Unparalleled fun awaits you at Wadsworth. Check out these things to do.

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Wadsworth grew as a global center for match making. Today it is a great place to raise a family, with strong schools and plenty of activities and amenities. It was chosen by Ohio Magazine for the “2021 Best Hometown” award and was cited for its “welcoming downtown area, strong sense of community and forward-looking local leaders”.

A pedestrian walks along High Street in Wadsworth.

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The East Park Gazebo is located in the middle of Broad Street in the heart of downtown Wadsworth.

The Town of Wadsworth is entirely within the Township of Wadsworth. Both are located at the southeast corner of Medina County and divided east to west by I-76 and north to south by national roads 94 and 57.

Strong points

The big city event in June is the Blue Tip Festival, a five-day celebration with a parade, rides, festival food, entertainment and the annual lighting of a 17-foot-high blue tip match. . The 48-year-old event is named after the city’s era as the world’s largest premier matchmaker.

The town and township are named after General Elijah Wadsworth, a hero of the War of Independence. He was a landowner in Medina County but never lived in Wadsworth. He lived and died in Canfield, where he spent time as Trumbull County Sheriff.

On March 1, 1814, Benjamin Dean felled the first tree here. He called the Western Star Colony. For many years the only white families who lived here were the Deans, the Oliver Durham family, and a Canadian squatter named Indian Holmes, so named because he was married to an Indian woman. Holmes made his home along a creek west of town, and his name is still reflected in the neighborhood of Holmesbrook Hill and Holmesbrook Park.

Notable residents include astronaut Michael Foreman; Laura Spelman, wife of oil baron John D. Rockefeller; NASCAR driver Ben Hess and actors Nancy Everhard and Dwier Brown.

Attractions

Note: As the region recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are changing their hours of operation. Be aware that the information reported in this list may change.

• Filia Cellars, 3059 Greenwich Road, is located in a Victorian house. In warm weather, visitors can sit outside under shaded picnic tables. Open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Live music is offered most weekends. Bring your own food, although meat and cheese plates are available. Friendly dog. http://www.filiacellars.com.

Wadsworth Brewing Co., 126 Main St., is a quaint neighborhood craft brewery, offering a limited menu of pizza and pub fare, though patrons can bring their own food.

• Wadsworth Brewing Co., 126 Main St., is a quaint neighborhood brewery, offering a limited menu of pizza and pub fare, although patrons can bring their own food. Open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, from noon to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. https://www.wadsworthbrewingcompany.com.

• Crafted Cocktail Co is an underground bar style cocktail bar offering artistic drinks. The lounge is located at 991 High St. and is open 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. https://www.craftedcocktailco.com.

• The Blue Sky Drive-in Theater, located at 959 Broad St., opened in 1947 and remains one of the few drive-in parks in the state. The movies air most weekends, but are only announced a week in advance, so visit the website to see what’s on the air. Admission is $ 25 per car. https://www.blueskydrive-in.com/index.html

• Kolony Bowl, at 456 College St., offers open bowling and is also popular for family celebrations. Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Call before you go to avoid leagues: 330-334-4678. https://www.facebook.com/kolonybowl

• Valley Cafe Restaurant, 101 High St., is a popular neighborhood restaurant known for its home-cooked food and generous portions. Open Tuesday to Sunday, but the hours are irregular. Check before you go to http://www.valley-cafe.com.

The Galaxy Burger is a popular item at the Galaxy Sports Bar in Wadsworth.

• Galaxy Restaurant, built in 2000, is actually made up of three restaurants and a banquet hall at 201 Park Center Drive. The resort includes Circle L Steakhouse, Wine Room and Sports Bar & Patio. Beef selections likely come from the owner’s own Circle L Ranch. Find the menus and schedules on https://www.galaxyrestaurant.com.

• Try Casa Del Rio at 839 High St. for an authentic Mexican menu, or the Japanese restaurant Kasai at 295 Weatherstone Drive for sushi and Asian specialties. For menus and times, visit https://casadelriomex.com and http://eatatkasaioh.com.

Gwen Peters is the owner of Ann's Pastry Shop in downtown Wadsworth.

• Satisfy your sweet tooth at Ann’s Pastry Shop at 121 High St., a 30-year-old landmark open Monday through Saturday for fresh cakes, cookies and donuts daily. https://www.annspastry.com. During the warmer months, another local icon is Bidinger’s Ice Cream, a popular neighborhood stand at 410 College St.

A four-sided clock, a 2018 gift from Main Street Wadsworth to the community, can be found at the corner of High and College streets in Wadsworth.

• Main Street Wadsworth is a historic, pedestrian-friendly shopping district with over 30 shops and restaurants. Highlights include Thurber’s Jewelers, Kathryn’s Closet, Main Street Mercantile, The Bookshelf, and Rise and Grind and Sonnets cafes. Coming soon, Blue Tip BBQ & Grill, which should open in October. The neighborhood shows off on First Friday, an event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. that takes place on the first Friday of each month.

A cookie dough cupcake and a strawberry Sgroppino cocktail at Dolce at the Strand in Wadsworth.
Gelato is ready for patrons at Dolce at the Strand, located in the former Strand Theater in downtown Wadsworth.

• Dolce at the Strand is an Italian themed gathering place offering dessert, ice cream and wine. It’s housed in the historic old Strand Theater building at 123 Broad St. The restaurant has outdoor pétanque grounds, ice cream is made on site, and the desert menu includes tiramisu, pizza, cannoli, and biscotti. Open Tuesday to Sunday. For hours, visit https://www.dolceatthestrand.com.

The Intercity Trail is one of 15 parks, trails and recreational facilities maintained by the Town of Wadsworth.

• The city maintains 15 parks, trails and recreational facilities. Find all the programming on https://www.wadsworthcity.com/324/Parks. Highlights include Memorial Park (Grandview Avenue and Park Drive) with several pavilions, a fishing area, and ball fields. Valley View Park (618 West St.) includes a dog park and a skateboard park. Holmesbrook Park (600 College St.) has nearly 60 acres with hiking and biking trails. And Durling Park (254 E. Boyer St.) is popular for its pickleball courts.

• The COVID-19 pandemic has suspended the annual Balloons Over Wadsworth event, with hot air balloons filling the skies each August after take off from Wadsworth Municipal Airport. The event is expected to return in 2022.

• Scare on the Square is October 21 and takes place on the closed streets of downtown from 5 pm to 8 pm. Children are encouraged to cheat or treat downtown businesses. And at 7 p.m., over 300 volunteers will dress up as zombies and do the Michael Jackson Thriller dance.

• Holiday Magic on Main Street will take place on November 19, December 3 and December 17 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, and December 11 from noon to 3 pm. Grab a hot chocolate, grab a free horse and carriage ride, stroll through the holiday-lit downtown streets, and look at the Christmas store windows.

About Wadsworth and the Township of Wadsworth

Based: The area was settled in 1814, four years before the organization of Medina County. The village was incorporated in 1866 and became a town in 1931 when the census counted over 5,000 inhabitants.

Population: City, 24,000. Municipality, 4000.

School and nickname: Schools in the town of Wadsworth, the Grizzlies.

Website: https://www.wadsworthcity.com; http://www.wadsworthtownship.org

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