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20.) Pittsburgh Irish Festival Review – West Homestead, Pennsylvania – September 8, 2017

After a 10 minute walk from my hotel, I arrived at Riverplex… …made my way through security, handed over my ticket… …and entered to celebrate the Pittsburgh Irish Festival. Attractions and events occurred all over the grounds… …including a children’s area designated… …for games, arts, crafts, song and dance… …an Irish dog area… …where dog lovers could get up close …

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19.) Ukrainian Food Festival Review – Carnegie, Pennsylvania – September 8, 2017

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I arrived at a weird mid-afternoon time right after some rain had passed through Carnegie, PA. ********************************************** I came to St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church… …to not only check out the beautiful hand-painted artistry on the walls… …and the beautiful decor inside… …but to check out a food festival I had read about online. Signs …

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18.) St. Josaphat Ukrainian Festival Review – Parma – August 26, 2017

Behind St. Josaphat’s in Ukrainian Village… …passed the Men’s Club’s Rummage Sale… …and across the field… …there was a festival taking place. The St. Josaphat Ukrainian Festival was split into an outdoor and indoor area… …with the outdoor offering such activities as an inflatable sports center… …tractor rides… …face painting… …musical entertainment… …and, deep in this corner of food vendors… …

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17.) “Little Green Men” Days Festival Review – Kelly, Kentucky – August 21, 2017

On August 21, 1955, five adults and seven children drove to the police station in Hopkinsville, Kentucky to report an unbelievable incident. They claimed that a spaceship with small alien creatures had come to their farmhouse in nearby Kelly, only to peer through windows and pop up in doorways. Later known as Hopkinsville Goblins, these extraterrestrial  peeping Toms weren’t particularly …

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16.) National Hamburger Festival Update – Akron – August 12, 2017

  AUTHOR’S NOTE: This post will show you updated photos of the National Hamburger Festival. But if you want an official review with history and layout, please check out https://ohiofestivals.net/39-national-hamburger-festival-akron-august-19-2012/ ********************************************** I was invited back to the National Hamburger Festival… …to sign my name on a sheet… …sit with other hamburger lovers (photo courtesy of National Hamburger Festival)… …and judge …

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15.) Kent Potterfest Review – July 29, 2017

If you’re a fan of Harry Potter… …AND a fan of festivals… …then you likely found yourself at Kent Potterfest this last Saturday. Muggles flew in from all over… …read (Voldemort’s) writing on the wall… …and kept themselves safe with a wizard’s assistance (courtesy of Couponing with Rachel). The festival set itself up around downtown with various Harry Potter points …

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A visit to The Wilds

  This past weekend, I took the family’s animal lover… …to Cumberland, Ohio where 10,000 acres once used for surface mining… …are now used as the North America’s largest conservation center. Welcome to The Wilds… …a magical land where we took a 2.5 hour bus tour… …to see everything from Bactrian Camels… …and Persian Onagers… …to Sichuan Takins… …and the …

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14.) St. Demetrios Greek Festival Review – Rocky River – June 25, 2017

It was a Sunday afternoon at St. Demetrios. The drive thru line was busy… …the outdoor stage was being set up… …kids took advantage of the play area and the bounce house… …and tours were going on in the church. This was the St. Demetrios Greek Festival… …and it consisted of a collection of rooms and stations… …where hungry visitors …

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13.) Comfest Review – Columbus – June 25, 2017

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I first visited Comfest in 2010 and wrote about both the festival and its history. You can read that post here – https://ohiofestivals.net/21-com-fest-columbus-june-26-2010/ ************************************************************ Seven years after my first visit to Comfest, I had the chance to return. I understand that Comfest has gotten pretty big over the years and that the festival doesn’t care to advertise to …