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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. …

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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 …