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23.) Ashland Balloonfest – July 2, 2010

Many years ago, I went to York, PA to visit my college friend Cliff. Cliff has always loved hot air balloons and, at the time of my visit, he was working toward getting his license. This meant accumulating hours, which he hoped to do even over the weekend I was there. After various phone calls to check the weather, he …

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22.) Cleveland Pride Festival – June 26, 2010

After Com Fest, I was rejuvenated, partially from the Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Cherry ice cream I picked up at the North Market. With enough sunlight left in the day, and possibly enough time to make it to the Cleveland Pride Festival, I decided to chance it. There were only 75 minutes of festival left when I got into …

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21.) ComFest – Columbus, June 26, 2010

Years ago, my aunt and uncle – Columbus residents – told me that I had to go to ComFest (Community Fest) . When I asked what ComFest was, their reply was “a hippie fest.” That was enough for me! But unfortunately, due to various conflicts, it wasn’t until this year that I got the opportunity to attend. And, I agree. …

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20.) Dublin Kiwanis Annual Frog Jump Festival – June 26, 2010

After leaving Powell, I made my way to the Dublin Kiwanis Annual Frog Jump Festival in Dublin’s Coffman Park. Now this wasn’t my first frog jumping festival. Last year, I attended the Valley City Frog Jump Festival, a festival with hundreds of attendees who came to race their own frogs and others who decided to rent frogs available for the …

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19) Powell Festival – June 26, 2010

Creating a festival isn’t as easy as it sounds. If you wanted to start something in “Any Town, Ohio,” you would need something special to bring the people in. Perhaps “Any Town” is particularly known for its strawberries. Or it’s the birthplace of a well-known celebrity. Maybe a natural phenomenon is linked to the town. The city of Powell doesn’t …

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18.) Lorain International Festival and Bazaar – June 25, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I returned to the Lorain International Festival and Bazaar in 2016. You can read that review here – http://ohiofestivals.net/lorain-international-festival ********************************************* When I was a child, my mother would take my brother and me to the Lorain International Festival. At the time, it was held in a Sheffield Village parking lot, where two to three large circus tents held …

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16 & 17 – Old Fashioned Days (Brunswick) and Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival – June 23, 2010

With all the festivals going on this weekend alone (I intend on hitting about 4-5 festivals between Friday and Sunday), I thought I would take advantage of the length (5 days) and proximity (30 minutes from each other) of the Old Fashioned Days in Brunswick and the Wadsworth Blue Tip Festival. Both festivals are set on interesting themes and their …

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15.) Dean Martin Festival – Steubenville – June 19, 2010

When thinking of reasons to visit Steubenville, there are two things that come to mind. The first are all the murals throughout the city. ; And the second, of course, is… ; ; …Dean. You don’t have to resort to history books to realize that Dean Martin was born and raised in Steubenville. A walk through downtown should give you …

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14.) Grecian Food Festival – Steubenville – June 19, 2010

Being that I’ve already done two other Greek festivals on this blog alone, I can’t say I expected anything different at the Grecian Food Festival. I went there to grab lunch before the Dean Martin Festival and I arrived there fairly early. To say anything about the entertainment would be unfair, since I was early. I can talk, though, about …