It was a busy couple of weeks for people in Wapakoneta as the city celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. People came from all around the world to celebrate with Neil Armstrong’s hometown, and few know just how much that kind of foot traffic impacted Wapak’s economy b… More >>

Wapakoneta Ohio celebrated their hometown hero Neil Armstrong's contribution to space and history by marking the minute of the he set foot on the moon 50 years ago.At exactly 10:56 p.m., the confetti flew to honor Armstrong and arguably one of the United States greatest accomplishment of put… More >>

A select few got the chance to speak face-to-face with people who have been in space. The Armstrong Air and Space Museum held a dinner gala, where people could check out the museum exhibits and talk to people who have experienced them first hand. The dinner is a unique opportunity for space … More >>

When you are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s one giant leap, you need one giant treat to mark the occasion. The 2019 committee, who is in charge of the 10-day celebration, contacted the Chattanooga Bakery a year ago to see if they would like to create the world’s largest… More >>

As the world was waiting to see Neil Armstrong's historic walk on the moon, we were making some history of our own. We were called WIMA-TV at the time, and we helped bring the world to Wapakoneta through a live remote from the front steps of Armstrong's parents' home following the launch of … More >>

The competition was fierce and a little wet for Summer Moon Festival's annual bed races. With being the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon, the different obstacles were in his honor. Like trying to plant the flag on the moon while dizzy, feeding a teammate a moon pie while… More >>

A semi-pro XPogo performer and Wapakoneta-native stopped by his hometown to perform at the opening night of the Summer Moon Festival. Michael Broohart and his XPogo Stunt Team jumped around on their pogo sticks and showing off a variety of different tricks. They stopped by the town as they w… More >>

People got the chance to try out the new specialized celebratory drink on the first night of Summer Moon Festival. The night began with a toast using Moeller Brew Barn's First on the Moon Pale Ale. It was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. In add… More >>

Wapakoneta’s most famous son returns to downtown to greet everybody coming for the Summer Moon Fest for years to come. The Armstrong Air and Space Museum Association commissioned a statue of Neil Armstrong to be placed in the downtown parkway. The statue was created from a picture taken of A… More >>

Saint Paul United Church of Christ in Wapakoneta got a special visit from a man whose storytelling skills helped bring Neil Armstrong back to life. Storyteller and living historian Chris Hart brought people back in time as he played the role of Neil Armstrong. During the re-enactment, he ans… More >>

A former Navy frogman shares his experience assisting with the Apollo 11 mission by helping Neil Armstrong and the crew after they returned to Earth. Mike Mallory showing old pictures he had gathered over his time prepping for the Apollo 11 recovery mission during a presentation Tuesday afte… More >>

Swimmers celebrated like it was 1969 at the Wapakoneta WaterPark Monday afternoon. The water park put on a 60's Day event as part of the Apollo 11 50th anniversary.  Music from the 1960's was playing and themed activities were available for people stopping by the water park to enjoy. More >>

In honor of Neil Armstrong's welcome home parade through downtown Wapakoneta in 1969, participants took that same route to mark the 50th anniversary of his historic walk. The US Navy band, moon men and a lot of former friends of Armstrong were just a few of the people that took part in the A… More >>

With a new STEM center in the building, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum hopes to expand the content and scope of the programs they put on. For years local children have gotten a STEM education at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum but now children across the world will have the opportunit… More >>

Wapakoneta is "lifting" off their 50th-anniversary celebration of the first moon walk, by taking flight in a different way. Hot air balloons hit the skies to kickoff the 10 days of celebration leading up to the anniversary next Saturday. For those who didn't get to take a ride Friday evening… More >>

With just over a week left before the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, the 2019 Celebration Committee is taking Armstrong admirers on the road to see the important places Neil left his mark in the Wapakoneta area. “We’re going to show the birthplace, which is the… More >>

As we countdown to the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon, some local residents learned about his life after he returned to Earth. Providing that insight was the man that Armstrong trusted to write his story, “First Man” author James Hansen. Hansen talked about Armst… More >>

A Wapakoneta church is giving people a unique look into Neil Armstrong's past ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. St Paul United Church of Christ is opening its doors to give visitors a look at the church Armstrong went to while he lived there. People will be able to… More >>

It's a universe of stories this summer at branches of the Auglaize County Library District. Space themed activities are blasting off in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon. Monday morning, youngsters at the Cridersville Library's weekly Story Time … More >>

People in Wapakoneta spent the afternoon enjoying the musical talent produced by Auglaize County. The First on the Moon 50th Anniversary Celebration Committee hosted the first Porch Music Festival to honor Neil Armstrong's appreciation for music. Local bluegrass, country, and gospel acts set… More >>

Auglaize County continued their celebration of the Apollo 11 50th anniversary with a tribute to Neil Armstrong's roots. The 2019 Celebration Committee hosted a concert featuring the Columbus Mäennerchor Damenchor. The "Apollo, I Hear Your Call" concert featured German and American songs cent… More >>

Beer enthusiasts, make sure to get your taste buds ready for a new beer that will take you out of this world. Moeller Brew Barn released the "First on the Moon" pale ale Thursday evening in collaboration with the 2019 celebration committee. The unique can commemorates the 50th anniversary of… More >>

2019 of course marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's historic walk on the moon - and plenty of events are planned to celebrate the occasion. The First on the Moon committee set up a website for people planning on taking part in the 50th anniversary. has a list of … More >>