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8.) Maria Stein Country Fest Review – Maria Stein – June 24, 2017

At the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics… …a quite impressive festival called Country Fest took place on the grounds. Like other festivals, there were rows of vendors… …many offering knick-knacks and accessories. But here, there was also an art show at the Shrine… …as well as a large crafts tent… …with goat milk soaps (Goodwin Knoll)… …hand-cut glass …

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7.) Houston Community Classic Festival Review – June 24, 2017

It was a little after 11 AM behind Hardin-Houston High School… …and, although the Houston Community Classic Festival had officially begun… …I should have known that some activities, such as dunking… …gambling… …live entertainment… …and alcoholic consumption would start at a later time. Fortunately, under the big tent… …local organizations already had food ready as they served pork loin sandwiches …

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6.) Rail Festival Review – Dayton – June 24, 2017

It was a beautiful day at Carillon Park… …and the Wright brothers, along with many others… …were here for a Rail Festival. Inside the first building were two large train displays… …with all sorts of detail… …suitcase model trains… …guitar case model trains… …and various historical and railroad-related associations (Greene County/NMRA). Outside, the majority of vendors waited for festival goers …

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5.) Juneteenth Oberlin Review – June 10, 2017

AUTHOR’S NOTE: To read about the history of Juneteenth, please check out my post at the Columbus event HERE. To read my previous visit to Oberlin’s Juneteenth, you can go HERE. ********************************************* I returned to Oberlin’s Tappan Square, where booths were set up… …to commemorate this year’s Juneteenth. Gospel music filled the park… …as visitors talked with booths representing the …

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4.) Hessler Street Fair Review – Cleveland – June 3, 2017

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I’ve been to the Hessler Street Fair once before in 2011. To read that experience and learn the festival’s history, please go to http://ohiofestivals.net/15-hessler-street-fair-cleveland-may-22-2011/ ********************************************* After 6 years, I finally got back to the Hessler Street Fair… …where this small community continued to celebrate their survival… …through a fun hippie-esque festival. As the Hessler Neighborhood Association raised funds …

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Festivals, Food and Fun in Toronto, Canada

This weekend, I headed up to Toronto, Ontario to visit friends… …and help Canada celebrate her 150th birthday. To better explore the city, we took advantage of Doors Open Toronto… …where 150 sites around Toronto (City Hall)… …were open to the public (Design Exchange – the original stock exchange trading floor)… …for self-guiding tours (Historic Don Jail)… …guided tours (Toronto …

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3.) Testicle Festival Review – Tiro – May 12, 2017

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I’ve been to the Testicle Festival once before in 2013.  To read that experience and learn the festival’s history, please go to  http://ohiofestivals.net/4-tiro-testicle-festival-may-19-2013/ ********************************************* It was a beautiful Friday evening at the Tiro Tavern… …perfect for heading around back… …and celebrating their annual Testicle Festival. After a quick visit inside the tavern for wristbands and beer tickets… …festival …

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Exploring Ashtabula County with the Lakehouse Inn

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This experience was thanks to the people of the Lakehouse Inn, where I was treated as a guest.  All meals at the Crosswinds Grille and my stay at the Lakehouse Inn were complimentary. ********************************************* On a late April morning, I drove down Geneva-on the Lake’s summertime strip… …where I followed my nose to Madsen’s Donuts… …for a quick …

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A finely smoked meat and greet with Bertman Mustard at the Proper Pig

I was recently invited to meet the fine people behind Cleveland’s glorious mustards, Bertman Foods… …at The Proper Pig Smokehouse (Lakewood) for some small talk and eats. This was a quickly accepted invitation, as I’ve been wanting to try the food at The Proper Pig for some time, having seen their food truck at festivals (but somehow missing the opportunity …