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Festival Weekend: July 20-23, 2017

Good Morning, Festival fans! There are nearly 50 festivals in Ohio, over 40 in Michigan and some more in the other neighboring states. Among visited Ohio festivals, I would definitely check out the Headlands BeachFest in Mentor, St. Joseph’s Ox Roast Fair in Mantua (pronounced man-a-way), the Summer Moon Festival in Wapakoneta and the Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival at the …

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A visit to The Wilds

  This past weekend, I took the family’s animal lover… …to Cumberland, Ohio where 10,000 acres once used for surface mining… …are now used as the North America’s largest conservation center. Welcome to The Wilds… …a magical land where we took a 2.5 hour bus tour… …to see everything from Bactrian Camels… …and Persian Onagers… …to Sichuan Takins… …and the …

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Festival Weekend: July 13-16, 2017

Good Morning, Festival fans! There are over 50 festivals in Ohio and plenty more in neighboring states this weekend. Among visited Ohio festivals, I would definitely check out the beautiful natural setting of Lilyfest in Rockbridge, the artistry of the Willoughby ArtsFest, the local vintages of the Toast of Ohio Wine Festival in Sandusky, and the ethnic delights of the …

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Festival Weekend: July 6-9, 2017

Good Morning, Festival fans! I hope you had a great 4th of July yesterday.  I’ll allow you to relax and take a deep breath after all the fireworks, BBQ and fun you just had… … …okay, great! Ready for more festivals? 🙂 Festivals worth noting this weekend include the Cain Park Arts Festival in Cleveland, the Delta Chicken Festival, the …

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14.) St. Demetrios Greek Festival – Rocky River – June 25, 2017

It was a Sunday afternoon at St. Demetrios. The drive thru line was busy… …the outdoor stage was being set up… …kids took advantage of the play area and the bounce house… …and tours were going on in the church. This was the St. Demetrios Greek Festival… …and it consisted of a collection of rooms and stations… …where hungry visitors …

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13.) Comfest – Columbus – June 25, 2017

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I first visited Comfest in 2010 and wrote about both the festival and its history. You can read that post here – http://ohiofestivals.net/21-com-fest-columbus-june-26-2010/ ************************************************************ Seven years after my first visit to Comfest, I had the chance to return. I understand that Comfest has gotten pretty big over the years and that the festival doesn’t care to advertise to …

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12.) London Strawberry Festival – June 24, 2017

Mere hours after eating turtle soup, I arrived in downtown London for the Strawberry Festival… …and came across a tortoise heading straight for me. Fortunately, he was only there to make friends with some festival princesses (whew!). As the princess headed to the main stage to introduce themselves… …I walked along South Main Street to check out the festival. Vendors …

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11.) Toast to Summer – Washington Court House – June 24, 2017

It was a beautiful day at the Fayette County Airport. A biplane ride was going on above me… …a guitarist was singing a Gordon Lightfoot song… …and festival goers were purchasing beer and wine tasting tickets… …before thoroughly exploring the grounds at the Toast to Summer festival. With planes parked outside to be admired… …all the hangars were filled with …

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Festival Weekend: June 29 – July 4, 2017

Good Morning, Festival fans! This is an interesting festival weekend because you have the typical Friday-Sunday weekend, followed by a possible work day (I personally have to work on Monday), followed by Independence Day. It can make for some really weird scheduling. And, as you can bet, a good amount of festivals are Fourth of July/Independence Day Festivals, Firework Festivals, …