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34.) St. Peter’s Parish Festival (and all Parish Festivals) – Lorain – July 30, 2010

/ St. Peter’s isn’t the Roman Catholic Church it used to be, although it does retain a little Italian charm. And, while it’s not the typical ethnic parish festival I would follow, it is the parish I grew up in. Therefore, I’ve decided to show a few reasons why people should visit local parish festivals, no matter one’s faith. Using …

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33.) Celina Lake Festival Review – July 24, 2010

. When I told my uncle about the upcoming Celina Lake Festival, he responded, “Watch the algae.” I didn’t know what he meant. I figured, since he traveled a lot, algae was something that Celina was known for. Maybe there were legends that their algae glowed at night, luring waterfowl into its toxic pool so that it could devour them, …

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32.) Great Maumee Dragon Boat Festival Review – Toledo – July 24, 2010

. AUTHOR’S NOTE:  In 2015, the festival has changed its name to the Dragon Boat Summer Learning Festival.    Close to 2300 years ago, Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet, scholar and minister to the king of Chu (a southern state), found himself in a bit of water. Literally. On the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar …

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31.) Rittman Sleepwalker Festival Review – July 23, 2010

As the weekend approached, I thought about the trip to the Rittman Sleepwalker Festival. Granted, the name was intriguing and the pet parade sounded entertaining. But, as the temperatures rose into the 90’s and the online map showed a 1.25 hour drive to the small country town, I asked myself whether it would be worth it. Without the proximity of …

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30.) Huron Riverfest Review – July 11, 2010

After two festivals in the blazing heat, we were cooked. Really…we got a lot of sun. Therefore, it wasn’t in my best interest to ask Julia about stopping at the Huron Riverfest…not without an ice cream cone in her hand, at least. Taking advantage of Huron’s hidden location down a side street with no festival marker in sight to direct …

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29.) Toledo Lighthouse Festival Review – July 11, 2010

Every year, on the weekend after the 4th of July, the Toledo Lighthouse Society holds the Toledo Lighthouse Festival in Maumee Bay State Park. It’s a small festival consisting of… …a village of vendors… …a stage for music and other activities… …fish and chicken chunks… …and a cool silent auction that had… …lighthouse stuff galore (among other things). The vendors …

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28.) Lagrange Street Polish Festival Review – Toledo – July 11, 2010

As the people of Toledo (tol-eh-doh), Spain celebrated their country’s win in the World Cup, I was heading to Toledo (Tol-ee-doh), Ohio for other celebrations. Here, on Lagrange Street… …a Polish Festival was in effect. Set up in Toledo’s Polish Village with an entrance fee, the festival goes a few blocks, taking in… …Czelusta Park… …some Polish Village decor…. …and …

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27.) Old Time Jamboree Review – Amherst – July 10, 2010

. The Old-Time’s Jamboree used to be tedious for those who traveled through downtown Amherst. Set around downtown’s 5-stop intersection in front of city hall, sections of roads would be closed and cause nightmares all weekend. Fortunately, it’s now moved out of the way in a city parking lot and the surrounding grassy area. But, unfortunately, there’s really nothing to …

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26.) Sacred Heart Chapel’s Fiestas Patronales Review – Lorain – July 10, 2010

. I know what you’re saying. “Another parish festival? Didn’t you learn from St. Anthony’s Pierogi Fest?” Ah, but I’m a sucker for Puerto Rican food. Honestly, Sacred Heart’s food at the International Festival is usually wonderful and we didn’t get any this year because they kept running out of pastelillos (a testament of their power). So the pull was …