In what is being billed as the biggest event in decades for the village of Newcomerstown, the Newcomerstown Historical Society and the Thomas R. Little Memorial Fund are joining forces with the Eleven Warriors blog to honor the late Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes with a life-size bronze statue.
The unveiling and dedication of the statue will be at 1 p.m. at Lee Stadium, and then the statue will be permanently on exhibit at the society's museums at 213 W. Canal St. in Newcomerstown. The statue is a gift to the Historical Society, made possible through the fundraising efforts of the elevenwarriors blog.
The unveiling is part of local festivities planned for Saturday, August 18. The theme for the "Gateway to Fall Festival" is "Bring Woody Home."
Information provided by Dianne Koch includes information about the event and a schedule of events for the Gateway to Fall Festival on Saturday, Aug. 18.
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Inflatables and games at the West School field.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Vendors and food stands along Oak Street.
10 a.m. - Start of 8-Under softball tournament at the Newcomerstown High School softball field.
10 a.m. to noon - Dunk tank at West School field.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - "STEAM" pop-up museum, West School field.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Chinese auction, tent beside Newcomerstown High School.
Noon to 7 p.m. - Safety City at West School Field.
1-2 p.m. - Dedication of Wood Hayes statue at Lee Stadium.
2-6 p.m. - Dunk tank at West School field.
2-6 p.m. - Mega Music DJ, on the stage
2-8 p.m. - Video Game truck, Oak Street.
3 p.m. - Kiddie Tractor Pull, Woody Hayes Drive.
4-6 p.m. - Deal or No Deal, Oak Street.
5-10 p.m. - Beer Garden, must be 21 years of age to enter.
5 p.m. - Corn Hole Tournament
7-10 p.m. - Band, Red Neck Romeos, on the stage.
10 p.m. - Fireworks by Extreme Pyrotechnics, at Lee Stadium.
Harley Dakin and Vane Scott of the Newcomerstown Historical Society said a VIP reception is planned for special guests at the museum. A VIP reception will be held at the Olde Main Street Museum, 213 W. Canal St., starting at 11 a.m.
A tour of the museum and Woody Hayes memorabilia are planned for those in attendance. After the VIP reception, the museums will be open for tours by the public.
After the dedication, the statue of Woody Hayes will be paraded home to the Newcomerstown Historical Society’s museums on Canal Street, where the statue will be permanently housed.
The festival is a fundraising event for the Thomas R. Little Community Foundation.
The statue project was initiated by the founders of Eleven Warriors -- an online site about Ohio State Buckeye news, analysis and more that is affiliated with the university.
Well-known Zanesville sculptor Alan Cottrell was the pick by the group for the project.
For more information, call the museum at 740-498-7735, or stop by during museum hours.