FESTIVALS & EVENTS
OHIO MENNONITE RELIEF SALE
The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale is a festival atmosphere where people come from communities far and wide to eat, visit, and buy. The main events are the three auctions: The Art and Collectible Auction featuring art and collectibles from local and well-known artists, the Quilt Auction featuring quilts of all sizes and colors, and the Wood Auction featuring items from local businesses and craftsmen. There are quilting demonstrations, children’s activities and live entertainment. There are also booths with needlework, crafts, plants and thousands of used books, as well as the special MCC display of items shipped in from 10,000 Villages. Enjoy baked goods, sandwiches, homemade ice cream and lots of other wonderful specialty foods. The Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale raises money for world-wide relief through the Mennonite Central Committee.
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WINCHESTER BLUES & RIBFEST
When: August 2 & 3, 2013 - Friday 5pm-11pm &
Smokin' blues, sizzlin' hot ribs and more! This summer street celebration features live blues music, world-class ribs, a variety of quality non-rib food options, locally crafted items/art, and a beer garden for blues and rib-loving fans 21 and over. There is no charge for admission to this popular event so plan early and bring your friends and family to help you celebrate some of your favorite sights, sounds, and tastes of summer!
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It's been named "...one of the biggest and best festivals in the country" by Chicago's Irish American News and a "Top 100 Event in North America" by the American Bus Association. It attracts more than 100,000 visitors from across the globe. Set on 29 rolling acres, the event features more than 60 musical acts from the U.S. and Ireland performing music on 7 stages (from Celtic rock to traditional ballads). Three cultural stages feature storytelling, folklore, music and hands-on workshops. Visitors can discover Ireland's traditional instruments while learning to play the fiddle or tin whistle...or...be transported back into Irish history when they visit a 10th Century Irish village - a time when Irish hero Brian Boru chased the Danes out of the Emerald Isle. Irish dancers compete in the Columbus Feis - a competition that attracts 1,400 of the nation's best Ceili dancers. Visitors can watch sheep herding demonstrations, explore their genealogy, shop the Emerald Isle for imported goods, attend a Gaelic mass, learn to make a proper scone or sample an endless variety of Irish food and drink.
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If you want to see double - attend the next Twins Day Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio. This is said to be the largest gathering of twins in the world. And it’s right here in Ohio. Officials estimate that more than 2,500 sets of twins appear every year. Now that’s got to be quiet a sight. Twins from around the world participate in a parade appropriately named the Double-take Parade, which is nationally televised. Other activities include entertainment, fireworks and contests.
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While Vintage Ohio has truly grown to showcase more than just wine, the winemakers and their vintages draw more than 30,000 wine lovers to Lake County each August. Vintage Ohio is sponsored by the Ohio Wine Producers Association. It was named American Bus Association ‘Top 100 Event in North America’ in 2001 and AGAIN IN 2005 and was named as one of the nation’s top wine and food events by ‘Wine Spectator,’ ‘USA Today’ for the past five years as well as by ‘Bon Appetit,’ Southwest Airlines in flight magazine, and many other national publications. Vintage Ohio is the premier wine, food, and family fun festival between the Appalachians and Rockies. It is the largest event of its kind in Ohio and offers a premier tasting opportunity for people to discover the award winning wines of Ohio. It is at this event that nearly 20 Ohio wineries produce over 150 varieties, and nowhere else are so many Ohio wines available at a single venue. In addition, Vintage Ohio hosts two stages of live jazz, blues, oldies, reggae, and rock music. Dozens of regional restaurants and caterers will be serving their finest cuisine.
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ART ON THE HARBOR
When: August 3 & 4, 2013 (Saturday 10am - 6pm and Sunday 11am - 5pm)
It) Oldfield Beach in Lakeview, Ohio
Phone: Georgia Byers
at 937-465-7845 or
The annual fine
art and craft fair is hosted by the Logan County Art League. It’s a juried art
show displaying works of original design, which are for sale. In addition, there
are children’s art activities, food and entertainment, all at beautiful Indian
Lake. 150 vendor spaces available. $75 for 13X13 space. Expected attendance
Art on the Harbor
When: August 3 & 4, 2013 (Saturday 10am - 6pm and Sunday 11am - 5pm)
Location: (Map It) Oldfield Beach in Lakeview, Ohio
Phone: Georgia Byers at 937-465-7845 or 937-844-9608
The annual fine art and craft fair is hosted by the Logan County Art League. It’s a juried art show displaying works of original design, which are for sale. In addition, there are children’s art activities, food and entertainment, all at beautiful Indian Lake. 150 vendor spaces available. $75 for 13X13 space. Expected attendance 2,000+.
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Harvest Festival has something for the whole family! A juried craft show, wagon rides, sheep dog demonstrations, historic demonstrations in historic buildings, and a spectacular antique show and sale. Games and crafts for children and a petting zoo are highlights of the weekend. Food and beverages are available throughout the village and a brew tent featuring bands and entertainment is in the historic garden taking up 3 blocks in the center of the village.
The Zoar Community Association operates Zoar Village State Memorial with the Ohio Historical Society. The State Memorial features 12 beautifully restored buildings mixed in with privately owned and restored historic homes. The village features guided tours, shopping for antiques and American folk crafts, as well as bed and breakfasts, and a breakfast haus, and full service restaurant.
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A weekend filled with fun, family activities that will also educate on the history, industry and environmental aspects of our inland waterways. There will be demonstrations, displays, children’s activities and living history performances.
Model Sternwheel boats will be on display under the Museum and “Life Below the Waterline,” a traveling freshwater aquarium will be set up to demonstrate the diversity of life sustained by the Ohio River. River Works Discovery for children will be offered to encourage education about the rivers. A steam powered launch will be on display. There will be demonstrations of lock and dam systems, steam power engines, and knot tying. A deckhand line throwing competition will take place for adults and children and on Saturday evening the Marietta Boat
Club will feature a parade of boats on the Muskingum River.
The Valley Gem Sternwheeler will be offering special trips for the weekend including a special lock tour on the Muskingum River on Saturday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. A special sightseeing cruise will be offered on Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. For more information about the Valley Gem, log onto www.valleygemsternwheeler.com or call 740-373-7862.
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The show is very popular and attracts great crowds to view the classics on display. There will be a parade of cars at 9:00am to the downtown area. The Port Clinton rotary will be hosting a fish fry for all hungry visitors, and the Port Clinton artists club will be holding their annual “arts in the park” on the same day. Cars, trucks and bikes from virtually every era and every make will be on display on the town’s main north/south drag: Madison Street. Proud owners will be polishing and waxing their vehicles and talking about the history and renovations.
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The annual Lebanon Blues Festival presented by the Lebanon Optimist Club will take place in historic downtown Lebanon along Broadway & Mulberry Streets. Listen to the sultry sounds of seven blues bands while enjoying your favorite foods. Sit and sip a cool drink in our deluxe beer garden. Gaze at more than150 classic automobiles. Browse the downtown specialty shops for gifts and antique treasures during "Old Fashioned Bargin Days". Come out and enjoy the "Blues, BBQ & Bumpers.” In addition, there will be a 5K Blues Run along the new bike trail.
Celebrate pioneer-style at Gnadenhutten Historical Park & Museum. Visitors will see a parade and a mixture of other entertainment. Also, there is an 1840s pioneer encampment sure to make children and adults alike appreciate their modern amenities. In addition, there are plenty of arts, crafts and more to see at this traditional annual event.
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SPECTACULAR SUMMER CRUISE-IN & CONCERT
This is a huge cruise-in & all day concert. Dash plaques to first 500 cars. Trophies & door prizes throughout the day and no pre-registration required. Live bands all day with featured concert being Eddie Money at 8:30PM. Bands include The Motown Sounds of Touch, Chase Classic Rock, Polly Mae, Set the Stage and others. Event sponsored by 2WDTN/The Dayton CW, 104.7wtue, Big 106.5, Piqua Daily Call, Troy Daily News, Sidney Daily News, Piqua Comfort Inn, and the Miami Valley Centre Mall.
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The Santa Maria celebrates the beginning of Christopher Columbus' voyage. A free family event with boat making and coloring books for the kids, all day entertainment, demonstrations and a visit from the Columbus Zoo 2-3 PM.
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Music, crafts, cars, competitions, shows, historical tours, and family fun abound at the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival. Held to celebrate the legacy of Daniel Decatur Emmett, author of such songs as "Dixie" and "Turkey in the Straw," the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival showcases artists and musicians performing such styles as bluegrass, country, folk, oldies, rock-n-roll, Christian and big band. The festival's trademark is its outstanding music and entertainment format and an artisan and handmade crafts exhibition.
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Shop 'til you drop, and reserve your lodging early, along America's first coast-to-coast road in America! The LH follows generally the older alignments of US Rt 30 through the state. From East Liverpool to Convoy, and every Lincoln Highway community in between (there were over 1,000 yard sale events last year), if you are looking for it, chances are you'll find it...at yard sale prices! Pick up a free Travelers Guide along the way, too.
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CORN FESTIVAL IN NORTH RIDGEVILLE
Living in Ohio, everyone needs to go to at least one corn festival. Join the North Ridgeville community for three fun summer days and experience Amish-style corn. The festivities include a parade, live bands nightly, corn eating contest, car show, horseshoe tournament, rides, kids games, bed races, crafts and a midway.
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MIAMI COUNTY FAIR
Welcome to the Miami County Fair, a timeless tradition providing a little bit of country for over 100,000 visitors annually. This great family favorite consists of a week of competitions, food, entertainment, food, harness racing, food, art exhibits, food, midway rides and of course, FOOD! There is virtually something for everyone to see, enjoy and experience at the Miami County Fair. Interested in showcasing your talent? Then head to the Entertainment Tent and be part of a talent show or even karaoke. Local entertainers will also perform. Rides all day from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Leave the hustle and bustle of city life behind and capture a bit of country life.
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The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center will host their 6th annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala on Friday, August 9, 2013 on the St. Francis Community Campus, located at 200 St. Francis Avenue in Tiffin, Ohio. This premiere event showcases the culinary talents of regional chefs and features local wines. The event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center is designed to offer guests a unique culinary opportunity to taste gourmet fare featuring locally grown, chemical-free produce and to meet the chefs who prepare the dishes. The evening will include festive entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, local wines and micro brew beers followed by a gourmet chef prepared dinner served under a large tent while guests enjoy a summer evening on the beautiful grounds of St. Francis.
(Admission is Free)
heritage with plenty of food, music, dancing and fun. This festival features
Bocce and Morra tournaments, a pizza eating contest, spaghetti sauce contest,
amateur wine makers contest and plenty of other activities for the family. An
old-time Mass Procession leading to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dover.
(Admission is Free)
The Fairborn Performing Arts & Cultural Association in partnership with the City of Fairborn is co-sponsoring a Jazz Festival at Central Park next to Fairborn YMCA, 300 S. Central Ave. The 2013 Jazz Music Groups include: Razzamatazz Jazz Band, Steel Pan Quartet, The Brian Cashwell Trio, Wright State University Jazz Band, and Fairborn High School Jazz Band. Seating is limited so bring a portable chair or blanket for your family’s entertainment. There will be food vendors on site and there is no entry or parking fee. For more information contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 937-754-3090.
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(Admission is Free)
This celebration of Latin American culture is the largest Hispanic/Latino event in Ohio! Celebrate Latin culture to the music of Salsa, Mambo, Flamenco, Merengue and Conjunto by some of the finest national and international Latino artists. Presentations also include traditional ballroom dancing and those brave enough can partake in a dance class to learn to Tango. Traditional Latin cuisines and festival fare are served and a marketplace provides cultural pottery, jewelry, arts and crafts. In addition, hands-on children’s workshops are offered.
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For more than 50 years, Valley City, Ohio has been jumping for joy when frogs take to the ring to test their leg strength in a peculiar festival that celebrates their leaping abilities. An estimated three thousand people, plus or minus a thousand, gather annually to partake in the fun. These frog-natics bring their amphibious competitors along with friends and relatives to enjoy the old fashioned day. Close to 700 frogs are entered into the contest by toddlers, retirees and everyone in-between. Trophies are awarded to the winners. Food, beverage and souvenirs are available as well as music and games. Admission and parking are free, cost involved to jump a frog.
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This annual event will be featuring a Rocky Western tent sale. The Nelsonville Rotary will have a chuckwagon food booth, and the Nelsonville Chamber of Commerce will have an old time western photo booth for children. The event will also feature a tractor pull for children ages 12 and under.
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This is one of the last free fairs in Ohio, includes two parades and offers the usual mix of animals, flowers, produce, quilts, needlework, bingo, hobbies, and yummy food, along with a horse pull, a kiddie tractor pull, a youth talent show, and a fun run. Each year, closely-guarded plans for kiddie costumes and floats (which get more and more creative) start far in advance of the parade date and winners not only get a small purse, they get bragging rights until the next year’s parade.
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(Admission is Free)
This festival packs in three days of family-fun and more than 27 tons of the finest sausage cooking over open pits. The festival celebrates this small Ohio town’s German heritage with more than just bratwurst. It has more than 100 more delicious foods made from local family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation dating back to “the old country.”
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(Admission is Free)
Whether you’re Italian or not, this festival is popular for all walks of life. There is a traditional religious processional through the ethnic neighborhood streets following a mass at the church. Crowds are enormous as it seems all of northeast Ohio ascends on this little Italian-American community making it “Big Italy” if only for a few days. There is plenty of music, dancing, artwork, rides, and yes, great food. The area definitely is filled with an “old-world” atmosphere. The four-day celebration draws crowds of more than 100,000 annually. How can that many people be wrong? If you’re looking for old-world charm, culinary delight and beautiful cityscape, this is the place to see.
Juried art and pottery are featured at this family festival. See demonstrations by basket makers, soap makers, potters, local artists, wood workers, candle makers, blacksmiths and more. Expect entertainment, food and a great time for all.
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Doggie Dash 'N Splash Fest is a one-day festival dedicated to the dogs featuring land and water games. The festival provides free samples, pet product vendors, concessions, seminars and demonstrations. All well-mannered dogs on non-retractable leashes are welcome with their families. Event proceeds benefit the Scout Burnell-Garbrecht Dog Park.
There’s no need to travel the world this summer because the world is traveling to Troy, Ohio’s Festival of Nations. Experience the fascinating cultures from around the globe through Food – Dance – Music – Storytelling – Interactive Displays – Arts & Crafts. This international melting pot of fun and intrigue is a celebration for all ages and offered for FREE!
This year's featured country will be Germany!
For the kids, there’s face painting, games and activities. And everyone will enjoy getting back to their roots by visiting a display from their native countries, browsing the cultural souvenirs, and a food court offering local restaurants the opportunity to serve cuisine generic to their native countries, including mouthwatering Italian, yummy Japanese, tantalizing German and much, much more.
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(Admission is Free)
There will be approximately 160 booths, featuring local and regional vendors of handmade arts and crafts. The FSCF has a family friendly atmosphere with children's activities. A variety of food and fresh cut cold watermelon is available. Sweet corn steamed on site by a 1918 steam engine. There is free admission, free parking, and free entertainment both days.
(Admission is Free)
The Obetz Zucchinifest is a four day, family festival celebrating the zucchini. The event includes entertainment including a national touring act on Saturday, rides, games, pageants, a Friday night cruise-in, a parade, food, and of course lots of zucchini. Sunday is Kids Day with free activities all day.
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A fun family three day event in Historic Clifton, Greene county, Ohio. Come see the parade filled with pioneers, scarecrows, floats and music at noon on Saturday. Visit the numerous artists booths, wander with food of all good ole Ohio heritage while listening to non- stop live on-stage music, bluegrass, country, rock, we have it all! Try your skills at karaoke, join competing games of Corn Hole, horse shoes, bail toss for fun and prizes and enjoy the historic reenactors. Lots of fun for kids of all ages! Meet us at the gazebo and don't forget to vote for your favorite scarecrow! Located down the street from the beautiful Clifton Gorge Nature Preserve along the Little Miami River.
(Admission is Free)
When: August 24, 2013 starting at 9am
Location: (Map It) Shriners Headquarters, 1000 Edgerton Rd. in Broadview Height, Ohio
The Hillbilly Festival will feature many crafts vendors, indoor and outdoor, various forms of hillbilly entertainment: 2 DJs ; Crazy Dave & Cadailac Mike; hillbilly Comedy skits with Cousin Luanne and sister Clarabelle, Couzin Neal who makes balloon animals for kids, Visitors will also be treated to a huge car show with over 400 classic cars, hillbilly cars, and a special group of TV/Movie Cars, that include, one of the few Dukes of Hazard General Lees; The Smokey & the Bandit Movie car, the Starsky & Hutch TV car; K.I.T.T. Knight Rider car Barney Fife and the Mayberry Police Car where good ‘ol Barney will be handing out tickets for people having toooo much fun! Lots of food for everyone.
River Days is an annual family-oriented event that features a parade, arts and crafts, rides, entertainment, events, queen’s pageant and a whole lot more.
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(Admission is Free)
Yes, this festival has caramel galore and a whole lot more. There is a parade, live Nashville entertainment and a children’s show. In addition, don’t miss the culinary auction, baby contest, games, crafts and rides.
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INTERNATIONAL SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL
When:August 31 and September 1, 2013 (Always Labor Day Weekend)
Where: (Map It) Frankfort, OH (Located on U.S. Rt. 35 between Chillicothe and Washington Court House)
Phone: 800-413-4118 or 740-998-4060 or 740-702-7677
Located in Ross County, The International Sunflower Festival is held yearly on Labor Day weekend. This event is for people of all ages and includes concessions, a car show, antique tractors, a kiddy tractor pull, games, live music, a parade, an adult Tug of War contest with a purse, sunflower contest (biggest, tallest, etc.), photo contest, corn hole tournament, pie auction, and craft tent. Come join the community church service held Sunday morning in the center of town.
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(Admission is Free)
Where else can you see things like the Big Wheelie Race, Melon Eating Contest, kiddie pedal-tractor pulls and a two hour grand parade? The Melon Festival in Milan provides that and bands, a fireman’s chicken barbecue, arts and crafts, antique car show and Queen’s Contest. Oh, and plenty of melon in all shapes, sizes and forms. This three-day event packs in more than 100,000 visitors.
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One of the largest festivals in Ohio, bringing more than 100,000 visitors to Piqua each year, the Piqua Heritage Festival is a look at Ohio's link to the early frontier. The festival includes dozens of pre-1800's encampments and a large selection of home-made foods. Other attractions at the Piqua Historical Area include a Woodland Indian Museum, a working canal boat and an early 1800's farmstead with a barn and a springhouse.
Daily entertainment includes musicians, magicians, ventriloquist, reenactors featuring Daniel Boone and Johnny Appleseed, children’s activities, corn pit, pony rides, petting zoo, children’s train, demonstrating crafter featuring old crafts, broom maker, potter, kraut maker, iron works, apple butter, quilters, carvers, spinning and weaving, and crafts for children.
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YMCA LABOR DAY FAMILY GETAWAY CAMP
(Admission: $133/adults, $106/teen, $93/child)
YMCA Camp Willson, located in Bellefontaine, OH, is the perfect place to share time with your family! The weekend is filled with exciting and relaxing activities. Campfires, boating, great food, wall climbing, hiking, horseback riding, great meals and so much more. Call 1-800-423-0427 for registration information. Visit our website at www.ymcacampwillson.org.
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Location: (Map It) Black River Landing in downtown Lorain, Ohio
Web Site: www.catforce.org for event details
Bring your pets to Animal Attraction. Pet festival, car show and WING IT! - a best wings contest with a $500 cash top prize. Pet cooling stations, Pet products/services, Pet health/welfare, 2 bands, raffles, pet look-alike contest, Dock Dogs on Saturday, and spay/neuter certificates.
The Foothills Blues & Arts Festival, located in the center of a 550 acre family farm in rural southeastern Ohio, provides a family music and art experience that is second to none. Two full days of free music, fabulous food, and amazing art in the foothills of beautiful Southeastern, Ohio.
Y BRIDGE ARTS FESTIVAL
See you on the Bridge...Friday from 6-9pm and Saturday from 10am - 9pm. The East Main Street span of the historical Y Bridge in Zanesville, Ohio will be closed to traffic over two days while the bridge is transformed into an outdoor gallery of white tents and lights. Zanesville will host over two hundred visual artists, craft demonstrators and performance artists along with thousands of tourists from across the region. The stage area will spotlight performances by singers, dancers, writers and poets. Food concessions will offer fare from local restaurants and the canal area will become a children's interactive learning center with tons of fun activities. Bring blankets and chairs and come spend the day ON the historic bridge. www.ybridgeartsfestival.com The First Friday Art Walk is also taking place as well as Lorena Sternwheeler public rides, dinner cruise and twilight cruise. Call for details.
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Auglaize County Fair in Wapakoneta
Greene County Fair in Xenia
Medina County Fair in Medina
Gallia County Fair in Gallipolis
Columbiana County Fair in Lisbon
Wood County Fair in Bowling Green
Champaign County Fair in Urbana
Athens County Fair in Athens
Ross County Fair in Chillicothe
Licking County Hartford Fair in Croton
Richland County Fair in Mansfield
Cuyahoga County Fair in Berea
Scioto County Fair in Lucasville
Ashtabula County Fair in Jefferson
Erie County Fair in Sandusky
Hamilton County Fair in Carthage
Seneca County Fair in Attica
Henry County Fair in Napoleon
Mercer County Fair in Celina
Miami County Fair in Troy
Muskingum County Fair in Zanesville
Holmes County Fair in Millersburg
Huron County Fair in Norwalk
County Fair in Pomeroy
Jefferson County Fair in Smithfield http://thejeffersoncountyfair.com/Home.html
Lake County Fair in Painesville
Allen County Fair in Lima
County Fair in Greenville
Defiance County Fair in Hicksville
Monroe County Fair in Woodsfield
Lorain County Fair in Wellington
Portage County Fair in Randolph
Sandusky County Fair in Fremont
Noble County Fair in Caldwell
Morrow County Fair in Mount Gilead
Stark County Fair in Canton
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