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Run with the Wolves

More than 400 runners and walkers are anticipated to participate in IU East's Run with the Wolves 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 25th at 8:00 a.m.. Young ones can join the fun during the "Run with Rufus" event at 9:05 a.m. Register online for this event that's part of the Wayne County Challenge.

Photo: Gaar Williams Cartoon

Artist: Gaar Williams

Long before Jim Davis made Garfield the most famous cat from Indiana, Gaar Williams was depicting life in the Midwest in cartoons. His inspiration came from the traditions and customs of the life around him. This Richmond artist was famous for his work that appeared in the Chicago Tribune. Learn about more artists from Wayne County!

Photo by Jon Sullivan: 2014-07-15 at 15-53-14 / Trilobites Fossil

Fossil Hunting

Over 435 million years ago, the Whitewater Gorge was home to creatures that lived at the bottom of a warm, shallow sea. These creatures were buried in the soft mud and eventually turned into rock. Now, you can find excellent fossil specimens in the Whitewater Gorge Park and Bicentennial Park.

What's Happening in Wayne County?

Bark in the Park - Saturday, July 25th

Sit....Stay!Enjoy a fun-filled day with your dogs at Glen Miller Park during Bark in the Park on Saturday, July 25th. There will be a fund-raiser walk, music, selfie station, contests and prizes, food and drink, vendors and more. Registration begins at 9am and the walk begins at 10am. Registration fee is $10. Registered walkers will receive a goody bag and an official HELP Bracelet. Individual walkers collecting $75.00 or more will also receive a 2015 T-Shirt. For more information, call 765.962.6811.

Farmer's Markets - Fresh, Locally Grown Produce!

HerbsFresh produce is in abundant supply at local farmer's markets. Richmond's Farmer's Market is located in the parking lot across from Morrisson-Reeves Library on Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Nettle Creek Valley Farmer's Market is open on Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. They are located in the Hagerstown Elementary School parking lot at 299 North Sycamore Street.

Children's Activities - Summer 2015

Learning to Play MancalaThere's no excuse for kids to be bored this summer. Classes abound - Art in the Park, swim lessons, Artists Preschool Camp, summer reading programs at your local library, nature programs at Hayes Arboretum and Cope Environmental Center or just get outside and play!

FOP Camp Clements Car Show - Saturday, July 25th

Logo: Camp Clements Car ShowThe 2nd Annual FOP Camp Clements Car Show will be held on Saturday, July 25th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 5291 Abington Pike. There will be good food, music, wagon rides, awards, judging by Mr. Summey's auto class & professional photography. The first 50 entries will receive a dash plaque. Entry fee is only $5! Spectators are FREE!

Summer Reading Programs at Your Local Library

readingDon't let any of those perfect summer days slip away without a good book on hand! Sign up for the reading program at your local library and enjoy cool prizes and fun challenges to keep you motivated. Great for all ages!

Cool Off at Cordell Municipal Pool

Crowds at the Cordell Municipal PoolBring the family and enjoy a day of fun at Cordell Municipal Pool, corner of West Main and SW 13th Street in Richmond. The pool has a diving board, a 151 foot water slide, a 2 foot depth section for younger swimmers as well as a separate splash pool for the little ones. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Adults, $4, children 3-17 $3, and under 2 free. Season passes available. For more information, call 765.983.7292.

Tour the Mansion House in Centerville on Saturdays this Summer

Mansion HouseTour the historic Mansion House on the National Road (214 East Main Street) in Centerville, Indiana on Saturdays this summer from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Adult admission will be $2 and children will be $1.

Just Us Kids Outdoors (JUKO)

Pick Me!  Pick Me!JUKO is a summer day camp that gives kids the chance to have a fantastic summer full of fun activities! They include outdoor games, arts and crafts, field trips, swimming, and so much more! Each day, the children receive lunch prepared by Richmond Community Schools through the USDA Summer Food Service Program. The best part about the program: it's free! There is no registration deadline this summer or cap on enrollment. Questions? Contact Alisha at 765.983.7426 or aestabrook@richmondindiana.gov.

Download your FREE Richmond Parks & Recreation Summer Recreation Guide!

Logo: Richmond Parks & Recreation GuideThe Richmond Parks and Recreation 2015 Summer Recreation Guide is now available. Don't miss any of the fun movies, special events, youth camps, and sports programs. The guide also features information on pool and golf programs, senior activities, boating at Middlefork Reservoir as well as facility rentals. For more information, contact the Richmond Parks & Rec Department at 765.983.7275.

Social Media Highlights

Logo: This Place MattersIf you're active on social media, you're likely to see a couple of campaigns being used to highlight our community. The America's Best Communities committee is encouraging the use of the hashtag #abc50 for any positive messages that you're sending out about Richmond and Wayne County. There is a contest for the most positive social media campaign within the larger prize. Richmond is currently a quarter finalist!

The recent Quality of Place conference kicked of the use of #ThisPlaceMatters locally. This national campaign from the National Trust for Historic Preservation serves to help people make the connection to their community and their neighborhood. The project is simple: Visit the Saving Places website to download and print a sign. Take photos with the sign at the places that matter most to you, and share the photos with others online with the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters.

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The highest point in Indiana is located in Wayne County, northwest of Bethel. At 1,257 feet, it is known as “Hoosier Hill”, but that title is a bit ironic.