Geneva Grape Jamboree

24 – Geneva Grape Jamboree – Geneva, Ohio – Saturday, September 26, 2009

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AUTHOR’S NOTE: There is an updated 2015 Review here – http://ohiofestivals.net/geneva-grape-jamboree-revisited/

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Geneva, Ohio, not to be confused with Geneva-on-the-Lake, seems a rather quaint city. Surrounded by wineries and country roads, one wouldn’t expect a festival all that big.

I mean, when you’re passing this…

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…how big a festival would you expect?

But I was REALLY happily surprised.
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I entered the festival from the south and came across a decent opening with some craft booths, signs for a photo exhibit and some food booths.

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But notice how you really can’t see a big purple stage down the street. That’s because it’s a decent ways down….

…with a helicopter next to it…

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…a corn hole event on the other side…

…another row of food vendors behind it…

…and a street of rides and games that branches off the north entrance.

In short, this festival was big. Bigger than I expected with pretzels, corn dogs, cheese on a stick, gyros, italian-esque products, pastries, nuts, fried veggies and even two trailers selling sausages from this place (can’t find if it’s local or not).
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And what’s more is that they had grape products!
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Grape Ice Cream – Yummy
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Grape Pie – Delicious!

Grape Candy Apples – for the nephew.

Grapes and Grape Juice!

And, with purple booths and other things, there were constant reminders that it was a grape festival…
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And then there was him…

As I walked back and forth along the festival, seeking various grape treasures, I was fortunate enough not to get rained on (no matter how threatening the sky seemed at times). Armed with a small $1 umbrella, I was fortunate enough to only have to use it when walking back to the car. My shoes and lower jeans got wet, but not horribly so. And, once I got in the car, the buckets poured.
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So I was lucky.

And with some nice souvenirs to bring to family and friends, I promised myself that I could come back to this festival again!

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