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11.) St. Anthony Parish Festival/Pierogi Fest – Lorain – June 6, 2010

I really try to avoid church festivals unless there’s a cultural or food element involved. That’s why I’ll attend a cultural festival (Greek, Italian, Polish, etc.) that is held by a church, but I won’t go to a traditional annual church festival…basically because I wouldn’t be able to keep up. But when word of mouth came my way that Lorain’s …

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10.) Troy Strawberry Festival – June 5, 2010

When deciding on a festival to attend, the town’s size and location are important factors. Those closer to Columbus, for example, might draw a greater crowd, even if the town itself is small. A larger crowd typically means more vendors and products available to those attending. When I read about the Troy Strawberry Festival, I was surprised to learn that …

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9.) Columbus Arts Festival – June 4, 2010

Although this blog and my life both put great emphasis on food – cooking, eating, experimentation, exploration – it’s only one of my interests. I love art as well and even paint a bit. See? So it’s always a delight to go to art festivals and see what talents are out there. At the Columbus Arts Festival, there were plenty …

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8.) The Port Clinton Walleye Festival – May 31, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE: There is an updated 2015 Review here – http://ohiofestivals.net/port-clinton-walleye-festival-revisited/ **********************************************   One of the great risks of both planning and attending a festival is weather. You never can tell what’s going to happen – especially in Ohio. And, sometimes, while things may seem nice where you are, it may be a completely different story at the festival location. …

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7.) Utica Sertoma’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival – May 30, 2010

Only hours after leaving the Taste of Cincinnati, we made our way to Utica, town of Velvet Ice Cream, for the Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival that Sertoma puts on every Memorial Day weekend. It was already close to 5:30 when we arrived and the festival was scheduled to close at 7. We had an hour and a half to …

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6.) Taste of Cincinnati – May 30, 2010

Nothing has more appeal than a festival that promises a wide selection of food in a concentrated space. Being that it’s also the longest running culinary arts festival in the country – with 500,000 people attending each year – it practically screams foodie happiness. So we arrived at lunchtime with 2 rumbling bellies to experience just that…Foodie Happiness. Set up …

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5.) Feast of the Flowering Moon – Chillicothe, Ohio – May 29, 2010

On Thursday, May 28, we had a full moon. To a great number of Northern American Indians, this particular full moon at the end of May is referred to as the Flowering Moon. As the flowers come into full bloom and crops begin to grow, Mother Earth is seen as coming back to life and giving great reason to celebrate. …

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4.) Spring Greek Festival – Lorain, Ohio – May 21, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE: In 2014, this spring festival has turned into a drive-thru with no indoor activities or services.  Therefore, although they are now calling it a Gyro Fest, it doesn’t match festival criteria and has been moved to the In Memorium listings.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I attended the St. Nicholas Greek Festival in September, …

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3.) International Migratory Bird Day /Family Bird Festival – Oak Harbor, Ohio – May 8, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I originally only listed the Family Bird Festival at Magee Marsh in Oak Harbor since this was the only real festival-like event that I’ve found. Unfortunately, I’m not even sure if this event even still goes on. But since I now list the full birding events for other states, I thought I would be fair in this case. …