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Home-Grown Family Fun

Enjoy Home-Grown Family Fun in Wayne County, Ohio

Are you looking for a great place to vacation with your family this summer? Does a stress-free trip where you don’t have to wait in long lines or spend a fortune sound good to you? Then you might want to check out the fun family adventures Wayne County, Ohio has to offer.  Enjoy a visit to an old fashioned hardware store where the Amish shop for nonelectric goods. Pick your own seasonal fruits, visit an ice cream dairy, experience the thrill of a real Wild West rodeo, get up close and personal with the folks who grow your food at a farmers’ market, share a bike path with an Amish buggy, visit hometown festivals with parades and fireworks. Sound good? It sounded like something you’d enjoy.

If your family is partial to outdoor activities, Wayne County is home to many recreation areas such as Johnson Woods State Nature Preserve, Secrest Arboretum and Gardens, Shreve Wildlife Area, Wilderness Center, and Rails to Trails Bike Paths.

What youngster wouldn’t love the excitement of swashbuckling pirates and knights in shining armor? Treat your family to and afternoon or evening of live musical theater with The Ohio Light Opera, who calls The College of Wooster home during their summer festival season.  The 2017 bill of shows includes “The Music Man” and “HMS Pinafore.” Children’s ticket prices are just $10.00.

Wayne County is home to thirteen local historical societies who are proud to display the rich history of their communities. Your family might enjoy train history and a track car ride at the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society or a tour of the Wayne County Historical Society Campus complete with a one-room school house and a turn of the century firehouse, complete with a haunted pumper.

There are restaurants that will fit everyone’s budget. Many feature home-made foods from local produce, great ice cream fresh from the dairy, Amish family style restaurants, bakeries, and cafes.

Spend a night or two without breaking the bank!  Family friendly hotels offer indoor and outdoor pools and spas, free Wifi, great breakfast buffets and free parking.

So, if you thought the family vacation was out of reach this summer, think again.  Visit www.wccvb.com for more great cost effective vacation ideas or call 800-362-6474 to request a free visitors guide.

Washboard Music Festival

The streets in downtown Logan, located in heart of the Hocking Hills, will come alive with the annual Washboard Music Festival on June 15-17, 2017. Folks planning to attend the festival during Fathers’ Day weekend are encouraged to put on their dancing shoes and join along with the unique style of toe-tapping music that will be performed throughout the festival.

The event was created to honor the Columbus Washboard Factory that was purchased and moved to Logan from Columbus, Ohio nearly two decades ago. It is the only factory in the United States that continues to manufacture washboards. Thus the idea to establish a music festival that focuses on washboard music was born. Now you can enjoy the foot-tappin’ styles of Dixieland Jazz, Jug Music, Celtic, Blues and Cagun Zydeco played by bands from all around the country in the streets of small town America – Logan, Ohio.

The festivities kick off Thursday evening at the main stage when Arnett Howard and Friends perform. Little Roy & Lizzie take the stage Friday offering traditional bluegrass at its best. On Saturday, catch the Wayfarers and their own brand of American string-band music. Friday and Saturday music acts features the Steel City Rovers and their Celtic music, “Roscoe Goose” the Juggernaut Jug Band playing jazz, blues and ragtime, and Washboard Hank – a legendary Canadian artist on the alternative country scene. Additional musical acts include spYder Stompers & Sugar Pie and their pre-war acoustic country blues, Sodbusters’ rootsy folk and Bill Bailey’s percussion masterpiece. The Ohio River Minstrels will celebrate America’s heritage in story and song.

And that’s just the free music performances.

Families will enjoy the Children’s Park with rides. Mr. Puppet will be there to entertain the kids along with the magic of Dave Lehman.  A Quilt Show, hosted by members of the Hocking Valley Quilt Guild, will be held at The Bowen House from 12 – 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Both days also include a huge rummage sale. The historic Columbus Washboard Factory will be open to visitors from 9am – 7pm on Friday and Saturday. Saturday includes a tractor exhibit from 9am to 5pm. Afterward, enjoy the annual Washboard Music Festival Parade at 6 p.m.

In addition, the festival has plenty of food plus arts and crafts vendors. Click here to plan your good time.

This project is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council and the Hocking Hills Tourism Association.

The Hub of The 1800s Today

This is a story of resurgence for a bustling canal town that fell into ruin and has since reclaimed its glory days.

The tale begins with a massacre, and a girl who would grow to be known as the “White Woman.” This journey spans two eras of a community separated by a century. Both echoing out with the sounds of molten metal being pounded into form, a helmsmen shouting to a hoggee, a school bell ringing, and merchants asking, “How may I help you?” Both are known as Roscoe Village. Today, they coexist at a crossroads in time ready to serve visitors with authentic goods, services, tours, meals and unforgettable experiences.  ….Read More….

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The Great Race Comes to Ohio!

Join Wapakoneta in Welcoming the
Great Race to the Buckeye State

The Great Race will be rolling into downtown Wapakoneta on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 and you are invited to be a part of the fun.  This will be the only Ohio stop for the Great Race this year.

The Great Race is an antique, vintage, and collector car competitive controlled-speed endurance road rally. Any car up through model year 1972 is eligible to enter. For purposes of scoring, the older the vehicle, the better the age factor adjustment the team will receive.  Last year the winning team drove a 1916 Hudson Indy Racer.  The Great Race is not a test of top speed. It is a test of a driver/navigator team’s ability to follow precise course instructions and the car’s (and team’s) ability to endure on a cross-country trip. The course instructions require the competing teams to drive at or below the posted speed limits at all times.

This year the Great Race will begin in Jacksonville, Florida on June 24th and end in Traverse City, Michigan on July 2nd.  An expected 120 of the race teams and their vintage cars will be spending their lunch hour in Wapakoneta on the 28th.  The public is invited to join in the fun. Beginning at 12:30, the cars will be parked throughout the downtown area, arriving a minute apart, and after a quick lunch, the teams will return to their cars to talk with the public about their vehicle and about the race.  It is a rare opportunity to see a wide variety of very unique, antique cars and trucks and talk with the teams driving these classic cars on this multi-day, cross-country adventure.

While in downtown Wapakoneta for the rally, enjoy great food at restaurants such as Cloud 9, J. Marie’s and the Alpha Café.  There is also a multitude of unique, specialty and antique shops, such as Casa Chic, Relic, Dad’s Toy Shop, Pamela Rose and the Auglaize Antique Mall, where you will find one of kind, fun, upcycled and distinctive items for your home, your wardrobe or for that special gift.

After the rally, check out the museum named for Wapakoneta’s most famous son, Neil Armstrong.  Located near exit 111 of I-75, The Armstrong Air & Space Museum pays tribute to the first man to step onto the moon as well as the many accomplishments of Ohio Astronauts throughout the history of space exploration.   While in the area you may also want to check out the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, the Miami-Erie Canal in Memoria Park in St. Marys and Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio’s largest inland lake.

Have a great time at the Great Race in Wapakoneta on June 28th then make it an afternoon of fun and discovery in the Greater Grand Lake Visitors Region. For more information on the race or other fun summer events check out www.GraterGrandLakeRegion.com.

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Summer Fun in Coshocton

Escape to nearby Coshocton, Ohio, this summer for a fun-filled getaway.  From entertaining events like the Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Corvette Cruise-In, Coshocton Dulcimer Days Festival, and the Indian Mud Run, to amazing attractions like the wineries that make up the Three Rivers Wine Trail, Historic Roscoe Village, and the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Coshocton is the perfect place to find your adventure.

On June 8 – 10, 2017, enjoy The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, sponsored by Frontier Power, featuring balloon launches, live entertainment, fireworks, balloon night glow, midway rides,  antique flea market, craft and food vendors, and more. Returning this year are Tethered Balloon rides, with full-service balloon rides available with prior reservations. “Balloon launches take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting),” said Mindy Brems, director of the Coshocton Visitors Bureau.  “Live musical entertainment includes the Blend (1950’s acapella) and The Rorey Wesney Band.  Festival admission and parking are free.” A complete schedule and listing of balloons are available here.

“Corvette and classic car enthusiasts will enjoy the Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In on June 11,” added Brems.  “We typically have around 200 corvettes showcased on the street that day. ” Guests can stroll through Historic Roscoe Village while getting an up-close look at some beautiful cars, whose owners are proud to show them off.

Now through June 18, visitors will be fascinated by the Pushing the Surface Quilt Show at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Roscoe Village.   “This exhibition of 26 works is a dance of color, beauty, ingenuity and story,” said Patti Malenke, director at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum.  “Participating artists are from across the United States as well as Israel.” The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum also houses Native American tools and basketry, Ohio pioneer history, classic Japanese and Chinese artifacts and the famous Newark Holy Stones.

Coshocton is also the host of the longest running heritage music festival in Ohio—The 43rd Annual Coshocton Dulcimer Days held this year on June 16 – 18 in Historic Roscoe Village.  The festival features music workshops, free concerts, and the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships.  Visitors to the event will enjoy music vendors, raffles, artists’ booths, traditional Appalachian music, and headliner concert Saturday evening with musicians The Vanderveer Brothers String Band and Jeff Hames. Find more details here.

The Indian Mud Run takes place on June 24 at Coshocton Lake Park. This Park fundraiser offers a “weekend warrior” challenging 5K obstacle race including approximately 20 obstacles along the beautiful Scarr Loop and Eagle Ridge Trails at Lake Park. For the brave, a 10 K course filled with more challenging obstacles is available. Register at IndianMudRun.com.  “We’ve been told by past participants that this is one of the best mud runs they’ve ever done, so we know the runners this year definitely will have a great time,” said Brems. Find details about The Indian Mud Run here.

Coshocton is home to several popular attractions including Historic Roscoe Village, a restored 1800s canal era town offering a glimpse into life in the 1800s. Self-guided tours are available daily. Most of the Famous Shops and Restaurants of Roscoe Village are open seven days a week, so visitors can immerse themselves in a quaint, nostalgic street rich with history discovering delightful shops, enjoying delicious dining and unique lodging options.

A visit to Coshocton in the summer is made extra special with a ride on the Monticello III Horse-drawn Canal Boat where the huge draft horses pull the Canal Boat along an original restored portion of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Travelers on the 45-minute canal boat ride are entertained by the Canal Boat Captain as he explains 1800s canal life sharing tall tales and history.  The canal boat is open Tuesday through Sunday throughout the summer.

For those who love wineries, staying in Coshocton offers easy access to Ohio’s Three Rivers Wine Trail which features Raven’s Glenn, Baltic Mill, Indian Bear, Heritage Vineyard, Rainbow Hills and Yellow Butterfly. “Guests will love the diversity of the wineries,” said Brems. “From a restored flour mill to a historic yellow barn, the locations are as varied as the selection of wines.”  Find details here.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Coshocton has a lot to offer. Woodbury Wildlife Area is the largest public hunting and fishing land in the State of Ohio. Perfect for sporting or bird watching, it is something Coshocton is proud of! If you’d like something a bit less rustic, why not try the Coshocton Crow Geotrail? Use the GPS feature in your smartphone to locate 13 caches hidden in interesting places. Complete the passport and you’ll earn a collectible coin!

Make it an overnight getaway by spending time at one of Coshocton’s many affordable lodging options. From luxury cabins, friendly bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, campgrounds, and guest houses, finding the perfect stay for a getaway is easy.  There are overnight packages to choose from that include Wine Tastings, Aquatic Center swimming passes, a Girlfriends’ Get-a-way and more.

Request a free visitor packet here or call (740) 622-4877 or 800-338-4724.

Camp Sherman WWI Centennial

Chillicothe, Ohio, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Region of America played a huge role during World War I. After the United States entered the “Great War” in April 1917, the country realized it was not fully prepared for the war effort. This resulted with the government creating a system in training troops. Construction began on Camp Sherman in Chillicothe in July 1917 with the first recruit arriving in September 1917. The quaint, emerging city with roughly a population of around 16,000 soon found itself with an influx of 40,000 personnel and the third largest training camps in the United States. The expanse of the training camp encompassed over 2,000 acres dedicated to training soldiers for World War I.

Moving forward one-hundred years to 2017, Chillicothe will be welcoming guests into the community for the commemoration of Camp Sherman. Camp Sherman Days is a nine-day event that will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the impact of the Camp beginning July 1st through July 9th.

Many of the community’s attractions and social organizations will be hosting events to compliment Camp Sherman Days. This includes Veterans Appreciation at “Tecumseh!” Outdoor Drama, Chillicothe Paints baseball game, Adena Mansion & Gardens providing an ice cream social, VFW hosting a steak dinner, and the Chillicothe Kiwanis Club offering a pancake breakfast.

In addition to these special activities, there will be daily exhibits available to tour and explore regarding Camp Sherman’s history. The Ross County Heritage Center offers a permanent exhibit on Camp Sherman and has included a special, temporary exhibit to showcase the Camp’s history in Chillicothe for this event. The Pump House Center for the Arts is presenting their July exhibition centered around the artwork of Camp Sherman.

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park will be hosting a complete overview of the history of Camp Sherman. As the Camp damaged many of the prehistoric earthworks created by the Hopewell Culture over 2,000 years ago. Following the end of WWI, as the camp began dismantling its buildings, the restoration work began on these earthworks and are now protected by the National Park Service. As part of the centennial, the National Park will be offering exhibits that include artifacts and memorabilia from the site.

The Majestic Theatre not only was an entertainment outlet for Camp Sherman but also served as a facility for the city and Camp during the Spanish Flu outbreak. The theatre will be participating in the centennial commemoration by hosting a special Vaudeville performance, and a movie night showing of the 1941 film, “Sergeant York”.

One of the main events of the centennial will be the Living History Encampment. This is a rare event – a World War I living history demonstration. Visitors will be able to see authentic camp and tent displays, drill practices, live fire demonstrations at the original Camp Sherman Rifle Range, as well as many other living history activities. Plans also include a WWI antique show and other period vendors. This part of the event will take place on an active Ohio National Guard facility that is located at the base of Chillicothe’s Mount Logan on the original part of Camp Sherman used as the rifle range.

As the Camp was decommissioned and the buildings were disassembled, materials salvaged were used to build homes throughout Chillicothe. The only remaining building of nearly 2,000 structures at Camp Sherman is the former library. Burton E. Stevenson established the library at Camp Sherman which allowed for national efforts to model other libraries off the Camp Sherman Library. Stevenson became the director of the Chillicothe public library. In 1918, he founded the American Library in Paris and 12 years later he became the European director of the American Library Association’s Library War Service. The Chillicothe Ross County Public Library will be offering an exhibit on Burton E. Stevenson during Camp Sherman Days for his efforts on the library system in Chillicothe and abroad.

Additional details of the history of Camp Sherman can be found online at www.CampShermanDays.com. Visitors can also obtain more information about Ross County, Camp Sherman Days, and other events happening in the area by contacting the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau online at www.VisitChillicotheOhio.com or by phone at (800) 413-4118.

Treasure Island Park

 

Get on the Great Miami River with Two Great Events Hosted at Treasure Island Park in Troy, Ohio

Two very exciting events are coming to Miami Country this summer as Adventures on the Great Miami hosts the second annual Great Miami River Races along with the first ever Treasure Island River Fest, both on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

“We had racers coming from all across the Midwest last year! It was really great to see how excited everyone was,” Chris Jackson, owner of Adventures on the Great Miami said. “This is an event that we want to build on and keep running for a long time, and part of that now is kicking off Treasure Island River Fest to get even more folks out on the river!”

The first annual Treasure Island River Fest will be held at Treasure Island Park in Troy, Ohio. Planned as a day for the whole family, the Fest will feature boat demos running all day long, midday and evening sessions of SUP yoga, a kids paddle race, and a 3 mile river scavenger hunt previewing the new section of The Great Miami River they plan to service in 2017.

“No matter your level of experience, Treasure island River Fest really is about getting you out there, having fun and feeling comfortable with the water,” Jackson said. “Bring the family along, watch what you want, get involved with what you want, it’s just going to be a great summer day riverside.”

With a strong reaction upon its announcement, some events like the3 mile scavenger hunt are offering early registration through eventbrite.com to reserve eager participant’s spots.

In addition to fun on the water, Treasure Island River Fest will also feature live DJs throughout the day, food trucks and then a beer truck for later in the evening, a community concert, and the awards ceremony for the second annual Great Miami River Races.

Starting with last year’s signature 12.1 canoe race, The Great Miami River Races launch from Treasure Island at 10am and run down to Adventures on the Great Miami Tipp City property.

“Again, we’ve set up a number of safety checkpoints and will have floating volunteers all along the course to ensure a safe and fun day on the river,” Jackson said. “Last year’s event ran smoothly but there are still some things we’ve learned to help this year’s go off even better.”

Expanding the races, this year’s Great Miami River Races will feature two new races. The 2×2 Race is a 2 miles up and 2 miles downriver race and then there will be a 500 Meter Bridge Sprint race. Each of the three races will also now have classifications for teams, solo racers, and racing boats.

“We want Miami County to become a paddler’s destination,” Jackson said. “The Great Miami is such a beautiful river and really great for these kind of races. What makes it perfect for racing is also what makes it perfect for new paddlers, nice stretches of easy flowing river without major dangerous turns or fast water. It’s amazing that it’s gone this unnoticed for so long and people are just starting to realize all of its potential. We’re excited to be a part of that!”

For those interested, Treasure Island River Fest and The Great Miami River Races will be held on June 24 with racers launching from Treasure Island Park in Troy starting at 10am and events planned throughout the day. More information for Treasure Island River Fest can be found at www.greatmiami.net.