Each week, The Lima News publishes a calendar of events of local interest. Events should be submitted by noon Wednesday of each week to The Lima News.
Allen County: The Allen County Archers are holding traditional 3-D shoots on the third Saturday of the month all year long. They are open to all archery equipment.
Columbus Grove: Columbus Grove Archery Club memberships are available. For info call Tom Frick at 419-384-3033.
Lima: The Lima YMCA is registering teams for the 3 on 3 men’s basketball league for individuals 18 and older. Registration runs through Oct. 22 with a fee of $50 per player or $300 per team. The league begins Oct. 22 and will be played every Thursday at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Lima: The Allen County Horseshoe Pitchers, located at 1815 C St., have openings in leagues and doubles. Open doubles begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturdays. Corn hole leagues are forming. Horseshoe pitchers are needed for new leagues. Contact Dwaine Klink at 419-235-3677 or Roy Moore at 419-231-3720 for information.
Lima: The Lima Family YMCA is holding a karate program from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fee is $30 for members and $60 for nonmembers.
Lima: At 7:30 p.m Tuesdays and Thursdays, Apex Sports Zone will have classes for adults and those 14 and older. Go to lima.apexsportszone.com/kickboxing.
Lima: Pickleball is played at Bradfield Center from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. All skill levels are welcome.
Lima: The Lima YMCA is holding open pickleball play from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday (appointment only). Free for YMCA members and $3 per visit for nonmembers or $20 per month for nonmembers (unlimited play). Individuals can register online at limaymca.net.
Bluffton: The Bluffton Family Recreation will be offering pickleball from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and from 8:30-10:30a.m. and 5-7 p.m. Thursdays.
WAYNESFIELD — Waynesfield Raceway Park will host one of the final sprint car races in Ohio for 2019 when the 2nd Annual Bob Hampshire Classic hits “The Field” Saturday, Oct. 12 featuring the FAST 410 Sprint Series, the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) non-wing stars and the USAC D2 Thunder Midgets joining forces with the AMSA Mini Sprints for a non-wing matchup.
The event honors the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame car owner and mechanic who resides in nearby Alvada. Hampshire has owned a race car since 1979 and has earned numerous feature victories with drivers like Jack Hewitt, Jac Haudenschild, Greg Wilson, Johnny Beaber, Keith Kaufman, Rick Ferkel and many others. Recently, he teamed up with as a mechanic with driver Kody Swanson to win four USAC Silver Crown championships. Hewitt drove Hampshire’s famous #63 to the 1985 All Star Circuit of Champions title and USAC Silver Crown titles in 1986 and 1987.
The event is the final race of the year for the FAST series with Cole Duncan coming in as the point leader, having six overall wins in 2019 as of this press release. Lee Jacobs, Tyler Gunn, Jordan Harble and Cody Bova round out the top five in series’ points.
FAST has appeared three times at Waynesfield in 2019 with Monrovia, Indiana’s Justin Peck, Vienna, West Virginia’s Cale Conley and Plano, Texas’ TJ Michael scoring the wins. NASCAR star Christopher Bell, who won the inaugural Bob Hampshire Classic in 2018, has indicated he will be back to defend his title at Waynesfield on Oct. 12.
For the BOSS sprints, their only appearance at “The Field” in 2019 came during the 11th annual Jack Hewitt Classic where Milford, Ohio’s Cody Gardner scored his first ever sprint car win. However, 2010 and 2011 Waynesfield champion Matt Westfall currently sits atop the series’ points and as of press time would earn the BOSS title by taking the green flag at Atomic Speedway Saturday.
Local driver Dustin Ingle, who cut his teeth racing at Waynesfield, sits third in BOSS points, with Kory Crabtree and Dustin Webber rounding out the top five. Waynesfield’s 2013 track champion Dallas Hewitt sits sixth in the standings.
The 50-lap FAST feature will reward the winner $5,630 and just making the feature will earn a driver $630 – the significance being Hampshire’s race cars all carried the number 63. The BOSS feature winner will earn the series’ standard $1,500 to win. The USAC D2 Thunder Midges/AMSA Mini Sprints will pay $500 to win the feature.
Also, in the FAST feature, the hard charger — the driver who advances the most positions from their original starting spot — will earn an additional $63 for every position. Also, the crew chief of the winning FAST feature car and the crew chief of the winning BOS feature machine will each earn $630 in honor of Hampshire.
Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, with general admission gates opening at 4 p.m. Racing will get underway at 6 p.m. Tickets for the Bob Hampshire Classic are $18 for adults (11 and up); $16 for senior citizens (62 and up); with kids 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $35.
For more information go to waynesfieldracewaypark.net, or on Facebook by liking Waynesfield Raceway Park, or on Twitter by following @OfficialWRP.
Pandora: The Quarry Farm Nature Preserve & Conservation Farm, Pandora, is holding the fourth annual Quarry Farm 5K Run/Walk event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The race will be held rain or shine.
Pre-registration and more information is available online at thequarryfarm.org under events. Registration on the day of the event begins at 8:30 a.m. Check-in for preregistered participants is from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Minster: The 41st annual Oktoberfest Classic 10k will be held at at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6., Race information and registration can be found at minster10k.com. A one-mile fun run will also be held at 9:35 a.m. Oct. 6. Registration will be held at the high school. Cost is $5.
Ottawa: The 10th Annual Poker Run 5K Run/Walk for Charity to benefit the Northwest Ohio Arctic Wolves Sled Hockey Team is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 27. Registration is at 1 p.m., race at 2 p.m. and will take place at the Car-E-It - 1206 East Main St., Ottawa on the back patio. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Arctic Wolves Sled Hockey Team. Registration is $20 and forms are available for download by visiting NorthwestPhysicalTherapy.com.
Lima: The Lima YMCA is registering individuals for the Youth Soccer League. Registration runs to Oct. 26 for individuals in grades 4-6. The fee is $25 for members and $50 for non members.
Lima: The Lima Sabres have various shooting events. Thursday Trap Practice for Adults/Juniors/Beginners is 4 p.m. weekly. Wednesday morning Adult Trap Practice is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. weekly, weather permitting. All trap sessions are open to the public. For additional information, go to limasabres.com or visit on Facebook.