Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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 this autumn in Wayne County, Ohio. So if you feel summer has passed you by we invite you to visit us on line at www.wccvb.com or call for a free visitors guide and calendar of events so you can start planning an autumn adventure. It’s no secret that Central Ohio is known as one of the best places to view the changing colors of the season. Pair this sight with the scenic back roads of Amish Country and you’ve found yourself an incredible match made in heaven.
Check out The Outdoor section of our visitors guide for foot trails, bike paths, birding and fishing areas sure to please the outdoor enthusiast. Open daily from dawn to dusk, the Secrest Arboretum, part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center, is the perfect place to enjoy the changing colors.
Organize a family outing to Ramseyer Farms Maze Adventures and Pumpkin Patch this fall. You can visit the farm animals, wander through 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.
Nothing takes as good as an apple fresh from the tree and Wayne County’s pick-your-own orchards won’t disappoint. Offering pony rides, fresh bake goods, and special dwarf size apple trees so everyone in your family can experience the delight of picking an apple right from the tree.
Wayne County likes to celebrate fall in style with many fall festivals, parades, car shows, and rail excursions. Here is a sampling of some of our harvest season celebrations.
14-15 Lehman’s Fall Festival Lehman’s, Kidron
22 Apple Festival Days Bauman Orchard, Rittman
27 Guided Autumn Walk Secrest Arboretum, Wooster
28-29 Woosterfest Downtown, Wooster
29-30 Potato Festival Ramseyer Farms, Wooster
5-6 Harvest Festival P. Graham Dunn, Dalton
6 Autumn Discovery Day Secrest Arboretum, Wooster
6-7 Apple Dumpling Festival Whispering Hills Campground, Shreve
6-7 Williamsburg Festival Pine Tree Barn & farm, Wooster
12-13 Enchanted Forest Wilderness Center, Wilmot
13 Fall Rail Excursion Railroad Heritage Society, Orrville
13 Winery Harvest Festival Troutman Vineyards, Wooster
13 Tractor Parade Downtown, Shreve
13 Bucket & Beans Car Show Historical Society, Marshallville
13-14 Farm Tour Southeast Wayne County
27 Jumpin’ Pumpkin’ Train Rides Railroad Heritage Society, Orrville
So grab a sweater, pack up the family car and come see why “fall is best of all” in Wayne County, Ohio!
For a complete list of festivals and activities see our visitors guide or our calendar of events on line at www.wccvb.com