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Table of Contents ■ NORTHEAST OHIO ■ Blossom offers musical acts for all tastes — Page 2 ■ Carnation Festival paints Alliance red — Page 3 ■ People see double in Twinsburg — Page 4 ■ 3 festivals stand out in Portage County — Page 5 ■ Rock hall exhibits cover all genres — Page 5

■ SOUTHEAST OHIO ■ Many legends come from Ohio — Pages 33-35 ■ Dickens figures take over Cambridge — Page 35

■ NORTHWEST OHIO ■ AuGlaize Village brings history to life — Page 36 ■ Hamler fest honors German heritage — Page 38

■ NORTH CENTRAL OHIO ■ Canoeing, camping define Mohican area — Page 6 ■ Park offers a Holmes County safari — Page 7 ■ Secrest rejuvenating after tornado — Page 10

■ CENTRAL OHIO ■ Columbus offers lots for tourists — Page 12

■ STATEWIDE ■ 101 other things to do across Ohio — Page 39

“Good Times in Ohio” is an annual publication produced jointly by the Dix Communications newspapers across Ohio. Copyright 2012.

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Blossom offers wide range of musical acts Record Publishing

CUYAHOGA FALLS — Blossom Music Center serves as the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra and is an outdoor venue for numerous music concerts throughout the summer. This summer’s concert lineup announced so far includes Lady Antebellum, Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, the Beach Boys, Phish, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Ted Nugent and Nickelback. Blossom was planned and built between 1966 and 1968 by the Musical Arts Association, the non-profit parent organization of The Cleveland Orchestra.

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The land selected for Blossom was an 800-acre area of rolling hills surrounded by Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The seating for Blossom includes the pavilion, which has a capacity for 5,700, and the lawn area, which has the capacity for 13,500. Other features at Blossom Music Center include Eells Gallery, used by Kent State University to exhibit works by regional and national artists through the Kent/Blossom Art Program; the openair Blossom Grille at the top

Photo courtesy of Blossom Music Center

Blossom Music Center is the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, but also offers a wide variety of other musical acts each summer.

of the lawn area, which offers a full-service restaurant and bar, as well as prepackaged picnic dinners and gourmet picnic baskets; the Wine Shop; and picnic areas. Adjacent to Blossom is Porthouse Theatre, a 500seat covered pavilion theater that provides a home for the

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Carnation Festival paints Alliance in red The Alliance Review

ALLIANCE — Each August, Alliance area residents, former community members and numerous dignitaries gather to celebrate the Greater Alliance Area Carnation Festival which is preparing for its 53rd annual event in 2012. The 10-day festival — beginning Aug. 9 — features thousands of red carnaReview photo tions distributed throughout The Grand Parade on the final Saturday is one of two Carnation Festival parades. the city, a rib burn-off, two parades, a style show, a bal■ MORE INFO: Call 330In 1904, 20 years after val, winds from Park Avenue loon lift-off, a pet show, com- 823-6260 or visit www.carnaand Main Street to GlamorLamborn suggested the flowmunity days in the park, live tionfestival.com. gan Castle. The Carnation er be made a state emblem, entertainment, car shows and queen is crowned and her the Ohio General Assembly other events across the city. house at Main Street and court is chosen on Sunday voted to make the carnation The festival board uses the Union Avenue. evening, following the annual annual occasion to focus on the official state flower in Lamborn ran against Wilqueen pageant at Alliance how Alliance became known liam McKinley for the district tribute to McKinley. In 1959, High School. as the “Carnation City.” It all congressional seat and often Alliance was named the CarThe Grand Parade takes started with Alliance doctor presented McKinley, who nation City by the Ohio Genplace on the final Saturday of and politician Levi Lamborn’s admired the red carnation, eral Assembly. the festival and features the cultivation in the 1860s of the with a flower for his lapel The Kick-Off Parade, held queen and her court. red carnation in his greenbefore political debates. the first Sunday of the festi-

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Double takes dominate twins festival By ANDREW SCHUNK Twinsburg Bulletin

TWINSBURG — What began in a small, agrarian community in 1976 with hamburgers, corn-on-the-cob, soft drinks for 76 cents and 37 sets of twins has become an international event, drawing thousands of multiples from as far as Australia and Japan to the city named for them. When the first Twins Days Festival was conducted in the Summit County community of Twinsburg, even its creators had no idea it would become the iconic festival it is today, now in its 37th year. They were simply celebrating the U.S. Bicentennial in the city named for twin brothers Moses and Aaron Wilcox, who settled in Twinsburg in 1917. The world-renowned festival has grown exponentially into a three-day extravaganza, visited by researchers

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Giana and Dera Fasline of Pittsburgh look over their shoulders at the thousands of twins walking in the 2008 Double Take Parade.

from respected universities like Harvard, Yale and Notre Dame, and including stages for talent shows and twins contests, famous bands, a royal court and grand marshals, fireworks and the popular kickoff, the Double Take Parade. There have been marriage ceremonies and skydivers, international television crews and a 1987 entry in the Guinness Book of World Records.

In 2012, Twins Days will celebrate its 37th anniversary with the theme, “Super Heroes: Twin Power!” As twins from countries far and near prepare for this year’s party, Aug. 3 to 5, one thing will remain a certainty — twins from around the world will converge in their namesake city to celebrate the joy and camaraderie of being multiples.

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3 Portage County festivals stand out among the throng By DIANE SMITH Record-Courier

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Pat South makes potato pancakes during the 2011 Mantua Potato Festival.

In Portage County, the summer and early fall means festival season, with various carnivals and festivals throughout the area. Three of the most popular festivals are Kent Heritage Festival in July, Ravenna Balloon A-Fair and Mantua Potato Festival, both in September. The 17th annual Heritage Festival

Above: Crowds pack downtown Kent streets during the 2011 Heritage Festival. Left: Cris Yehle helps inflate a hot air balloon during the 2011 Ravenna Balloon A-Fair.

will be July 7 in downtown Kent. The event will feature entertainment on three stages, food, craft and information booths and fireworks. The 39th annual Potato Festival will be Sept. 7 through Sept. 9 in Buchert Park in Mantua Village. The three-day event includes games, rides, drawings, contests food and crafts, as well as a parade and live entertainment. All activities center around the potato, once a huge crop for area farmers, who supplied them to potato chip factories in the region. The event will feature many foods featuring potatoes, including candy, doughnuts, pirogies, pancakes, bread, cookies and more. Ravenna Balloon A-Fair is planning a variety of events in preparation for its two-day festival in Ravenna and Ravenna Township. Festivities begin Sept. 13 with the Children’s Parade, featuring the Mini Marshal. On Sept. 13, a breakfast will take place to honor sponsors for the event. The festival will be Sept. 15 and 16, starting in downtown Ravenna with the Grand Parade. The festival will feature craft and information booths, food concessions and entertainment. That evening, the festivities move to Sunbeau Valley Farm in Ravenna Township, where there will be a hot air balloon lift off, weather permitting, as well as food, entertainment and fireworks at dusk. The event will continue Sunday with food, entertainment and balloon liftoffs, weather permitting. Daily admission to Sunbeau is $5.

Museum exhibits cover all of rock’s many genres By KYLE McDONALD Record-Courier

CLEVELAND — Whether it be classic rock, oldies, soul, pop, blues, hip-hop or any other music that tickles your ears, chances are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has something to spike your interest. Some current exhibits at the museum include “The Beatles,” “1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Cleveland Deejay Tommy Edwards,” “Otis Redding” and “The Roots of Rock and Roll: Blues, Gospel, Country/Folk/Blue-

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grass and R&B.” In addition this year’s major temporary exhibit, “Grateful Dead: The Long, Strange Trip,” opens April 12 and runs through December and takes a nonlinear look at the American band known for helping to pioneer the jam and psychedelic music movement of the 1960s. Short and feature-length films on a range of music history and topics can be found playing throughout the museum. Current films include Elvis on tour, a chronicle of the Beatles’ catalog, the Rolling Stones and a U2 in 3D concert.

During summer months, the Rock Hall organizes the Summer in the City Concert Series, a free concert series in the plaza in front of the building featuring buzzed-about bands on the rise. Past acts include The Joy Formidable; HotChaCha; Smoke Screen; Man, Man; Gil Mantera’s Party Dream; and more. A journey to the Rock Hall and through the exhibits of rock and roll history makes for a great one-tank trip, whether it be a family trip, date or any other excuse to go there.

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Canoeing, camping, hiking define Mohican By JIM BREWER Ashland Times-Gazette

LOUDONVILLE — After the Lake Erie/Cedar Point area, Kings Island, Hocking Hills and Amish Country, the attractions of the Mohican area are listed as among the most visited in the Buckeye State. They have been for many years. The initial attraction is the area’s scenic beauty. The Mohican gorge, a National Scenic Landmark, is among Ohio’s natural wonders, the place where the Wisconsin glacier stopped, leaving in its wake a 6-mile long canyon that serves as the centerpiece of Mohican State Park, a canyon 300 feet deep through which the Clear Fork winds its way. The Clear Fork, which flows through the gorge, is designated in the state Scenic Rivers program, and several state and county highways in the vicinity are designated in Ohio’s Scenic Highways program. Surrounding the gorge is the 5,700 acre MohicanMemorial State Forest, one of Ohio’s largest state owned forest areas. Upstream from the gorge is Pleasant Times-Gazette file photo Hill Lake, one of the most Mohican area is the “Canoe Capital of Ohio,” last summer celebrating the 50th anniversary popular of the lakes in the of the first canoe livery opening. Muskingum Conservancy District, popular because its Mohican, including the Clear of zipline through wooded ber of bed and breakfasts also deep waters make it able to Fork, Black Fork and Lake hillsides above the Mohican may be accessed on the sustain unlimited horsepower Fork, serves as Ohio’s most River. Still newer is the Natu- DiscoverMohican website. watercraft suitable for water canoed streams in Ohio, with ral Fit outdoor adventure, Mohican State Park was skiers, as well as a fertile six canoe liveries flourishing which provides opportunities formed in 1928, but the fishing ground. The lake also and at least five private camp- and equipment to climb towMohican area was known includes a popular swimming grounds offering free guest ering trees in the same forest before then as a place for beach, marina and campcanoe livery shuttles. Canoeas the zipline. visitors, including hunters ground. ing is a long established The area also boasts and trappers who plied the Downstream from the attraction of the Mohican several fine restaurants in hilly, forested area around park is the Mohican River area. In fact, the commercial Loudonville at Mohican State Loudonville for game and fur Valley, which includes one canoe business celebrated its Lodge and Landoll’s Mohican back into the 19th century. of largest concentrations 50th year in the Mohican area Castle, and across the counToday, it remains a popuof private campgrounds in last summer. tryside. lar destination in part due to the state. The rivers of the A new attraction to the Information on lodging, location, only an hour from Mohican area is the zipline ranging from the classic and Canton, and a 90-minute at Tree Frog Canopy Tour, upscale Landoll Castle, the drive from the Cleveland, ■ MORE INFO: Visit www. which offers a slide from rustic and beautiful Mohican Akron and Columbus DiscoverMohican.com, or call treetops down 4,000 feet State Park Lodge and a nummarkets. 1-877-266-4422.

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Park features more than 500 animals The Daily Record, Wooster

Times-Gazette file photo

Ashland BalloonFest Ashland BalloonFest is an annual summer festival in Ashland that is celebrated the weekend closest to the Fourth of July. This year’s event will take place Thursday, June 28 through Sunday, July 1.

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MILLERSBURG — With more than 500 animals and birds, visitors to Rolling Ridge Ranch Animal Park can experience an entire world of wildlife in the middle of Ohio. Rolling Ridge Ranch is between Berlin and Walnut Creek in the heart of Amish country at 3961 County Road 168, Millersburg. With seasonal hours, it is scheduled to reopen April 14. Visitors to the park are invited to safari through natural woods and gently sloping pasture land and feed the animals from a guided horsedrawn wagon. For a more private experience, visitors also may drive though from the safety of their own vehicle; however, feeding of the animals is not permitted from private vehicles.

■ MORE INFO: Go to www. visitrollingridge.com.

Wagon tours last about one hour and depart every 15 to 20 minutes. Along the journey, the park guide will help direct visitors’ attentions to highlights including the aoudad, white elk and eland. The guide will take the time to stop at different points to allow for feeding of the animals, including the giant zebra, water buffalo and sika deer, from the wagon. Both before and after tripping through the park, visitors can visit a large petting zoo to interact with the likes of a miniature donkey, baby calves, sheep, rabbits and goats. Also on display are camels, kangaroos, spider monkeys, African crested porcupine, ring-tail lemur and more.

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Arboretum features new growth in tornado’s wake By LINDA HALL The Daily Record, Wooster

Secrest Arboretum has been reinvented since the September 2010 tornado that destroyed some of its old growth. “We have an opportunity to look at it differently,” said Ken Cochran, the program director of Secrest Arboretum and Gardens on the campus of the Ohio Research and Development Center. One of the new features is the Buckeye Forest, bounded by Secrest Road and the dawn redwoods. It incorporates an “adventure and discovery area for children of all ages,” Cochran said. Another new feature is a fort area, encompassing a katsura tree, that includes a series of tunnels and climbing areas for children. “We have some additional things to put in this year,” Cochran said. “We’re

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Mike Schenk/The Daily Record photo

Ken Cochran, program director at Secrest Arboretum, standing near the Garden Amphitheater says, the four words describing what the arboretum offers visitors are “learn, explore, wonder and connect.”

also developing a new pathway that will connect to existing pathways,” he said, 1 completing 1 ⁄4 miles of continuous paved paths.

“It makes a nice addition to the Buckeye Forest,” he said. Cochran said that while many of the See ARBORETUM, Page 11

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trees planted in the last year are smaller by comparison to trees wiped out by the tornado, variety has been enhanced. “We have the largest diversity of trees we ever had in the arboretum.” More than 1,000 trees were planted last year, and Cochran said plans are to plant 700 to 800 more this year. Ninety-five percent of the trees were gifts from community members, schools and nurseries. Some were even planted by landscape companies, Cochran said. Theme gardens are another attraction at the Arboretum. Jack and Deb Miller Pavilion, destroyed by the tornado, is being rebuilt; and an addition has been made to the John Streeter Garden Amphitheater. The Mary and Edith Secrest Garden Pathway is an area to display “edible landscape,” and still another new theme is South Dakota short grass prairie, Cochran said. The two-thirds of the arboretum not damaged by the tornado contain “more established plants and more research plots,” he said. The four words describing what Secrest Arboretum

offers visitors are “learn, explore, wonder and connect,” Cochran said. “We have a calendar of events on our website (at) www.secrest.osu.edu for this coming season,” he said, so people can “keep up with what’s coming up.” A community celebration took place Sept. 16 to commemorate how far the arboretum had come in the year since a tornado drastically changed the landscape. “It looks a whole lot different now than it was a year ago,” Bobby Moser — vice president and the dean of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences — said that day. He and other OARDC personnel praised the widespread community effort, in volunteer labor and donations, to restore the arboretum. OARDC Director Steve Slack, the associate vice president for agricultural administration, also spoke at the anniversary celebration, calling the outpouring of community support “remarkable.” Cochran’s main interest now is proclaiming, “It’s coming back together. Come out and enjoy it.” “It has new vitality,” he said.

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Capital city touts more than government By MARC KOVAC Dix Capital Bureau

COLUMBUS — Where else in Ohio can you watch manatees munching on lettuce, read a speech with assistance of a TelePrompter, see artwork by famed artists Picasso, Degas and Monet and ride a unicycle along a wire stretched high in the air? Visitors to Columbus can do all those things and more, making central Ohio a likely stop for vacationers in 2012 — from the animals, rides and water slides at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the free museum at the Ohio Statehouse to the paintings, sculptures and exhibits at the Columbus Museum of Art and the popular hands-on activities at the Center of Science and Industry. Columbus is a popular tourist destination. In 2010, visitors lodged 42.7 million day trips and 9.9 overnight trips to Columbus, according to Scott Peacock, a spokesman for Experience Columbus,

the regional convention and visitors bureau. The group’s website (experiencecolumbus.com) includes a calendar and listings of different sights to visit in Columbus and central Ohio. Here are a few that draw many visitors each year: ■ Columbus Zoo (online at www. colszoo.org), located at 4850 W. Powell Road in Powell (exit Sawmill Parkway off of Interstate 270 on the north side). Zoo admission ranges from about $10 to $15, with additional charges for the adjacent Zoombezi Bay water park and Jungle Jack’s Landing ride area. The latter is named after Jack Hanna, the zoo’s director emeritus and frequent guest on television talk shows. According to promotional materials, the zoo has more than 9,400 animals spread out in exhibits that cover five geographic areas (Asia Quest, North America and Polar Frontier, The Shores,

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Australia and the Islands and African Forest). The Polar Frontier is one of the newest areas and features an underwater viewing area, allowing visitors a unique vantage of swimming polar bears. More than 2 million people visit the Columbus Zoo annually. ■ The Ohio Statehouse (online at www.ohiostatehouse.org), located in the heart of downtown Columbus near the intersection of Broad and High streets. The building is open most weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A museum includes exhibits on the three branches of government, along with interactive displays explaining about how laws are made. There’s even a podium, complete with a TelePromter, allowing visitors to read a speech from one of Ohio’s past governors. There’s no charge to visit, and free See CAPITAL CITY Page 13

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tours of the building are offered throughout the day. ■ The Columbus Museum of Art (online at www.columbusmuseum.org), located in downtown Columbus at 480 E. Broad St. Admission runs from $5 to $10, depending on age, with children 5 and younger admitted free. Admission is free on Sundays, and the museum is closed on Mondays. According to promotional materials, about 200,000 people visit the museum each year, viewing an outstanding collection of late 19th and early 20th century American and European modern art … (including) spectacular examples of Impressionism, German Expressionism and Cubism. The museum also is home to the largest public collection of wood carvings by Columbus folk artist Elijah Pierce, as well as a collection of artwork by Columbus native George Bellows. The museum features a number of hands-on activities for children, including a “Wonder Room” where kids can create oversized mobiles, sculpt clay or design robot-like faces using magnetized

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A flamingo stretches its neck and buries its beak in its feathers, one of more than 9,400 animals at the Columbus Zoo. More than 2 million people visit the zoo annually.

kitchen utensils. ■ Center of Science and Industry, or COSI (online at www.cosi.org), located just west of the Scioto River at 333 W. Broad St. Basic admission runs from about $9.75 to $14.75, with additional charges for special exhibits and movies. The museum is open seven days a week from March 19 through Labor Day.

COSI features more than 300 exhibits, an outdoor science park and a special area for preschoolers, with lots of hands-on activities for all. Areas are devoted to space, underwater exploration, the human body and other topics. COSI also has “the country’s only high-wire unicycle.”

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APRIL/ALL YEAR HUDSON

DESTINATION HUDSON Spend the afternoon, the day, a weekend or more! Savor the charm of downtown Hudson as you stroll through the relaxed setting of our historic district and enjoy all Hudson has to offer. From summer concerts and old-fashioned ice cream socials to food and wine events, Hudson offers something for everyone. Visit our website for more details! web-www.destinationhudson.com

YELLOW FLAG GARAGE/YARD SALES Hundreds of sales through the village and surrounding area sponsored by: W. Lafayette Chamber of Commerce phone - 740-502-1286

MAY 5-6 GARRETTSVILLE

COMMUNITY GARAGE SALES Garrettsville, entire village and surrounding area 9am - ? Start your spring treasure hunting in Garrettsville as the entire village and surrounding communities will hold two days of garage sales. Maps will be provided and local eateries will have specials. No admittance fees charged. garrettsvilleareachamber.com

MAY 17 and every Thurs.

RAVENNA FARMER'S MARKET 210 Parkway, Ravenna (corner of Cedar and Meridian) 2pm - 6pm Locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables and locally produced merchandise. Watch for our tent! Community sponsored. Resources and educational sessions offered on market days. Free admission. Created with a USDA grant.

MAY 17-19 CAMBRIDGE GUERNSEY GOSPEL SING 3 days of gospel performers Held at Deerasic Park Pavilion, 14250 Cadiz Rd. Price-FREE Email-edwardssrq@verizon.net web-www.gospeljubilee.org

MAY 26 GARRETTSVILLE

CRUISE ON MAIN STREET 5pm - 8pm Kick-off summer at Garrettsville's Cruise on Main Street. See the classic cars while listening to the live band. Dash plaques and trophies awarded, along with 50/50 raffle and door prizes. No charge. garrettsvilleareachamber.com

MAY 26 LOUDONVILLE

MOHICAN ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL Downtown 9am - 4pm Artisans and craftsmen will be selling and displaying their crafts in our beautiful Central Park in downtown Loudonville. Enjoy Lions Club chicken BBQ and more. Price-Free admission web-www.discovermohican.com

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MAY 26-27 WOOSTER

GREAT LAKES FIBER SHOW Sat. 10am-5pm Sun. 10am-4pm Wayne County Fairgrounds Sales booths with fiber related supplies and fiber arts; workshops and demonstrations. Kids' activities, skein competition, fleece show and sale, Angora goat show, sheep show and sale, fresh cooked lamb. Price-FREE admission phone-330-264-9665 www.greatlakesfibershow.com

MAY-JULY NORTHEAST OHIO

COPS 4 KIDS with AUTISM FUND RAISERS May 12 - Family Fund raiser Day June 24 - O'Rilies in Sandusky hosts the first annual car show July 7th - Poker Run - the F.O.P. leads the way! Check out our website for more information. Phone-330-671-7156 www.Cops4Kidswithautism.com

MAY-OCT.LOUDONVILLE

TREE FROG CANOPY TOURS ZIPLINE Mohican's Newest Rage! Whether you are a nature lover, adventurist or an adrenaline junkie you will not want to miss this! Location-9 miles south of Loudonville 21899 Wally Road Price-weekday - $75/person weekend & holidays - $85/person Kids' Day (ages 10-17) every Tues, Wed, and Thurs $60 per child (must be accomp by adult) Phone: 740-599-2662 web-TreeFrogCanopyTours.com

JUNE

JUNE 2 ALLIANCE

WORLD WAR HISTORY and ART MUSEUM (WWHAM) MILITARY VEHICLE SHOW WWHAM will be the rally point for jeeps, trucks, armored vehicles and a mobile exhibit of weapons from noon to 5:00 pm. The Marlboro Volunteers will bring equipment from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm to occupy the parking lot in front of WWHAM. Location-1300 East State Street, Alliance Price-FREE admission Phone-330-829-3911 web-www.wwham.com

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JUNE 2 BEDFORD

CHALK ART FESTIVAL in historic downtown Bedford 11am-3pm Join artists of all ages, professional or amateur, to express your creativity on the sidewalks of downtown Bedford. Chalk provided. All are welcome to this free event. Prizes will be awarded. Price-FREE Phone-440-232-1600 email-mmallis@bedfordoh.gov web-www.bedfordoh.gov

JUNE 2 thru LABOR DAY UHRICHSVILLE

UHRICHSVILLE WATER PARK Open daily, weather permitting. Call for updates or check out the website. Price-$6.00 students; $9.00 adults, senior discount, children under 2 FREE Hours-M-W-F 11am-7pm; Tu-Th-Sa-Su 11am-6pm Location-401 E. 12th St., Uhrichsville Phone-740-922-8780 or 740-922-1242

JUNE 7-9 HOPEDALE

BLUEGRASS IN THE HILLS 2012 Featuring Nothin' Fancy Location-Mickey's Family Campground, 88101 Ford Rd., Hopedale, OH 43976 Phone-740-946-5631 web-www.mickeysmtn.com

JUNE 8-9 CAMBRIDGE

BLUEGRASS GOSPEL FEST Held at Deerasic Park Pavilion 14250 Cadiz Rd. Two days of gospel bluegrass over 20 performing acts. Price - Free Phone - 740-432-3787 Email - edwardssrq@verizon.net www.gospeljubilee.org

JUNE 8-10 COSHOCTON 31st ANNUAL FRONTIER POWER HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL The longest running balloon festival in Ohio with over 25 hot air balloons filling the skies! Musical entertainment, carnival rides, festive foods and crafters are just a few of the items lined up. (Not to mention the balloons!) Location-Coshocton County Fair Grounds, 707 Kenilworth Ave. Price-FREE web-www.visitcoshocton.com

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JUNE 9-10 BARBERTON

SUMMERFEST Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm Kick-off summer with Summerfest! Lake Anna Park is alive with art and craft vendors, food vendors, musical entertainment and an art project done on site by Barberton High School students. Price-FREE Phone-330-848-6740 Emailklysenko@cityofbarberton.com web-www.cityofbarberton.com

JUNE 9-10 WOOSTER

QUAILCREST FARM SPRING GARDEN FAIR 10am-5pm Over 40 garden-related artists display their wares among the gardens of Quailcrest Farm. Food, music and Quailcrest plants. Location-2810 Armstrong Rd., Wooster Price-$2.00 per car web-www.quailcrest.com

JUNE 12-17 DENNISON

DENNISON RAILROAD FESTIVAL Held in the beautifully restored Historic Center Street District, the annual festival will be held around our gazebo and Historic Railroad Depot Museum. Amusement rides (Bates Brothers,) food, games, activities, train exhibit and two stages of constant entertainment for all ages. The Historic Depot Museum will have extended hours for touring. Grand parade held Sat. at 5pm. Car show held Sun. at noon. Phone - 740-922-4738 Email-mbache@sbcglobal.net Web-www.tusco.net/drrf/

JUNE 15-17 COSHOCTON

38th ANNUAL DULCIMER DAYS FESTIVAL Friday-1pm-5pm Sat.-9am-5pm, concert at 7pm Sun.-10am-5pm Coshocton county has been the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio. Bring the whole family to share a music-filled weekend with the sounds of Appalachian and traditional music played on mountain dulcimers, hammered dulcimers, bowed psalteries, fiddles, guitars, banjos and other instruments. The Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival hosts the Mid-East Regional Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer Championships. www.visitcoshocton.com

JUNE JUNE 15-SEPT 29 CAMBRIDGE THE LIVING WORD DRAMA This nationally recognized drama brings to life the passion of Jesus Christ. The 400 ft set was researched and designed by the founder, making it an authentic representation of Old Jerusalem. Price - $16.00 adult/$6.00 children senior discount Phone -740-439-2761 www.livngworddrama.org

JUNE 16 LOUDONVILLE

THUNDER IN PARADISE BIKE SHOW Music and Food Fest 11am-9pm Spend the day strolling through the streets in downtown Loudonville. Enjoy motorcycles, food vendors, music and cycle vendors during the day. This is a FAMILY event! Location-Downtown Loudonville Price-Free to the public.

JUNE 16, 23 WOOSTER

QUOTA IDOL Idol Singing Competition Finale Wooster High School Performing Arts Center - 6pm Vote for your favorite star! Celebrity emcee and gala night out. Vote live, phone and text. Sponsored by Quota International of Wooster. Price- $6 - $8 web-www.woosterquota.org

JUNE 18-22 EAST SPARTA

HORSEBACK RIDING DAY CAMP Mon-Fri 8am-2pm ages 8 and up with beginning to intermediate horse experience. Price-$275 per wk, $100 deposit Bear Creek Stables 3232 Downing St., SW 44626 330-484-3901 www.bearcreekstables.com

JUNE 21-23 CINCINNATI

OHIO RIVER WAY PADDLEFEST at Coney Island in Cincinnati A three day celebration of Ohio and the outdoors. Events for children (Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo June 21 - FREE) adults (Music and Outdoor Festival June 22, $5 admission) and paddlers (Paddle the Ohio June 23 with registration starting at $25.) Contact-Teresa Lubic,Director email-info@ohioriverway.org web-www.OhioRiverWay.org

JUNE

JUNE 22-24 NEWCOMERSTOWN

THE CY YOUNG FESTIVAL Enjoy various activities, bands, DJ's, dancing, Cy Young Run, Basket Auction, Pedal Tractor Pull for children and adults, car show, rides, games, food and Grand Parade with Denny McLain (Cy Young award winner). Price - Free Phone - 740-498-4545 www.cyyoungdaysfestival.com

JUNE 23 GARRETTSVILLE

CRUISE NIGHT at DAIRY QUEEN 5pm - 8pm Join us for Garrettsville's Cruise at Dairy Queen. See the classic cars while listening to the live band. Dash plaques and trophies awarded, along with 50/50 raffle and door prizes. No Charge. garrettsvilleareachamber.com

JUNE 23-25 GARRETTSVILLE

SUMMERFEST 2012 Tribute to Armed Forces Fri. 6:30 pm-11pm Sat. 10am-11pm Sun. 9am-10pm The event features a tribute to the armed forces, rides, food, tractor parade, Garrettsville Idol with Big Chuck and Lil John, live music, canoe races, contests and more. Location-downtown Garrettsville Price-FREE admission www.garrettsvillesummerfest.com

JUNE 27-SEPT. 15 AKRON

"PICTURE THIS: Selected Images from the Hower Collection" Come see this summer exhibit when it's a wonderful time to visit the air-conditioned Hower House. Check our website for tour times. Phone-330-972-6909 Email-howerhouse@uakron.edu web-uakron.edu/howerhse

JUNE 30 AKRON

27th ANNUAL ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC BOAT SHOW See the finest in restored antique and classic boats at the Portage Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Show. Boats judged under rules of Antique & Classic Boat Society, Olde Harbor Inn & Hook, Line and Drinkers. Price: FREE Phone - 330-644-2929 www.northcoastohio.org

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JUNE 30 WILMOT

ROMANTIC MOONLIGHT SERENADE WINE and LOCAL FOOD TASTING The Wilderness Center 7pm-10pm Stroll down moonlit paths, sipping wine and listening to classical cello, violin, flute, dulcimer and more on the trails. Watch the sun set on the lake. Taste wine and local foods. Price-$25 members, $30 non-members Location-9877 Alabama Ave. S.W., Wilmot www.wildernesscenter.org

THE OHIO LIGHT OPERA The College of Wooster Freedlander Theater Matinee and evening performances. The Summer Festival season of this resident opera company begins June 16th with the musical "Guys and Dolls." Now in its 34th season, you are invited to experience these entertaining shows with breathtaking costumes and sets. Each show is performed in English and with a full orchestra. Price: Tickets $10 to $48 Phone: 330-263-2345 Web: www.ohiolightopera.com

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JULY

JUNE-AUG. BATH

HALE FARM and VILLAGE Wednesdays-Saturdays June1-August 31 10am-5pm Spend your summer days at Hale Farm and Village on 90 acres of historic buildings, farms and gardens with early-American craft and trade demonstrations and farm animals, including our new team of oxen! Opening weekend, June 1-3. Hale Farm and Village is a museum of Western Reserve Historical Society. Price-$10 adults, $5 children (3-12) FREE for WRHS members and children 2 and under. Group rates available.

JUNE-SEPT. BURBANK JUNE-SEPT.CAMBRIDGE CAMBRIDGE BAND The band performs on the following dates: 5/28 (10am), 5/31, 6/3, 6/14, 6/28, 7/4, 7/19, 8/2, 8/12 (4pm-Salt Fork-tentative), 8/16, 9/3. Location-Cambridge City Park, Time-7:30 pm Price - FREE Phone - 740-439-5551, Dr. Jones www.cambridgecityband.org

BUCKIN' OHIO PRO BULL RIDING EVENTS June 23, July 28, August 25, September 15 Join us at the ranch for action packed bull riding! Great Western entertainment, Mutton Bustin', stick horse races, Old West town, great food, fun for the whole family! Gates open at 4pm, bull riding at 7pm. Location-8154 Garman Rd. Price-Adults $14, children 6-12 $5, children 5 and under FREE, Reserved arena-side seating $25. web-www.buckinohio.com

JULY 4 LOUDONVILLE

FIREWORKS - at dusk Enjoy an exciting fireworks show presented by Zambelli Fireworks in downtown Loudonville. Begins at dusk in Riverside Park. Free to public.

JULY 6-7 LOUDONVILLE

12th ANNUAL ANTIQUE FESTIVAL 7/6 - 10am-7pm; 7/7 - 8am - 5pm Antique and collectible dealers will be selling their timeless treasures in Central Park. Visit our downtown stores and restaurants in historic Loudonville. Entertainment, food vendors and more. Price-Free to public.

JULY 7 Downtown KENT

KENT HERITAGE FESTIVAL 9am - 11pm This annual, all day celebration features fireworks, Jaycees Duck Drop, the Ametek/United Way 5k race, live music and entertainment all day on three stages, children's play area, over 100 food and craft booths and many more local displays. A great, family-friendly event. Phone - 877-283-8757 www.centralportage.org

SUMMIT COUNTY, OHIO

July 24-29, 2012 Rt. 91 & Howe Rd., Tallmadge, OH Grandstand Events • Special Days Rides • Entertainment • Food

FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY For more information: www.summitfair.com

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JULY 7 LOUDONVILLE

12th ANNUAL LOUDONVILLE CAR SHOW 8am - 4pm Over 500 cars attend this annual show. Rated #1 in the top ten downtown event in "Cruisin' Times" magazine in 2011. Music, great food and so much more. Bring the family. Price-Free to public.

JULY 9-13 EAST SPARTA

HORSEBACK RIDING DAY CAMP Mon-Fri 8am-2pm ages 8 and up with beginning to intermediate horse experience. Price-$275 per wk $100 deposit Bear Creek Stables 3232 Downing St., SW 44626 330-484-3901 www.bearcreekstables.com

JULY 12-14 HOPEDALE

BLUEGRASS IN THE HILLS 2012 Featuring Little Roy & Lizzy, Jeanette Williams Location-Mickey's Family Campground, 88101 Ford Rd., Hopedale, OH 43976 Phone-740-946-5631 web-www.mickeysmtn.com

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JULY 13-15 RANDOLPH

JULY 11-14 QUAKER CITY

OHIO HILLS FOLK FESTIVAL Art show, kiddie parade, mile long parade, craft hall and craft demos, 5k run, children's bike races, pet show and more. Nightly entertainment, concessions, rides, homemade ice cream at country store, tractor show, quilting. Price - FREE Phone - 740-679-2704 web-www.ohiohillsfolkfestival.com

JULY 13-15 ASHLAND

ASHLAND YESTERYEAR MACHINERY CLUB SHOW 8am - ? Featuring John Deere tractors, equipment and engines. Radio controlled tractor and truck pulls Saturday and Sunday. Car and truck show, kiddies' pedal pull and corn hole tournament Sunday. Military vehicles also. Location-Show grounds at the Ashland County West Holmes Career Center Price-Admission free, donations accepted Phone-Tom Adams-419-651-4109 www.yesteryearmachinery.org

JULY

ST.JOSEPH'S 45th CHURCH FESTIVAL Fri, Sat-6:00am-11:00pm Sun-1:00pm-10:00pm Family oriented activities for the young, music & dinners nightly. Sunday features youth tractor pulls, frog jumping contests etc, Posy Post and Bake Shoppe, much, much more. Price-FREE admission Location-2643 Waterloo Rd Mogadore OH 44260

JULY 14 MANTUA

JULY 14 ASHLAND

5th ANNUAL HUDSON WINE FESTIVAL Fri.-4pm-9pm, Sat. 1pm-9pm Featuring over 150 wines, craft beer, musical entertainment, food, educational seminars and vendors all to benefit Pawsibilities, The Humane Society of Greater Akron. Visit our website for tickets and details. web-www.hudsonwinefestival.com

ASHLAND DREAM CRUISE Ashland's Second Annual "Dream Cruise" and Car Show in beautiful downtown Ashland, Ohio. All cars are welcome, including race cars and motorcycles. Food and fun with a "group" cruise included. Registration 10am-12pm by donation to Shop with a Cop. Contact -Ken Heyl Phone-419-651-3471 Email-kheyl@zoominternet.net

JULY 19-21 MORRISTOWN

JAMBOREE IN THE HILLS Country Music's Biggest Party of the Summer! www.jamboreeinthehills.com www.belmontcountytourism.org

Mantua's 4th Annual ART ON THE HILL 10am-5pm 80+ artisans, variety of food vendors, silent and Chinese auction. Live, continuous entertainment. Hosted by the DMRC, sponsored by The Community Journal. Location-W. Prospect St. Mantua

JULY 20-21 HUDSON

JULY 26-31 TALLMADGE

SUMMIT COUNTY FAIR Fun for the entire family! Grandstand events, special days, rides, entertainment, food. Location-Rt. 91 and Howe Rd. www.summitfair.com

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JULY 20-22 MANTUA

49th ANNUAL OX ROAST FAIR 7/20 - 6pm - 11:30pm 7/21 - 1pm - 11:30 pm 7/22 - noon - 10pm Food, rides, games, indoor casino, fireworks, live entertainment, a/c dining hall, semi; 4WD pick-up and tractor pulls. Free admission Parking $3.00 per vehicle www.stjosephmantua.com

JULY 21 GARRETTSVILLE

CRUISE NIGHT on MAIN STREET 5pm - 8pm Join us for Garrettsville's Cruise Night on Main Street. See the classic cars while listening to the live band. Dash plaques and trophies awarded, along with 50/50 raffle and door prizes. No Charge. garrettsvilleareachamber.com

JULY

JULY 26-28 WEST LAFAYETTE

65th ANNUAL HOMECOMING FESTIVAL Parade Friday night at 7 pm. Theme: "Home Sweet Home" Rides, food, musical entertainment, games and family fun. Contact Ed to register for parade, 740-545-6353. sponsored by - West Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Phone - 740-502-1286 Email-clmaurer1975@gmail.com web-www.visitcoshocton.com

JULY 28 WOOSTER

WOOSTER ARBORETUM ART FESTIVAL Secrest Arboretum, OARDC Unique themed festival recalling the art and crafts of the 60's and 70's. Great entertainment and food all nestled in the perfect setting of the beautiful Secrest Arboretum and Gardens. Price: Free Phone: 330-464-2148 Web: www.secrest.osu.edu

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JULY 27-29 CHANDLERSVILLE

FREELAND VALLEY ANTIQUE POWER CLUB, INC. SHOW Featuring Ford tractors and old boat motors. Country and bluegrass bands all 3 days. Food stands, homemade ice cream, flea market, crafts and collectibles, horse-drawn wagon rides. Games, contests, activities for all ages. Primitive camping. Price - FREE Location-112365 Chandlersville Rd., 20 m. east of Zanesville Phone-740-638-4781

AUGUST

AUG. 2-4 HOPEDALE

BLUEGRASS IN THE HILLS 2012 Featuring The Spinney Brothers, Nothin' Fancy Location-Mickey's Family Campground, 88101 Ford Rd., Hopedale, OH 43976 Phone-740-946-5631 web-www.mickeysmtn.com

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AUG. 3-4 KIRTLAND

VINTAGE OHIO WINE FESTIVAL Lake Metroparks Farmpark Join us in beautiful Lake County to taste exceptional regional wines, sample fine cuisine and enjoy the area's best musical talent! Price-$30 at the gate, $25 in advance, $12 designated driver. Phone-800-227-6972 Email-dwinchell@OhioWines.org web-www.VisitVintageOhio.com

AUG. 4 HICKSVILLE

3rd ANNUAL SUMMERFEST Fun for the entire family! Downtown tradition. Historic 5k walk 8am, pork loin lunch, poker run noon, cornhole tournament 1pm, car/truck show registration 3pm, kids event area, art show, food vendors 4pm-8pm, live bands 4pm-11pm. Phone-419-542-7173 web-www.hicksvillechamber.org

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AUG. 8 GARRETTSVILLE

CRUISE NIGHT/PEACH SOCIAL 5pm - 8pm Garrettsville's Cruise and Peach Social. Classic cars, live music, fresh peaches with ice cream and peach pie available. Dash plaques and trophies awarded, along with 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Location-Garrettsville Fire Station No admittance fees charged.

AUG. 9-11 WOOSTER

LINCOLN HIGHWAY "BUY-WAY" Yard Sale Along the Lincoln Highway Huge yearly sale across the state of Ohio and right through Wayne County along the historic Lincoln Highway. Hundreds of sales including many city and village wide sales including Dalton, Ohio. Visit us online for a list of sales, games, and maps! Price: Free Web: www.historicbyway.com

AUG. 11 ASHLAND

6th ANNUAL LINCOLN HIGHWAY CAR SHOW and SWAP MEET 9am-2:30pm Registration 9am-12pm. Four classes: car, rod, truck and special featured Corvettes, all makes and models. Corvettes admitted FREE. DP first 100. Awards at 2:30pm. DJ, food and more. Price-$5 per vehicle Location-663 East Main St., Ashland Phone-877-581-2345 email-cvb@ashlandoh.com

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AUG. 16-18 LORE CITY

LORE CITY FESTIVAL Family friendly festival! Thurs and Fri 4pm-9pm Sat. 9am-9:30 pm Rides, games, crafters. Flea market, parades Thurs and Sat. Free entertainment each day. 5k run, square dancing, lots of food! Price-FREE, parking - FREE Phone-740-260-0558 Email-lorecity8@aol.com

AUG. 18 TALLMADGE

CIRCLE FESTIVAL and Light Parade 5pm - 11pm Night parade, entertainment, beer garden. Historic tours from 4pm 8pm. FIREWORKS at dusk (9pm) Something for everyone! Phone - 330-633-5417 Tallmadge, Ohio (Rt. 18 & 261)

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AUG. 25 LODI

LODI FESTIVAL 9am-5pm Over 25 dealers display their wares on Lodi's Village Square. Plus, live music in the gazebo and delicious BBQ ribs and pulled pork. Rain or shine! Price-FREE admission

AUG. 11 WOOSTER

FESTA ITALIANA 11am-11 pm The festival has something for everyone! Live daytime/evening entertainment, ethnic food, beer and wine, vendors, games of chance, homemade wine competition, cooking demonstrations, children's corner. Price-Free admission.

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SEPT. 1 LOUDONVILLE

MOHICAN TRADITIONS FESTIVAL 9am - 4pm Loudonville's Central Park comes alive with traditional handcrafted arts, crafts and more. Enjoy a farmer's market, the Lions Club chicken BBQ and entertainment. Price-Free to public.

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SEPT. 2-3 HUDSON

TASTE OF HUDSON Sun. noon-8pm Mon. 11am-6pm This two-day, downtown Hudson, culinary, entertainment and lifestyle festival includes all of the perennial favorites. Enjoy delectable food from the best Hudson-area restaurants, an outdoor wine and beer garden, live entertainment, children's activities, vendors and much more. web-www.tasteofhudson.com

SEPT. 7-8 WEST LAFAYETTE

YELLOW FLAG GARAGE/YARD SALES Hundreds of sales through the village and surrounding area sponsored by: W. Lafayette Chamber of Commerce phone - 740-502-1286

SEPTEMBER

SEPT. 8 WOOSTER

QUAILCREST FARM HERB FAIR 10am-5pm Over 70 artists and craftsmen display and demonstrate their wares among the Quailcrest gardens. Food and music! Location-2810 Armstrong Rd. Wooster Price-$2.00 per car web-www.quailcrest.com

SEPT. 13-15 and 20-22 CAMBRIDGE

GUERNSEY GOSPEL JUBILEE One of the largest gospel sings in Ohio held at Deerasic Park. Thursday evening - open talent, Friday evening - Bluegrass night, Saturday - over 15 performers or groups. Price - Free Phone - 740-432-3787 edwardssrq@verizon.net www.gospeljubilee.org

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SEPT. 13-16 RAVENNA

RAVENNA BALLOON-A-FAIR Sept. 13 - Children's Parade, downtown Ravenna. Sept. 15 Grand Parade with bands, booths and giant fireworks. Balloon lift-off Sat. and Sun at Sun Beau Farms. Large antique car and tractor show. Price-FREE admission www.ravennaballoonafair.com

SEPT 15-16 LISBON

45th ANNUAL JOHNNY APPLE SEED FESTIVAL Downtown Historic Lisbon Join us for the quilt show, photography & art contests, rides, historic museums, free entertainment & Everything Apple Imaginable! Price: Free Phone 330-424-1803 Email: lacoc2@sbcglobal.net Web: lisbonareachamber.com

SEPT. 14-16 BEDFORD CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS: WEEKEND of the POOKA Fri. concert-8pm (tickets req.) Sat. 1pm-7pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm A concert presented by Olympic Brass, a fine art show and sale, children's hands-on art activities, live bands from Zydeco to modern jazz, and gourmet food choices to please any palette highlight this unique event. Price-concert required admission Phone-440-232-1600 email-mmallis@bedfordoh.gov www.bedfordoh.gov

RAVENNA BALLOON AFAIR 34th Annual Ballon A-Fair Festival

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Theme: Friends in Flight

Thurs., Sept. 13th - Children’s Parade 6:30PM, Downtown Ravenna

Friday, Sept. 14th Community Kick-Off Breakfast

7:30AM Elks Club - Reservation Please.

Saturday, Sept. 15th - Grand Parade

9:30AM - Downtown Activities Craft booths, Children’s Alley, Food, Entertainment Sun Beau Valley Farm - 5:30PM Balloon Lift-Off Giant Fireworks Display at Dusk

Sunday, Sept. 16th -

Activities @ Sun Beau Valley Farms located at 3229 St. Rt. 59, Ravenna

Antique & Car & Tractor Show

Balloon Lift-Off at 5:30PM Lift Offs Weather Permitting www.ravennaballonafair.com

For additional information call Jack Ferguson at 330-296-FAIR

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SEPT. 14-16 URBANA

OHIO FISH & SHRIMP FESTIVAL Fri. 5pm-9pm, Sat. 10am-8pm Sun. 11am-8pm Come celebrate Ohio's freshwater shrimp harvest! Live music, mouth-watering seafood selections, games and activities for the whole family, live fish and critter displays, sturgeon petting zoo and much more! Location-2624 N. US HWY 68 Price-$4 general admission, under 2 free email-cherie@fwfarms.com ohiofishandshrimpfestival.com

SEPT. 16 CANTON

GLENMOOR GATHERING Antique, Classic and Sports car auction noon - 5pm Consign today. Space is limited to 125 quality vehicles. First come, First served. Historic Glenmoor Country Club Phone - toll free 866-653-8900 web-classicmotorcarauctions.com

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SEPT. 29 CARROLLTON

OCT. 12-13 CHARM

Annual SCARECROWS ON THE SQUARE 10am - 1 pm Autumn arrives in Carroll County with this festive annual event where area businesses, families, schools, companies and civic organizations engage in friendly competition by constructing imaginative scarecrows on Public Square in Carrollton, Ohio. Many fun activities for all ages.

CHARM DAYS Benefit lunch stands Benefit bake sales Friday Activities: Wooly Worm derby, corn hole tournament, volley ball for charity, old time fiddle playing Saturday activities: flea market, horseback fun show, benefit auction. Proceeds benefit- Charm Community Share 'N Care fund.

SEPT. 29-OCT. 6 HIRAM

OCT. 13 GARRETTSVILLE

APPLE HARVEST FESTIVALS 1:00pm-5:00pm Our annual Apple Harvest Festivals are a day of family fun. We offer free wagon rides, a glass of cider and an apple for each guest. Apple picking is available along with friends from RichLind Alpacas, a local 4-H group sharing their animals; baked goods, pony rides and much more! Check out our website for more information, and we'll see you here! Location-6313 Pioneer Trail, Hiram, OH Price-FREE www.MonroesOrchard.com

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SEPT. 21-23 BRIMFIELD BRIMFEST This fair-like fall event is held at the Brimfield Town Center Park. It features vendors, food and activities for the whole family including amusement rides, musical performances, contests, fireworks and more. Phone - 877-283-8757 www.centralportage.org

SEPT. 28-30 COLUMBUS

OKTOBERFEST Fri 5pm-12mid, Sat 11am-12mid, Sun 11am-8pm. Ohio Expo Ctr. State Fairgrounds The Columbus Oktoberfest offers great Bier Halls, a beautiful kinderplatz, eclectic marktplatz, 2 stages for entertainment plus fabulous food, all in covered open air pavilions. Price: Free adm., $8/$10 parking Email: columbusoktoberfest.com

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OCT. 6-7 WOOSTER

COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG FESTIVAL Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-5pm Experience life as it was over 200 years ago. Featuring the best 18th century crafters, presenters and entertainers, Who knew history could be this much fun? Handcrafted 18th century furniture on sale. Location-Pine Tree Barn, 4374 Shreve Rd., Wooster Free Admission web: www.pinetreebarn.com ph: 330-264-1014

OCT. 10 NORTHFIELD CENTER

VASCULITIS FOUNDATION Cleveland-Akron Support Group Meeting - 7pm Speaker-Carmen Gota, M.D., Cleveland Clinic Rheumatologist Location-Northfield Center Town Hall, 9546 Brandywine Road. Price-FREE Phone-Lynn Corwin 216-570-1076

MASQUERADE SCHOLARSHIP BALL Sugar Bush Golf Club 6 pm Support the Chamber's scholarship fund by attending the Masquerade Ball. Wear a costume or come as you are. Dinner, cash bar and the band "Boys are Back." Price has yet to be determined check website for details. More info@ garrettsvilleareachamber.com.

OCT. 13-14 DENNISON

AMERICAN SOLDIERS HOMECOMING FESTIVAL Battle reenactments, contests, USO Dance Show, old fashioned mess hall, entertainment, ticker tape parade, complete WWII trench and bunker systems. the reenactments and some presentations will require a wristband. Price - most FREE Phone - 877-278-8020 email director@dennisondepot.org web-www.dennisondepot.org

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OCT. 14 GRAND RAPIDS

36th ANNUAL GRAND RAPIDS APPLEBUTTER FEST 10 am to 5 pm 36th annual Applebutter Fest has something for everyone! Historical re-enactments, pioneer crafts, music, children's entertainment, classic cars, antique farm equipment, handmade crafts and collectibles, fabulous food, and homemade applebutter. Price-Free admission, parking $10 web-www.applebutterfest.org

OCT. 19-21 COSHOCTON

APPLE BUTTER STIRRIN' FESTIVAL at Roscoe Village Fri. and Sat. 10am-6pm Sun. 10am-5pm Host to over 100 talented artisans and crafters, this invitational festival celebrates the sights, sounds and scents of autumn. Stroll through the street to a variety of music: bluegrass, country, gospel and tunes from days gone-by. Quilt raffle, artisans' items raffle and contests to enter. Educational outdoor demonstrations. Location-Whitewoman Street Admission-$3 for 12 and older Parking-FREE Phone-740-622-9310 web-www.visitcoshocton.com

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NOV. 1 - DEC. 15 GARRETTSVILLE

CHRISTMAS ON MAIN Christmas on Main is a shopping extravaganza. Be rewarded for shopping local. Spend $100 at participating businesses and be entered into a $500 drawing. Tree lighting November 24 at 5pm. No admittance fees. garrettsvilleareachamber.com

NOV. 16-17 CAMBRIDGE

SALT FORK GOSPEL JUBILEE Over 20 performing acts in two days! Held at Salt Fork Lodge Ballroom. Price-FREE Email-edwardssrq@verizon.net web-www.gospeljubilee.org

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NOVEMBER

NOV. 3 ROOTSTOWN

HARVEST BAZAAR Craft Show 10am - 3pm Many local crafters. Christmas items, gifts, used book sale, homemade soup, sandwich, dessert available. Historic church tour with civil war artifacts. Build a Rootstown snowman ornament two pieces. No admission charge. Location-St. Peter of the Fields church, 3487 Old Forge Rd.

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NOV. 10 POWHATAN POINT

CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE OF POWHATAN POINT 8am - 6:30pm Enjoy a Christmas event that includes the entire village! The day starts at 8am with breakfast with Santa. Over 75 crafters will be at the elementary school. Food and live entertainment available. Christmas parade starts at 6:30 pm. Price-FREE admission Phone-740-795-4673 christmasinthevillageofpowhatan.com

NOV. 3 WOOSTER

BUCKEYE BOOK FAIR Fisher Auditorium, OARDC 9:30am-4:00pm This literary event, held each year, features authors, photographers, and illustrators with ties to Ohio.Meet the authors, purchase their books and have them personally signed, just in time for Christmas shopping. Plenty of free parking. Price: $2 (children free) Web: www.BuckeyeBookFair.com

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NOV. 17 OLIVESBURG

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE Olivesburg General Store 10am-3pm Come to our 10th Annual Holiday Open House where you will find that perfect gift. Lots of sales, samples and decor prizes. Hot dogs 25 cents and pictures with Santa from 2-3. Price-Free admission Phone-419-895-1038 email-olivesburg@frontier.com websitewww.olivesburggeneralstore.com

NOVEMBER

NOV. 23 CARROLLTON

DECORATED WINDOWS REVEAL 6:30pm-8:30pm Gather at the gazebo on the square. Caroling will be led by WHAM. Then, take this enchanted stroll through downtown Carrollton as the area merchants and business people reveal their beguiling animated window displays. Displays will remain throughout the season to fill you with holiday cheer. The evening will conclude with cookies and hot chocolate.

DECEMBER

DEC. 31 CAMBRIDGE

21st ANNUAL COMMUNITY NEW YEAR'S EVE GOSPEL SING With gospel entertainers. Bring finger foods. Coffee and cold drinks provided. Held at Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 W. Glenn HWY. Come early, come late! Price-FREE Phone-740-432-3787 Web-www.gospeljubilee.org

DECEMBER

DEC. 1, 8, & 15 COSHOCTON

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHTINGS at Historic Roscoe Village Share in the evening's tradition of lighting the Christmas tree and your own candle as everyone softly sings "Silent Night." Guided tours available at various times during the afternoon or enjoy the tour by guided candlelight. Price-FREE Parking-FREE Phone-740-622-9310 web-www.visitcoshocton.com

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Southeastern, east central Ohio land of legends Here are just some of the people of southeastern and east central Ohio who have gone to national recognition in their respective fields. Museums in the region bear testament to their legacy and all could be packaged fairly easily in one day’s adventure.

Zane Grey Zane Grey was one of the country’s most prolific and well-loved writer of westerns. Born in Zanesville on Jan. 31, 1872, he wrote more than 90 books with total book sales exceeding 40 million. His most famous work was “Riders of the Purple Sage,” just one of his books that also

was made into a movie. The National Road/Zane Grey Museum is located at 8850 East Pike, Norwich, Ohio 43767 (http://www.visitzanesville.com/businesses/national_roadzane_grey_museum).

John Glenn

Zane Grey was born in Zanesville in 1872. He was a well-known writer of westerns. Submitted photo

The first American to orbit the Earth, John Herschel Glenn Jr., was born in Cambridge on July 18, 1921, and raised in New Concord, graduating from Muskingum College (now Muskingum University). Glenn was a Marine Corps fighter pilot See LEGENDS, Page 34

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John Glenn and his wife, Annie, pose for a photo. John Glenn, well-known astronaut and U.S. senator, was born in Cambridge in 1921.

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before joining NASAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mercury program and orbiting the Earth in Friendship 7 on Feb. 20, 1962. He later served four terms as a U.S. senator and once ran for president. He received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978 and became the oldest person to fly in space by fly-

ing in Discovery on Oct. 29, 1998, at the age of 77. The John and Annie Glenn Historic Site is located at 72, W. Main St., New Concord, Ohio 43762 (http://johnglennhome.org/).

Hopalong Cassidy Perhaps the most famous celluloid cowboy ever was See NATIONAL, Page 35

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Hopalong Cassidy, portrayed by William Boyd, appeared in more than 60 movies in the 1930s and 1940s. Boyd was born in Cambridge.

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Dickens village among Cambridge’s gems The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge

Downtown Cambridge is a quaint little gem full of history and good times with a hip new buzz. Members of Cambridge Main Street invite visitors to come stroll through the historic downtown that has a fresh feel and a new look due to a recent streetscape renovation project. Visitors can spend the day browsing through unique shops and boutiques and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants. Downtown’s summer festivities unfold with a fabulous farmer’s market located on the courthouse square every Michael Neilson / The Daily Jeffersonian Friday morning beginning in Jerilynn Billings and her daughter, Katie, talk about one of the Dickens Victorian Village scenes near the Dickens Welcome Center in Cambridge. May and ending in October. National Road Riders and Cambridge Main Street join one of the 10 best downtown sures on downtown streets. trip back in time and experitogether for a day of fun to car shows by Crusin’ Times On Nov. 24, visitors are ence old world England as play host to the annual Bike magazine. invited to enjoy the sights the downtown is charmingly Show and Rib Fest on June Autumn kicks off with the and sounds of winter’s glee at transformed into a Dickens 16. Folks can tempt their October Fall Festival with the historic Guernsey County Victorian village for the holitastebuds and admire hungreat food, spectacular brews, Courthouse lighting following day season. dreds of bikes of all eras. live music and entertainthe holiday parade. Whether a first-time visitor The action continues in ment for everyone. The new The Cambridge Christmas or a current resident, there August with the 27th annual streetscape will be enriched parade leads into “the most is always fun to be had CamCambridge Classic Cruise In. with pumpkins and mums, wonderful time of the year,” bridge, selected as a 2010 Drawing thousands of specta- as crafters from far and wide featuring the Dickens VictoBest Hometown by Ohio tors, this car show was voted share their talents and trearian Village. Folks may take a Magazine.

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Hopalong Cassidy, portrayed by William Boyd (born in Cambridge, Ohio) in some 66 very popular films in the 1930s and 1940s. After becoming famous in the movies, Boyd became even more famous by buying the rights to his old films and then selling the idea of a television series to NBC. Hopalong Cassidy became an institution and was one of the first characters to take advantage of merchandise licensing and endorsements. The Hopalong Cassidy Festival takes place in early May in Cambridge and the Hopalong Cassidy Museum is located just off Wheeling Avenue in Cambridge. For more information, go to http://www. visitguernseycounty.com.

Arguably the greatest football coach in the history of The Ohio State University, Wayne Woodrow Hayes was born in Noble County on Feb. 14, 1913, and was raised in Newcomerstown, Ohio, where his father was superintendent of schools. Hayes’ Buckeye teams won five national championships (1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970) and captured 13 Big Ten championships. Hayes also was well-known for his support of academics and his relationship with his players. The Temperance Tavern Museum in Newcomerstown has a display devoted to Hayes, including some rare items. The museum is located on Canal Street in Newcomerstown, which follows the route of the former Erie Canal. For information, contact

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http://www.newcomerstownoh.com/.

Cy Young The pitcher for whom baseball’s biggest pitching award is named, Cy Young was born just outside of Newcomerstown in Gilmore. In his 21-year career as a major league pitcher, he compiled a record of 511 victories, including five seasons with more than 30 wins. After retiring, he moved back to Newcomerstown and became active in local youth baseball programs. A room at the Temperance Tavern Museum in Newcomerstown is devoted to Cy Young, including a rare baseball uniform, baseballs and other artifacts. For information, contact http://www.newcomerstownoh.com/.

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A girl asks a question as a volunteer cooks cornbread at a pre-1840 encampment near the Kinner Cabin at AuGlaize Village. History comes alive at the village through a wide range of activities throughout the year.

AuGlaize Village is a series of museums Crescent-News, Defiance

A walk into history begins at AuGlaize Village in Defiance. The village, located on Krouse Road, 3 miles west of the city, has 41 new, restored and reconstructed buildings from 1860 to 1920. The historic buildings that include a one-room schoolhouse, railroad station (with working train), telephone company building, barber shop, general store, doctor’s office, log cabins, blacksmith shop, cane mill and more. Individuals are welcome to walk around the interior of the buildings when open. This includes the Kinner Cabin, a two-story log cabin that was constructed about a century ago. The interior of the cabin showcases antique furniture, personal items, cooking ware and other items seen in a typical 19th century home. For those museum lovers,

AuGlaize Village has museums that showcase the area’s natural history, archeology, military, farm equipment and more. A model train museum is also on site. For those individuals who don’t want to walk all over the village to get a glimpse at history, they can turn to the Mansfield Museum. The museum is a big red barn that houses the “Street of Shoppes” including the cobbler, newspaper press, hall of appliances and the old-fashioned homemade ice cream parlor that still scoops up goodies to visitors. The village features several special events throughout the year. During these events the village is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Nob Hammer-In will be May 5 and 6. This event is for individuals who want to learn more or improve their blacksmithing skills. There will be demonstrations, workshops and hands-on classes.

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A car enthusiast examines a classic automobile during an event at AuGlaize Village. ■ MORE INFO: Call 419782-7255 or 419-393-2662.

Things will roar June 2 and 3 at the village. That’s when the Black Swamp Tractor & Engine Show & Flea Market will take place. In addition to the various antique tractors and engines, the saw mill will be working, there will be a garden tractor pull and a pre-1840 encampment on site. Military day will be Sept. 8 in the village. Individuals who present a military ID will be admitted for free. While individuals may

walk through the military museum that exhibits many military uniforms from different periods. One of the most beloved events at AuGlaize Village is the annual Johnny Appleseed Festival on Oct. 6 and 7. In addition to pumpkins, a children’s straw maze and flea market, various goodies are made on site. These include apple butter and sorghum molasses. Individuals may even purchase home-made kettle corn. Admission to AuGlaize Village is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for students.

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Polka, German fare at Hamler Summerfest Crescent-News, Defiance

HAMLER — The 44th annual Hamler Summerfest brings the “grand daddy of them all” polka festival and celebration of German heritage to northwest Ohio in July. The event includes various musicians, dancing, a cornhole tournament, food and free large inflatable rides for children. It takes place at Hamler Community Park, located on Ohio 109 north of Hamler in Henry County. The event includes a big wooden dance floor that allows plenty of room for dancing throughout the event. Summerfest takes place the last weekend in July and kicks off with an interdenominational church service 8 p.m. July 26. During the cornhole tournament, the top three teams in the adult division will split

■ MORE INFO: Visit www. hamlersummerfest.com.

a percentage of the entry fees. The top three junior teams, with participants age 16 or younger, will receive prizes. Throughout the event, individuals may feast on potato salad, sauerkraut, hot dogs, bratwurst, barbecue chicken, noodles, beans and more. Alcoholic beverages also are sold at the event. The Hamler Summerfest features live music each year. In years past, groups, such as the Northwesternaires, Squeezebox, Goodtime Dutchmen, Fred Ziwich and the International Sound Machine and Leon Olsen, have performed. Individuals are welcome to get up and dance. Admission to the event is Crescent-News file photo $7 for Friday and Saturday A couple takes to the dance floor during the Hamler and $5 for Sunday. Three-day Summerfest. The event is polka festival and celebration of passes are available for $15. German heritage. 330.650.2222 5827 Darrow Rd Hudson (between Zeppe’s and Brubaker’s)

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Tourism 101 State compiles list of things to do across Ohio By MARC KOVAC Dix Capital Bureau

COLUMBUS — How many things are there to do in Ohio? State tourism officials have outlined at least 101, from a free fossil park that allows visitors to take home their finds to a buckwheat pancake breakfast at one of the country’s oldest grist mills. Those sights are among the “101 Things to Do in Ohio,” a list compiled by the Ohio Department of Development’s Office of Tourism that includes amusement parks, museums, “natural adventures” and other popular Ohio getaways. Those and other destinations are big business, pumping billions into the state economy each year. Accord-

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ing to statistics compiled by Ohio Travel Association, tourism and related activities generate $36 billion for Ohio’s economy, including $9.4 billion in wages paid to people employed in the industry. That translates into more than $2.5 billion in direct taxes, $1.4 billion in state taxes and $702 million in local taxes annually. Take, for example, the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay, which spotlights the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. A National Park Service report released last year counted 92,000 visitors to the site in 2010. They spent more

than $7.1 million in the area as a result. State officials, via the Office of Tourism, spend millions each year promoting the industry — dollars they say are well spent, with every $1 in advertising resulting in about $14 in economic activity. Such advertising efforts may be even more important, as some Ohioans counter higher gas prices with vacations inside the state. “Since 2008, when economic pressures and high gasoline prices pushed travel spending to historic lows nationwide, we have focused our campaign around highlighting close-to-home travel opportunities including unique Ohio experiences and affordable getaways,” Amir Eylon, state tourism director, said in a released statement.

Those “close-to-home travel opportunities” include popular amusement parks Cedar Point (in Sandusky, online at www.cedarpoint. com) and Kings Island (north of Cincinnati, online at www. visitkingsisland.com). But the state tourism office’s “101 Things To Do In Ohio” includes lots of other travel stops, including Fossil Park, a free park in Sylvania near Toledo that allows visitors to hunt for and keep fossils of trilobites, corals and brachiopod. Or Clifton Mill, “one of the country’s oldest working grist mills” near Clifton Gorge State Park, located in Clifton, between Springfield and Xenia. The mill features a restaurant and a breakfast menu heavy on pancakes.

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