Skunk Fest – North Ridgeville, Ohio

I really wasn’t sure where to go today. On the one hand, there’s a potato festival in Mantua (1 hr 15 min) that advertises pierogies and potato pancakes.

But, on the other hand, there’s the Skunk Fest. Where else am I going to get that?

And – what’s more – where else will I have to sign a waver to get in!?

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The possible danger I was putting myself into seems to be great first date material to say the least.
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“What did you do this weekend?”
“I went to a skunk fest…I had to sign a waver.”
“In case you were sprayed?”
“Or even bitten and clawed.”
“You’re so brave! Sleep with me?”
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Ok, so it probably wouldn’t go like that. Maybe more like her thinking that I was an idiot for having to soak myself in a tub of tomato juice. But at least I was entertained…and it’s FREE!

Upon arriving at the park, the place was packed. Really. I almost didn’t think I would get a spot.

And, while driving to find a spot, I passed a couple who each carried their own skunk. Wow.

When I got inside, I passed a guy with a white skunk. I had never seen one before and he allowed me to take a photo.

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Past a food tent (which also had raw veggies for the skunks), there were various booths for various skunk or pet-related activities set up throughout the park. This is only a small section in the photo. There was a section behind me, a row of tables to the left (out of view) and to the right.
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Among the tables were Pet First Aid, Recognizing Eye Disease in Pets, and even a Pet Communicator/Psychic. I believe I also saw a table where a guy sold his self-published skunk-related children’s books.

Here’s a pic of all the stuff I got from the various tables…

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On the left is a brochure on a doggy camp. The middle has a recipe book I won by spinning a wheel. The right has the first aid info (where to go for the class) along with the brochure and card of the Animal Communicator.
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Now, the bigger booklets on the left are from a group that saved farm animals. Chickens, geese, pigs, etc. Here are a saved chicken and a goose. One of the chickens there was saved from a cock fight (not this one, I don’t believe) while this goose was found in a pond. They realized it was domesticated based on its people-friendly attitude and inability to eat on its own.

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They also had a goat with them.

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Another animal group had stranger animals they saved.
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There were many animal groups. Even for various dogs, chinchillas, basic pets and even ferrets. My mom doesn’t care for ferrets much, so I got her a shirt.
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But, before you start thinking it was about every animal BUT the skunk, I should bring this topic back to the main focus…

…with skunk stuff…
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…skunk signs for the home (click on photo to open it and read)…

…skunk awards…

…skunks on display…

…skunk pets (the white skunk)…

…and a skunk car.

Did you notice Pepe inside?
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All in all, a wonderful time. The people were great, the animals were interesting, and a festival I think I would go back to for sure.
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For the record, I was NOT sprayed. :-)

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2 Responses to Skunk Fest – North Ridgeville, Ohio

  1. Mary Rogers says:

    Is this every year and Ohio allows ownership of skunks?

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