A complete schedule of the Peony Festival is available on the "Schedule of Events 2014" tab at the top of the page.
You may view the schedule online, save it to your computer, or print it.
We hope you will be in Van Wert for the 2015 Peony Festival to be held the weekend of June 5, 6, & 7, 2015. A great weekend to enjoy family and friends in Van Wert.  Make the Festival an annual tradition and a time to remember the many wonderful events in all your lives.  Plus . . . the Peony Festival offers free entertainment for the entire family!


Event Highlights
 
(one page, scroll down to see all the event information)

Artrageous on Main, 10th Annual, Hosted by Main Street Van Wert, Fri. & Sat.
Coinciding with the annual Peony Festival, this 2-day event held in beautiful Fountain Park draws community residents and tourists alike to Downtown Van Wert. Artists from across Ohio and Indiana exhibit and sell their original artwork; kids and families enjoy free games and entertainment, and a great selection of events all combine for a fun Friday and Saturday. Friday night is the kick-off to the Fountain Park Music Series, with a free concert from the park stage. Saturday culminates in the Grand Peony Parade through Van Wert along historic Washington Street. Bring your lawn-chair early, as the sidewalks fill up with spectators when the weather is nice!
 

Fishing Derby, YMCA Camp Clay - Saturday, 9 - 11 a.m.
Grab the fishing poles and take your kids for free fishing during the Peony Festival.  On Saturday from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. kids age 5 through 15 year old may fish free at the YMCA Camp Clay pond!  All you need to bring is your own fishing rod or pole with the necessary hardware for your kids to fish from shore on the Camp Clay pond.  The bait is furnished free of charge.  A State of Ohio fishing license is not required.  Only the kids fish, no adults.  The kids have to hold their own poles or rods - an adult cannot hold the pole.
Prizes are by three age groups: 5 through 7, 8 through 11, and 12 through 15 years of age.  Each age group has a winner for the biggest fish & total number of fish.  There is one overall award among all the ages for the biggest fish and the most overall fish.
The Fishing Derby is sponsored by Thatcher Insurance Agency, 135 E. Central Ave, Van Wert, 419-238-0063.
Information is available on this website under the Forms tab.

YMCA Camp Clay 5k (3.1 mile) Run - Saturday, 10 a.m.  Kids Fun Run 9:45 a.m.
The Van Wert YMCA is holding a Peony Pace 5k to be held in conjunction with the Peony Festival weekend festivities. This 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday at the YMCA Camp Clay, 9196 Liberty Union Road, Van Wert. The run/walk will begin its 3.1 mile loop at 10:00 a.m. Along with this event, the YMCA will have a Kids’ 1 mile fun run beginning at 9:45.  We encourage families to participate in the 5k, pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a day at Camp Clay.

The event will offer water and music along the course. The Kids’ 1 Mile Fun Run will be free for all ages and participants will be awarded a ribbon for participation. If they prefer to run in the 5k the regular registration will be required.

The YMCA offers a 5k challenge to all corporations who can register a team of 5 co-workers to run in the corporate division. To register your team, pick up a team packet from the YMCA front desk, visit www.vwymca.org or contact Julie Schaufelberger at julie@vwymca.org.

Information about this and any other programs available through the Van Wert YMCA can be found by calling 419.238.0443 or visiting www.vwymca.org. The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.

The registration form is also available on this website on the Forms tab.
Start line from one of the previous YMCA 5k’s held at Camp Clay


Craft Show, Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  &  Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fountain Park Downtown
The annual Craft Show during the Peony Festival weekend has become a well known Northwest Ohio shopping opportunity for unique gifts and decorative items. The exhibitors are located at Fountain Park in downtown Van Wert for easy access. Many other events occur at Fountain Park. While shopping through the many Craft Show booths be sure to enjoy the many food vendors located in Fountain Park.  There also is a free concert at 7 p.m..  Check out the Festival Schedule --> Festival Schedule

Flowers in Full Bloom, Peony Parade, Sat. June 8, 5 p.m.
The Flowers in Full Bloom Program is a great way to honor those special ladies in Van Wert County over 70 years young! We are asking for the community's help ot nominate those outstanding women in the county that have accomplishments in caring and giving and developed projects that benefit others and generally make their community a better place. This is an annual event of the Peony Festival with nominations being take early in the year and an application deadline of April 5. The "Flowers in Full Bloom", then are honored during the Festival and ride together in the Peony Parade, decked out in their Sunday best outfits!  Application forms are available on this website under the Forms tab.
These were the 2013 Flowers in Full Bloom nominees, announced June 3, 2013
2013 Flowers in Full Bloom (left to right) Sharon Krall, Karen Gardner, Ruth Girod, Betty Miller, Loretta Williams, Monty Orsbon, Judy Nieman, Sandra Hileman
Not pictured: Rose McClure.  These ladies will be honored at the Queen's Tea Reception on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Willow Bend Country Club, beginning at
1:30 p.m. and is open to the public.  Following the reception they rode in the Peony Festival Parade beginning at 5 p.m.


                
                                                                                                      2010 Peony Parade

Garden Tours - Showcase of Gardens, Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. & Sunday, 12 noon - 3 p.m. Several locations comprise this years Garden Tour.  Enjoy an outing with family or friends in Van Wert on Sat. and Sun.
Click here for the schedule and locations of the Showcase of Gardens.


Fundraisers are held each to raise funds for the Peony Festival Weekend. Here were two held in 2013:

Quarter Auction (Completed Feb. 26, 2013)

Would you like to go to dinner and a movie for 50 cents?  What about half a tank of gas for the same price?  These and other great deals are possible when you attend the Quarter Auction on Feb. 26, from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Van Wert Fairgrounds Administration Building.
The Peony Festival Committee would like to invite you to attend this "fun raiser" to support the Peony Festival and Parade.  For just $3 for a paddle, you and your friends can come in out of the cold to enjoy a good time, snacks and the opportunity to win some great auction prizes.
     Update:  The quarter auction was held and the end result was - a great success!  An early report from the money-keeper states a minimum
                     of $900 was raised!  The weather was a bit nasty on auction evening with high wind, snow and slush mix, and cold.  Attendance
                    was still good but certainly kept many potential attendees home.  A big Peony Festival thank-you is extended to all the wonderful
                    volunteers who operated this fundraiser for the Peony Festival.  The sponsors and donors who made the Quarter Auction happen
                    are recognized on the Sponsors & Partners tab.  Click here to go to the Sponsors tab.
                                                                                     Take a look at some photos of the auction:
                   

                                          The Quarter Auction in operation at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds Administration Building on Feb. 26, 2013



Three of the Peony Queen candidates who helped at the auction!  Will one of these three become the Queen Jubilee?


Cathy Lanier, Peony Festival Committee official auction "picker", pulls another big winner!


Orchard Tree Restaurant Fundraiser (Completed March 19, 2013)
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Orchard Tree Restaurant, Van Wert, a special fundraiser was held with 15% of the day's receipts being donated to the Peony Festival. Local support was very good even with a strong, very cold wind!  Peony Festival Committee volunteers were at the restaurant to pass out flyers so patrons knew to ask for their check to be assigned to the Peony Festival donation.  These fundraisers are important to the budget of the Peony Festival.  The Festival is a family friendly, mostly free entertainment weekend in Van Wert.