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47. ) Romanian Festival Review – Cleveland – August 20, 2010

l AUTHOR’S NOTE: I returned to this festival in 2018. You can read that experience here: https://ohiofestivals.net/st-mary-romanian-festival ******************** On Cleveland’s Warren Road sits the oldest Romanian parish in the country… …St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Church. Founded in 1904, the parish was originally built on Detroit Road to meet the demand of a wave of Romanian immigrants that started in the …

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45.) The Valley City Frog Jump Festival Review – August 15, 2010

In 1962, Liverpool Township was trying to plan their 150-year town celebration. Inspired by Mark Twain’s short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” a frog jumping competition was created to give children something to take part in. Nearly 50 years later, that competition is now going stronger than ever as the Frog Jump Festival in the unincorporated community …

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39.) Twins Day Festival Review – Twinsburg – August 7, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I returned to the festival in 2019, which you can read about HERE. **** . In 1819, two brothers from Connecticut, Moses and Aaron Wilcox, came to the very small town of Millsville, Ohio. In their possession were 4,000 acres of land that they sold in small parcels at small prices to tempt people to settle there. And …

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33.) Celina Lake Festival Review – July 24, 2010

. When I told my uncle about the upcoming Celina Lake Festival, he responded, “Watch the algae.” I didn’t know what he meant. I figured, since he traveled a lot, algae was something that Celina was known for. Maybe there were legends that their algae glowed at night, luring waterfowl into its toxic pool so that it could devour them, …

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28.) Lagrange Street Polish Festival Review – Toledo – July 11, 2010

As the people of Toledo (tol-eh-doh), Spain celebrated their country’s win in the World Cup, I was heading to Toledo (Tol-ee-doh), Ohio for other celebrations. Here, on Lagrange Street… …a Polish Festival was in effect. Set up in Toledo’s Polish Village with an entrance fee, the festival goes a few blocks, taking in… …Czelusta Park… …some Polish Village decor…. …and …

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21.) ComFest Review – Columbus, June 26, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE: If you wish to see my 2017 photos, you can visit https://ohiofestivals.net/comfest. ******************** Years ago, my aunt and uncle – Columbus residents – told me that I had to go to ComFest (Community Fest) . When I asked what ComFest was, their reply was “a hippie fest.” That was enough for me! But unfortunately, due to various conflicts, …

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15.) Dean Martin Festival Review – Steubenville – June 19, 2010

When thinking of reasons to visit Steubenville, there are two things that come to mind. The first are all the murals throughout the city. ; And the second, of course, is… ; ; …Dean. You don’t have to resort to history books to realize that Dean Martin was born and raised in Steubenville. A walk through downtown should give you …

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13.) Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival Review – June 18, 2010

Seven years ago, a committee in Avon was trying to replace the Festival of Flowers, which faded away with the area’s greenhouses. Turning to the city’s biggest employer, the German industrial company Henkel Corp., who sold Duck brand duct tape out of the Avon location, the committee made an agreement for an interesting new festival idea. ; Duct Tape ; …

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10.) Troy Strawberry Festival Review – 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 …