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Enjoy dog days of summer at Hilliard’s WAG! Fest

614now Staff



Just before the dog days of summer conclude, WAG! Fest is inviting all of Columbus’ four-legged residents and their bipedal companions out for a day of adventure, friendly competition, and, of course, treats.

WAG! Fest is a free, family-friendly event going down in Hilliard on Saturday, August 17.

You and your BFF (best furry friend) can expect:

  • Dog-focused businesses and organizations with products to try, services to explore, and valuable information to take home
  • Dogs can take a dip at the “Water Bark Beach” off-leash swim area or just relax in the cool oasis of the “Atlas Butler Ice Castle”.
  • Meet experts from various area rescue groups to learn about the best four-legged match for your home and lifestyle at the “PetPeople Meet-The-Breed Pavilion”.
  • Captivating disc demonstrations, agility performances and dock diving by some of the area’s most talented canines.
  • Educational advice, contests and entertainment all day long at the “Take A Bow-Wow Stage, presented by Hatfield Subaru”.
  • Canine companion adoptions available through various rescue groups.
  • Product samples, treats and much more!


Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for the Fest:

  • No pets other than dogs will be permitted at WAG!.
  • All dogs visiting WAG! must be current with vaccinations.
  • Each dog must display current license and rabies tags. Injured and/or ill dogs should not be brought to WAG!.
  • All dogs must be well socialized and get along with humans and other dogs of all sizes.
  • To discourage aggressive behavior we recommend that dog owners only bring dogs that are spayed or neutered.

Read the full list of guidelines and other information about WAG! on their website.

WAG! Fest will be held at Prairie Oaks Metro Park at 2755 Amity Rd, Hilliard from 10am until 4pm Saturday, August 17.

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Cedar Point, Kings Island are suing to get you back




It just doesn’t seem fair, does it? Columbus Zoo & Aquarium are allowed to re-open but Cedar Point and Kings Island have been snubbed in Gov. Mike DeWine’s most recent announcement that Ohio’s entertainment venues were allowed to re-open.

After being left out of the party, Cedar Point, Kalahari Resort and Kings Island sued the director of the Ohio Department of Health Thursday, arguing that Dr. Amy Acton doesn’t have the authority to keep the state’s amusement parks and waterparks shut down and in doing so is violating the park’s rights.

The lawsuit was brought by attorney Maurice Thompson, executive director of the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law. The county health departments for both parks were also named in the lawsuit.

No word yet from the Ohio Department of Health as to when, or if, either amusement park will be allowed to open in June.

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Updated hours for North Market as first Farmers’ Market of the season opens Saturday




Get excited Columbus foodies - this Saturday marks the beginning of North Market’s Farmers’ Market season! The Farmers’ Market will tantalize your taste buds every Saturday this summer through October, from 8 a.m. until noon at the North Market outdoor plaza at 59 Spruce Street.

During the coronavirus pandemic, North Market provided customers with fresh pick-up bundles. Now they’ve updated their operating hours to give consumers who want to shop again a chance to pick their own culinary delights.

"The hope is that a gradual reopening will strike a balance between the desire to serve the public and still respect the very real health concerns still shared by merchants, public, and staff," said Rick Harrison Wolfe, North Market's executive director, in a press release Thursday.

The updated hours, which will go into effect this Sat., June 6, are as follows:

  • Monday - Tuesday: closed
  • Wednesday - Friday, Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

All of those in attendance will have to observe the following guidelines as outlined in a press release by North Market:

  • North Market's mask requirement that applies to indoor merchants and guests will also apply to all outdoor vendors and guests.
  • Access to each farmers' market booth will be limited. Markings on ground will indicate this requirement and will show the distance required between people. Only one person/group traveling together may be in each box at a time.
  • Several farms and vendors will offer contact-free shopping and pre-orders. North Market asks that guests pre-order and plan out shopping trips when possible. This helps keep crowds to a minimum and lines moving smoothly.
  • Farms and vendors will provide hand sanitizer for guest use.
  • North Market farms and vendors are committed to helping prevent the spread of illness by washing hands frequently, covering coughs/sneezes, staying home when sick, and avoiding exposure to others who are sick. We ask that all guests follow the same protocols and do not visit North Market or the Farmers' Market if feeling ill.
  • North Market farms and vendors will continue to strictly follow all local public health guidelines, safety protocols, and best practices.

If you’re interested in which merchants will be open on what days, North Market has been dedicated to providing you with that information during the pandemic. You can find the list, which is updated daily, here.

Although there are still limitations on indoor seating, outdoor seating on the porch and the farmers’ market plaza are currently available.

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Weekend Getaway: Ohio State Park lodges reopen




Cooped up inside of our homes for the past few months, everyone could use a change of scenery. Luckily for those that love the great outdoors of Ohio, the perfect getaway is now possible once again.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced on May 28 that all nine Ohio State Park lodges would be reopened by June 5.

The places where you can escape to are listed below in order of closest proximity to Columbus to furthest:

  • Deer Creek
  • Burr Oak
  • Mohican Lodge
  • Salt Fork Lodge
  • Shawnee 
  • Hueston Woods
  • Maumee Bay
  • Punderson Manor

Director of State Park Lodges Tom Arvan had this to say in the May 28 press release:

“Our staff has been working diligently to ensure that guests return to a safe and sanitized environment following the CDC safety guidelines. Our goal is for our guests to feel comfortable as they enjoy the fun activities and relax in the natural beauty of the lodges and all the state parks have to offer this summer.”

Visit to secure your much-needed wilderness adventure today.

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