There have been a lot of missed opportunities this spring and early summer around Port Clinton and Ottawa County, but local officials are going to remedy that situation. The much ballyhooed 2020 Rewind Day will keep things jumping around town on Saturday, Aug. 1, and from dawn to dusk.
Here’s the lineup:
9 a.m. — Ringing of the Church Bells. Places of worship all around town will be ringing their bells for 10 minutes, starting at 9 a.m. to celebrate the return of church services.
10 a.m. — Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny — All will make an appearance at Lakeview Park at 10 a.m., with lots of plastic eggs and prizes for kids 10 and under.
Noon — The Junk, one of the mainstay bands for the Walleye Festival, will finally get on stage for a few hours of entertainment at the Meals on Madison (M.O.M.) area in the 100 Block of Madison Street.
Noon — St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco De Mayo will both be celebrated in Irish and Mexican style around downtown Port Clinton all afternoon and evening.
3 p.m. — The Class of 2020 Cap Toss is urging all area high school and college graduates to gather at the M.O.M. area in Port Clinton with their graduation caps, ready to be launched.
5 p.m. — An Arbor Day Ceremony that celebrates Port Clinton’s designation as a Tree City USA will be held at Waterworks Park.
8 p.m. — The Incredible Rubber Duck Race for the United Way in Ottawa County will cover Derby Pond in Waterworks Park with more than 1,000 little rubber ducks. Sponsor a duck and keep your fingers crossed. The top prize is $1,000. The Port Clinton Fire Department fire hoses will keep the ducks moving. The first three over the finish line are the winners.
10 p.m. — 4th of July Fireworks have not been forgotten. Wear face covering and practice social distancing along the Waterworks Park shoreline of Lake Erie.
Unfortunately, the traditional Jerry Lippus Classic Car Show in Port Clinton has been cancelled.
Don’t miss out on sponsoring a few rubber ducks in the race for cash, which happens just before the big lakeside Fireworks Show. The top ducks will earn $1,000, $500 or a third-place gift basket. You don’t need to be present to win. All ducks are numbered to identify the winners.
Rubber Duck Race tickets are available at https://duckraceuwoc2020.eventbrite.com, Mary’s Blossom Shop, The Sutton Center and Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $10; 3 for $25; and 12 for $100.
Sponsoring the Incredible Rubber Duck Race are: WPCR Radio, Bill’s Irrigation, Catawba Mini & Heated Boat Storage, The Snyder Families, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership, Keller Williams, Nature’s View Landscape, Northern Manufacturing, Shortridge Landscaping & Excavation.
All United Way funds raised in Ottawa County will stay in the county, said Alison Lanza Falls, an advisory board member. Rubber Duck Race ticket sales support United Way programs for: Education-School Readiness with BCS Schools Launch Pad; Port Clinton City Schools Kindergarten Readiness; Education-Student Success with Joyful Connections; CASA, TNT Mentoring; Port Clinton City Schools Champions for Children; BCS Alley & Rocket Overtime; and Ruth Ann’s House.