Spend Time Enjoying the Splendor of Autumn…Without Spending Money

Trying beet ice cream at the Kidron Beet Festival.
Trying beet ice cream at the Kidron Beet Festival.

Jacki Chamberlain, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau thought you might appreciate a list of no cost , or very low cost, events that are sure to entertain your family this fall. We suggest visiting our website at www.wccvb.com or calling us at 800-362-6474 to request a FREE copy of the 2017 Wayne County Visitors Guide. This directory is chockfull of family friendly fall events as well as events for the entire year. Also listed are the beautiful parks, bike trails, arboretums, gardens, lakes and wildlife areas in Wayne County along with many attractions that don’t charge an entrance fee. How about a morning at a farmers market or an afternoon picking apples or pumpkins, the visitors guide can help you with both!

Here is a sampling of the events we are talking about:
October 7 Moreland Community Heritage Day, Wooster
October 7 -8 Williamsburg Festival, Pine Tree Barn, Wooster
October 7 Autumn Discovery Day, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, Wooster
October 14 Winery Harvest Festival, Troutman Vineyards, Wooster
October 14 Guided Bird Walk, Secrest Arboretum, OARDC, Wooster
October 14-15 Wayne County Farm Tour
October 21 Bucket & Beans Car Show, Marshallville Historical Society
October 21 Kidron Beet Festival, Sonnenburg Village near Kidron
October 21 Woopex 2017, Stamp Club Show, Ida Sue School, Wooster
October 28 Jumpin’ Pumpkin” Jamboree, Orrville Depot
November 4 Buckeye Book Fair, OARDC, Wooster
November 4 Nature Fest Arts & Crafts Show, Wilderness Center, Wilmot

So instead of spending money this fall, try spending some time with your family enjoying the splendor of autumn, in beautiful Wayne County, Ohio!


BuggyTTThe Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, has put together a great self drive tour highlighting some of the less traveled backroads of the county. The bureau suggests that you may want to grab your picnic basket and cooler before setting out to enjoy the gorgeous summer weather as this tour features stops at local farmers markets, bakeries, meat markets, wineries and breweries.
Come enjoy the backroads of charming Wayne County, Ohio while filling your picnic hamper with delicious, fresh from the farm, homemade and homegrown treats…the very best of backroads county cusine!

Local Roots Market and Café

A year-round, indoor, local food co-op featuring baked goods, meats,
140 S. Walnut St. eggs, produce, arts and crafts. All from Ohio producers. Fresh
Wooster, OH 44691 seasonal dishes.

JAFB Wooster Brewery

Fresh American handcrafted beer made in historic
120 Beall Ave. Downtown Wooster. They invite you to bring your
Wooster, OH 44691 picnic to their tap room as they only do beer.
330-601-1TAP Growlers available to go.

Secrest Arboretum & Gardens

The perfect spot to enjoy a picnic. Open daily dawn to
OARDC dusk. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and arboretum. Part of The
2122 William Rd. Ohio State University’s Agricultural College.
Wooster, OH 44691

Troutman Vineyards and Winery

Bring a picnic lunch and sample home-grown wine
4243 Columbus Ave. in the shade of their backyard. Feed the goats and take a
Wooster, OH 44691 stroll through the vineyard. Learn about the wine making
330-263-4345 process.

Silver Run Vineyard and Winery

Boutique winery featuring hand-crafted wines in a country
376 Eastern Rd. setting. Relax by the coxy fireplace or on the covered back
Doylestown, OH 44230 porch.

Marshallville Packing Co.

A complete line of old-world sausages, smoked meats, and cheeses.
50 E. Market St.
Marshallville, OH 44645

Fun on the Fourth!

4th of July FREE-dom Weekend Wayne County, OHIO

We like to say that we’ve put the FREE in Freedom this year.

Celebrate the July 4th holiday weekend at one of our many community events.         The best part, no admission cost!

June 30        Music at the Bandstand-Doylestown
Concerts are free and open to the public. The June 30th concert features The                               Juke Hounds at 7pm. Food Trucks will be available.
July 1           Benefit Quilt Auction-Kidron Auction
Annual auction benefitting the Ohio Crippled Children’s Fund. Breakfast is
served at 6:30am (charge) followed by the auction at 9am. Auction features                                 furniture, over 100 locally-made quilts, buggies, harnesses, grandfather clock                             and more.
July 1           Weekly Farmers Market-Downtown Wooster
Locally grown vegetables, flowers and baked goods. 8AM-NOON. Good chance                           you’ll find just what you need for the family cookout
July 1-2       Cowboy Mounted Shooters at the Wayne County Fairgrounds
Watch these cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in movie style western wear,                                        compete in timed shooting matches on horseback. Friday evening at 7:30pm,                           Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am. Great fun for the kids.
July 4           Ohio Light Opera Community Pops Concert-Downtown Wooster
Bring a chair and join in the festivities. A community pre-firework tradition                                   presented  by Main Street Wooster and The Ohio Light Opera at 7pm.
July 4           Fredericksburg Independence Day Parade
Billed as “Wayne County’s Biggest Small Town Parade.” The Village of                                             Fredericksburg invites you to their hometown parade that steps off at 11 am.

July 4          Wooster Community Fireworks Celebration
The festival grounds, at the soccer field at Oldman and Kinney Roads, activities                         start at 5pm with food, entertainment, and family fun. Bring your blanket to                                 stake out your spot for the fireworks at 10pm.
July 4-8     Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration & Parade
Annual festival complete with a parade July 4th at 4pm and fireworks July 8th at                       10:15pm. Enjoy this hometown family fun festival.

Visit us online for more information on these or many more FREE summer events.


It’s that time of year again; local farmers and gardeners alike are dusting off their folding tables, pop-up awnings and cash boxes gearing up for the farm market season. If you’ve never experienced a local weekly market, picked your own apples or stopped off at a roadside stand to purchase fresh from the farm produce, you’re really missing a Wayne County treat.

Fresh from the farm flavor.
Because locally purchased produce was harvested that day or the day before, the product you are purchasing is farm fresh. You will quickly realize just how much better these fruits and veggies taste. There is nothing quite like an apple picked straight from the tree, a tomato fresh off the vine, or a fresh brown egg from a free range chicken to prove our point.

Getting to know your local farmer.
Besides the nutritional value and great taste of fresh produce, there is also the economic importance of buying directly from the farmer and keeping the money local. You’ll enjoy meeting the farmer who grew your green beans and potatoes. Many times they have wonderful recipes to share and are quick to slice a melon to share with shoppers before they buy.

A whole lot of fun.
Start a Saturday tradition by grabbing a cup of coffee at a local coffee shop then visiting the vendors at your local market. Wander from booth to booth, smelling bouquets of flowers displayed in mason jars, fresh from the oven artisan breads and cinnamon rolls, local honey, fresh picked produce and herbs. Many markets offer locally made arts and crafts, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and live music. Seriously, it just doesn’t get much better than this.

Visit the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau website for a list of our local farmers’

There's nothing better than fresh from the farm taste.

markets and roadside farm markets at www.wccvb.com. Or give us a call at 1-800-362-6474 and we will be glad to send you a copy of the 2017 Wayne County Visitors Guide that includes a copy of the Wayne County Calendar of Events.

Here is a list of some of the Wayne County’s local farm markets and co-ops, offering pick your own produce, seasonal activities, corn mazes, and cooking classes!

Bauman Orchards, Inc., Rittman www.baumanorchards.com
Local Roots Market and Café, Downtown Wooster www.localrootswooster.com
Maurer’s Farm Market, Wooster www.maurersberriesvegs.com
Moreland Fruit Farm & Farm Market, Wooster www.morelandfruitfarm.com
Ramseyer Farms Maze Adventures and Pumpkin Patch, Wooster www.ramseyerfarms.com
Rittman Orchards and Farm Market, Doylestown www.rittmanorchards.com


 "BuyWay" Sale Aug 11-13
“BuyWay” Sale
Aug 10-12, 2017

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Here it is folks, the hottest list in town, the 2017 calendar of area city and village wide garage sale dates.
The concept of the garage sale is nothing new, but making them more popular than ever are the “trash to treasure” shows on the Home and Garden and DIY Networks.

Smithville  April 29
West Salem  May 19-20
Shreve June 3
Creston June 15-17
Mt. Eaton June 2-3
Seville June 16-17
Marshallville June 24
Rittman July 20-22
Doylestown  Sept 16
Shreve  Oct 6
Orrville Oct 6-7

Be sure to save the dates of August 10th through the 12th for the granddaddy sale of them all, the Lincoln Highway “Buyway Sale” including the village of Dalton. This sale runs along the route of the Lincoln Highway across the state and right through Wayne County! If you would like information on the Lincoln Highway Sale visit their website at www.historicbyway.com or for more information on area events and attractions visit the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.wccvb.com

The Ohio Light Opera Celebrating Their 39th Festival Season in Wayne County, Ohio

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau     


You're in for a toe-tapping time!
You’re in for a toe-tapping time!

You might already be aware that Wayne County, Ohio is part of the world’s largest Amish settlement and home to Lehman’s Hardware, The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café, Everything Rubbermaid, and P. Graham Dunn. But did you know that the Ohio Light Opera, summer resident opera company of the College of Wooster also calls Wayne County their home?

The 2017 Light Opera festival season, which runs June 17 through August 12, opens with the toe-tapping musical “The Music Man.” Also included in this summer’s line up will be Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S Pinafore.” Also featured this season will be “Primrose,” “The Student Prince,” “Countess Maritza” and “The Lady of the Slipper.”

Over 20,000 patrons from across the country and around the world come to Wooster for the Ohio Light Opera performances in the intimate confines of Freedlander Theater each summer. Patrons find the matinee performances fit in well with local restaurants that offer upscale dining and still leave time for sightseeing and shopping. Evening performances can be followed by wine parings or decadent desserts and coffee. Hotels, Inns and Bed and Breakfasts offer special packages that include show tickets and meals.
Additional information about the Ohio Light Opera is available by phone 330 263-2345 or online at ohiolightopera.org or by contacting the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-362-6474 or online at wccvb.com.

It’s a Migration Sensation!

"Owl" see you at the Migration Sensation!
“Owl” see you at the Migration Sensation!

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Join the Village of Shreve, Ohio, just south of Wooster and home to Ohio’s largest in-land water way, the 5,512-acre Killbuck Marsh, on Saturday, March 18, 2017 for the Shreve Migration Sensation. The day centers around the peak spring bird migration and includes self-guided tours with local experts and designated spotting stations in the Killbuck Marsh, Shreve Lake, Brown’s Bog, and the Funk Bottoms wildlife area. Cost is just $15.00 per person or $20.00 per family and includes all events; six workshops offered by well-known experts in their fields, and location maps. Visit the many booths in the Birder’s Market Place where you will find a large selection of binoculars, spotting scopes, nature art, books, bird houses and feeders, shirts and hats with the migration logo. In addition to this year’s workshops enjoy these “Sensational” Family-Friendly Activities: Dip-Netting for marsh creatures (bring water proof boots), Wilderness Center Inside Exploration Area, with snakes, turtles and salamanders. Live hawks and owls with the Medina Raptor Center. Animal Ambassadors from the Akron Zoo and a special program teaching fishing skills at Whispering Hills Jellystone Park.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. at Shreve Elementary School, 598 North Market Street (State Route 226), Shreve, Ohio 44676. For a complete list of the day’s activities and workshop subjects and presenters visit www.shreveohio.com
Plan on spending the day in the quaint Village of Shreve with its authentic Amish Restaurant and Bakery, old fashioned hardware store and unique shopping. “It’s where good friends get together to enjoy nature!” Call the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau for other great Wayne County attractions at 800-362-6474 or visit them on the web at www.wccvb.com.

And since we’ve no place to go…. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

What a great song…only they aren’t singing about Wayne County, Ohio. June in JanWe host many inside events during the winter months, so if you are suffering from cabin fever or the winter doldrums the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau invites you to visit our new 2017 Wayne County Directory and Calendar of Events online at wccvb.com or a printed copy can be requested by calling our office toll free at 1-800-362-6474. No place to go? The next few months are full of amazing indoor events for the whole family.

Here is just a sample of some of the cozy and warm inside events Wayne County has to offer:

o Exciting Wooster Oilers Hockey Games & Family Skates at the Alice Noble Ice Arena
o June in January Summer Outdoor Living Preview at Buchwalter Greenhouse
o Wayne County Farm Toy Show at Greene Middle School in Smithville
o Brewfest Benefit for the Wayne Center for the Arts
o Concerts and theater productions at the College of Wooster
o Migration Sensation Birding Workshops at Shreve Elementary School
o Arts and crafts shows, toy and train show, health expo, bridal shows, pancake breakfasts, auctions and sales, quilt shows…and that’s just to name a few!

Start a new family tradition with a Wayne County winter family getaway. Many of our hotels offer special winter incentives during the off-season and feature indoor pools, hot tubs, free Wi-Fi and breakfast.…no place to go? We don’t think so!


Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist

Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Holiday Shopping along Liberty Street in Downtown Wooster.
Holiday Shopping along Liberty Street in Downtown Wooster.

Beautiful Historic Downtown Wooster, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, invites you to shop in a relaxed, hassle-free atmosphere and experience holiday shopping the way it was meant to be.

Window Wonderland on Friday, November 18th officially kicks off the holiday season downtown with the “unwrapping” of the beautifully decorated windows at 7:00pm, followed by the arrival of Santa amidst carolers, street vendors, and great activities for the kids. Holiday foods, hot cocoa and cookies will be available from booths along the main street, while the restaurants and cafes will be open for those wishing to take the merrymaking inside. Our friendly Wayne County merchants are ready to share their holiday spirit while welcoming you into their establishments.

Make a weekend of it and spend the night at the Market Street Inn, Best Western Wooster Hotel and Conference Center or St. Paul Boutique Hotel, all within easy walking distance to restaurants, craft beer brewery and shopping in the downtown area.

The shops located along this thriving main street community include the Everything Rubbermaid Store, several antique shops, gourmet kitchenware shop, clothing boutiques, bookstores, a record shop, art galleries, jewelry and furniture stores, just to name a few. No time for holiday baking? We’ve got you covered. Downtown Wooster boasts a Hungarian Bakery, Scottish Bakery and exceptional cupcake shop. While here, you may want to check out our downtown specialty food stores, Meatheads Union Butcher Shop, Motts Oils and Local Roots, which are sure to add that certain pizazz to your holiday gatherings.

For a complete listing of store hours, holiday events and sales planned for this holiday season, check us out online at mainstreetwooster.org or wccvb.com

Santa has been known to shop the many stores of Downtown Wooster…maybe it’s time you did too.


Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

My 1ST Fair Stop. Dairy Producers Booth!
My 1ST Fair Stop.
Dairy Producers Booth!

Summer vacation is over and the kids are heading back to school. It’s getting darker earlier and morning temperatures are cooler. High School Football is in the news and sweaters and sweatshirts are part of our wardrobe again. Where did summer go?

Not to fear, there are plenty of fun times ahead as the 167th Annual Wayne County Fair opens their gates on September 10th, 2016 for six days of fresh off the farm fun and entertainment.

Fair admission is still just $3.00 per person, with children 6 & under free. Senior Citizen Day for those 65 and over is Thursday with free admission until 4:00pm. Unlimited ride passes are available daily as well as single ride tickets.

For a complete listing of events and ticket prices visit their website at www.waynecountyfairohio.com

Evening entertainment at the grandstand is as follows:

Saturday, September 10th State Sanctioned Modified & Superstock Tractor Pull
Sunday, September 11th Bill Engvall from the Blue Collar Comedy Group
Monday, September 12th Craig Morgan
Tuesday, September 13th Travis Tritt
Wednesday, September 14th Diesel Truck/Semi Pull
Thursday, September 15th Demolition Derby

In addition to the outstanding lineup at the grandstand be sure to check out the various animal shows and judging, flowers & vegetable judging, baking contests, fiddling contests, area school band show, harness races, mounted shooters, square dance, and car and tractor shows, just to name a few. Add in over 100 business and service organization booths and just about every form of county fair cuisine imaginable and you will see why the Wayne County Fair is billed as Ohio’s Foremost Agricultural Fair.
With an annual attendance of over 150,000 last year they must be doing something right!