Friday, May 26, 2017

Gallia Summer Fun

Gallia is home to all sorts of fun summer events and activities! Check out our list and mark your calendars! Be sure to visit our social media and webpage for any additions to this listing!

2017 Passport Challenges
All Summer Long!
 Grab your friends and discover the gems of Gallia County with these two Challenges! The City Challenge explores Downtown Gallipolis, while the County Challenge is an adventure throughout Gallia County! Once you complete a Challenge return your completed passports to the Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau! The Challenges are free and open to everyone! Each participant that completes a challenge receives a drawstring bag filled with goodies and is entered into our monthly drawing to prizes such as gift certificates, tickets and more! Download yours at or stop the GCCVB office (441 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, OH)
Challenges are open now until September 5th

Every Wednesday
Quality products from close to home. Artisans and Farmers will be set up on North College Avenue, Rio Grande, OH every Wednesday from 4 pm - 7pm. Enjoy fresh breads, pastries, gourmet desserts, homemade soaps, fresh cheeses, produce, jewelry, doll clothes, glass work, bags, crafts, and more!

Youth Fishing Day
May 27th, 2017
Join the Gallipolis Bass Busters for the 44th Annual Youth Fishing Day at the Bob Evans Farm Pond in Rio Grande, OH on May 27th, 2017.

Enjoy live music, food and drinks with the French Art Colony all summer long!

First Friday: Downtown Gallipolis
June 2nd, 2017      July 7th, 2017
Experience Downtown Gallipolis like never before! Between Court Street and Locust on Second Avenue local businesses and organizations will be open after hours with discounts, specials, live music, freebies, giveaways, raffles and more! Come on Downtown June 2nd and July 7th and hang out with us from 6-9 pm!

June 2nd, 2017
We encourage all to join us as we Celebrate our Survivors and raise funds to fight cancer! Join us in this year’s Relay and be a part of the movement to celebrate, remember, and fight back!
June 2nd, 2017. 4pm-10pm
Opening Ceremonies: 6pm
Survivor Reception: 4pm to 6pm
Luminary Ceremony: 9pm
Closing Ceremony: 10pm

June 3rd, 2017       2pm-6pm
Join us for the 1st annual Gallia County, Women Empowering Women Expo! Gallipolis women will be gathering to showcase their product, their talents, and their companies! Come support these women in chasing their dreams and building better lives for their families. Exhibits will include vendors such as LuLaRoe, Usbourne Books, LipSense, Rodan + Fields, Perfectly Posh, handmade crafts, mini portrait-sessions, massage therapy, beautician services, and more.

Gallia Academy High School Basketball Camp
June 5th-7th
The Gallia Academy basketball staff will be conducting a youth basketball camp for students entering grades 3-8 from noon until 2pm at the GAHS gym. $45 per camper and $30 for each additional student.
To register contact Gary Harrison at 740-441-7856

Bossard Memorial Library 2017 Summer Reading Kick-Off
June 10th, 2017
Jump into the Bossard Memorial Summer Reading Program and
meet your favorite characters at this special kickoff to Summer on June 10th, 2017 at 2pm. The Summer's Program is "Build a Better World".
Visit, for a list of youth services!

3rd Annual Appalachia Old Car Club Antique Car Show
June 10th
9 am - 4pm at Bob Evans Farms. 
10854 St Rt. 588, Rio Grande, OH, 45674

Gallia County Youth Track and Field Team 
June 12-July 13th
Organized by the Gallia Academy Track and Field team for all students in grade 1-6 every Monday and Thursday at the GAHS track. Cost is $70 per participant.
To register contact Paul Close at or 740-645-7316.

Second Weekend of Each Month
The Flea Market is located at 189 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, OH 45631.
The French 500 Flea Market is open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Summer Markets: June 9-11 and July 14-16
Please call (740) 446-4120 for more information.  

First Weekend of Each Month
Located just off of St. Rt. 35, at 2372 Jackson Pike, in Bidwell, Ohio. Held the first weekend of each month. There will be animals, collectibles, crafts, antiques, tools, firearms and more, including homemade food. All vendors are welcome, and may set up Friday morning, beginning at 8 a.m., with gates opening to the public at noon.

June 16th & June 17th
The Music Man is the classic musical written by Meredith Willson and is loosely based on his small town upbringing. Con man Harold Hill comes to Iowa in 1912 to sell band instruments and uniforms to the unsuspecting residents of River City. Marion, the librarian and piano teacher, sees right through him but eventually falls for his charms when he helps her younger brother overcome his lisp. Hill unites the town via music, including the bickering school board members that he forms into a barber shop quartet. In near continuous production by amateurs and professionals since its premiere in 1957, the show won 5 Tony awards including Best Musical and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. Some of the well known songs from The Music Man include 76 Trombones, Goodnight Ladies, The Wells Fargo Wagon and Goodnight My Someone.
THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. 

June 17th, 2017
The 2017 French Art Colony Garden and Tasting Tour details are set! Visit, for a full list of sites and photos, along with participating food vendors, artist and musicians. Don't miss this introduction to the stunning "hidden treasures" of the old French City, Saturday, June 17! Tickets on sale now at the French Art Colony!
Call 740-446-3834 for more info.

South Gallia High School Youth Basketball Camp
June 19th-22nd            9 a.m. -Noon Each Day
Youth Basketball Camp for grades 3rd-8th at South Gallia High School. Cost is $25 per student and for each additional student $15. Entry fee includes shirt. Camp with finish with an awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m., parents and guardians are encouraged to attend!

June 24-25, 2017
Gallipolis has held this Divisional One Day Tournament for 12 years. The American Bass Anglers Fishing Tournament, American Fishing Tour, is the largest tournament trail in the nation for the weekend angler. First Place is a cash prize! To enter you may contact ABA Ohio Area Manager K. Barry Davis at 614-746-1911 or or Entry Fee is $70.00

July 3rd and 4th, 2017
The 2017 River Recreation Festival will be held in the Gallipolis City Park July 3 and 4, 2017. Schedule of activities can be found on their website or by contacting the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce. The Parade will be on Tuesday, July 4th. The Fireworks display will begin at 10pm on July 4th. 
For more information visit,!

July 3rd, 2017
A fun time to be had by all! Join us at the 2017 River Recreation in Gallipolis City Park to celebrate Independence Day with the joyful sounds of the Ariel’s Summer Tuba-Time!

Gallia Academy Blue Angel Volleyball Camp
July 10th-12th, 6pm - 8pm
The Gallia Academy Blue Angels will be holding a volleyball camp for girls entering grades 3-8 at the GAHS gymnasium. The cost is $60 per athlete and each receive a shirt.
For more information contact coach Janice Rosier at

July 14th, 2017      7 pm
As a Comedian, Drew Hastings has been a well-known standup for 20-plus years with television comedy specials, Tonight Show appearances, and a regular favorite on the National Bob & Tom Radio Show.  As a Farmer. A lifelong, loft living, city dweller, he left Los Angeles at age 50 to take up farming in rural Ohio which he describes as “Farmageddon”.  As Mayor: he was just re-elected as Mayor of the small, rural City of Hillsboro, Ohio, where his politically incorrect candor would get most elected officials recalled, (they’ve tried twice) yet somehow he thrives.

July 15th-16th
A 3 vs. 3 full-court basketball tournament for all ages located in the Gallipolis City Park in Gallipolis, OH held on July 15-16, 2017. There are divisions for all ages and skill ranges. The Men's Open division has attracted a high level of talent from around the state for several years. We are excited to announce a $2,500 cash prize* to the champions of the Men's Open division**.

For more information visit,
*prize money is only offered in the Men's Open division
**high school and college athletes are NOT permitted to receive prize money

July 31st - August 5th
Price for Admission (including rides & entertainment):  Only $10!
Permanent Seating Not Available for Stage Entertainment - Bring Your Lawn Chairs!
Location:  189 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631

Directed by Betsy Willet
August 11-13th
The alumni of Aesop Academy, a school for nursery rhyme characters, are having a reunion. Unfortunately, so are the alumni of Grimm High, their cross-town rivals... and both gatherings have been scheduled for the same time and place! Bitter enemies — like Peter and the Wolf, Toto and the Witch, and Jack and the cow he sold for magic beans — face off. Old grudges are rekindled, and tensions run high. The powder keg explodes when the Cat is killed (and not by curiosity!), followed by Piggy, whose melodramatic death scene causes someone to observe, “Sheesh! What a ham!” And in the middle of all this chaos, all Queen can say is “Another one bites the dust!” There’s no end to the laughs as the two warring schools team up to solve the mystery... or risk suffering the same fate! The jokes and twists abound in this delightful romp. 
14+ youth actors needed. Auditions are Monday and Tuesday, June 12 & 13, at 6 pm, at the French Art Colony. Those auditioning will be asked to read from a script (help will be provided, if needed) and should prepare a joke to tell the audition team. Rehearsals will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6-8. 

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