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42.) Berlin Heights Basket Festival Review – August 8, 2010

In 1858, Samuel Patterson founded the Berlin Fruit Box Company in Berlin Heights, Ohio to make the ladders, crates and baskets that nearby orchards needed. Now in its sixth generation of basket making, the family company is the oldest basket making business in Ohio – and the second in the nation – concentrating on home basket collections. But in this …

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41.) International Festival Review – Perrysburg – August 8, 2010

. As you cross I-75 and pass the Perrysburg water tower… . …you can notice something in the distance… . . …a structure unlike others in Northwest Ohio… . . …an Islamic center. . . Opening its doors in 1983, the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo was the first Islamic style mosque in North America, constructed after the Muslim community …

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40.) Ukrainian Festival Review – Parma – August 7, 2010

. While heading back from the Twins Day Festival, we stopped in Parma for the Ukrainian Festival, hosted by the Pokrova Ukrainian Catholic Parish. In many ways, it was constructed like a Greek festival with a dining area… l …cafeteria style food service… k l …cultural entertainment as you ate… l l …and various gift ideas to check out once …

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

. 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 those people did. The area grew at a much faster rate than neighboring communities and the …

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38.) Hungarian Day Review – Lorain – August 1, 2010

Lorain’s Hungarian Day is one of those festivals I heard about through a newspaper clipping. I found no website, banner, or lawn sign. I doubt anything was even mentioned at the Lorain County Visitor Bureau. Although I’m not clear on the festival’s 74 years of history, I know that the Hungarian community has suffered many recent great blows with the …

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37.) Pickerington Violet Festival Review – July 31, 2010

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  the festival in 2015 has changed location.  This may bring about a change in set-up and festival structure. *************************************   Some things were unclear to me about this festival. With the town of Violet being near Pickerington, would the Pickerington Violet Festival be a community festival or a flower festival? I mean, there WERE violets on the website. …

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36.) Strasburg Corn Festival Review – July 31, 2010

Going to small town festivals is always a gamble, especially in less populated areas like Amish Country. I realize I’ve said this once before, prior to the highly enjoyable Dandelion Festival. But even with such a delightful surprise, it’s difficult to justify that kind of drive when there’s another corn festival coming (North Ridgeville) only 10 miles away. That’s why …

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35.) Serbian Festival Review – Akron – July 31, 2010

When I schedule festival days, I try to get in as much as I can. On this particular day, I had three festivals and a fair scheduled along a 230 mile route. A little ambitious, I admit, but definitely doable, especially if all festivals involved are kept to their schedule. Unfortunately, the first festival, the Serbian Festival at St. Archangel …

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34.) St. Peter’s Parish Festival (and all Parish Festivals) – Lorain – July 30, 2010

/ St. Peter’s isn’t the Roman Catholic Church it used to be, although it does retain a little Italian charm. And, while it’s not the typical ethnic parish festival I would follow, it is the parish I grew up in. Therefore, I’ve decided to show a few reasons why people should visit local parish festivals, no matter one’s faith. Using …