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Dear Visitor,

 Welcome Home - That's how the people of Van Wert treat our guests.  We want you to feel like a part of our family.  Please let us know how we can help you!

Whether you're here to attend one of our many festivals, events, or celebrations and staying with us for a day or two, or perhaps we're just a stop for lunch on your way to someplace else, we want you to feel right at home.

We are proud to be a community that treasures small town Midwest values.  Families are important, patriotism runs deep,and the American work ethic is very evident.

I invite you to see what we have to offer - beautiful city parks; excellent educational opportunities; a state-of-the-art cultural center; superb health care facilities; unique shops and boutiques; dining from homemade cooking just like Mom's to a first-rate bistro, year- round fun and festivals;and so much more.

There are several exciting events happening in the Van Wert area this season. If you're into classic and antique cars this is the place to be September 21-23.  On Sunday, September 21, a group of 50 Ford Model A's will be making a stop at the Van Wert Historical Museum beginning at 1 PM.  On the next two days, Monday and Tuesday, approximately 100 vintage and classic cars will be i town each day as part of the 2014 Glidden Revival Tour being hosted by the Defiance Veterans Car Club. These cars can be viewed by the public at the museum or at Central Mutual Insurance Co.

The Wassenberg Art Center will be hosting two special exhibits - "Symphony of My Heart" September 14 - 28 and their annual Photography Exhibit, October 5 - November 2.  The first exhibit will detail the life of artist, Saffron Goetschius and her loved ones through something called mail art.  Be sure to drop by and see what it's all about!

The community of Delphos will be celebrating their 57th annual Delphos Canal Days September 19 - 21. Great fun for the whole family. 

Are you a bluegrass lover?  If so, the Van Wert County Fairgraounds is hosting the 4th annual Bluegrass Festival  Seprtember 26 - 28.

October will bring Halloween fun.  Hiestand's Haunted Woods will be open weekends during the month (Fridays and Saturdays only).  Lincoln Ridge Farm will be holding their 27th annual Fall Mums and Pumpkins Festival each weekend in October.  This event grow every year and is somethig the whole family will enjoy.

Be sure to check out the Fesrtivals and Events page for more details and many more exciting events taking place.


Van Wert is a special place, whether to visit or live.  I hope you will take a few minutes to browse through our website.  If I can be of further help, you can email me at or call our office at 419.238.9378 or toll free at 877.989.2282.


Larry Lee
Executive Director