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As the 21st century spins us forward on life’s path, we’re a long way from “the way things used to be.” As new technology becomes integrated into the fabric of our lives, electric cooperatives will be here to power the future.

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INSIDE FEATURES

24 STARS AND STRIPES One of the nation’s oldest flag manufacturers, Cincinnati’s National Flag Company has been in operation since 1869.

26 SYMBOLICALLY SPEAKING How well do you know Ohio’s official state symbols?

28 A SLICE OF HISTORY A small family farm in north-central Ohio boasts the last living tree planted by Johnny Appleseed.

32 ’ROUND AND ’ROUND Ohio runs circles around the rest as a carousel capital. Cover image on most editions: Ohio is home to one of the nation’s oldest flagmakers, Cincinnati’s National Flag Company, which specializes in U.S. flags of all sizes — including those handed out at parades around the country (portsmouthnhcharley/via Getty Images). This page: Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative member Eric Kemper shot this image from the boardwalk at Ocean City, Maryland, while he and his family were attending the Endless Summer Cruisin last October. More members’ “Day at the Beach” photos can be found on page 40 and online at www.ohiocoopliving.com.

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UP FRONT

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t’s clear that coal is no longer “king.” It’s also clear, though, as our associate editor, Rebecca Seum, explains succinctly in her story on page 4, that it’s still an essential element of a reliable power generation system.

The use of coal as a fuel source for electricity production has been on the decline because of increasing environmental requirements and the decreased costs for alternatives like natural gas and renewable generation sources. Concerns about the level of carbon dioxide emissions from coal generation further limit its future use, but the practicality and, yes, the reliability, of coal are undeniable. The truth of the matter is that fossil fuels, including coal, play an essential role in keeping the nation’s lights on. In fact, it’s coal that not only makes the integration of renewable power — namely, wind and solar sources — possible, but allows use of those sources to expand. Coal generation is “dispatchable,” meaning it can be controlled by electric grid operators. Coal can produce more energy when demand goes up or when other intermittent supplies wane. We can’t “turn up” the sun if demand spikes on a cloudy day, so fossil fuels, especially coal, provide the backbone of our regional supply mix. A balanced approach is the key to reliable, affordable power generation — just look at what happened in California and Texas recently. Ohio’s electric cooperative network, as well as most of the country’s electric cooperatives, employ an “all of the above” approach — fossil fuels, biomass, hydropower, wind, and solar generation all play a role in providing your electric supply needs. The benefits of continuing to cultivate our use of renewable generation sources are clear — wind and solar power are clean and inexhaustible supplies of energy — but they also have some clear shortcomings: Wind and solar power simply are not always available, and without dispatchable generation to pick up the slack, they’re simply not reliable enough to do the whole job. We need a comprehensive fuel mix, which includes continuing growth in renewable resources. Decisions about that mix, however, must be based in realities, such as affordability to consumers, risk management, environmental impact, and reliability of supply. Today, we depend more than ever on a steady supply of electricity to power our homes and businesses and to keep us safe and secure. When the weather threatens us, when the stakes are high, we can count on coal. Now, more than ever, we need to get the mix right.

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Pat O’Loughlin PRESIDENT & CEO OHIO’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES

It’s coal that not only makes the integration of renewable power — namely, wind and solar sources — possible, but allows use of those sources to expand.


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POWER LINES

Why do we (still) need coal? The black rock is a necessary element of reliable electricity ... for now.

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CO-OP SPOTLIGHT

Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative: The small but mighty northern Ohio co-op prides itself on unparalleled customer service.

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Serene acres: Safe Haven Farms in Butler County provides options for adults with autism spectrum disorder.

12 WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE

Nature’s rainmaker: The gray treefrog’s call, heard all over the state, is a sure sign of damp weather.

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15 GOOD EATS

License to grill: Don’t limit your summer backyard barbecues to the same old burgers and dogs.

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What’s happening: July/August events and other things to do around Ohio.

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A day at the beach: Sandy shores shape the surest shots for our members to share.

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POWER LINES

An important thing to know about electricity is that it’s produced as you’re using it.

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Why do we STILL need coal? The black rock is a necessary element of reliable electricity … for now. BY REBECCA SEUM

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onsumer-members of Ohio electric cooperatives understand the benefits of renewable energy sources like wind and solar — endless supplies that can’t be used up, with little to no carbon footprint. Why, then, can’t Buckeye Power, the generation cooperative that provides electricity to the 25 member cooperatives in the state, switch to all renewable resources? This month, we attempt to answer why coal must remain an important part of our energy generation resources.

Why can’t we switch to all renewables? In a word, reliability. Ryan Strom, manager of power delivery engineering services for Buckeye Power, says, “A lot of people don’t realize when they’re using electricity at home, there is a power plant actively running to support that.” Electricity is produced as you’re using it, not stored for when you need it. The demand for electricity fluctuates minute by minute and hour by hour, depending on a variety of factors. A temperature above 90 F in the middle of the day creates the highest demand. A cool night with low humidity creates much less. A prolonged winter storm with below freezing temperatures drives up demand. Whatever the conditions, the supply of electricity must be able to match the demand. “Reliability isn’t just about convenience,” says Kevin Zemanek, director of system operations. While it’s important that the light comes on when you flip the switch, there are far bigger stakes. Factories depend on electricity being available to run their equipment and manufacture goods — their employees can count on coming to work and earning a paycheck for the day because the electricity will be on. Hospitals can perform surgeries and other medical procedures — the lights or the electric-powered life support equipment won’t fail just because it’s a day of high electricity demand. You can have safe food to eat because your refrigerator and freezer don’t just operate intermittently, when there’s enough electricity — they’re on all the time. “That’s because we use generation sources that are available to us all of the time, not just in ideal conditions,” Zemanek says. Craig Grooms, Buckeye Power’s vice president of engineering and operations, explains the shortcomings of renewable sources. “Renewables are intermittent,” he

says. “Resources show up when the wind’s blowing, but they’re not there when the wind is not blowing. The same is true for solar — when the sun’s shining, that resource is there.” When conditions are just right, those resources can produce at their maximum effectiveness. When night falls, when the sky is cloudy, or when the wind isn’t blowing, something else has to produce our energy.

Why is coal so much more reliable? Coal provides “fuel security” — the assurance that fuel is always available to use. “Baseload resources provide power generation whenever you need it,” says Grooms. “That’s one attribute of a coal plant that we count on, not just for ourselves, but for the grid. So fuel security is about supplying energy to the grid when it needs it, and coal is a very stable, low-cost fuel that’s stored on-site.” Natural gas is another resource that doesn’t depend on weather conditions, but there are limitations. Natural gas depends on the pipelines running smoothly, for one thing, but additionally, in very cold temperatures, the demand for natural gas rises quickly because many homes and businesses use it for heat. When the temperatures drop, those homes and businesses are using more of the available natural gas, which leaves less available for electricity generation.

What about batteries? If energy were stored instead of produced as it was needed, intermittent resources could comprise a larger percentage of generation. But the technology doesn’t yet exist. Large-scale battery storage is in its infancy. Grooms says, “A small amount is being used for utility-scale purposes, but it still provides a tiny, tiny amount of the overall energy to the grid.” The batteries that do exist hold only a few hours of supply. After that, additional energy is needed — enough to use right now plus enough to recharge the batteries. That wouldn’t be possible during a prolonged weather event. Additionally, Grooms points out, “It’s very energy intensive to develop batteries, and there’s a lot of rare earth materials that go into batteries, which aren’t necessarily coming from the U.S. So you’re putting your supply chain reliability on other countries that may or may not be stable.”

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Back-of-theenvelope math Demand cannot exceed supply Weather-related energy crises in California and Texas last summer and winter are a consequence of a situation in which demand exceeded supply. A combination of events — an extreme heat wave and prolonged windy conditions in California and bitterly cold temperatures and ice storms in Texas — drove up demand and kneecapped supply as production systems were knocked offline. Rolling blackouts were instituted to prevent collapse of the grid. The loss of power had devastating effects: The Houston Chronicle estimates that nearly 200 people lost their lives during the storm, most of them from hypothermia, and frozen pipes caused untold millions of dollars in property damage.

Looking forward As renewable energy technology advances, more of these sources can be added to the grid and to Buckeye Power’s portfolio of generation. Buckeye Power remains committed to an all-of-the-above generation strategy, which includes renewable resources, natural gas, and the coal-fired Cardinal Power Plant. Above all, we remain committed to providing our consumer-members with safe, reliable, affordable electricity.

This month’s article is the first of a four-part series on energy generation. Coming up: August: Buckeye Power’s generation sources September: Environmental controls at Cardinal Power Plant October: OurSolar II initiative

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he smallest of Ohio’s electric cooperatives with just over 4,400 members, Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative is a nimble, lean machine. Manager Brett Perkins leads a team of 10 employees who are well practiced at wearing multiple hats, filling in wherever needed, and answering the call for all hands on deck. Although the name suggests otherwise, Tricounty serves members in five counties: Henry, Fulton, Wood, Putnam, and Lucas. The cooperative office is located in Malinta in Henry County, which was named for founding father Patrick Henry, often remembered for his passionate declaration, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Away from the hubbub, but not too far away The area has a rich agricultural history and enjoys a rural setting while benefiting from close proximity to Toledo and to Lake Erie, making for easy day trips. The Toledo Zoo, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the National Museum of the Great Lakes are popular destinations in this area of the state. Maumee State Forest, the only state forest in northwest Ohio, is partly located in Tricounty’s territory. The park maintains trails for horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, and all-purpose vehicles. A popular pastime in spring is morel mushroom hunting. Careful and methodic hunting in the area can uncover these hidden treasures that are easily identified by their completely hollow body and their honeycomb-textured caps. They have a nutty, meaty flavor and can’t be cultivated — foraging is the only way to snag a bag of the coveted fungi.

Small but mighty The small size of the cooperative may create challenges, but there are benefits as well, including personalized service and the ability to react quickly to unexpected situations. The small-town, in-person culture shows its worth. Dedication to reliability and affordability has contributed to Tricounty’s excellent customer satisfaction rating — the highest in the state among its peers. Tricounty celebrates National Family Month in June by holding a prize giveaway drawing for its members. In 2019, the cooperative gave away family four-packs of tickets to nearby attractions, such as the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium, Sauder Village, and a Toledo Mud Hens baseball game. Last year, the cooperative gave away athome activities for families to do together. Additionally, the cooperative awards scholarships to select high school seniors and sends a deserving student on the electric cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

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Serene acres Safe Haven Farms provides options for adults with autism spectrum disorder. BY PATTY YODER; PHOTOS COURTESY OF SAFE HAVEN FARMS

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ucked away in the western part of the state is an idyllic 60-acre farm, complete with chickens, horses, alpacas, and a miniature horse named Jack. The human residents here — like all farmers — tend to a wide variety of daily and seasonal tasks. This group, however, receives a helping hand from some 40 staff members, aides, and volunteers. Safe Haven Farms, a member of Oxford-based Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, provides housing for people with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. The nonprofit, located near Middletown, is a labor of love created by parents so their adult children and other people with developmental disabilities have a safe place to live their best lives. ASD is a lifelong condition that affects one in 54 people. Symptoms vary but can include trouble communicating, repeated rocking, and strong reactions to sounds, scents, or tastes. It’s common for an autism diagnosis to include other disorders, such as epilepsy, obsessive-

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compulsive disorder, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. Depending on the severity of someone’s symptoms, it can be difficult to hold a conversation, maintain a friendship, or keep a job. Kids can rely on school resources until they turn 22, after which parents and social service agencies try to find housing and programs to support them as adults, which takes trial, error, and determination. A solution that’s a good fit for one person can be a disaster for someone else. In 2007, seven Ohio families who had exhausted their options decided to build a solution themselves. Some parents knew about Bittersweet Farms in northwest Ohio, the first U.S. farm for adults with autism. Bittersweet and similar programs served as mentors as the seven families raised money and met with officials to form the nonprofit. After several years of effort, Safe Haven Farms opened its gates in 2011.


Today, 16 residents live in four autism-friendly houses with large, separate bedrooms and soundproof walls. It’s a structured environment in a natural setting that’s miles away from city noises that can cause stress. When life becomes stressful anyway, residents can find calming activities outside, such as hiking, gardening, or hanging out with the horses. The farm provides organic produce, fresh eggs, and herbs to local restaurants and homes through its community-supported agriculture program. Residents can choose to help with farm work, based on their abilities and interests. Repetitive tasks — like poking a hole in the soil, adding a seed, and covering it with more soil — can be appealing to people with ASD, says Pam Lockwood, board president and co-founder.

Residents of Safe Haven Farms tend to a variety of seasonal tasks that rely on repetition and routine.

“There is a lot of repetition in farm work, and there is a beginning and an end. You plant it, you feed it, you watch it grow,” she says. “There’s no rush to learn a task here like there would be at a regular job. If it takes a year to learn something, that’s fine.” Nonresidents can participate in day programs, including a therapeutic equestrian program. Safe Haven also looks for opportunities to bring people out to the farm, such as inviting speech therapists to a holiday party to gain experience working with autistic adults. This summer, the new farm store will sell alpaca nesting balls, hand-painted garden signs, colorful firestarter cups, and various other resident-made wares. Lockwood grew up in Cincinnati, so she learned about farm life along with her son, one of the original resident farmers. David, now in his 30s, had been living in a St. Louis home, and more than once, Lockwood found herself on a five-hour road trip after a medical or other emergency. The house there was also close to the street, so David had to spend much of his time indoors due to safety precautions. That setup can work for some people. It just wasn’t the right fit for her family. “Everyone is different,” Lockwood says, “and everyone is entitled to live somewhere that works for them.” In 2011, it was time for Safe Haven Farms to be put to the test. So many people had worked for years to bring the farm to life. Would it be worth all the effort? Lockwood got her answer shortly after David moved in. She watched his expression slowly change as he realized he could walk around 60 acres of farmland whenever he wanted. He looked happy. Safe Haven Farms was the right fit.

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WOODS, WATERS, AND WILDLIFE

Nature’s rainmaker T  he gray treefrog’s call, heard all over the state, is a sure sign of damp weather. S TORY AND PHOTOS BY W.H. “CHIP” GROSS

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ven if you didn’t quite recognize it, you’ve likely heard the sound. Just before or after a summer rain shower, a loud, short trill — just 1 to 3 seconds long — emanates from a nearby tree. Was it a bird? It may have sounded something like a red-bellied or red-headed woodpecker. In reality, it’s a gray treefrog, making one of the most distinctive sounds of summer. Why do gray treefrog calls usually coincide with rainfall? “As an amphibian, gray treefrogs need to maintain their moist skin to survive,” says Greg Lipps, a member of Malinta-based Tricounty Rural Electric Cooperative, who is also the amphibian and reptile conservation coordinator at Ohio State University. “Rainfall fulfills that moisturizing requirement for the frogs, so precipitation often spurs activity, such as calling and breeding.”

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Some gray treefrogs also call outside of the breeding season — generally April through June in Ohio — but why they do so is a mystery. “It isn’t uncommon to hear a male calling from high in the trees in late summer or early fall,” Lipps says. Measuring no more than 2 inches long, the gray treefrog is the largest treefrog in the northern United States; it’s found throughout Ohio. Mainly arboreal, the frogs come down out of the trees during breeding season, congregating in vernal pools. “Those temporary spring pools, swamp forests, the margins of ponds and lakes, flooded agricultural fields, and even water-filled tire ruts are all used for egg deposition,” says Lipps. “In general, the main requirements are that the water is not flowing and


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The frog may even dangle from one foot for a few seconds before righting itself and regaining its balance. The cute little critters have one more distinctive behavior, having to do with hibernation. “Most frog species avoid freezing by spending the winter underwater or underground, below the frost line,” says Lipps, “but not the gray treefrog. Instead, it burrows under leaf litter, passing the winter at the interface of leaf litter and soil. During cold weather, glycogen in its liver is converted to glucose and glycerol, which prevents the frog from completely freezing. Amazingly, up to half of the water in its body may freeze without killing the frog.” A second Ohio treefrog species — Cope’s gray treefrog — is found in the southern third of the Buckeye State. It looks identical to its northern relative, but the Cope’s has a faster, harsher trill than that of the melodious, mellow gray treefrog. A southern Ohio accent, perhaps? W.H. “Chip” Gross is Ohio Cooperative Living’s outdoors editor and a member of Consolidated Cooperative.

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License to grill Don’t limit your summer backyard barbecue to the same old burgers and dogs. RECIPES AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CATHERINE MURRAY

SOUTHWEST PORK TENDERLOIN Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 35 minutes | Servings: 8 2-pound pork loin 2 pounds zucchini 4 tablespoons olive oil ¼ teaspoon garlic salt 2 tablespoons (1 packet) ¼ teaspoon pepper taco seasoning 8 ears of fresh corn, shucked Preheat grill to 350 F. Rub pork loin with some of the olive oil and then season with taco seasoning, making sure to cover the entire loin. Let rest for 15 minutes before grilling. Thickly slice the zucchini lengthwise, lightly brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Set aside. Grill pork loin for 30 minutes, rotating occasionally, until thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 145 F. Remove from grill and let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, lightly oil grate and place zucchini and corn directly on the grill. Keep a close eye, flipping after a minute or two. Once they have grill marks and are tender, they’re done. Per serving: 496 calories, 25 grams fat (7 grams saturated fat), 91 milligrams cholesterol, 383 milligrams sodium, 35 grams total carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 37 grams protein.

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GRILLED CHICKEN FAJITAS Prep: 15 minutes | Chill: 2 to 4 hours | Cook: 15 minutes | Servings: 4 1 pound boneless skinless ½ teaspoon cumin chicken breasts ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 lime, zested and juiced ½ teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra 1 large onion for brushing 3 large bell peppers 2 teaspoons dried oregano 12 small tortillas 1 teaspoon garlic salt Optional toppings and side dishes: guacamole, sour cream, salsa, fresh cilantro, rice, or beans. Cut large chicken breasts in half width-wise and pound until an even thickness. Place in a large ziplock bag. Whisk together marinade ingredients (lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, oregano, garlic salt, cumin, crushed red pepper, and black pepper). Pour marinade over chicken, zip bag, and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours (not longer than 5 hours). Cut whole onion into strips, leaving the root intact. Core peppers, remove seeds, and cut in half lengthwise. Generously oil the grill grates and preheat grill to medium. Place the onions and peppers on the grill and cook until tender-crisp, about 7 minutes for the peppers and 12 minutes for the onion, flipping halfway through. Simultaneously cook the chicken breast 7 to 8 minutes per side or until cooked through and chicken reaches 165 F. Set chicken aside to rest for a few minutes so the juices can redistribute. The grill can be turned off, using the residual heat to warm the tortillas wrapped in foil. Thinly slice the breasts and peppers and cut the root off the onion. Display on a platter for everyone to serve themselves. Per serving: 749 calories, 25 grams fat (6 grams saturated fat), 101 milligrams cholesterol, 1,302 milligrams sodium, 85 grams total carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 46 grams protein.

MEDITERRANEAN LAMB CHOPS Prep: 20 minutes | Marinate: 1 to 8 hours | Cook: 15 minutes | Servings: 4 3 sprigs fresh dill ¾ teaspoon salt (divided) 2 sprigs fresh mint ¾ teaspoon pepper (divided) ½ small cucumber 8 lamb chops 1 cup (10 ounces) plain Greek yogurt 3 teaspoons dried oregano 4 cloves garlic, minced (divided) 2 tablespoons crushed rosemary ¼ cup lemon juice (divided) 2 tablespoons olive oil Remove bigger stems from dill and mint, then finely chop, along with the cucumber. Mix together with Greek yogurt, 1 clove of the minced garlic, half the lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Pat lamb chops dry with a paper towel and place in a large resealable plastic bag or a glass dish. Add the remaining garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and the oregano, rosemary, and olive oil to the bag or dish and toss lamb chops to ensure they are evenly coated with marinade. Refrigerate 1 to 8 hours. When you’re ready to grill, let meat sit out at room temperature for 20 minutes and preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill 4 to 5 minutes per side, until caramelized on the outside and slightly pink in the center and a meat thermometer reads 155 F in the center. Remove from heat and let rest 10 minutes before serving. Per serving: 938 calories, 27 grams fat (12 grams saturated fat), 50 milligrams cholesterol, 697 milligrams sodium, 28 grams total carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 143 grams protein.

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BACON-WRAPPED SCALLOPS Prep: 10 minutes | Cook: 12 minutes | Servings: 6 12 slices bacon 2 cloves garlic, minced 12 large sea scallops 1 teaspoon lemon pepper (not bay scallops) metal or wooden skewers 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted Tips: If using wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. Choose scallops of similar size so they will cook evenly. Scallops should be opaque and have a pleasant ocean smell. Fry bacon on the stovetop for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until soft and not too crispy to wrap around the scallop. Set aside to cool for a minute. Pat scallops dry. Wrap bacon around the scallops and thread scallops onto skewers. In a small bowl, mix butter, garlic, and lemon pepper. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place scallop skewers on grill, carefully spooning butter sauce on top of each. Cook 3 to 4 minutes per side or just until bacon is crispy, spooning butter sauce onto opposite side when flipping. Serve immediately.

GOOD EATS See a video of some of our tasty dishes being prepared.

Have you tried one of our recipes? Do you have a recipe to share with other Ohio co-op members? Visit the Member Interactive page on www.ohiocoopliving.com to find recipes submitted by our readers and to upload yours.

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Per serving: 295 calories, 20 grams fat (8 grams saturated fat), 72 milligrams cholesterol, 1,002 milligrams sodium, 2.5 grams total carbohydrates, 0 grams fiber, 24 grams protein.

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MID-OHIO ENERGY COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO

A balanced fuel mix promotes power reliability

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he energy industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation as consumer demand for more renewable energy sources grows and innovation and technology continue to advance exponentially. You’re likely witnessing this energy evolution firsthand. In driving across Ohio, you may have noticed fields of solar panels or wind turbines. Maybe you’ve heard about the impending changes in the transportation sector, with most major vehicle companies announcing plans to offer more electric vehicles at more affordable prices. Green energy is certainly not new. Solar, wind, and hydro power have been around for decades. However, the recent innovations and advances in renewable technology have led to sharp decreases in cost, making it more feasible and accessible. While renewable energy use is increasing, there are still significant barriers to using these sources to meet our energy needs. After all, solar and wind energy are referred to as “intermittent” power, since the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. While intermittent sources can complement our energy mix, we rely on our baseload sources to provide us with a reliable supply of electricity. Buckeye Power is the generation and transmission cooperative owned by Ohio’s electric distribution cooperatives, including Mid-Ohio Energy. Because you are a member-owner of Mid-Ohio Energy, you also have an ownership stake in Buckeye Power. Buckeye Power takes an all-of-the-above approach to energy generation

sources, combining a mix of renewable sources, which can be used when available; with natural gas, which can be used when needed; and our coalfired plants, which provide a reliable, steady source of electricity for our members. At Mid-Ohio Energy, we have John Metcalf always put the good of our PRESIDENT & CEO community first. While our primary function is to provide reliable and affordable energy to our members, we are more than an electricity provider. Because we are a coop, our mission is to enrich the lives of our members and to serve the long-term interests of our community. As the energy industry continues to evolve, we will continue to take advantage of technology advances and market opportunities as they become available. Albert Einstein once observed, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” You’ll notice this theme throughout this month’s local pages as we introduce our upcoming Charge & Go Expo electric vehicle and tools event (page 20), highlight programs to help you manage your electric service and hold costs down (PrePay metering on pages 20B–20C and peak management on page 20D), and continue to advocate on behalf of our rural members and communities (page 22).

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MID-OHIO ENERGY COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES

CHARGE & GO EXPO

ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND TOOLS

ELECTRIC VEHICLE & EQUIPMENT EVENT

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5

11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative (Kenton Office) 1210 W. Lima St., Kenton, OH 43326 Members of Mid-Ohio Energy: Come drive, try, and learn about the latest in electric vehicles, equipment, and tools!

— Food trucks and refreshments — Test drive the latest EV and plug-in hybrid vehicle models Tesla, Chevy, Nissan, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota

— Learn about and test various electric tools and equipment Mowers, hand tools, blowers, saws, and more!

— Register to win door prizes YOU’RE INVITED! We’re looking forward to meeting with you again. While the COVID-19 pandemic made it necessary to cancel several in-person events such as our annual meeting of members, we are excited to have the opportunity to resume meeting in person. We invite you to come out, say hello, test out new electric vehicles and tools, and enjoy free food.

Event open to Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative members (plus guest) only.

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Assessing electric vehicles A

s electric vehicles gain popularity nationwide, many car manufacturers are creating new electric models to appeal to consumers. Electric vehicles may have higher sticker prices than traditional gas-powered vehicles; however, their lifetime costs can end up being lower due to lower maintenance and fuel costs. Since electric vehicle technology is constantly improving and prices keep decreasing, consumers are starting to consider electric vehicles for their next purchase. There’s an electric model out there for everyone, depending on your priorities and preferences. For many, affordability is most important when purchasing a new vehicle. There are several budgetfriendly options for those who want an electric vehicle but don’t want to break the bank. One of the most popular and most affordable electric options is the Nissan Leaf. The 2021 Leaf has an MSRP from $31,670, according to U.S. News & World Report, and an older Leaf can be purchased for even less — as with conventional vehicles, used (or older) electric models will typically cost less than the newest model. Another affordable electric vehicle is the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric with an MSRP at about $33,000. The Ioniq Electric has one of the highest MPGe ratings compared to other electric vehicles, at 133 MPGe, meaning it uses electric power very efficiently, thus needs fewer charging sessions. Additional benefits of the Ioniq Electric include high safety scores and a long warranty. For those interested in a luxury vehicle while still keeping it relatively budget-friendly, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 could be an option to consider. With a starting MSRP of $39,990, the car provides a sophisticated interior while delivering efficiency and 220 miles of range. Some consumers may instead prioritize a greater mileage range on their electric vehicle to eliminate range anxiety.

Several new electric vehicle models have an especially large range. The 2021 Tesla Model S Long Range Plus has the largest range currently available on the market at 402 miles of maximum range. Using a Tesla Supercharger for only 15 minutes can get you about 130 miles of range on the 2021 Model S, but this car comes with the hefty MSRP price tag of about $80,000. Another option that’s a little more affordable but still provides a relatively long driving range is the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt, with a maximum range of 259 miles and an MSRP starting at $36,500. The Bolt is a strong competitor among many electric vehicles, making it a solid choice as an everyday car. Before purchasing any new vehicle, be sure to appropriately research which model will work best for you and your family. Having a plan for charging your new vehicle will also be critical, either at home or at public charging stations. Plan to stop by the Charge & Go Expo event on Aug. 5 to see (or test drive) a variety of electric vehicles. At the event you’ll be able to speak with electric vehicle owners to ask questions and receive honest feedback. Due to Ohio Cooperative Living print deadlines, we are unable to confirm a specific lineup of vehicles available at the Charge & Go Expo event. However, Mid-Ohio Energy is working with Clean Fuels Ohio – Drive Electric Ohio to secure a range of great options for the test drive!

$250 rebate available for Level 2 (240-volt) charging station Members are eligible for a $250 energy credit for the purchase and installation of a Level 2 (240-volt) charger for an electric vehicle. Must be a new wall or pedestal-mounted charger installed at the member’s address. Limit 2 rebates per residential member home; 6 rebates for commercial facility.

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MID-OHIO ENERGY COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES SERVICE INNOVATION: PREPAID METERING

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f you had the ability to choose when and how much you paid for energy, with no late fees and no surprise bills, would you be interested? If the answer is “yes,” you may want to consider enrolling in Mid-Ohio Energy’s PrePay metering program. PrePay has existed as a convenient option for managing your electric service for years. However, in speaking with members, we often find that many are unaware of the flexibility and unique benefits the program offers! PrePay allows you to choose when and how you pay for your electricity. Your account balance is calculated daily. You can choose to receive alerts and account updates however you like (text, email, app alerts, or by in-home display unit). Just keep a credit on the account and the rest is up to you. Payments can be made using several available methods (online, by phone, in our offices, or by using our free mobile app). In addition to the benefits that come with self-budgeting and eliminating clutter of paper statements, PrePay can help you conserve energy. Industry studies show that consumers who participate in prepaid metering plans use up to 10% less electricity. It’s a great tool for staying on top of your energy costs. You pay the same rate for electricity, with no late fees or deposits. While PrePay can add flexibility and convenience, it may not be for all members. Please review the program details to see if PrePay is right for you. If you have any questions about the program, please give us a call or visit MidOhioEnergy.com/PrePay.

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Frequently asked questions Who is eligible for PrePay? A: Members in Class R (residential) or Class G (general service) can enroll in the prepaid metering program. Other rate classes can’t participate due to certain equipment limitations. Will I receive a bill? A: No, you will no longer receive a monthly bill through the mail or electronically. Members using PrePay will be able to track electric use and manage their accounts from Mid-Ohio Energy’s free app or online bill payment system. Members have the option to view and print historical data. Will my rate change? A: Enrolling in PrePay will not change the rates you pay per kilowatt-hour. The standard monthly service charge (assessed to all residential members) is allocated on a daily basis. Is there a fee to enroll? A: Any new member enrolling in prepay must pay a minimum of $50 to activate the account. This amount is applied toward future energy use. For existing members, any deposit held or bill credit earned will be applied toward any outstanding balance and for the purchase of future energy use. Can I convert back to a standard billed account? A: Yes, if a member wishes to convert a prepaid account to a regular billed account, a credit check will be performed to determine if a deposit is required.

BALANCE + USE SHOWS HERE!

Members can receive a variety of account alerts and daily updates by text, email, and app notification. As part of the program, members also receive an in-home display (shown here) that can plug into any home outlet to display account balance and energy use history.

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Is PrePay right for you?

Consider these benefits ... » Self-budgeters: You control the payment date and amount. » Reduce clutter: No more paper bills! » NO deposits and NO late fees. » Eliminate surprise bills! Receive daily balance and use alerts. » Energy managers: Energy use data empowers you to save!

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MID-OHIO ENERGY COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES

PEAK MANAGEMENT

PEAK MANAGEMENT MEANS A small gray box located on water heaters, heat pumps, and/ or geothermal units in many Mid-Ohio Energy members’ homes is easy to overlook. However, this box actually plays a key role in keeping your electricity affordable! The box, known as a “radio-controlled switch,” or RCS, is a key component of the co-op’s load management system for reducing our overall system load during peak hours.

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As an added bonus, Mid-Ohio Energy offers energy credit rebates to members as a way to encourage involvement in the load management program while incentivizing upgrades to new (more efficient) appliances such as water heaters and heat pumps. Visit MidOhioEnergy.com/ rebates for a full list of available marketing rebates.

Radio-controlled switch info

At times, when energy use on the grid is at its highest, a signal can be sent to these switches to temporarily cut power to the connected appliance. As a result, the demand for energy can be more easily predicted and managed.

Mid-Ohio Energy currently has more than 4,500 radiocontrolled switches on various appliances throughout our system. As a member, you may already have one or more load management switches (pictured below) in your home.

By reducing our system’s energy footprint during peak times, we can avoid costs associated with high grid demand and/or securing additional power generation. The result is lower costs for all of our members!

Each switch has a set of LED lights to indicate whether or not load control is in effect. A green light means normal operation, while a green and red light together indicate power is being deferred due to a peak period.

Participate in load management, receive energy credits for efficiency upgrades

For more information on load management and peak alert status updates, give us a call or visit MidOhioEnergy.com/peak.

Electricity cost is highest when demand is greatest. The maximum, or “peak,” amount of electricity used at a given time determines Mid-Ohio Energy’s future cost of power. When the peak goes up, so does the cost — for all of our consumer-members. The co-op may enact load management or issue a “peak alert” notice when the demand for electricity is very high and potentially rising toward a new peak.

RADIO-CONTROLLED SWITCH

PEAK ALERT

“Peak alerts” typically occur during regional weather extremes, often in the warmest summer afternoons between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Control periods are enacted in less than 1% of all the hours in a year. During these times, we ask our members to reduce their energy consumption in order to help avoid reaching a new peak. By performing some of your daily chores (such as running the dishwasher or doing laundry) during off-peak hours when people are generally using less electricity, you can help keep electricity rates lower. Another way to help could be to set your programmable thermostat to adjust the settings so that your air conditioning system syncs with the off-peak periods. Use automatic timers to run hot tubs, pool pumps, water heaters, and other appliances in the same way.

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When peak conditions are expected, a notice will be posted on social media and our website. To view the current status, visit MidOhioEnergy.com/peak. LED lights on the radio-controlled switch also indicate peak alert status. A green light indicates “normal,” while green and orange/red lights on simultaneously signify a control period.


YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS

Burggraf wins scholarship from Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives Daniel Burggraf of La Rue was awarded an honorable mention $1,400 scholarship in Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives’ Children of Members Scholarship competition, held April 13, 2021. Burggraf earlier had won Mid-Ohio Energy’s local scholarship competition, earning a $2,000 scholarship and the chance to compete at the statewide level. Burggraf, the son of Matt Burggraf and Rhonda Burggraf, is a senior at North Union High School and was sponsored in the statewide competition by Mid-Ohio Energy. Twenty-four students representing 24 electric cooperatives in Ohio competed for $41,800 in scholarship awards. Congratulations, Daniel — way to represent the cooperative!

Daniel Burggraf NORTH UNION HS

Scholarship thank-you’s Dear Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative, Thank you so much! I really appreciate this scholarship and how it will impact my overall college funds!

Rosemary Carman

Thank you for the scholarship. I am so grateful to be selected! I will use it to pursue my nursing degree at Ashland University.

ALLEN EAST HS

I am very grateful to have had this experience. I am looking forward to this next step in my life this fall!

Thanks again, Alyssa McLaughlin

Alyssa McLaughlin KENTON HS

Sincerely, Rosemary Carman

The Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 28, for an all-employee meeting. Emergency service is available anytime; call 888-363-6446.

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MID-OHIO ENERGY COOPERATIVE LOCAL PAGES ADVOCACY

LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE REPRESENTS

RURAL INTERESTS

Grassroots advocacy helps support rural members and communities

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epresentatives from Mid-Ohio Energy, along with more than 50 other individuals from Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives and Ohio’s distribution co-ops, participated in NRECA’s annual Legislative Conference, held virtually at the end of April. Co-op leaders met with a number of Ohio’s members of Congress to discuss several key issues. Co-ops advocated for the passage of bills that would allow rural utility loan repricing, and specifically asked Ohio’s representatives to co-sponsor the legislation. As a result of those meetings, seven Ohio members of Congress cosponsored such a bill. The legislative conference is a part of electric cooperatives’ grassroots efforts to represent the often overlooked interests of co-op members, many of whom live in rural areas. Across the nation, more than 1,500

representatives spoke on behalf of electric cooperatives and their members. This is advocacy and democracy at its best! Other topics discussed included: •

Rural broadband expansion. Assuring that any funding supports adequate service and coverage for all, especially in unserved and underserved areas.

Access to tax incentives to promote advanced energy technology. Ensuring electric cooperatives and rural utilities have access to similar tax incentives and grants available to investor-owned utilities to incentivize energy innovation.

Fair and equitable energy policies. Ensuring affordable and reliable energy while transitioning to a lower-carbon future.

Mid-Ohio Energy will be closed July 5. We wish our members a safe and happy holiday weekend! Emergency service is available anytime — call 1-888-363-6446.

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Mon.–Fri., 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Trevor Fremont Secretary

Tony Hastings Assistant Secretary

Brice Turner Treasurer

Paul Beineke Robert Imbody Howard Lyle Gene McCluer Trustees

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Stars and Stripes forever Cincinnati’s National Flag Company dates to 1869. STORY AND PHOTOS BY DAMAINE VONADA

The National Flag Company, led by Artie Schaller (left) and his dad, Art Schaller Jr., produces more than a million flags and banners annually.

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National Flag plans to resume factory tours and reopen its on-site flag museum soon. Check the company website for updates.

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sk Artie Schaller how many stars the American flag had in 1869, and he instantaneously answers, “Thirty-seven.” The question would stump most people, but Schaller has a distinct advantage: He grew up in a family business that’s one of the nation’s oldest flag manufacturers. The National Flag Company originated with a Cincinnati printing business that opened in 1869. “Our founders printed all kinds of things but also made flags on the side,” says Schaller. “By 1894, flags were their most popular item, so they incorporated The National Flag Company.” The Schallers’ involvement started in 1903, when 12-year-old George Schaller was hired as a stock boy. He became National Flag’s president in 1948. Today, Artie serves as general manager, and his father — Art Schaller Jr. — is president. Although National Flag produces more than a million flags and banners annually, it remains a small, customeroriented business, with 21 employees. “They’ve been here an average of 17 years, and six have been with us more than 30 years,” says Schaller. Phone calls to the company are answered by a real person, and the public is welcome to walk into its factory building in Cincinnati’s West End and purchase flags at the front office’s service counter. National Flag made some 5 million American flags for the 1976 bicentennial, but demand for Old Glory skyrocketed after the 2001 terrorist attacks. “When 9/11 happened, we sold every flag we had in two-and-a-half days,” recalls Schaller. “Then people lined up to buy flags as soon as we finished making them.”

National Flag focuses on manufacturing handheld “stick” flags commonly used for parades, July Fourth festivities, and other patriotic events. Using a century-old press, employees print the miniature American flags and affix them to wooden dowels. The company also creates made-to-measure American flags and, of course, state flags. With the only swallowtail state flag, Ohio presents something of a challenge. “Because of Ohio’s burgee cut, it’s not the easiest flag to make and takes extra time,” says Schaller. Since National Flag’s forte is customization, its equipment ranges from a digital printer for producing vinyl banners to hand-operated sewing machines used for its nylon, polyester, and cotton flags. Recent projects include 20-foot by 30-foot American flags designed to hang in Amazon warehouses and flags for a Disney hotel that feature appliquéd artwork and letters. “There are four rows of double stitching on each letter,” says Schaller, “and every flag takes about 20 hours of sewing.” In addition to its 152 years of signifying the pride and passions of individuals, organizations, businesses, and nations, National Flag has branched out to installing residential and commercial flagpoles. “We’ve evolved,” observes Schaller, “into a full-service flag company.”

The National Flag Company, 1819 Freeman Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45214. 513-721-0285; www. thenationalflagcompany.com.

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Ohio's BY W. H. “CHIP” GROSS, OUTDOORS EDITOR

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Swimming in the ancient ocean that once covered the Buckeye State was a true sea monster; today’s paleontologists recognize it as Dunkleosteus terrelli. Measuring 30 feet long and weighing some 4 tons, this fearsome, prehistoric fish was recently named Ohio’s official fossil fish by Governor Mike DeWine. Some of the world’s best fossil specimens of the extinct fish have been collected from Lorain and Cuyahoga counties and are on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where a reassembled skull has acquired the nickname “Dunk.” How well do you know Ohio’s other state symbols? Take our 10-question quiz to find out. We’ll start with a few easier questions, then get a bit more difficult as we go. If you have kids at home, get them involved, too; they may know more than you do. The answers are below, but don’t peek ahead — we’ll know!

1. What is Ohio’s official state tree? O _ _ _ B _ _ _ _ _ _ 2. What is Ohio’s official state mammal? W _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ _ _ D _ _ _ 3. What is Ohio’s official state wildflower? W _ _ _ _ T _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 4. What is Ohio’s official state bird? C _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 5. What is Ohio’s official state native fruit? P _ _ _ _ _ 6. What is Ohio’s official state amphibian? S _ _ _ _ _ _ S _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 7. What is Ohio’s official state frog? B _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 8. What is Ohio’s official state insect? L _ _ _ _ _ _ 9. What is Ohio’s official state fossil? I _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 10. What is Ohio’s official state gemstone? O _ _ _ F _ _ _ _ Bonus point: What is the name of Ohio’s most famous groundhog? B _ _ _ _ _ _ C _ _ _ _

Scorecard:

Well, how did you do? 0 to 3 correct: You’re from Michigan, aren’t you? 3 to 5 correct: You bleed scarlet, but not gray 6 to 8 correct: True Buckeye! 9 to 11 correct: Hall of famer (Pro football and Rock & Roll)

1: Ohio buckeye

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2: White-tailed 3: W  hite deer trillium

4: Cardinal

5: Pawpaw

6: S potted 7: Bullfrog salamander

8: Ladybug

9: Isotelus

10: Ohio flint

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A slice of The last living Johnny Appleseed tree still produces fruit in Ashland County. BY ALICIA ADAMS

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ucked off County Road 658 in Ashland County, not far from the northward-flowing Vermillion River, a squat, knobby tree stump sits near a modest white farmhouse. The stump is flanked by two newer trunks sprouting from its remains, their branches reaching above the nearby roofline. At first glance, it looks like a typical, if rather inelegant, tree. But to assume it as such would literally be a mistake of historic proportions, because this particular tree is none other than the last living apple tree planted by John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed. Folklore paints Johnny Appleseed as an eccentric nature lover, scattering apple seeds while wandering barefoot and wearing a tin pot as a hat. While he was a devout conservationist, he was also a calculating and successful orchardist whose passion sprang from a blend of religious devotion, humanitarianism, and strategic economic thought. Traveling as a missionary and orchard specialist throughout the Midwest in the early 1800s allowed him to spread the message of his beloved Swedenborgian religion while simultaneously planting apple orchards to ensure a consistent food supply for the incoming wave of pioneers. Those orchards also served as legal proof for homesteaders to stake an official claim on the land they settled. From the time Chapman started his mission in 1797 at the age of 23

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until his death in 1845, it’s estimated he planted more than 6 million apple seeds — including the one that sprouted into the tree standing today on what is now known as the Harvey-Algeo Farm. Patti Algeo Young represents the sixth of nine HarveyAlgeo generations that have looked after the tree. She is the great-great-grandchild of John and Jane Harvey, who traveled from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, to find suitable farmland among the serene rolling hills near Ashland. The Harvey-Algeo family still has the original land grant signed by John Quincy Adams in 1837. “I found it in a tin box in the attic,” Patti says. “My grandparents didn’t think anything was wrong with storing it like that. I put it in between glass to better preserve it.” The family has passed down stories from generation to generation, recalling the times Johnny Appleseed came to visit. Patti remembers her father, Richard Algeo, telling the stories that his great-grandmother told him. “Johnny would drop in when he was visiting his sister, who lived nearby,” she says. “He would eat dinner with the Harveys but would always sleep in the barn — the same one that is not far from the tree,” she says. “He preferred to be as close to nature as possible.” Tradition has it that Johnny, grateful for the hospitality the Harvey family showed him, planted an orchard of Rambo apple trees on the farm, similar to the orchards he planted in Savannah and Ashland.


Apple trees normally have a life span of about 35 years. Weather and old age eventually felled the trees Johnny planted in Ohio and across the neighboring states, with the exception of this one single tree. What is so special about it? There are a couple of theories, but Patti and the rest of the family think they know the secret. “It’s planted right on top of an aquifer. We think its roots grew down to the water and nutrient supply,” Patti says, also speculating that the house and the other nearby outbuildings helped shield the tree from wind damage and added to its unusual longevity. At roughly 190 years old, the tree still occasionally produces apples, although now only a handful at a time, even in the years when it does produce. While the days advance the tree toward its inevitable end, its legacy will continue to live on beyond the farm. The tree has been independently certified as

genuine by the Johnny Appleseed Museum, the Ohio Historical Society, and the Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization American Forests. The Harvey-Algeo family supplies tree grafts for the purpose of keeping history alive. The last living apple tree of Johnny Appleseed will continue to live on in the form of thousands of genetically identical offspring trees that are available to the public so they, too, can plant a little history in their backyard. “Although our family is the steward of this tree, it is really meant for everyone. It’s a part of our history, but it’s also part of American history, and that means it belongs to everyone,” says Algeo. “Johnny Appleseed shared it with us, and it’s only fitting that we share it, too.” Grafts from the last known surviving Johnny Appleseed tree are available at https://shopjohnnyappleseed.com.

Two offshoots growing from an old, decaying stump are all that’s left of the last living tree planted by Johnny Appleseed, which still occasionally produces fruit in Ashland County.

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Ohio runs circles around the rest as a carousel capital. BY DAMAINE VONADA

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n the United States, the golden age of carousels lasted

like an Ohio State University horse. It’s also home to a leading

roughly from 1880 to 1925 and generated more than 3,000

merry-go-round manufacturer, Carousels and Carvings in

of the enchantingly colorful and musical rides — of which

Marion, which repairs, restores, and creates entire carousels.

only about 150 have survived. Ohio, in fact, is a wellspring of whirligigs: home to numerous historic carousels, as well as modern ones that flaunt figures with a decidedly local spin —

Since July 25 is National Carousel Day, we’ve assembled a sampling of Ohio’s carousels. These timeless attractions are poetry in motion and fun for young and old alike.

COURTESY OF CEDAR POINT

Cedar Point’s Terrific Trio Amusement parks often brag about possessing one classic carousel, so how special is it that Cedar Point owns three? Built in 1912, the Midway Carousel (shown at left) is Cedar Point’s oldest operating ride. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and offers 60 horses that are rare examples of master carver Daniel Muller’s handiwork. Also on the National Register, Kiddy Kingdom Carousel, created in the 1920s by William Dentzel, includes the exquisite king-armored horse that was selected for a U.S. postage stamp. Cedar Downs is one of only two working racing derby carousels in the United States. Made by Prior and Church in 1920, it features 64 dashing steeds atop a giant turntable.

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Carousel of Dayton Innovation COURTESY OF DAYTON HISTORY

Saluting iconic Dayton businesses and the city’s “Birthplace of Aviation” reputation, the carousel at Carillon Historical Park delivers a ride like no other. Its clever figures include Orville Wright’s beloved Saint Bernard, Scipio; a Huffy bicycle; an NCR cash register; and a box of Esther Price candy.

GRAHAM S. JONES/COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM

www.daytonhistory.org

Columbus Zoo Grand Carousel Originally manufactured by the W.F. Mangels Company in 1914, this restored carousel features 53 horses originally carved by Marcus Illions (aka “the Michelangelo of carousel carvers”). It has a prime location near the zoo’s Manatee Coast and beckons riders with the nostalgic sound of its Wurlitzer 153 band organ.

COURTESY OF WESTERN RESERVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

www.columbuszoo.org

Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel Though Euclid Beach closed decades ago, its 1910 Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel (aka PTC No. 19) whirls on inside a pavilion at the Cleveland History Center. The carousel’s ornate horses have been restored to their original glory, and its hand-painted panels showcase Terminal Tower, the West Side Market, and other local scenes.

www.wrhs.org/explore/exhibits/ euclid-beach-park-grand-carousel

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Kimberly’s Carousel

DAMAINE VONADA

In 1975, George Stoiber purchased a wooden 1917 Allan Herschell carousel and made it a downtown Put-in-Bay attraction named for his baby daughter. Kim Stoiber Morrison now operates the carousel, whose ever-popular Petey the Perch has delighted generations of South Bass Island tourists.

www.carriagehousepib.com

Memphis Kiddie Park Merry-Go-Round COURTESY OF MEMPHIS KIDDIE PARK

The Allan Herschell carousel with 30 hand-painted horses has captivated Cleveland families since 1952, when Stuart Wintner opened Memphis Kiddie Park in suburban Brooklyn. Today, it’s operated by Russell Wintner, who, fittingly enough, was born on the day his dad installed the ride’s horses.

www.memphiskiddiepark.com

Merry-Go-Round Museum COURTESY OF MERRY-GO-ROUND MUSEUM

Sandusky’s former post office provides a handsome setting for displays of 70 carousel animals dating to 1890. Visitors can ride a 1939 Allan Herschel carousel outfitted with horses from numerous carvers. The lead horse is “Stargazer,” a circa 1915 C.W. Parker specimen whose noble head stretches toward the sky.

www.merrygoroundmuseum.org

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When it opened in downtown Mansfield in 1991, Richland Carrousel Park featured the first hand-carved carousel built and operated in the United States since the 1930s. The site’s 52 horses and menagerie figures — including a mythical hippocampus — mimic the style of pioneering carousel carver Gustav Dentzel.

www.richlandcarrousel.com

COURTESY OF DESTINATION MANSFIELD-RICHLAND COUNTY

Richland Carrousel Park

The botanical garden that Otto Schoepfle founded in the 1930s became Lorain County Metro Park with a one-of-akind carousel in its Children’s Garden. Reflecting Schoepfle’s interests, the garden is musically themed, and the 1960s Theel carousel’s animals feature painted flowers — including petunias, asters, and daisies — that can be found on the grounds.

www.loraincountymetroparks.com

COURTESY OF LORAIN COUNTY METRO PARKS

Schoepfle Garden Carousel

The nation’s only indoor, all-Africananimals carousel debuted in 2003. It’s near the Safari Railway and has 42 figures — including a mandrill, giraffe, and leopard — representing more than 20 different species.

www.toledozoo.org

COURTESY OF TOLEDO ZOO

Toledo Zoo’s African Carousel

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THROUGH OCT. 9 – The Great Sidney Farmers Market, Courthouse Square, 109 S. Ohio Ave., every Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon. Produce, baked goods, and crafts. Follow “Sidney Alive” on Facebook or call 937658-6945. THROUGH OCT. 30 – Bluffton Farmers Market, Citizens National Bank parking lot, 102 S. Main St., downtown Bluffton (2 mins. from I-75 exits 140 and 142), every Saturday, rain or shine, 8:30 a.m.–noon. Outdoor market offering local produce, plants, and cottage foods. Storytime with the Bluffton Public Library and live music on select Saturdays. www.explorebluffton.com/ farmers-market. JUL. 11–17 – Logan County Fair, Logan Co. Fgds., 301 E. Lake Ave., Bellefontaine. 937-599-4178 or www. locofair.org. JUL. 12–18 – Lucas County Fair, Lucas Co. Fgds., 1406 Key St., Maumee. 419-893-2127 or https:// lucascountyfair.com. JUL. 16–17 – The Moon Market, Auglaize Street, Wapakoneta, Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Shop

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THROUGH JUL. 28 – Bluegrass Wednesdays, Vinoklet Winery, 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, every Wednesday, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Enjoy dinner, wine, and an evening of lively bluegrass entertainment by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Because of restricted seating due to COVID precautions, reservations are strongly recommended and should be made early. Call to confirm before driving. 513-385-9309 or vinokletwinery@fuse.net. THROUGH AUG. 7 – German Biergarten Experience, Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Rd., Cincinnati, 5–10 p.m. German food, beer, and music. 513-742-0060 or https://germaniasociety.com/biergarten-experience. JUL. 13, 27, AUG. 10, 24 – Movies in the Park, The Park at Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty, 9–11 p.m. Free. www.liberty-center.com. JUL. 20 – Christmas in July Campout, East Fork State Park, 2834 Old St. Rte. 32., Batavia, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Decorate your campsite for Christmas. For

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more than 50 vendors. Live music, food vendors. For questions, call Riverside Art Center at 419738-2352 or visit www.facebook.com/The-MoonMarket-101791285311307. JUL. 19–25 – Ottawa County Fair, Ottawa Co. Fgds., 7870 W. St. Rte. 163, Oak Harbor. 419-898-1971 or www. ottawacountyfair.org. JUL. 24–25 – Van Wert Railroad Heritage Weekend, Van Wert Co. Fgds., 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Sat. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. $6; 2-day admission, $8; free for ages 12 and under. 200 vendor tables with more than a dozen operating layouts and displays. Food court and/or food trucks. Free stuff for the kids! 260-760-1666 or railcarman@frontier.com. JUL. 25 – Joe Beatty: “The Northwest Ordinance, 1787,” Fort Recovery State Museum, 1 Fort Site St., Fort Recovery, 3 p.m. Free. Beatty, a history enthusiast and popular presenter, is the descendant of Ensign Samuel Beatty and Captain Erkuries Beatty, both of whom served in the armies that fought in the Battle of the Wabash/St. Clair’s Defeat. 419-375-4384 or www. fortrecoverymuseum.com. JUL. 25–31 – Shelby County Fair, Shelby Co. Fgds., 701 S. Highland Ave., Sidney. $9 daily admission, includes rides. 937-492-7385 or www.shelbycountyfair.com. JUL. 26–AUG. 1 – Seneca County Fair, Seneca Co. Fgds., 100 Hopewell Ave., Tiffin. 419-447-7888 or www. senecacountyfair.org. AUG. 1–7 – Auglaize County Fair, Auglaize Co. Fgds., 1001 Fairview Dr., Wapakoneta. 419-738-2515, www. auglaizecountyfair.org, or find us on Facebook. AUG. 2–9 – 148th Annual Wood County Fair, Wood Co. Fgds., 13800 Poe Rd., Bowling Green. 419-352-0441 or www.woodcounty-fair.com. registered campers. 513-724-6521 or http://parks. ohiodnr.gov. JUL. 23–25 – Annie Oakley Festival, Darke Co. Fgds., South Show Arena Area, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville, Fri. 5–9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. A family-friendly festival honoring Darke County’s most famous daughter, featuring western arts, cowboy-mounted shooting, musical performances, car show, food trucks, craft vendors, and much more. www.annieoakleyfestival.org. JUL. 23–25 – Gathering at Garst, 205 N. Broadway, Greenville, Fri. 4–10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Living history encampment with reenactors representing eras ranging from the French and Indian War to the American Civil War. Antiques, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors. 937-548-5250 or www.gatheringatgarst.com. JUL. 23–25 – History Alive at the Johnston Farm, 9845 N. Hardin Rd., Piqua, 12–5 p.m. Reenactors present a historical timeline of the years 1748 (Pickawillany) to 1862 (Camp Piqua), bringing to life people and events that affected American and Ohio history. Visit the Johnston home, tour the Indian and Canal Museum, and ride on the General Harrison of Piqua. 800-752-2619 or www.johnstonfarmohio.com. JUL. 25–31 – Butler County Fair, Butler Co. Fgds., 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton. 513-892-1423 or https:// butlercountyohfair.org. JUL. 25–31 – Clermont County Fair, Clermont Co. Fgds., 1000 Locust St., Owensville. 513-732-0522 or www.clermontcountyfair.org.

AUG. 3 – National Night Out, downtown Sidney. Find us on the square for fun activities and food, all to promote police-community partnerships; crime, drug, and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity. 937-658-6945 or www.sidneyalive.org. AUG. 5–8 – Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association Show, Hancock Co. Fgds., 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay. Tractors, engines, scooters, garden tractors, arts and crafts, consignment sales. This year we are hosting “The Gathering of the Orange,” the Allis Chalmers State Show. 419-722-4698 or www.facebook.com/ NorthwestOhioAntiqueMachineryAssociation. AUG. 7 – Defiance County Hot Air Balloon Festival, 20399 Airport Rd., Defiance. $10 per car. Tethered hot air balloon rides, live music, kids’ fun zone, food, marketplace, and more. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. 419-782-3510 or www. defianceballoonfest.com. AUG. 11–12 – NOW Marketing: Social Media Week Conference, UNOH Event Ctr., 1450 N. Cable Rd., Lima, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Join leading social media and marketing experts as we discuss the topic of authenticity, or being #UNFILTERED — all about your online community and how you relate to them authentically. Learn about relationship marketing while getting hands-on help and cheat sheets for success. https://nowmarketinggroup. com/social-media-week-lima. AUG. 12–14 – Lincoln Highway “Buy-Way” Yard Sales, locations along and near U.S. 30 across the state, including Crawford, Wyandot, Hardin, Hancock, Allen, and Van Wert counties. www.historicbyway.com.

JUL. 30 – Bluegrass Night, Fibonacci Brewing Company, 1445 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, 7–9 p.m. Free. Enjoy an evening of craft beers and lively bluegrass music by Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass. Food truck available on site. Schedule may change due to COVID restrictions; please verify before traveling. 513-832-1422 or http://fibbrew.com. JUL. 31–AUG. 7 – Preble County Fair, Preble Co. Fgds., 722 S. Franklin St., Eaton. 937-456-3748 or www.facebook.com/preblecountyfairgrounds. AUG. 2–7 – Greene County Fair, Greene Co. Fgds., 120 Fairground Rd., Xenia. 937-372-8621 or www. greenecountyfairgrounds.com. AUG. 5–8 – World’s Longest Yard Sale, locations along U.S. 127 through Greenville. www.127yardsale.com. AUG. 6–13 – Champaign County Fair, Champaign Co. Fgds., 384 Park Ave., Urbana. 937-653-2640 or www. champaigncountyfair.com. AUG. 7 – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass, McCoy’s Colerain, 6008 Springdale Rd., Cincinnati, 7–10 p.m. Free. Lively bluegrass; food and drink served on-site. Contact Sherrie at 513-237-4583 or visit www. facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010118115223. AUG. 13–19 – Miami County Fair, Miami Co. Fgds., 650 N. County Rd. 25A, Troy. 937-335-7492 or www. miamicountyohiofair.com. AUG. 14 – Down a River, Down a Beer, 919 S. Main St., Piqua. 100 craft beers, river activities, and a silent auction. www.downariverdownabeer.com.

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JUL. 15 – Speaking of Cleveland Talk & Tour: “The Apollo Program,” Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Blvd., Cleveland, 6–8 p.m. Join chief curator Eric Rivet to discover the triumphs and tragedies of the Apollo program and learn about the men and machines that made it possible for us to leave Earth. Attend either in-person or through Zoom. Register at www.wrhs.org/events. JUL. 20–25 – Carroll County Fair, Carroll Co. Fgds., 160 Kensington Rd. NE, Carrollton. 330-627-2300 or www. carrollcountyfairohio.com. JUL. 22–24 – Doughty Valley Steam Show, 5023 St. Rte. 557, Charm. Free. Steam engines, antique tractor pull, demonstrations, steam engine and tractor games, plowing, AUG. 1 – Millersburg Food Run 10K/5K/1-Mile, Hipp threshing, cross-country tractor parade, food vendors, and Station, 62 Grant St., Millersburg, starting at 8 a.m. Benefits more. www.facebook.com/events/474021747325506. the Love Center Food Pantry. Gift basket giveaway ticket JUL. 23 – Off the Vine: An Evening Pairing of Food and for all participants. https://runsignup.com/Race/OH/ Wine, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Millersburg/MillersburgFoodRun. Akron, 6–9 p.m. $65. Enjoy a glass of bubbly upon arrival, THROUGH JUL. 29 – Fort Steuben Summer Concert and samples of wines at stations in the gardens, tapasSeries, Fort Steuben Park, 120 S. 3rd St., Steubenville, style appetizers, as well as cheese and dessert stations. every Thursday evening. Free. Featuring a variety of live For ages 21 and over. www.stanhywet.org. musical performances. Bring a blanket or chair. 740-283JUL. 24–25 – “The Babies Are Here” Open House, Our 1787 or www.oldfortsteuben.com. Little World Alpacas LLC, 16800 Cowley Rd., Grafton, 10 THROUGH OCT. 30 – “Live Birds of Prey,” Mohican a.m.–4 p.m. Free. Come see our newest crias (babies). State Park Lodge and Conference Cr., 4700 Goon Rd., Learn about alpaca care and feeding and about processing Perrysville, every Saturday at 7 p.m. Enjoy an up-close the fiber. Locally hand-knitted products for sale. 440-724experience with a variety of Ohio’s bird species. Presented 7070 or www.ourlittleworldalpacas.com. by the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. Free and open to the public. JUL. 27–AUG. 1 – Lake County Fair, Lake Co. Fgds., 1301 419-938-5411 or www.discovermohican.com/event. Mentor Ave., Painesville Township. 440-354-3339 or www. JUL. 11 – Hobo Day and Model Trains Flea Market, lakecountyfair.org. Painesville Railroad Museum, 475 Railroad St., Painesville, JUL. 27–AUG. 1 – Summit County Fair, Summit Co. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Costume contest with prizes. Food and Fgds., 229 E. Howe Rd., Tallmadge. 330-633-6200 or drink available for small donation: hamburgers and hot www.summitfair.com. dogs; hobo stew and hobo beans cooked over an open wood fire. And don’t forget it’s a day of railfanning! 216JUL. 31–AUG. 1 – Zoar Harvest Festival, downtown 470-5780 or www.painesvillerailroadmuseum.org. Zoar, Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Antique show with more than 60 dealers of high-quality country JUL. 13–18 – Trumbull County Fair, Trumbull Co. Fgds., antiques; artisans showcase tent featuring handmade folk 899 Everett Hull Rd., Cortland. 330-637-6010 or www. art, furniture, and fine crafts. Additional attractions include trumbullcountyfair.com. historic tours. www.historiczoarvillage.com.

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AUG. 2–6 – Hearth Cooking, Prickett’s Fort, 88 State Park Rd., Fairmont, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. daily. Tour the fort and smell the food cooking over an open hearth as historic interpreter and hearth cook Heather Schneider demonstrates various cooking techniques and recipes of the 18th century. Regular admission applies. 304-363-3030 or www. prickettsfort.org.

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Submit listings AT LEAST 90 DAYS prior to the event to Ohio Cooperative Living, 6677 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229 or events@ohioec.org. Ohio Cooperative Living will not publish listings that don’t include a complete address or a number/ website for more information.

AUG. 2–8 – Columbiana County Fair, Columbia Co. Fgds., 225 Lee Ave., Lisbon. 330-424-5531 or www. columbianacountyfair.org. AUG. 2–8 – Medina County Fair, Medina Co. Fgds., 720 W. Smith Rd., Medina. 330-723-9633 or www. medinaohiofair.com. AUG. 5–7 – Silver King Festival, downtown Plymouth. Hosted by the Silver King of Yesteryear Tractor Club. The show will feature Plymouth and Silver King tractors, as well as other Fate-Root-Heath items. For questions, contact Jim Dierksheide at 567-275-1105 or email silverkingtractors@gmail.com. AUG. 6–7 – Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale, Wayne Co. Fgds., 199 Vanover St., Wooster, Fri. 4–9 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.–4 p.m. All money raised through sales of food, wood and tools, quilts and other items, the children’s auction, as well as monetary donations goes toward supporting relief efforts around the world through the Mennonite Central Committee. 330-933-6372 or www.ohiomccreliefsale.org. AUG. 6–8 – Twins Day Festival, 9825 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg. The world’s largest annual gathering of twins. 330-425-3652 or www.twinsdays.org. AUG. 8–14 – Richland County Fair, Richland Co. Fgds., 750 Home Rd. N., Mansfield. 419-747-3717 or www. richlandcountyfair.com. AUG. 10–15 – Ashtabula County Fair, Ashtabula Co. Fgds., 127 N. Elm St., Jefferson. 440-576-7626 or www. ashtabulafair.com. AUG. 10–15 – Cuyahoga County Fair, Cuyahoga Co. Fgds., 164 Eastland Rd., Berea. 440-243-0090 or www. cuyfair.com. AUG. 12–14 – Lincoln Highway “Buy-Way” Yard Sales, locations along and near U.S. 30 across the state, including through Columbiana, Stark, Wayne, Ashland, and Richland counties. Rediscover this historic road while shopping for bargains along the way. Hotels, restaurants, and businesses will be offering special deals. 800-3626474 or www.historicbyway.com.

SOUTHEAST

THROUGH OCTOBER – Rise and Shine Farmers Market, 2245 Southgate Pkwy., Cambridge, every Friday, 8 a.m.– noon. 740-680-1866 or find us on Facebook. THROUGH DECEMBER – Athens Farmers Market, 1000 E. State St., Athens, every Wednesday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.; every Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. Buy local and support your local economy. The market showcases farmers, orchardists, specialty food producers, bakers, horticulturalists, cheese makers, and many other food-based entrepreneurs. 740593-6763 or www.athensfarmersmarket.org. JUN. 17–SEP. 5 – Tecumseh!, Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, 5968 Marietta Rd., Chillicothe, Mon.– Sat. 8 p.m. $21–$50. Witness the epic life story of


JUL. 4, 11, 18, 25, AUG. 1 – Sunset Bagpipe Concerts, Ariel-Foundation Park, Mount Vernon, 8:30 p.m. Free 30-minute concerts feature Scottish tunes, hymns, and patriotic songs. Please bring your own chairs. If rain occurs, concerts will take place at one of the picnic shelters by the lake. www.arielfoundationpark.org. JUL. 10 – Hank Kabel Sarcoma 5K Walk/Run Fest, Fairfield Co. Fgds., 157 E. Fair Ave., Lancaster, 7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. opening ceremony. Raise money and awareness for canine cancer and sarcoma. Silent auction and fest. Registration $25 in advance, $30 day of race. Text questions to Amy Kabel at 740THROUGH SEP. 25 – Canal Winchester Farmers 974-2811. http://hankkabelsarcomafoundation.com. Market, 100 N. High St., Canal Winchester, every JUL. 10–17 – Madison County Fair, Madison Co. Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. Locally grown produce, home- Fgds., 205 Elm St., London. 740-852-1654 or www. baked goods, fresh meat, and craft items. 614-270madisoncountyfairoh.com. 5053 or go to www.thecwfm.com. JUL. 10–18 – Happy Days, A New Musical, Marion THROUGH SEP. 30 – Pickerington Farmers Market, Palace Theatre, 276 W. Center St., Marion, Fri./Sat. 7:30 89 N. Center St., Pickerington, every Thursday, 4–7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $12–$50. Family-friendly musical p.m. Fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, and more. featuring your favorite characters from the hit TV show. www.pickeringtonvillage.com/events. 740-383-2101 or www.marionpalace.org. THROUGH OCT. 16 – Lorena Sternwheeler Cruises, JUL. 15–17– Crooksville/Roseville Pottery Festival, Zanesville, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. See Roseville. Pottery vendors, demonstrations, and website for schedule. $12, Srs. $10, C. (2–12) $8. exhibits. Amusement rides, live entertainment, 5K run/ Cruise down the Muskingum River. Board at Zane’s walk, queen’s court, and family fun! 740-517-0137 or Landing Park on the west end of Market Street. 740www.potteryfestival.org. 455-8282, www.facebook.com/LorenaSternwheeler, JUL. 15–17 – Picktown Palooza, 300 Opportunity Way or www.visitzanesville.com/Lorena. (new location), Pickerington. Fun and family-oriented THROUGH OCT. 17 – Monticello III Canal Boat event featuring live entertainment, carnival rides, car Rides, Sat./Sun. 1–4 p.m. $8, Srs. $7, Stds. (6–18) $6, and bike show, 5K and fun run, and food vendors. 614under 6 free. Huge draft horse teams pull the canal 379-2099 or www.picktownpalooza.org. boat along an original section of the Ohio and Erie JUL. 15–18 – Miami Valley Steam Threshers Canal as the boat captain entertains you with tall tales and history of 1800s life on the canal. You’ll feel Association Annual Show and Reunion, Pastime Park, Plain City, Thur.–Sat. 7 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. like you’ve actually glided right into the 1830s! You 8 a.m.–1 p.m. $5; free for children 12 and under. might even get to help steer the canal boat. www. Steam engines, gas engines, antique tractors, live visitcoshocton.com/events-list.php. demos, truck/tractor pulls, kids’ games, and family THROUGH OCT. 30 – Delaware Farmers Market, 20 fun. Featuring Massey Ferguson and Massey-Harris. E. Winter St., Delaware, Sat. 9–12 p.m. 740-362-6050 or 614-270-0007, mvstashow@gmail.com, or www. www.mainstreetdelaware.com/event/farmers-market. miamivalleysteamshow.org. THROUGH OCT. 30 – Zanesville Farmers Market, JUL. 18 – Buckeye Comic Con, Courtyard Marriott Adornetto’s, 2224 Maple Ave., Zanesville, every Columbus West, 2350 Westbelt Dr. (I-270 at Roberts Rd. Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon. Through August, the market exit 10), Columbus, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $5; age 6 and under will be open on North 3rd Street every Wednesday, free. Featuring local guest creators. www.facebook. 4–7 p.m. www.zanesvillefarmersmarket.org. com/Buckeye-Comic-Con-1917494808540660.

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the legendary Shawnee leader as he defends his sacred homelands in the 1700s. 740-775-4100 or www.tecumsehdrama.com. JUL. 10 – Noah Cox Memorial Truck and Tractor Pull, Athens Co. Fgds., 286 W. Union St., Athens. Proceeds go to the Noah Cox Memorial Fund. noahsmemorialpull@gmail.com or www. facebook.com/Noah-Cox-Memorial-Truck-TractorPull-152877232176753. JUL. 10 – Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Social, Adena Mansion and Gardens, 847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $10, Srs. $9, C. (6–12) $5, free for members and for children 5 and under. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and sit back and relax while you listen to the live music and enjoy homemade fruit cobblers and root beer floats. Tours hourly beginning at 9:30 a.m. www. adenamansion.com. JUL. 10–17 – Lawrence County Fair, Lawrence Co. Fgds., 7755 Co. Rd. 107, Proctorville. www. lawrencecountyohiofair.com. JUL. 11 – “Base Ball”: Adena Worthingtons vs. Ohio Village Muffins, Adena Mansion and Gardens, 847 Adena Rd., Chillicothe, 2 p.m. Free. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join us on the grounds for

an exhibition game of vintage baseball, played by 19th-century rules. www.adenamansion.com. JUL. 16–17 – Blame My Roots Country Music Festival, Valley View Campgrounds, 43263 National Rd., Belmont. Lineup includes headliner Miranda Lambert, fan-favorite Neal McCoy, Lee Brice, Jo Dee Messina, Niko Moon, Tenille Townes, Adam Doleac, Walker Montgomery, and Allie Colleen. For updates and announcements: www.facebook. com/BlameMyRootsFest. For tickets and camping reservations: www.blamemyrootsfestival.com. JUL. 31–AUG. 7 – Pike County Fair, Pike Co. Fgds., 311 Mill St., Piketon. 740-947-2149 or www. facebook.com/pikecountyfairgrounds. AUG. 6–7 – Deerassic Classic Giveaway and Outdoor Expo, Deerassic Park Education Ctr., 14250 Cadiz Rd./U.S. 22, Cambridge. 1-day gate pass, $30; 2-day, $50. Over 120 outdoor exhibitors, stage shows, raffles, prizes, food, and entertainment. 740435-9500 or https://deerassic.com. AUG. 6–14 – Athens County Fair, Athens Co. Fgds., 286 W. Union St., Athens. www.athenscofair.org. AUG. 7–14 – Ross County Fair, Ross Co. Fgds., 344 Fairgrounds Rd., Chillicothe. www.rosscountyfair.com.

JUL. 19–24 – Perry County Fair, Perry Co. Fgds., 5445 St. Rte. 37 W., New Lexington. 740-342-3047 or https://perrycountyfairgrounds.com/thefair. JUL. 19–25 – Franklin County Fair, Franklin Co. Fgds., 4100 Columbia St., Hilliard. 614-876-7235 or www.fcfair.org. JUL. 28–31 – Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Cardinal Center Campground, 616 St. Rte. 61, Marengo. $40 single-day ticket, $110 for 4-day ticket; half-price for ages 11–15, free for 10 and under. Lineup features over 40 top artists. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 740-548-4199 or http:// bluegrassclassic.com. AUG. 6–8 – Dublin Irish Days, throughout Dublin. A citywide celebration of all things Irish, incorporating in-person and virtual events, both ticketed and free. Tickets available online. www.dublinirishfestival.org. AUG. 6–8 – Farm Days, Morrow Co. Fgds., St. Rte. 42, Mount Gilead. $3, under 12 free. Featuring John Deere tractors and equipment. Flea market, crafts, farming demonstrations of threshing and baling, truck and tractor pulls, figure-8 race, skillet toss, and more. 419-946-2277 (Larry Welsh) or www. morrowcountytractor.com. AUG. 7 – Dresden Melon Festival, St. Rte. 208/ Muskingum Ave., Dresden. $1 till 4 p.m.; $2 after 4. Family-friendly day of entertainment, food, and activities for all ages, on the banks of the beautiful Muskingum River. 740-607-8780 or www. dresdenmelonfestival.com. AUG. 12–14 – All Ohio Balloon Fest, Union Co. Airport, 760 Clymer Rd., Marysville. Hot air balloon launches, including Nightly Glow, and aerial entertainment. Kidz City on Friday and Saturday; musical performances daily. Bring your own lawn chairs. Hot air balloon, bi-plane, and helicopter rides available. 937-243-5833 or www. allohioballoonfest.com. AUG. 14 – Airplane and Car Show, 1200 Fairview Rd., Zanesville, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. (Rain date: Aug. 15.) Share in our 50 years of success. No registration fee for show cars or airplanes. Food and beverages available, as well as a pancake breakfast. All are welcome. 740-6837498 or www.parrairport.com.

AUG. 13–15 – Salt Fork Arts and Crafts Festival, Cambridge City Park, Cambridge, Fri. 12–7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. A juried festival that showcases high-quality art in a variety of mediums by artists from around the country. Entertainment, concessions, marketplace, and programs for kids. 740-630-8935 or www. saltforkfestival.org. AUG. 14 – Annual Rio Grande Civil War Bean Dinner, University of Rio Grande Shelter House, Rio Grande, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. $4; free for ages 9 and under; veterans and active military free. Join us for soup beans cooked in Civil War–era pots, cornbread, and other food. Demonstrations of loading and firing Civil War muskets and a Union and Confederate skirmish reenactment along with period music. Participate in the Mountain Bike Time Trial or the Grandma Gatewood 10K Run, or hike on our walking trails. 740-245-7491 or 800-282-7201. AUG. 9–14 – Scioto County Fair, Scioto Co. Fgds., 1193 Fairground Rd., Lucasville. 740-259-2726 or www.facebook.com/sciotocountyfair.

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