The 40th annual Ohio State University Alumni Club of Richland County’s Beat Michigan — Buckeye Bash was wall-to-wall scarlet and gray,
Local residents had plenty to say about the upcoming game at noon Saturday when the Buckeyes meet the Wolverines at Ann Arbor.
The Buckeyes are 10-1.
Many people said they would be watching from the warmth of their couches in their homes.
The event was held at the Mansfield Liederkranz, 1212 Silver Lane, on Monday night and people arrived even before doors opened at 4:45 p.m. to sit among the gray and red tables with balloons, buckeye nuts, beads and cookies.
Past Ohio State football players, including former national and Big Ten Champions Zach and Jacoby Boren, and Buckeye music highlighted the program, plus live and silent auctions of OSU items, $10 goodie bags, Buckeye trivia and “drop a ticket” activities.
A third Boren, Justin, also played for the OSU Buckeyes but he was not in attendance.
OSU Alumni Club members donated auction items including a Jim Tressel autographed football and a neon lighted giant "Block O." Buckeye fan Gary Mathes made yet another stained glass clock to be auctioned as he does each year.
Linda and Yo Mills of Ontario brought hand-painted OSU bibs and scrubs to the auction.
The Buckeye Bash is the major source of income for the OSU Alumni Club’s scholarship funds and club outreach. Scholarship money is available for Richland County students who want to go to the OSU Mansfield or OSU Columbus campus.
Diane Molyet, a longtime volunteer of the Richland County Alumni Club, said the OSU Beat Michigan Bash historically was held after Thanksgiving, allowing for the OSU Pep Band members to come and entertain, but the Big 10 schedule changed.
"I came to the very first one at the Renaissance Theatre with the University of Michigan alumni and I don't know if we called it the Buckeye Bash," Molyet said. "We only did it one year together."
The Bash grew so big it was held for many years at the Richland County Fairgrounds.
But more than 200 people bought tickets to the event to cheer on their favorite team and there was plenty of OSU music blaring throughout the event center.
There was pulled pork and brats and pasta salad prepared by the Liederkrantz and many guests also brought their own snacks.
Jay Wachs, the president of the OSU Alumni Club of Richland County, said he was ready for the bash to get under way.
"This is our 40th annual," he said. The Beat Michigan Bash was held virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This article originally appeared on Mansfield News Journal: OSU alumni rally ahead of game vs. Michigan