OHIO TRAVEL & TOURISM GUIDE TO OHIO ATTRACTIONS
September 2015 Edition ©


Ft. Rowdy Gathering

Fort-Rowdy-Gathering

is a Labor Day Weekend Must

Come join a peaceful setting of yesteryear when visiting the Ft. Rowdy Gathering in Covington, Ohio. A depiction of a bustling, small trading village set in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s is what you will experience when you enter the Covington Community Park this Labor Day weekend, September 5-7, 2015.

Falling leaves and the smell of open fires lure you to the “Gathering” along with the homemade foods and arts and crafts that will have you wanting to linger throughout the weekend.

If you love good food and a great time, just amble on down to the Fort Rowdy Gathering for the taste sensation of a lifetime. Your nose will enjoy the aroma and your mouth will water in anticipation of the wonderful choice of foods you can enjoy at the Gathering.

You could be one who enjoys lemon shake-ups or strawberry shake-ups served by the Piqua Aikido Club. Or maybe you will be lured to the tent of the Covington Church of the Brethren and the Covington Outreach Association to get a taste of their delicious homemade chicken and noodles along with the great fall favorite, apple dumplings. (Hurry-they sell out quickly!) They also have coffee and hot chocolate and a large variety of cookies and donuts.

If you are looking for a snack, you might want to visit the Covington United Church of Christ booth for a sugar waffle with your beef barbeque sandwich, IBC Root Beer or Cider. French fries, shredded chicken sandwiches, brats burger, mini corn dogs, pumpkin rolls and funnel cakes can be purchased from the Covington Eagles Aux.

St. John’s Church is cooking up cabbage rolls along with mashed potatoes. Take along their fresh fruit cups for dessert. Boy Scout Troop 76 will have brats, metts, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, nachos and cheese and loaded nachos.

Young Life of Miami Co is serving pork fritters, blooming onions, breaded chicken sandwiches, cheese sticks and poppers. Check out their breakfast of gravy and biscuits or the mountain man breakfast. If you like pulled pork sandwiches and chips stopover to A.B. Cole Post 80 American Legion.

Cannons Fast Pitch will be cooking up steak and pizza burgers. If you are looking for something to put on top of your pie or apple dumplings stop by Fort Rowdy’s ice cream booth. They will feature Susie’s Big Dipper ice cream.

As you can see, they try to please everyone’s appetite and avoid duplications so you can have a big choice when it comes to the taste buds. Now there have to be several items mentioned that could lure you down to the Gathering-and they know you wouldn’t want to miss out on any of it.

The Fort Rowdy Gathering is not only a gathering of people but a gathering of crafts also. They strive to bring you a wide variety of talent and interests at this event. There are ceramics of all kinds, country crafts, painted wooden items, angel food cakes, decorative afghans and throws, flower arrangements, blacksmithing, painted pumpkins and gourds, do it yourself sand art, and period trade goods just to name a few.

Free live entertainment will be provided on the festival side, as well as, food vendors from local non-profit organizations and craft vendors. Encampment activities include: Hawk & knife, spear throw, bow shoot, lizard pull, flint & steel, cooking contest, and rolling pin & skillet toss along with many games and contests for the children. Prizes will be awarded at camp meetings. A Sunday morning worship service will be held at the encampment stage.

Authentic demonstrations, contests, games and entertainment add up to fun and enjoyment for the whole family. And the 208’ long portable footbridge will carry you across the scenic Stillwater River to the Mountainman Encampment and a true feeling of the life of a by-gone era.

Covington Community Park is located on St. Rt. 36, just west of St. Rt. 48 north of Covington. The “Gathering” runs all day and offers free admission and parking.  For more information please go to fortrowdy.org.

A September to Remember

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Wow… That’s a Lot to Pick From!

The upcoming variety of activities, events, and things to do in and around Sidney is impressive. Without question, there’s a little bit of something here for everyone.

On August 30th through September 5th, 2015, Custenborder Field in Sidney will be transformed into a Field of Valor. Here, friends and families can place flags in honor of those important to them who served this country in the military or as first responders. Flags can be purchased in advance through the Ross Historical Center and will be presented to the purchaser or the person honored at the conclusion of the event.

On Wednesday September 2, 2015, motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to participate in “Rolling Thunder”, an escort for the Vietnam Memorial Wall that will be traveling from Wapakoneta to Sidney’s Field of Valor. Those interested in riding are requested to be in place at the Wapakoneta VFW parking lot not later than 6 p.m. The Vietnam Memorial Wall will be assembled in Sidney on Thursday September 3, 2015 beginning at 8 a.m. A similar parade was held in Sidney several years ago and the turnout was unbelievable. As a participant or as a spectator, you’re sure to be moved by this spectacle of support and honor.

Opening ceremonies at the Wall will be conducted on Thursday September 3, 2015 by the Sidney Civic Band, under the direction of Phillip Chilcote. These ceremonies will formally welcome the memorial to Sidney and commemorate the Anniversary of 9/11. A tribute honoring the service of veterans and first responders will be included in the program.

On Friday September 4, 2015, car enthusiasts are invited to “Cruise to the Wall” and enjoy the camaraderie of other automotive enthusiasts at this special gathering place. Saturday morning September 5th will get started with a “Run to the Wall” 5K. A pancake and sausage breakfast will follow and all are invited.

The Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display until 3:00 p.m. Sunday September 6, 2015. Additional information about the Field of Valor and this weekend tribute to veterans and first responders can be obtained by calling the Shelby County Historical Society at (937) 498-1653.

The following weekend, Saturday September 12, 2015, welcomes the arrival of the first ever Whistling Goat Music & Arts Festival to Sidney. The festival will run from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 655 South Highland Avenue. An incredible and eclectic line up of musicians are scheduled to perform on one of two large stages. Jazz, Rockabilly, 80s, Blues, Rock, and Country will be featured. In addition, many talented regional artists and craftspeople will be displaying and offering for sale their original work. For additional information, check out the Whistling Goat web site at www.whistlinggoatfestival.com.

On Thursday September 17 through Sunday September 20, 2015 the Rebel Run Rod & Custom Nationals car show returns to the Shelby County Fairgrounds. For car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts, this show offers a little bit of everything. Live music, parts vendors, muffler rapping, burnout, and flame throwing contests, and much, much more. There will be plenty of great food too. See www.therebelrun.com for more information.

Also this same weekend at nearby Lake Loramie State Park on September 18-20, 2015 you can enjoy their annual Fall Festival. Things get going at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and conclude Sunday at 5:00 p.m. The festival features an Antique Power Show with many gas powered tractors on display. Other equipment such as a lumber mill, wheat thresher, shingle mill and various engines will also be exhibited and operating throughout the weekend. Kids’ games and activities are scheduled with a Lake Loramie Naturalist. Over 60 art and craft exhibitors will be at the festival offering items from toys to household decorations, flower arrangements and much more. A Farmers Market will be held on Saturday. Food will be available from several local organizations along with a variety of live entertainment all weekend long.

Another popular feature at this festival is the mountain men encampment. Dressed in clothing typical for the Early American Settler period, these campers display how day to day life was lived during that era in history. They will also have demonstrations on the tools and equipment used to survive on the frontier. Additional information can be obtained by calling the park office at (937) 295-2011 or (937) 295-3900.

Now is the ideal time to plan your visit to Sidney. Everything you need to get started can be found at www.VisitSidneyShelby.com.  While there, be sure to check out the 7 carefully prepared day-trip itineraries or build your own weekend visit from a list of more than 70 family-friendly area attractions and points of interest.

Fall for Grove City

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Summer is winding down, the leaves are changing vibrant colors, and the air is crisp. Fall is near. Grove City, Ohio is the perfect destination for your family to celebrate this beautiful season with fall festivals, spooky shows, fall foliage, and more.

The 36th Annual Arts in the Alley Music and Arts Festival is 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20 in Grove City’s historic Town Center. At this free event, hosted by the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, more than 100 juried exhibitors display and sell fine art, photography, jewelry, crafts, fabric art, glasswork, pottery and wood creations. A variety of musical entertainment is featured throughout the weekend. Children can use their imaginations to create free take-home arts and crafts at Kids Fun Street. Local food vendors supply festival favorites such as chicken and noodles, fried bologna sandwiches, curly fries, funnel cakes and much more.

Grove City’s historic Town Center also boasts two art galleries, full of beautiful pieces to admire or take home. Dreaming Tree Gallery and Sommer House Gallery both feature eclectic contemporary pieces by local artists. For a more hands-on option, bring out your creative side at Coffee Break Pottery, where you can create your own piece of artwork to take home.

For more family fun, catch a show at the historic Little Theatre Off Broadway. The Addams Family Musical premieres at the theatre September 25 and runs through October 18. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays (except the first weekend) at 3pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors. Stop by the theatre on Thursday, October 15 for a special thrifty Thursday where tickets are only $11. This theatrical tale about everyone’s favorite spooky family is bound to be a hit!

Want some adventure? Trapper John’s Canoe Livery offers canoeing and kayaking trips for all ages down the Big Darby Creek, which is a designated National and State Scenic River. The banks of the river are surrounded by pristine natural areas, making it is the perfect place to appreciate the breathtaking fall foliage. They also offer Moonlight Trips, where those with some paddling experience can go on a guided tour of the river under the stars.

There’s so much to do this fall in Grove City. Make it a weekend trip and stay at one of fourteen fantastic hotels, which are surrounded by lots of tasty dining options and offer convenient access to the highway.

For more information about attractions, events, and trip ideas, go to visitgrovecityoh.com or call 800.539.0405. Also be sure to follow Visit Grove City on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out why Grove City is the place to meet, stay, and play!

Autumn Adventures Await

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When thinking of the fall colors, it’s easy for one’s mind to travel to the spectacular, quintessential views of New England and the cool, crisp air of New Hampshire and Vermont. The country roads gently traversing the storied colonial hills of America’s first heartland have been host to many a visitor to the region.

But what if those similar views and similar adventures can be had in a historic area that is hidden right out in the open and just a close day’s drive away? What if Ohio’s own scenic wonderland of Southeast Ohio and the Hocking Hills could take you away to those spectacular fall views?

Traveling to Logan and the Hocking Hills, it’s easy to get lost in the vast areas and myriad of activities available starting September and right on through October. Nearby Nelsonville—and further down U.S. 33, Ohio University’s hometown of Athens—provides very similar results for a traveling couple on a romantic weekend getaway or the growing family taking in the world one mile’s breathtaking view at a time.

It is in a traveler’s great interest to first make a stop at the Hocking Hills Visitor’s Center (Website: www.explorehockinghills.com; Phone: 1-800-HOCKING) off Ohio Route 664, less than a mile away from U.S. 33 on the north end of Logan. There, friendly volunteers will assist with the area events of the weekend (or weekday—the fun doesn’t end on the weekends!), attractions, parks, shopping and much more. The Athens area also has many events and attractions, and the friendly visitor center operated by the Athens County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (Website: www.athensohio.com; Phone: 1-800-878-9767) is just as valuable of a resource too.

Some of the more notable events of the region include the 17th Annual Paw Paw Festival, Appalachian Color in the Hills Festival, Ohio Smoked Meat & Barbecue Festival, 37th Annual Hocking Hills Indian Run, The Plains Indian Mound Festival, Starbrick Clay National Cup Show 2015—plus many more!

A drive along Ohio’s “Windy 9,” a curvy, care-free escape through the hill country is, of course, a given—not to mention the views that can be had along the backroads off the state highways. Those county road drives are among the best without question!

But in addition to the obligatory leaf drives, what else is one to do? The area boasts of many activities, including the world-famous Hocking Hills State Parks, providing some of the more amazing natural scenes Ohio has to offer—Cedar Falls, Old Man’s Cave, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs, Ash Cave. Then there are the man-made (or human-assisted) but still great activities like canoeing the tranquil Hocking River (with two top-notch canoe liveries at your service), cruising the zip lines of Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, biking/walking the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway or Moonville Tunnel Trail, taking in a relaxing guided horseback trail ride, culturally-stimulating art walks, plays and musicals at Stuart’s Opera House—and that’s just scratching the surface.

Another must-do activity while in the region is a train ride aboard one of Ohio’s top tourist trains. The all-volunteer-operated-and-managed Hocking Valley Scenic Railway operates trains every Saturday and Sunday through October before taking most of November off in preparation for an equally-busy season. Following the November hiatus, the trains travel the rails once more before the close of the operating season for the annual—and very popular—Santa Trains and, later, the New Year’s Eve Train—with an impressive fireworks display. In October, the schedule expands out into the weekdays, offering more options to see the leaves via train. The quaint depot is located in the historic town of Nelsonville, once an industrial center of Ohio. Once aboard, the diesel-powered train—a history lesson itself—takes passengers along an approximately two-hour round-trip ride along the Hocking River Valley through Haydenville, another brick and clay tile center. Historic sites, events, anecdotes and the area’s current active industries are pointed out along the way via the on-board live narration. Tickets range from $10 to $17 per person for the fall trips and fares vary on special event trains (such as the All-Caboose Train, Labor Day Train, and Robbery Train). The Robbery Train, offered three times throughout the year, is one of the most popular events of the schedule and always sells out. Kids under the age of 3 years old do ride for free on every train (unless otherwise specified). Food and drinks aren’t provided but are permitted on the train. Pets, however, are not permitted except for certified service animals. Group rates are available as well for non-special event trains. A vintage steam locomotive is scheduled to be put back into service soon, so you’ll want to keep tabs on that as well. But for now, it’s safe to assume that one of the equally-historic diesels will be pulling the train during a visit. Many cabooses and other railroad cars, including an impressive snow plow, are also available to see around the depot while you wait for the train. Information on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway can be found at www.hockingvalleytrain.org or by calling 740-249-1452. The non-profit group is also very active on social media, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/hvsry), Twitter (@hvscenicrailway), and Instagram (@hvscenicrailway). It’s a lasting experience not to be missed!

Food options are as varied as the area, from fast food to true local establishments, one won’t go hungry for sure. Just a small sampling of local eateries include The Boot Grille, Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery, Kiser’s Barbeque, Avalanche Pizza, Caleb’s Coffee, Casa Nueva, Millstone Southern Smoked BBQ, The Olde Dutch Restaurant, and Tammy’s Country Kitchen. By no means is the list comprehensive but its easy to get a picture of what’s available.

Lodging? Even more plentiful and varied, it’s much easier to just log on to the Hocking Hills Tourism Association’s website (www.explorehockinghills.com) and the website of the Athens County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (www.athensohio.com).

So, that trip to New England this fall? The close-to-home enticement of Southeast Ohio is arguably much more compelling and provides a charming escape with Southern-style hospitality, great cultural events, amazing natural beauty, and a rich history that rivals any region in America. Without a doubt, it is an experience that will have you making this regional visit a late-year vacation tradition for many years to come!

Grand Lake Marathon

Grand Lake Marathon
The Fastest Course in Ohio!

Ready to beat your PR (personal record) on your next half or full marathon?   Well… here’s your opportunity! Don’t miss what has been dubbed the “Fastest Course in Ohio!” … and it’s also a qualifier for the Boston Marathon!

Bring those speedy feet to the 2nd Annual Grand Lake Marathon Saturday, September 26th, 2015, where you will experience an amazing course running along the shores of beautiful Grand Lake St Marys.  Following up on the success of the inaugural event last year, the race will once again offer a 5k, half, full marathon, relay, and a kids marathon. You are invited to escape the concrete jungle and come run in the country! A scenic loop that begins in Celina, Ohio, on the shores of Grand Lake awaits Marathoners with a route that offers beautiful views of the lake, family farms and very rural America. Half Marathon participants will enjoy a run along the northern shores of Grand Lake and a welcoming finish in the historic canal town of St. Marys, Ohio.

The Grand Lake Marathon organizers want to make your race day special by providing incredible race amenities such as great Live music approximately every two miles around the entire 26.2 loop, custom shirt with custom Grand Lake Marathon artwork, custom bib numbers with your name, custom age group awards, a wonderful Race event expo, free download of your favorite race photo, a Free beer from Big Bamboos Dockside Grill located only a few steps away from the Marathon finish in Celina, free 13.1 or 26.2 stickers to all participants, and finally, one awesome lake themed finisher medal! As pictured Seymour the Seagull is also expected to join in the fun.

The Grand Lake Marathon course is flat, fast and USATF certified for Boston qualification. USATF Certificate: OH14003MW.   Findmymarathon.com lists Grand Lake as the fastest course in Ohio! So if you are a weekend warrior looking for a 5k in a beautiful setting or a dedicated runner wanting to tackle the full 26.2 mile challenge, sign up today for the Grand Lake Marathon. For more information or to register check out www.Grandlakemarathon.com.

Lincoln Highway License Plate

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Lincoln Highway to Receive Special License Plate

A special license plate featuring the familiar red, white and blue Lincoln Highway logo has been awarded to The Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway thanks to State Senator Clifford Hite, Findlay, who introduced the bill last year. The new plate will also include the declaration:  “America’s First Coast-to-Coast Road.”

The new vanity plate will be created once 150 orders are received.  Proceeds from the sale of the special plates will help provide signage and better awareness of the historic road.

The Ohio Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor (OLHHC), better known as the Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway, is a non-profit corporation organized in 2000 to promote the history of the road through travel and tourism. It was granted Ohio byway status in 2004.

“Everybody knows about Route 66 because of books, a TV series and even movies in the past,” said Mike Hocker, executive director of the road, “but the Lincoln was built earlier, is much longer and more influential to the birth of the automotive culture we know today. This new plate will be a fun way to let your friends and others know about the road, but also support our cause to make people more aware of it.

Those interested in purchasing the plate will be pleased to know that they may have their personalized (vanity) plate number produced on the plate, as long as it does not exceed six numbers or letters, Hocker said.

Since the initial order requires a minimum of 150 signatures to produce the plates, interested persons are encouraged to call 419-468-6773 or email HYPERLINK “mailto:plates@historicbyway.com
plates@historicbyway.com for instructions on how to contribute to the signatures needed, and then acquire the special plates.

Fall Fests & Events

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Ohio’s Fall Festivals & Events

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And upcoming Holiday and Christmas
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November Festivals & Events

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Sweet September Summer

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It seems as if summer vacation season gets shorter and shorter. Schools remain in session until well into June and teachers and students are back in the classroom by mid-August. This leaves about eight weeks for the traditional family vacation. Popular vacation destinations are often crowded and prices are at their peak. Thank goodness for September!

For anyone not tied to a school schedule, and there are millions of us, the world is our oyster. Summer weather continues, all the attractions are open and the pace is far more relaxed. September in the Hocking Hills is the perfect destination for a Second Summer vacation. No need to travel far to feel like you’re a million miles from home.

Begin your Second Summer by selecting the accommodations best suited to you. Looking for a getaway with a special someone or maybe just a solo trip? Hocking Hills has a wide variety of cabins, cottages and Inns providing as little or as much seclusion as you desire. Need to immerse yourself in Mother Nature once more before the cold wind blows? Award winning campgrounds, tipis, Gypsy Wagons and camping cottages set the stage for nature’s late summer serenade.

Get the gang together for a football weekend at one of Hocking Hills’ luxury lodges. It’s your own private resort complete with gourmet kitchen for all those game-time goodies, great room with plenty of seating and a big TV for the big game. After the game relax on the deck or around a fire as you soak in the last sunlight of the day.

Once you know where you will lay your head it’s time to plan a few adventures. With more than 50 ziplines the Hocking Hills is the Canopy Tour Capital of the Midwest. If you prefer to stay a little closer to the ground take an all-terrain Segway tour or canoe trip to Ohio’s largest natural bridge, Rockbridge State Nature Preserve.

Trade your in-box for a tackle box and drop a line in Lake Logan. The catch of the day may be Northern Pike, Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Catfish or Saugeye. While you’re waiting for a nibble be sure to watch for eagles and hawks overhead and Blue Heron, swans and ducks on the lake.

Test your endurance at the Annual Hocking Hills Indian Run. This trail run winds through vast wooded areas of the Hocking Hills State Park and Hocking State Forest, crossing streams, deep gorges, shimmering waterfalls and lush forests, leading uphill and down. The Indian Run is the ultimate challenge to a runner’s power of concentration.

When you’re ready to relax tour the region’s four wineries. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Hills as you taste the creations of these local vintners. Stroll through a vineyard, picnic on a patio and enjoy a little live, local music (weekends).

Before long it will be time to park your baby for a winter’s rest so get out and cruise Car and Driver Magazine’s “Midwestern driving roads of choice”. Begin your country cruise at the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center where you will find the Hocking Hills Road Tour map featuring multiple routes for maximum scenery while taking into consideration the importance of road quality to you and your baby.

September is for savoring. Savor your Sweet September Summer in the Hocking Hills.

American Heroes Are Coming

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to Niederman Family Farm’s Fall Festivities and it’s FREE for all firefighters, EMTs, police officers and military personnel

The 210-acre Niederman Family Farm is known to be the ultimate fall retreat but this year, it’s a game-changer!

New this year are special weekend themes featuring American Heroes, a Princess Party and Touch-A-Tractor, just to name a few.

Sure, it always has everyone’s favorites, including fall staples such as a giant corn maze open day and night along with a pick-your-own pumpkin patch and horse-drawn wagon rides. In recent years, new thrills such as bonfire pits for evening gatherings, pig races, and even a giant jumping pillow under a barn on stilts were added. Not to mention, there’s barn animals galore and wide-variety of play things and activities day and night from September 18 to October 30, 2015.

All that said, there are definitely three weekends that will transform Niederman Family Farm.

Opening weekend is American Heros Weekend. All firefighters, EMTs, police officers and military personnel with valid I.D. receive FREE admission to the fall activities at Niederman Family Farm from Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Now with their own sons having military commitments, the massive annual corn maze spanning 12-acres features an eagle and flag design.

“Understanding the commitments our heroes make every day, we wanted to say thank you,” said Bethann Niederman. “The family will offer FREE admission opening weekend to firefighters, EMTs and police officers in addition to military personnel.”

This will be followed by two special weekends for boys and girls.

For girls, the ever popular Princess Party on Saturday, September 26, 2015 will give everyone photo ops with Princesses by Charming Princesses Company. Don’t miss all the little girls’ fav – the “Cool Sisters.” You can even purchase a V.I.P. pass for a hayride with a “Bell-utiful” princess.

And for the boys there’s the Touch-A-Tractor Weekend from October 9 – 11, 2015. Enjoy your photo ops with John Deere tractors and big farm equipment. Wait ‘til you get your hands on the enormous combine. It’s an impressive sight, especially up-close. That weekend also has a DJ on Friday the 9th (also the 24th) and mechanical bull riding on Saturday, October 10 (also the 24th).

Bring your own S’mores or taste the Niederman family’s own warm doughnuts covered in cinnamon and sugar, made fresh, daily. It goes great with sips of hot cider. In addition, there’s fresh kettle-corn, cotton candy, caramel apples and other fall festival foods and treats.

There’s even a massive picnic pavilion perfect for parties of up to 300 people. It overlooks the children’s playground featuring a large wooden ship, play set, tether ball, climbing hill and tubes to run through plus much more.

Heck, there’s even a giant inflatable obstacle course Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18, 2015.

No doubt daytime is only half the fun. Stick around because when the sun goes down, even more fun rises under the moonlight. Grab your flashlight and navigate the corn maze. Take a leisurely, starlit, horse-drawn hayride. Gaze at the night sky and just breathe the crisp autumn air. Reserve your own bonfire pit and enjoy good old-fashioned storytelling with a weenie roast.

Another group favorite is the restored 1890s climate controlled barn. It houses up to 200 people. Just outside is a vast deck, perfect for a roast, picnic or hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. It is designed to connect indoor and outdoor activities.

All of the Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival activities are open to the public for walk-in entertainment every Saturday from 11am – 10pm in late September and all October and evenings from Wednesday to Friday in October.

Join the fun. Reserve a bonfire pit, birthday party or pavilion for your group by visiting www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com for more information.

Niederman Family Farm is conveniently located near I-75 between Cincinnati and Dayton at 5110 LeSourdesville-West Chester Road in Liberty Township, Ohio.

Bring a hero to Niederman Family Farm.

Where Festival Lovers Go

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Fall Festivals and Foliage

With its small-town charm and rolling hills, visitors can feel the stress melt away as they drive the scenic roads of Carroll County.

Located in East Central Ohio, Carroll County’s scenic vistas come alive with color as autumn arrives with its red, oranges and golds. Visitors are encouraged celebrate the heritage of this rural county and to enjoy a festival almost every weekend from Labor Day through mid-October.

September 12, 2015 is the date for the 12th annual “Dancing on the Bridge” in Malvern. It is an all-day event that is a fundraiser for community projects in the small village of Malvern. The free event includes entertainment, food and craft vendors, a car show, children’s play area, raffles and a beer garden. Jimmy & the Soulblazers will perform at 7 p.m. Check out the schedule at www.dancingonthebridge.net.

The Lake Mohawk Fall Festival and Craft Show is slated for September 20, 2015 and features crafts, food and a ski show. The gated lake community is open to the public during the festival, which is held at the main beach area and clubhouse. It is a free event.

The 13th annual Scarecrows on the Square will take place Saturday, September 26, 2015 on Public Square in downtown Carrollton.  This festive annual event brings area businesses and organizations together in friendly competition to construct imaginative scarecrows. The ‘crows will be on display through Oct. 19 to greet visitors making the trip to the area.

The Village of Minerva will be bustling with activity on September 26, 2015. An Oktoberfest, featuring music, crafts and a beer garden, will be held noon-9 p.m. in Minerva Municipal Park, just off U.S. Route 30. The event will close with the showing of the documentary, “Minerva Monster,” which focuses on the sighting of a Bigfoot approximately 25 years ago.

Also planned September 26-27, 2015 in Minerva is Stockers and Streeters’ On the Bricks Car Show. This two-day event draws nearly 100 vehicles each day lined up along the village’s historic brick Market Street.

The 33nd annual Atwood Area Fall Festival will be held October 2-4, 2015 at the Atwood Lake Park, located on the west side of Atwood Lake. The weekend celebration has everything from a Native American pow-wow to radio-controlled model planes. There will also be historical reenactments, nature displays, arts and crafts, contests, live music and a wide variety of entertainers throughout the weekend. Sunday will feature a huge car show to finish out the weekend. Visit www.atwoodfallfest.org.

The 45th annual Algonquin Mill Fall Festival will be held, rain or shine, October 9-11, 2015. This lively festival is set in a reconstructed pioneer village that is centered around an operational, steam-powered, 19th-century flour mill. The mill will be grinding wheat, corn and buckwheat flours, which will all be for sale. The festival is featured on the Bon Appétit Appalachia map because of the food traditions that are carried on, including nine tons of cabbage made into sauerkraut, homemade bread in the wood-fired oven, apple butter, chili, bean soup and more. Time-honored crafts, skills and techniques are demonstrated throughout the weekend with many of the products available for purchase. Click here to visit the festival’s web site.  

The 16th annual Steam Show at the Carroll County Fairgrounds October 16-18, 2015 completes the festival season in Carroll County. The weekend’s highlights include tractor pulls on Friday and Saturday nights with displays of tractors and engines as well as a flea market throughout all three days. Sunday will have a garden tractor pull along with a car show.

Visitors are invited to come and stay at one of Carroll County’s three chain hotels, Atwood Lake Resort, two bed and breakfasts, cabins or campgrounds. Enjoy the local cuisine as you enjoy festival season and that gorgeous fall foliage driving tour.

Fall Is Best Of All

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in Wayne County, Ohio

It’s no secret that Central Ohio is known as one of the best places to view the changing colors of autumn. Pair this with the scenic back roads of Amish Country and you’ve found yourself a picturesque match made in heaven.

Wayne County likes to celebrate fall in a grand style with festivals, tractor pulls, farm tours and car shows.

Here is a sample of some of our harvest season celebrations.

  • Fall Fun Festival at P. Graham in Dunn, Dalton on Oct 3
  • Apple Festival Days at Bauman Orchards on Oct 3
  • Autumn Discovery Day at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster on Oct 3
  • Apple Dumpling Weekend at Whispering Hills Campground in Shreve on Oct 3 & 4
  • Colonial Williamsburg Festival at Pine Tree Barn & farm in Wooster on Oct 3 & 4
  • Enchanted Forest at Wilderness Center in Wilmot on Oct 9 and 10
  • Winery Harvest Festival at Troutman Vineyards in Wooster on Oct 10
  • Community Heritage Day on James Road in Moreland on Oct 10 & 11
  • Farm Tour in Southwest Wayne County on Oct 10-11
  • Bucket & Beans Car Show at the Historical Society in Marshallville on Oct 17
  • Apple Butter Making at Smithville Historical Society on Oct 17
  • Kidron Beet Festival in Sonnenberg Village on Oct 17
  • Fall Festival at Ramseyer Farms in Wooster on Oct 31

Secrest Arboretum, part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, is the perfect place to view the changing colors. Open daily from dawn to dusk, you are invited to hike or bike the many trails or take a leisurely stroll through one of its gardens.

Organize a family outing to Ramseyer Farms Maze Adventures and Pumpkin Patch this fall. You can make friends with the farm animals, get lost in one of their many mazes, shoot a potato in the spud slinger, take a hayride into the fields to pick the perfect pumpkin or just sit back and enjoy the scenery while munching on a bag of freshly made potato chips. Visit them online at ramseyerfarms.com.

Nothing tastes as good as an apple fresh from the tree and Wayne County’s pick-your-own orchards won’t disappoint offering special dwarf size apple trees so everyone in your family can experience the delight of picking an apple right from the tree. Our Farms & Farmers’ Market section of our brochure lists hours and weekend festival dates for these farm attractions.

For a complete list of Wayne County festivals and activities see the Visitors Guide and Calendar of Events on line at http://wccvb.com/ or call 800-362-6474 to receive a free copy.

So grab a sweater, pack up the family car and come see why “Fall is Best of All” in Wayne County, Ohio!

Pow Wow – Mohican Style!

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Ohio has one of the best in the Country

Native American culture is celebrated at one of the best Pow-Wows in the country – The Great Mohican Pow Wow. It was previously named one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association.

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation Camp & Festival Grounds in Loudonville, Ohio from September 18 – 20, 2015. The setting is everything.  These festival grounds are nestled in secluded wooded hills lending itself well to the authenticity and beauty of this annual celebration.

The 2015 show features MC RonColombe, Host Drum Wild Band, breathtaking tomahawk throwing and fire starting by Coyote Dog,  dramatic hoop dancing by Lowery Begay and colorful ceremonial dancing, music of the Andes Mountains by Malkuri and mesmerizing flutist Douglas Blue Feather. There are also dance & drum competitions and powerful storytelling by Lance White Eagle. Throughout the festival grounds there are demonstrations of Native American living and customary food and artisans. Don’t miss the touching Grand Entry, group prayer and ceremony honoring our Veterans for their service.

Pow-Wows are celebrations that last for days and are remembered for a lifetime. In that tradition, this authentic Pow-Wow is three-days long and multi-day discount packages are available as well as campsites. This scared celebration is the coming together of Native tribes to honor ancestors and renew their traditions and heritage. It is a real cultural presentation – not a hobbyist show.

The Pow-Wow emphasizes lifestyles, fellowship and competition among tribes. It showcases custom dancing, colorful ceremonial dress, the passing down of songs, sharing of foods and storytelling. All of which are critical to the survival of a culture. One of the most spectacular sights at an authentic Pow-Wow is the palate of color woven throughout the festivities.

In addition to the Native foods, stories, music, dancing and competitions, there are original Native American creations by more than 40 traders, artisans and crafters. Wares on display and for sales include pottery, bead working, knife making, sliversmithing, quill working, antler works, fur trading, wood and bone carving, leather work, basket weaving, clothes making and jewelry.

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation Campgrounds at 23270 Wally Road South in Loudonville, Ohio. Admission is $8/adult and $4/child with discounts for two and three day passes as well as for colleges, groups, scouts, teachers, seniors and veterans. For complete information or directions, phone 1-800-766-2267 or visit www.mohicanpowwow.com.