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Get out and do something this weekend in central Ohio, Oct. 12-15

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — From the premiere of “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” in theatres and Matt Rife at the Palace Theatre to Halloween festivals and Zombiezi Bay at the Columbus zoo, here are things to see and do this weekend in central Ohio.

Blue Jackets vs. Flyers
Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. on Thursday

The Columbus Blue Jackets face the Philadelphia Flyers.

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World Tourism Day: What Ohio has to offer

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Travel and tourism is a huge industry for cities and states across the country.

On this “World Tourism Day,” we’re taking a closer look at what tourism looks like in Ohio. Our Mindy Drayer talked with Matt Maclaren from the Ohio Chamber of Commerce to discuss some numbers that may surprise you as well as what the Buckeye state has to offer its visitors.

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Get out and do something this weekend in central Ohio, Sept. 14-17

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — From the Serbian Festival and the Latino Heritage Month parade to the Ohio State Buckeyes’ second home game of the season, here are things to see and do this weekend in central Ohio.

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Schottenstein Center at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday

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Get out and do something this Labor Day weekend in central Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — From the Columbus Greek Festival and the Obetz Zucchini Fest to the Ohio Renaissance Festival and Ohio State Buckeyes’ first game of the season, here are things to see and do this Labor Day weekend in central Ohio.

Columbus Greek Festival
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday

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Central Ohio braces for heatwave: Columbus offers cool retreats

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Temperatures are expected to be in the 90‘s through Friday and Central Ohio will be under an excessive heat watch Thursday.

The City of Columbus is reminding residents of free public spaces open to all to cool down. Including malls and libraries.

“We have 23 library locations serving Franklin County. Each one of those 23 is equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and of course great books. And plenty of spaces to sit hang out relax. We always like to say come loiter at the library. How many places can say that? Come loiter,” said Ben Zenitsky with Columbus Metropolitan Library.

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Inspectors find no red flags for Ohio State Fair rides

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Safety at the state fair is something both Ohio inspectors and ride owners are teaming up on.

This comes as Ohio makes what the Department of Agriculture calls dramatic improvement in the quality and safety of rides in the state.

In 2017 a man was flung from a ride at the Ohio State Fair and was killed. Now, a law named for him, Tyler’s law, is making sure ride safety is a top priority.

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A booth at the Ohio State Fair lets attendees pocket their unclaimed funds

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — There is plenty to see, do and eat at the Ohio State Fair every year. And among all the entertainment, rides and food, is the potential to pocket some missing money.

“This is definitely our biggest event, in-person event for the year, every year,” said Susie Wagner, Outreach Administrator for the State of Ohio’s Division of Unclaimed Funds.

Wagner said the division will once again have a presence at the fair.

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Fish for free across Ohio, June 17-18

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COLUMBUS — Ohio’s annual free fishing days, June 17 and 18, provide all Ohio residents the chance to cast a line at hundreds of public fishing locations without the need for a license, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife.

This will be the only weekend of the year on which residents 16 and older can fish public waters without purchasing a fishing license. Anglers under 16 can fish for free year-round.

The annual free fishing days are an excellent opportunity for beginner and experienced anglers to try fishing in any of Ohio’s public waters, including Lake Erie and the Ohio River. All other fishing regulations, size requirements, and bag limits apply.]

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Columbus Zoo offering free tickets to military members for ‘Military Family Days’

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is hosting “Military Family Days” starting next month to honor those serving our country.

From July 1 to July 4, current and former military members can get complimentary tickets from the zoo for themselves and their immediate family, including their spouse and any children living in the household.

A limited number of tickets are available and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Prior ticket reservations are required to receive the offer, which can be made through the Columbus Zoo’s website.

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COTA announces Zoo Bus to return this summer, discounts to Columbus Zoo

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Central Ohio Transit Authority announced that Zoo Bus is returning this summer to provide rides from Downtown to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay.

The Zoo Bus trips begin Saturday and will run every day through Labor Day. According to the release, anyone can board the bus at the Statehouse, at the Griggs Dam Park & Ride or at the Dublin Park & Ride.

The bus will do five trips each day, leaving from State and High streets at 8:14 a.m. and the last vehicle will depart the zoo at 7:15 p.m.

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