Fall for Medina Year-round

Just 25 miles west of Akron and 30 miles south of Cleveland on I-71, Medina County is the kind of area that truly has something for everyone.  The vast array of festivals, shopping, attractions, parks, golf, historic architecture and eateries make Medina County a special place to visit and live.

Some of the area’s attributes that have put Medina County on the nationwide map are some of the finest, best preserved Victorian architecture; an internationally famous candle making facility and retail store, A. I. Root (Root is known for their fragrances and longer cleaner burning candles).  A strong economic base with companies like MTD, Westfield Insurance and RPM’s World Headquarters help Medina County. But today’s appeal of Medina County is its ability to retain rich traditions and values and create events and happenings around these values, the local history and agricultural base.

Each year Medina County features its annual Fall Foliage Tour with many of the area farms, parks, historical societies and shops participating to provide a superb tour.  In the past, this two-day event featured such stops as a llama farm, dairy and horse farms, Christmas tree farm, greenhouses, orchards, wineries and historical societies, among others.  Some stops have food vendors, wagon rides and other fun programs. Pioneers in the Park is a part of the Fall Foliage Tour with pioneer costumes and crafts.  The drive itself takes visitors through picturesque, rolling hills and rich farmland to provide a panoramic view of the county in all of its fall splendor.  It is held the second full weekend in October.

Each of the communities within the county has their own signature events throughout the year.  Valley City, also known as the Frog Jumping Capital of Ohio, boasts its annual Frog Jump Festival.  Stop by Wadsworth for the Blue Tip Festival (the Blue Tip Match Company was founded here). See one the longest parades in Ohio and the world’s tallest match stick.  Buzzard Day in March, located in Hinckley, marks the return of the buzzards for the summer season – and they always show up.  Come out to help the ranger spot the first arrival of buzzards.  This unique community festival also features crafts, its famous pancake breakfast and is a fun-packed day for all ages.  The Village of Seville hosts the World’s Largest Yard Sale.  The Medina County Fair, one of the area’s largest annual attractions features several acres of games, rides, ethnic foods, and top entertainment.  Brunswick’s Summer Celebration is another community event, and captures the spirit of days gone by with excellent eats, handmade country crafts and more.  The entire Village of Lodi participates in the annual Sweet Corn Festival which makes this event truly a community effort. So pick your favorites and mark your calendar for dates in the months ahead.

While visiting Medina County you may also enjoy an old-fashioned band concert in Medina’s Historic Public Square. If it’s chilly weather you prefer, visit the Square for the Medina Ice Festival, with incredible sculptures and ice carving competitions.  Tour the historic churches and historical society houses or stop in at one of our garden centers to see some the most beautiful flora in the area.  Outdoor adventures can be a hike at the many parks’ trails.  Golf enthusiasts can enjoy some of Ohio’s finest and most scenic championship courses scattered throughout the county.  Or bring the family to enjoy the enchanting miniature golf courses and go-kart racing for unique and hilariously entertaining fun.

This charming county has loads of apple orchards, wineries, breweries, several lovely garden centers, specialty shops with handmade and Amish furniture and crafts, antique stores, fascinating eating establishments and many monthly festivities.  Other community celebrations include Christmas Around the World and Walk With the Spirits of the Past which capture the spirit of centuries’ past.  Stop at Mapleside Farms for the Johnny Appleseed Festival and its crafts, good food, and entertainment. For more autumn family fun, visit Pumpkin Village and many other events all year long, including summer concerts on Friday nights at Mapleside Farms.

Medina County boasts Ohio Station Outlets with a train ride and over 50 outlets to find unique gifts, clothes, kitchen ware and more.  Just across the highway is Creek Bend Ranch, host of the Buckin’ Ohio Pro Bull Riding Series with many pre-show activities.  Rodeos are on one Saturday a month May thru September.  A great family fun activity.

Castle Noel, the newest attraction, offers holiday window displays from Bloomingdales, Lords & Taylors, Macy’s and others from New York City. In addition, there are plenty of toys, photos, the Santa Squeeze (experience what Santa feels when he goes down a chimney), and the Blizzard Vortex. There are also collections of props, set pieces and costumes from Christmas movies such as the Grinch’s 16’ sleigh, Will Ferrell’s Elf costume, a sweater worn by Tim Allen, soldiers from the Santa Claus movies and so many more items from many different Christmas movies.  End with a visit by Santa, then slide down the tall curved slide just like Ralphie did in “A Christmas Story”.  Open year round on weekends and daily for the holiday season.  Also located on the lower level is Alien Vacation Mini-Golf in Freaky 3D (black light mini-golf) soon to include props and aliens from various alien movies.

With the vast array of activities, events and some of the most beautiful historic architecture in Ohio, Medina County is well worth the visit. Plan your itinerary at VisitMedinaCounty.com.