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30.) Huron Riverfest Review – July 11, 2010

After two festivals in the blazing heat, we were cooked. Really…we got a lot of sun. Therefore, it wasn’t in my best interest to ask Julia about stopping at the Huron Riverfest…not without an ice cream cone in her hand, at least. Taking advantage of Huron’s hidden location down a side street with no festival marker in sight to direct …

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29.) Toledo Lighthouse Festival Review – July 11, 2010

Every year, on the weekend after the 4th of July, the Toledo Lighthouse Society holds the Toledo Lighthouse Festival in Maumee Bay State Park. It’s a small festival consisting of… …a village of vendors… …a stage for music and other activities… …fish and chicken chunks… …and a cool silent auction that had… …lighthouse stuff galore (among other things). The vendors …

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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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27.) Old Time Jamboree Review – Amherst – July 10, 2010

. The Old-Time’s Jamboree used to be tedious for those who traveled through downtown Amherst. Set around downtown’s 5-stop intersection in front of city hall, sections of roads would be closed and cause nightmares all weekend. Fortunately, it’s now moved out of the way in a city parking lot and the surrounding grassy area. But, unfortunately, there’s really nothing to …

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26.) Sacred Heart Chapel’s Fiestas Patronales Review – Lorain – July 10, 2010

. I know what you’re saying. “Another parish festival? Didn’t you learn from St. Anthony’s Pierogi Fest?” Ah, but I’m a sucker for Puerto Rican food. Honestly, Sacred Heart’s food at the International Festival is usually wonderful and we didn’t get any this year because they kept running out of pastelillos (a testament of their power). So the pull was …

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25.) St. John Medical Center Festival of the Arts Review – Westlake – July 10, 2010

On all the walking trails I’ve been on, it’s rare to see someone eating a gyro, let alone a funnel cake. Fortunately, at the St. John Medical Center Festival of the Arts, you can do both, secure that staff will immediately check you in (with proof of insurance) if things get to be a little too much. Set along a …

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24.) Italian American Council Festival Review – Akron – July 9, 2010

. In the heart of downtown Akron… . . …you can find Lock 3. . This prime piece of property was turned into a park in 2003 and now hosts… . …the Italian American Council Festival. . This festival makes use of what Lock 3 Park offers, including… . . …a nice stage… . …an area for some booths (Hi …

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23.) Ashland Balloonfest Review – July 2, 2010

Many years ago, I went to York, PA to visit my college friend Cliff. Cliff has always loved hot air balloons and, at the time of my visit, he was working toward getting his license. This meant accumulating hours, which he hoped to do even over the weekend I was there. After various phone calls to check the weather, he …

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22.) Cleveland Pride Festival Review – June 26, 2010

After Com Fest, I was rejuvenated, partially from the Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Cherry ice cream I picked up at the North Market. With enough sunlight left in the day, and possibly enough time to make it to the Cleveland Pride Festival, I decided to chance it. There were only 75 minutes of festival left when I got into …