Wauseon’s favorite son will be celebrated during Barney Oldfield Day at the Museum of Fulton County on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The exhibit will feature a license plate from the Greyhound Racer driven by Oldfield, along with his driving coat and baby cradle. Additionally, the Western Lake Erie Model A Club will present a collection of cars, and invites anyone with a pre-WWII vehicle to include it in the exhibit.
Born in Wauseon, Berna Eli “Barney” Oldfield began racing bicycles in Toledo in 1894. On June 20, 1903, he became the first American to drive a mile per minute and was billed as “America’s Premier Driver” while driving the 999 model built by Henry Ford. In 1910, he was dubbed “Speed King of the World” after he was recorded driving 131.25 miles per hour, the fastest ever traveled by a human being at that time.
For more information, call 419-337-7922. The museum is located at 8848 State Highway 108 in Wauseon, across from the Fulton County Fairgrounds.