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33.) Dutch Valley Fall Festival – Sugarcreek – September 16, 2016

I set my navigation for the Dutch Valley Market… …in order to visit the Dutch Valley Fall Festival. At first, when I stepped out into the parking lot… …I only saw a few cute craft vendors (Morgan’s Special Treasures)… …a sample and sandwich booth from the market… …and some inflatables. But then I was pointed to a pathway… …where the …

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32.) Greek Festival – Akron – September 16, 2016

As soon as I arrived at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s Greek Festival… …my nose led me to the tent entrance… …where hungry festival goers were filling their plates with delicious food… …and then enjoying it under the blue and white stripes. Vendors were lined up along the side… …with a stage ready for performances in the back. Beyond the tent, …

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31.) Firelands Labor Day Festival – New London – September 4, 2016

The Firelands Labor Day Festival (108th this year) is a festival to explore. Beyond the carnival midway… …with its various rides… …and games… …there’s a back seemingly private wooden area where you can get a steak dinner… …or hang out in the beer tent. An unmarked building with no signs leading you there… …will bring you to some vendors… …and …

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30.) Russia Homecoming Festival – September 4, 2016

The Russia (pronounced “ROO-shee”) Homecoming Festival… …is a small community festival that takes place on the grounds of St. Remy Hall. To one side, there’s a carnival area with rides… …games… …and food… …while another side has gambling tents for the evening… …a fancy stand, a cake booth… …and a rather popular dunk tank. Activities this year included an exotic …

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29.) Fort Rowdy Gathering – Covington – September 4, 2016

I walked on over to Covington Community Park… …as kids played in the playground below… …and festival goers wavered in time… …between the present day with cornhole boards and dish towels… …and the past circa late 1700’s/early 1800’s, where you would find box makers… …stitchers and homemade soaps. This was the Fort Rowdy Gathering… …a celebration done through music… …plenty …

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28.) Fair at New Boston – Springfield – September 4, 2016

Beyond the entrance banner, admission gate… …and some area historical society booths… …something magical happened. As festival goers approached the Mad River military camp… …with the possibility of seeing a cannon fire… …they felt themselves pass through time while descending upon the Fair at New Boston. Set between 1790 to 1810… …the Fair at New Boston actually made the festival …

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27.) West Jefferson Ox Roast Festival – September 3, 2016

In West Jefferson, there is an annual Ox Roast… …which is started on Sunday night when a wood-filled pit is lit with flares. Sand is used for the roast… …and metal as well… …not to mention over 5,500 pounds of meat for the 8,000+ sandwiches that are served on Labor Day. (The Ox Box is where you can buy a …

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26.) Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival – September 3, 2016

It was a beautiful day in Canal Winchester… …perfect for a Labor Day Festival. The main stage was being set up for that evening… …with a secondary stage ready to go… …and kids and families were taking advantage of the various games… …rides… …and face painting… …as adults relaxed in the Ugly Mug Beer Garden. Vendors were spread throughout the …

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25.) Sweet Corn Festival – Millersport – September 3, 2016

When I first walked up to the Sweet Corn Festival‘s giant corn… …I thought it might be a smaller festival with a few photo ops… …and plenty of rides… …because, honestly, rides were all I could see at the entrance. But as I moved farther, I saw booths beyond the rides… …with local groups selling Amish fry pies and turkey …