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Trot for the Brats set for September 12

VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club will host its annual Trot for the Brats 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, September 12 in coordination with the Vandalia Sister Cities Oktboberfest. Participants will receive free admission to the Oktoberfest as well as a coupon for a free bratwurst. Registration info can be found at

The 5K Run/Walk is sponsored by the Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club and the proceeds from this event will directly benefit the youth of the Vandalia City & Butler Township community. For 40 years, the Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club has focused their time, money, energy and resources into the kids of our community and proudly embrace our slogan, “Friend of Youth.”

Our professionally certified 5K (3.1 mile) course is very flat and should offer most avid runners a great opportunity to push for their best 5K time. Professional electronic chip timing for all participants as well as mile splits will be provided during the event. Walkers (and dogs!) and families are welcome! This is a race and a family event all in one package.

Test drive a Ford to support Butler athletes

VANDALIA — The Butler Athletic Boosters invite you and your friends to support our student- athletes, cheerleaders and coaches and test drive a car with a booster member on October 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Vandalia Recreation Center. Our goal is to secure 300 drivers which would guarantee a $6,000 contribution from Ford. Drivers must be 18 years old and there is a limit of one driver per address. The Drive One 4UR School event is sponsored by Beau Townsend Ford.

Girls 12U fastpitch team forming

VANDALIA — A new local team is looking for players for USSSA and ASA 12U girls fastpitch softball. The team is open to all surrounding communities and this will be a fee-free team to parents. If interested contact Kyle at 937-287-8555 or email Tryouts will be at the Vandalia Rec Center at 1111 Stonquarry Rd. on Aug 19 and 26 with rain out dates the following day. Players should bring all equipment and plenty of water. Please contact Kyle if you need a tryout if you can’t make the days provided.

Troy Post 43 to hold baseball tryouts

TROY — Troy Post 43 Baseball and its younger teams are holding tryouts for candidates 15 to 18 year olds for 2016. The tryouts will be held at the Duke Park “Legion Field” on the following dates: Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 at 1 p.m. Troy Post 43 Baseball is one of Ohio’s most respected baseball programs and participated in both American legion Baseball and the National Amateur Baseball Federation. The team travels to some of the best tournaments in the country. Over 400 former players have advanced on to play college baseball, with 44 having signed pro contracts and two becoming major leaguers. Five former players are currently coaching in college. The team is coached by Frosty Brown.

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