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64.) Hudson Christkindlmarkt Review – December 15, 2018

On a chilly day in downtown Hudson… …a Christkindlmarkt (German Christmas market) took place on the Clocktower Green… …with Christmas music performances (Blaskapelle)… …free candy canes for the kids (Howard Hanna)… …and various vendors spread about… …offering warm alpaca clothing (Whistler’s Glen)… …beautiful silver jewelry (The Silver Dragon)… …handmade cajons and hand percussion instruments (JDub)… …palm free soaps (Usoapia)… …carved …

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18.) Crocker Park Liberty Fest Review – Westlake – July 1, 2018

Street sections were closed off at Crocker Park… …in order to celebrate Liberty Fest… …where entertainment included rock and roll (Monica Robins and the Whiskey Kings)… …unicycle demonstrations… …bike jumps… …and acrobatics (Jasmine Dragons). Down the side streets, festival goers of all sizes browsed among booths… …where local organizations assisted with spiritual (and educational) needs (St. Paul Westlake)… …dreams of …

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17.) Ontario Fourth of July Festival Review – June 30, 2018

When I got to the Ontario Fourth of July Festival… …I thought that the deflated inflatables could be a sign that the festival hadn’t yet begun… …even after arriving 40 minutes past the time indicated on the Facebook event. This was only confirmed as I observed music stage soundchecks… …petting zoo preparations… …and an information/prize tent that just wasn’t ready. …

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45.) Dalton Holidays Festival Review – December 2, 2017

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I first visited the Dalton Holidays Festival in 2010.  You can read that experience here: https://ohiofestivals.net/98-dalton-holidays-festival-december-4-2010/ ******************** After 7 years, I returned to Dalton High School… …to help celebrate the Dalton Holidays Festival. As visitors tried their luck at the raffle… …I made a stop at Mrs. Claus’ Pantry… …to check out the various chocolates and pies. Holiday …

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44.) Christmas in Zoar Review – December 2, 2017

I drove to Historic Zoar Village… …followed parking signs next to the church (or Meeting House)… …purchased my admission for a wristband… …and explored the Christmas in Zoar festival. At first, the map was overwhelming… …as there were various things to check out all over the village. But, thanks to a lot of signage… …I easily found attractions that included …

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31.) Firelands Labor Day Festival Review – New London – September 4, 2016

The Firelands Labor Day Festival (108th this year) is a festival to explore. Beyond the carnival midway… …with its various rides… …and games… …there’s a back seemingly private wooden area where you can get a steak dinner… …or hang out in the beer tent. An unmarked building with no signs leading you there… …will bring you to some vendors… …and …

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26.) Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival Review – September 3, 2016

It was a beautiful day in Canal Winchester… …perfect for a Labor Day Festival. The main stage was being set up for that evening… …with a secondary stage ready to go… …and kids and families were taking advantage of the various games… …rides… …and face painting… …as adults relaxed in the Ugly Mug Beer Garden. Vendors were spread throughout the …

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12.) Bay Days Review – Bay Village – June 30, 2016

As the car show was being set up at the middle school… …I made my way into Cahoon Memorial Park… …where Bay Days had already begun. This four day festival (no events on Sunday) acted mostly as a town carnival… …with fair food… …a good amount of rides… …and games galore. But as I looked more closely at the homemade …