GroveFest returning to area presidential center

FREMONT – Families can experience and learn about nature and the outdoors at this year’s GroveFest set for July 26 at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.

Hands-on activities for all ages are in abundance during Nature at the Grove 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the lawn of the Hayes Home.

Staff from Back to the Wild are to exhibit wildlife rehabilitated at the Castalia facility. They also are to conduct programs on wildlife conservation.

Among other participating organizations are the Toledo Zoo, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Franciscan Earth Literacy Center, Sunshine Farms, Rimeslpach Farms and Produce, Camp Fire and The Ohio State University’s Franz Theodore Stone Laboratory.

Wagon-ride narrated tours of the historic grounds of Spiegel Grove also are part of the day. All daytime activities, except the wagon rides, are free.

On-site parking also is free. Food is to be available for purchase on the grounds.

Auctioneer Bill Jones of Jones Premier Auctions entertains as he encourages lively bidding at the Bid at the Grove Auction scheduled 6-10 p.m. in a reception tent located in Lucy Hayes’ Rose Garden. This year’s auction theme is “Garden Gathering.”

The auction is the center’s single largest fundraiser. Tickets are $100.

Auction attendees also are in for an evening of games, raffles, music, food, wine/beer/refreshments, plus a live auction for items ranging from weekend getaways to luxury dining.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is at Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremon. Go to for further details.