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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 …

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24.) HotLicks Bluesfest – Granville – September 2, 2016

In downtown Granville, locals were spread out along the street in folding chairs… …on restaurant balconies… …or at tables in the Beer Garden… …and they were all facing the stage… …and enjoying the HotLicks Bluesfest. Downtown restaurants were only a stone’s throw away from the stage (Broadway Pub/Moe’s)… …while food trucks gave additional options (Mai Chau/SteamRoller). Just outside the festival …

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23.) Greek Festival – Columbus – September 3, 2016

I headed to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral around lunch time… …in order to take full advantage of their Greek Festival… …and I was immediately given plenty of options in the outdoor area… …with such dishes as saganaki (flambéed cheese), fried calamari… …gyros… …roasted lamb… …and fish and chips. But after the helpful advice of some photogenic volunteers… …I decided …

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22.) Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival – Columbus – September 3, 2016

I arrived at the Ohio History Center early on Saturday morning… …just as base ball teams were checking in… …to be part of the Ohio Cup Vintage Base Ball Festival. This was a vintage base ball competition where teams followed 1864 rules… …and matches were timed instead of having 9 innings… …so that more teams could play against each other. …

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21.) Cleveland Area Pagan Pride Days – Bedford – August 27, 2016

As I walked onto Bedford Public Square… …an opening ritual was underway. A bucket filled with water and selected trinkets… …was being blessed… …before the water was used to bless the circling crowd… …and the Cleveland Area Pagan Pride Day Festival officially began. After a suggested donation of 2 non perishable food items to be brought to the Information booth… …

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20.) Valley City Street Fair – August 21, 2016

As firefighters took turns at the Dunking Booth… …we strolled into downtown Valley City… …to join their annual Street Fair celebration. We circled the area and found various food vendors… …offering everything from tacos to donuts… …gift vendors ranging from chainsawed wooden sculptures to jewelry… …local veteran groups… …a local church offering free water (Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church)… …and activities …

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19.) “The Reckoning” Highland Games and Festival – Vermilion – August 13, 2016

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Each year, the festival title changes. ************************************************************ Early Saturday morning in Vermilion’s Sherod Park… …kilt-wearing weight lifters had a “gathering” of sorts… …where they set up stations all around the area… …to compete against each other with their weight-lifting skills… …during “The Reckoning” Highland Games and Festival. Although some people fixed their viewing from one spot… …Max and …