School's out in Reynoldsburg and summer activities are heating up, beginning with Pioneer Day June 14 at the Livingston House.
Other events include the "first ever" fundraiser June 19-22 for the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival and the July 4 Mount Carmel Firecracker 5K.
Sponsored by Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation and the Livingston House Society, Pioneer Day will run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Livingston House, 1792 Graham Road.
The free event brings history to life, as volunteers demonstrate daily activities from the pioneer era and invite residents to participate in making butter, feeding sheep, making a quilt square, writing with a quill pen, walking on stilts, painting fences, making toys and other activities.
Also planned are demonstrations of food canning, basket making, knitting, tatting and smocking.
The Livingston House was the home of Alexander W. Livingston, founder of the Paragon variety of the tomato.
The early registration fee of $20 per person for the Mount Carmel Firecracker 5K ends June 15, but goes up to just $25 after that date. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 4, at the Reynoldsburg Senior Citizens Center, 1520 Davidson Ave.
Race day registration begins at 7 a.m.
Runners will follow a 3.1-mile course through the city.
Mary Hudson, director of the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau, said teams from the Reynoldsburg Police Department and the Truro Township Fire Department will be competing in the Firecracker 5K in their annual "Guns and Hoses" portion of the run.
"Our focus this year for July 4 is honoring our local heroes, which are our first-responders," she said.
Hudson said a portion of the proceeds from the race will be donated to the Reynoldsburg DARE program.
Race packets may be picked up at Buffalo Wild Wings, 2386 Taylor Square Drive.
More information about the race and registration is available from Hudson at 614-866-4888.
Tomato Festival fundraiser
Hudson said the Tomato Festival Committee will hold a fundraiser from June 19-22 at Uno's Chicago Grill, 1720 Hill Road N. in Pickerington.
She said all residents have to do is give a "dough ticket" to the hostess or host at the restaurant or tell them you are there to support the Tomato Festival. Dough tickets will be available at the hostess station.
Dough tickets also are available at the visitors bureau, which is headquartered at the Livingston House or by calling Hudson at 614-866-4888.
"Uno's will give us 20 percent of all proceeds of those diners' checks from June 19-22, which includes food and alcohol," she said. "On Thursday evening, June 19, I will be the guest bartender. It should be a great fundraiser for our 2014 festival."
The fundraiser deal is good for both dine-in and carryout meals.
This year's Tomato Festival will be held Aug. 15-16 at Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Ave.