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57.) St. Rocco’s Italian Festival Review – Cleveland – September 5, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE: After this review, I got a lot of comments from parishioners that eventually asked for me to come back and give the festival a second shot. I eventually did return in 2014, where my experience was a lot different.  You can read that review here – https://ohiofestivals.net/festival-of-saint-rocco-revisited-cleveland/ *********************************************On Cleveland’s Fulton Road, St. Rocco’s Church is really a beautiful …

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56.) Cleveland Hungarian Scout Festival Review – Parma – September 5, 2010

Scouting is more than simply tying a knot or starting a fire with flint. This movement begun in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell guides young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development. Quite an important thing. In Hungary, the Magyar Cserkészszövetség (Hungarian Scout Association) started in 1912. During World War I and World War II, scouts provided great services, such …

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55.) Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival Review – Port Clinton – September 4, 2010

Over this Labor Day weekend, if you walked through downtown Port Clinton… . …past the mural… . …and Wylie Walleye… …you would have found the Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival. You read it correctly… . …the Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council 1750, this small, but entertaining, festival had everything its name …

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54.) Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest Review – Middleburg Heights – September 3, 2010

. This past Labor Day weekend, the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds were transformed… …with inflatable German beer bottles… …and impressive sand valkyries. Yes, it was once again time for the Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest. Right off the bat, it’s important for me to say that I couldn’t help but compare this Oktoberfest to the German-American Festival the week before. With its …

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53.) Romanian Heritage Festival Review – Canton – August 29, 2010

m On the way back from the Great Trail Festival, I decided to stop in Canton for dinner. And what a better place to stop than at… …St. George Cathedral Romanian Heritage Festival. Sure, I just went to a Romanian festival last week at St. Mary’s in Cleveland, but this time, I had a better idea of what to eat. …

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52.) Great Trail Festival Review – Malvern – August 29, 2010

. Culture isn’t the only thing that festivals try to preserve. As the leaves prematurely begin to change and the birds gather in larger flocks on telephone poles and in my lawn, historical festivals start springing up, acting as living community time capsules that are reopened for a weekend or two. Last year, in September and October, I attended Butler’s …

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51.) German-American Festival Review – Oregon – August 27, 2010

. As I’ve said in the past, ethnic festivals often work toward the preservation of culture. The German-American Festival in Oregon is no different. . It started in Toledo in 1966, when 7 Swiss and German societies came together to create an event for people of Swiss and German origin to unite and celebrate their heritage. Within a few months, …

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50.) Pet Fest Review – Lorain – August 22, 2010

‘ For my 50th festival, I was hoping to do something local, laid back, and a little different than the other festivals I’ve been attending. So I went to Lorain’s Black River Landings, where the Community Animal Task Force was putting on their 2nd Annual Pet Fest. And although I didn’t bring my mom’s dog with me… …plenty of other …

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49.) Lexington Blueberry Festival Review – August 21, 2010

. When I first came to the Lexington Blueberry Festival last year, I was really disappointed. Except for one main blueberry booth, I didn’t see many blueberries. But since I was returning to Bucyrus for the Bratwurst Festival, and Lexington was nearby, I decided to give it a second chance. In fact, this time, I examined the blueberry festival’s website …