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28.) Mantua Potato Festival Review – September 10, 2017

This spud in Mantua was smiling because, just the day before… …the pierogi cooked here… …ended up weighing more than any other pierogi before it… …breaking a new world record! Congrats, Mantua! This was my first official time at the Mantua Potato Festival… …and things were still getting setup when I arrived. A carnival area… …with food, rides and games… …

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27.) Woofstock Review – Chagrin Falls – September 10, 2017

  AUTHOR’S NOTE: I was allowed access to the festival on a media pass. ********************************************** Early Sunday morning, I headed to the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field… …as festival goers brought their pooches… …to a special event called Woofstock. Fortunately, I had arrived early enough to see several dogs in costume… …as they were lined up… …to not only be photographed …

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Upcoming Festival Weekend: September 14-17, 2017

  Happy Festival Weekend, Festival fans! For another week, the festivals are so plentiful this weekend with over 70 festivals in Ohio, nearly 40 in Indiana, 40 in Michigan,and  over 30 in Kentucky,  nearly 30 in Western PA and over 20 in West Virginia. Again, the map below has festivals all over and many cities have more than one, so …

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26.) FoxFest Review – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – September 9, 2017

125 years after a chapel named after John Fox was completed… …the now Faith United Methodist Church decided to celebrate… …and they did it via a festival called FoxFest. At the festival entrance, the church offered free entries to win some gift baskets… …while the Rotary offered a 50/50 raffle a few feet away. Vendors congregated in the heart of …

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25.) West Newton Community Festival Review – Pennsylvania – September 9, 2017

As the official town crier (Your Speaking Solutions) of the West Newton Community Festival would tell you… …this festival was all about community. The main square of vendors was more-or-less divided into vendors (left) and food (right)… …and, although it wasn’t obvious where all food vendors were from… …most had some sign or banner that showed that burgers were cooked …

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24.) Hempfield Township Community Days Review – Pennsylvania – September 9, 2017

After a free ride to the grounds, thanks to a volunteer in a golf cart… …I checked out the offerings of the Hempfield Township Community Days. Community was the perfect name, as booths represented the local library (GHAL)… …the local fire department (Hempfield Bureau of Fire)… …the local Kiwanis Club (of Greensburg)… …and a local organization to bring awareness to …

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23.) Autumn Mum Festival Review – Connellsville, Pennsylvania – September 9, 2017

Deep in the heart of Connellsville… …festival goers were celebrating the change of seasons… …with an Autumn Mum Festival. Most of the mums were gone by the time I had arrived… …but that didn’t stop festival goers from shopping among the jewelry… …soaps… …and fresh produce. There were many local organizations present, selling brooms (Connellsville Lions Club)… …hosting children’s activities …

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22.) Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee Review – New Centerville, Pennsylvania – September 9, 2017

  AUTHOR’S NOTE: When I arrived at this festival, I only saw a few small parking lots that were filled with cars.  I eventually found a spot in a lot near the entrance and considered myself lucky. While going through the festival, I realized there were other entrances and a huge field filled with cars. When I left the festival, …

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21.) Mountain Craft Days Review – Somerset, Pennsylvania – September 9, 2017

The Somerset Historical Center is a beautiful property to explore… …with a covered bridge… …a cider press… …a newly finished lime kiln… …and an annual festival called Mountain Craft Days. All over the grounds, festival goers were able to watch demonstrations and learn about such things as stone cutting… …coopering… …broom making… …surveying… …rifle making… …flax scutching… …and sauerkraut making… …