Monthly Archives: April 2014


tractor1Jacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

With gasoline costs on the rise the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau thought you might appreciate a list of no cost events that are sure to entertain your family this spring. We suggest visiting our website at or calling us at 800-362-6474 to request a FREE copy of the 2014 Wayne County Visitors Guide. This directory is chocked full of no cost or low cost family friendly spring events as well as events for the whole 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.

Here is just a sampling of what we are talking about:
May 2-3   SPRING FAIR-P. Graham Dunn in Dalton
May 3       MAY DAZE SPRING CELEBRATION-Lehman’s in Kidron
May 3       NOON LIONS FLEA MARKET-Wayne County Fairgrounds
May 4      WAYNE COUNTY COIN CLUB SHOW-Wooster High School
May 24    DUTCH OVEN GATHERING-Lehman’s in Kidron
May 24-25 GREAT LAKES FIBER SHOW-Wayne County Fairgrounds
June 7-8    COWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTERS-Wayne County Fairgrounds
June 12   WHIZ BANG! SCIENCE SHOW-Secrest Arboretum/OARDC, Wooster
June 13   CONCERT/CRUISE IN-Downtown Wooster
June 28   ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL-Marshallville Park

So instead of spending money this spring, try spending some time, in Wayne County, Ohio!

Opera in Wayne County, Ohio? You Bet Your Crescendo!

olo-mikadoJacki Chamberlain, CTC Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Most of us are well aware that Wayne County, Ohio is part of the world’s largest Amish settlement. Home to Lehman’s Hardware, The J.M. Smucker Company Store and Café,    P. Graham Dunn, Everything Rubbermaid, and The Cat’s Meow Village. Historic Downtown Wooster has become an eclectic blend of unique shopping, great restaurants and nightlife. But were you aware that the Ohio Light Opera, summer resident opera company of the College of Wooster, is gearing up for their 36th festival season?

The 2014 season, which runs June 14 through August 9, opens with the musical My Fair Lady. Also, included in the productions this summer are The Pirates of Penzance, by Gilbert and Sullivan. Call Me Madam, by Irving Berlin, Oh, Lady! Lady! and Die Fledermaus, just to name a few.
“Ohio Light Opera productions are enjoyable, entertaining, and easy to follow,” says Executive Director Laura Neil. “Each show is performed in English. The sets are breathtaking, the costumes are beautiful, and the music is magnificent.”
Ohio Light Opera performers are chosen from auditions that are held each fall and winter in up to eight cities across the country, including New York and Boston. The artists that make up the residency ensemble are chosen for their ability to perform and participate at the highest level used in the repertoire-singing, acting, and dancing. Many former OLO performers have gone on to successful careers elsewhere, including the New York Metropolitan Opera.
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, which is located on the College of Wooster Campus. Individual tickets start at $48 for both matinees, and evening performances. Tickets for students (ages 16-23) are just $20, and admission for children (ages 3-15) is just $10. Call about special overnight and dining packages. Group discounts and subscription packages are also available. VISA, MasterCard, and Discover Card are accepted.
Additional information about the Ohio Light Opera is available by phone (330) 263-2345 or online at Further information about Wayne County can be found at or by contacting the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the area’s tourism authority, at 800-362-6474.


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

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 Network and Pinterest. Never before have we had so much fun turning somebody’s old row boat into a coffee table or a weathered screen door into a work of art.
Smithville April 26          Marshallville June 21
Creston June 5-7             Rittman July 26
Shreve June 7                  Doylestown Sept 20
Mt. Eaton June 13-14    Shreve & Orrville Oct 4
Seville June 13-14

The Wooster Noon Lions will host their annual Flea Market and Craft Show at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on May 3rd from 8am until 3pm. Also May 3rd will be Opening Day for the Wayne County Flea Market. Plan on visiting them each Saturday through October 4th from 8 until 3pm at 4767 Fulton Road Smithville. Visit them online at

Be sure to save the dates of August 7th through the 9th for the granddaddy sale of them all, the Lincoln Highway “Buyway Sale” including the village of Dalton and sales at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. 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 or for more information on area events and attractions visit the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at

Lincoln Highway "Buyway" Yard Sales
Lincoln Highway “Buyway” Yard Sales