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2.) Dandelion Festival – Dover, Ohio – May 1, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE: There is an updated 2015 Review here – http://ohiofestivals.net/dandelion-may-festival-revisited/ **********************************************   There’s something to be said about unexpected surprises. When you hear about a festival that’s in a small town (let alone a winery in that small town), you can’t help but be a little apprehensive in regards to what the festival has to offer. Put that small …

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1.) Geauga County Maple Festival – Chardon, Ohio – April 25, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE: There is an updated 2015 Review here – http://ohiofestivals.net/maple-festival-chardon/ ********************************************** With all the festivals I went to in 2009, those that stood out the most were those that really seemed to take advantage of the theme or product their festival stood for. The Grape Festival in Geneva had grapes, wine, grape pie, grape candy apples and grape ice …

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28 – Ghoulardi Fest – Cleveland – October 23, 2009

AUTHOR’S NOTE: There is an updated 2013 Review here – http://ohiofestivals.net/ghoulardifest-cleveland/ ********************************************** . I headed to, possibly, my last festival of the year, only to be guided by the faint rainbow that fell here. / Very faint. And as the leaves began to change and fall, bringing in the Halloween season, Cleveland set itself for some local television nostalgia with …

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27 – St. John’s Columbus Italian Festival – Columbus, Ohio – October 10, 2009

. Let me say right off that I’m not a big Italian festival fan and that is due to the fact that I’m not a tomato-sauce kind of guy. I love tomatoes, but I really don’t care for tomato paste or sauce. (Keep in mind that tomatoes weren’t really incorporated in Italian cooking until the late 17th century…they came from …

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26 – The Prairie Peddler Festival – Butler, Ohio – October 10, 2009

It’s after 9:30 pm as I write this and I just consumed some DQ small sundae with pumpkin pie pieces, tag-a-longs and caramel sauce. The 15 year old cashier even raised her eyebrow when I ordered it. That HAS to imply some mistake on my part. So, sure, I’m wired…but I can crash at any time. So, if my rather …

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25 – Colonial Williamsburg Festival – Wooster, Ohio – October 4, 2009

This was almost my Festival Hiatus Weekend……almost. I really had nothing scheduled and I may have mentioned it as such to a coworker, because she later gave me a rather thorough list of Ohio Festivals for the month of October. Finding the one in Wooster rather feasible, I decided to take a drive to the Colonial Williamsburg Festival at the …

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24 – Geneva Grape Jamboree – Geneva, Ohio – Saturday, September 26, 2009

AUTHOR’S NOTE: There is an updated 2015 Review here – http://ohiofestivals.net/geneva-grape-jamboree-revisited/ ********************************************** Geneva, Ohio, not to be confused with Geneva-on-the-Lake, seems a rather quaint city. Surrounded by wineries and country roads, one wouldn’t expect a festival all that big. I mean, when you’re passing this… . …how big a festival would you expect? But I was REALLY happily surprised. . …

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23 – Lorain Latino Fest – September 20, 2009

One of Lorain’s best festivals is definitely the Lorain International Festival. A cornucopia of food brought together for a mass of hungry festival goers. It’s almost like a culinary Epcot Center where the World Showcase is squeezed together in 1/1000 the space. If in a group, you and your friends can split up, get various items and share your treasures …

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22 – Clinton Apple Fest – Sept. 20, 2009

After a long driving day Saturday, I had another 2-3 festivals to hit on Sunday. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it, but I remained optimistic. From Columbus, I figured I should take advantage of my location and take a slight detour on my way to the next festival in Clinton, Ohio (near Canton). So I …