Parades & Festivals

Feast of the Flowering Moon

The Feast of the Flowering Moon began in 1984 to celebrate the completion of the lunar calendar for the Native American cultures indigenous to Ohio’s first capital city, Chillicothe. In the Native American culture the calendar year is determined by 13 lunar moons. The Shawnee culture of Ohio began to refer to the 13th lunar moon as the “Flowering Moon”. The 13th moon occurs at the end of May and signifies the ‘rebirth’ of Mother Earth. This ‘rebirth’ was a time for singing and dancing to thank the Creator for surviving the “Starving Moon’.

On May 23, 2013 the Feast of the Flowering Moon celebrated its 30th anniversary where it is held annually in Yoctangee Park. It is a lively three-day celebration with Native American performances, craftsmen demonstrations, art shows, food, games, Queen Pageants, and the Ross County Idol. It is free to the public and generally falls on Memorial Day weekend.

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Memorial Day Activities

Various events and services are scheduled annually throughout Memorial Day weekend to remember the fallen heroes of the U.S. Armed forces. On May 18th, 2013 the Ross County Vietnam Memorial Park was dedicated during Armed Forces Day in honor of the 23 local men who sacrificed their lives during the Vietnam War. The monument was unveiled with the name of each fallen or missing soldier, a 21-gun salute, and the playing of “taps”. If you would like to submit an event contact the Chillicothe Gazette.


Halloween Parade

The City of Chillicothe hosts an annual Halloween parade sponsored by the Chillicothe Jaycees. Each year the parade takes place on the last Saturday in October. The Parade begins at the corner of East Water and Paint and ends at the Yoctangee Park.


Annual Chili-Fest

Are you ready for a good time? Make your plans now to attend the Chillicothe Social Society’s Annual Chili-Fest. This event is a huge fundraiser for Rock for Tots and a great opportunity to introduce The First Capital District to your best Chili recipe. This year’s Annual Chili-Fest will take place on the fourth Saturday in September 2nd Street between Mulberry & Paint Streets.

If you are interested in participating, send an email to or stop by the Ross Chillicothe Convention & Visitor’s Bureau at 45 E. Main Street, Chillicothe for an entry form and contest rules.


Southern Ohio Storytelling Arts and Music Festival

The Annual Southern Ohio Storytelling, Arts, and Music Festival is held during the month of September on the weekend following Labor Day. It features concert performances in the Pump House by award winning performers such a Bil Lepp, Kim Weitkamp, Sheila Arnold, Bill Mckell, Andy Offutt Irwin, and Linda Goodman as well as ‘open mic’ nights and a ghost story special in the Majestic Theater.

For other events held at the pump house visit:


Holiday Season and Other Events

During the Holiday Season various events run from Nov-Jan. Such as the 5k Rudolph run in Yoctangee park, Lego League Robotics Tournament, Holiday Art exhibits, Holiday Lights tour, concerts, plays, and much more.


Gus Macker

The first Gus Macker was held in 1974 in Lowell, Michigan by Scott McNeal (Gus Macker) on his home basketball court. After expanding the City of Chillicothe began hosting the “Chillicothe Gus Macker” in 1990 to raise money for local charities. The Gus Macker is now in 75 cities annually.The Gus Macker includes the tournament game,3-point shooting contest,free throw contest,slam dunk contest, dream court, and a new mini macker division for players as young as six.

Local Charity Information, fees, and additional contact:


Farmers Market

The Chillicothe Farmers Market runs May – Oct. and offers seasonal plants, flowers, herbs, fresh fruit ,vegetables, jams & jellies, fudge, whole grain breads, pies and cakes, cider, eggs, noodles, pork, natural beef & lamb, and chemical-free food is also available.

Enjoy some of Chillicothe’s growers best on 475 Western Avenue near the Ross County Service Center.


Fourth of July

Of the over 330 fireworks displays that occur annually in the state of Ohio, the Chillicothe Fireworks display is the largest in Central Ohio aside from Red, White, and Boom in Columbus. The event gathers thousands from surrounding communities to witness the celebration of our nation’s independence in the beautiful setting of Yoctangee Park with over 40 acres of viewing space within the park annex. Local nonprofit organizations sell food, coordinate activities, and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy throughout the day followed by the fireworks display at dusk.

Remember to come celebrate a fun-filled Fourth of July in historic downtown Chillicothe, Ohio’s First Capital District.


First Thursday – A Taste of Chillicothe! In the Majestic Theater Courtyard

Join First Capital Rotary for First Thursday – A Taste of Chillicothe! Come and taste some of the Chillicothe’s best! We will have great music featuring Apt. B. Plenty of Classic Brands products and Pepsi will be available. Proceeds benefit club projects. Events occur during the months of June, July , and August.


Shop and Stroll

Enjoy the Chillicothe Downtown Associates “Shop & Stroll,” with plenty of shops, galleries, and restaurants. The cultural event in the historic downtown, held every second Saturday of each month and year-round includes free art displays, live music, finger food, and browsing – as well as serious shopping. Look for the Shop & Stroll flags to identify participating businesses and places on Paint, Water, Second, and Main streets – as well as the Pump House.

For more information, please call (740) 773-7100.


Apple Harvest Open House Hirsch’s Fruit Farm - Third Weekend in September

The open house includes orchard tours, apple butter making, pick your own apples, horse drawn wagon rides, maple syrup, make your own scarecrow, barnyard buddies to pet, food and more!

For more information, call 740-775-7055 or visit


Scioto Trail Harvest Days - Last Weekend in September

Friday 7 pm-10 pm, Saturday 9 am-6 pm, Scioto Trail State Park, 144 Lake Road.

Harvest themed activities, games for children, canoe races and lunch. Free admission.

For more information contact Kim Woods at 740-887-4818.


Ross County Fair

The first Ross County Fair in Ohio was held in Ross County in October of 1833 by the agricultural society began by George Rennick. Later in 1945 it was adopted by the Ross County Agricultural society we have today by Charles Betsch and in August of 1944, the Ross County Picnic and Junior Fair began at the abandoned National Youth Administration grounds on State Route 104, the site where the fair is held currently. Since this was during World War II, much of the theme of the picnic and other exhibits was war related. Uniformed servicemen were admitted free of charge.

The fair still upholds this tradition by having free admittance day for military men and women and their spouses. The Ross County Fair will be held this year featuring concerts, local performances, games, rides, food, King and queen contest, fireworks, autocross, demolition derby, and Ohio’s Got Talent.

For Facility rental,ticket pricing, free ride and fair days location, and contact information visit:

Other Events at the Ross County Fair Grounds:

Chillitown MX

Championship Racing


Relay For Life Held annually in June: Get Involved

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Please join us and sign up today! We hope you can join us for another unforgettable night where we come together to celebrate, remember, and fight back. Be sure to check back often for updates about this year's event!


Home & Garden Show

The Building Industry Association of South Central Ohio is proud to present the Southern Ohio Home & Garden Show. The show will feature demonstrations, giveaways, and more than 100 indoor and outdoor exhibits.


Southern Ohio Guitar Show

Gun Show- February

Bridal Show- February


Baseball Team

Chillicothe Paints

In February of 1993, Dr. Chris Hanners along with the Chillicothe/Ross Chamber of Commerce and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center brought professional baseball to Southern Ohio as a part of the Frontier League. The Chillicothe Paints are now a collegiate summer wood bat baseball team in the East Division Prospect League where they play teams such as the Dubois County Bombers, Danville Dans, Springfield Sliders, Dupage Dragons, Quincy Gems,Hannibal Cavemen Chillicothe Paints, North Coast Knights, Butler BlueSox, Slippery Rock Sliders,the Richmond RiverRats, DeKalb County Liners in northern Illinois, the West Virginia Miners, the Terre Haute Rex, and the Nashville Outlaws.

All of the Paints home games are held at the Veterans Affairs Memorial Stadium with approximately 50,000 fans during the 28 home games in the 2011 season. In 2012, the Paints celebrated their 20th anniversary of providing Central Ohio with fun filled entertainment such as on the field contest and birthday parties for kids.

Fun Fact: “The Paint horse is documented as being the preferred horse by the American Indians, considered by many authorities to be the greatest horsemen who ever lived. The Paint horse is known for it's combination of versatility, strength and aggressiveness which The Chillicothe Paints display within their logo; a horse with markings and war feathers flowing from the horse's mane. The Paint horse is to symbolize the team spirit and is known as the Sports Model of the Horse World. The official team colors are navy blue and white with accents of scarlet and gold.”



“Witness the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700's. "Tecumseh!" has been labeled as one of the most mesmerizing dramas in the nation. The huge, outdoor stages of the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre afford the audience a unique viewing experience. You will sit beneath the stars in the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre as sheer spectacle surrounds you with a herd of galloping horses, live military cannon in action, and the most dazzling battle sequences offered on the American stage.”

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