Ethnic Dinner in MacAlear Center


6PM -11PM - Riverfest at Veterans Memorial Park
•  Food Trucks – 125th Birthday Cake
•  Kid’s Game Tent – All Saints Church
•  Bird’s Eye View Aerial Circus Performances
•  Bounce Houses
•  Live Band & Beer Garden
•  Fireworks by Rocketship Pyrotechnics
•  River Cruise & Fireworks on The Pearl (fee)

For Events that require Registration and/or 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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