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BACKROADS OF WAYNE COUNTY

FILL YOUR PICNIC BASKET TOUR

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors BureauSecrestTT (2)

The 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 Amish Country. The bureau suggests that you grab your picnic basket and cooler before setting out to enjoy the gorgeous autumn weather as this tour features stops at local farmers markets, bakeries, meat markets, wineries and breweries. The tour ends at the beautiful Secrest Arboretum, the perfect place to enjoy the many colors of fall while sampling some of the days purchases…the very best of backroads country cusine!

Marshallville Packing Co.
50 E. Market St.
Marshallville, OH 44645
330-855-2871
www.marshallville-meats.com
A complete line of old-world sausages, smoked meats, and cheeses. You’ve never experienced a meat market quite like this.

Quince Bakery & Café
4776 Kidron Rd.
Kidron, OH 44636
330-816-0233
www.quincebakeryandcafe.com
Visit this unique bakery and café across from Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron. Formally the IXL Pioneer Farm bringing you the same wonderful bread and baked goods. Now offering a wonderful lunch selection of sandwiches and soups.

Local Roots Market and Café
140 S. Walnut St.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-5336
www.localrootswooster.com
A year-round, indoor, local food co-op featuring baked goods, meats, eggs, produce, sopas, arts and crafts. All from Ohio producers. Fresh seasonal dishes available from their kitchen.

Silver Run Vineyard and Winery
376 Eastern Rd.
Doylestown, OH 44230
330-671-1115
www.silverrunwinery.com
Boutique winery featuring hand-crafted wines in a country setting. Relax by the cozy fireplace or on the covered back porch overlooking the countryside.

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

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

Secrest Arboretum & Gardens/OARDC
2122 William Rd.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-263-3761
www.secrest.osu.edu
The perfect spot to enjoy a picnic. Open daily dawn to dusk. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and arboretum. Part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural College.

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…

Fun on the Fourth!
Fun on the Fourth!

the best part, no admission cost.

June 28      122nd Army Band Concert-Downtown Wooster

Help us kick-off the July 4th holiday with this free patriotic concert on the square in Historic Downtown Wooster at 7pm. Please bring a lawn chair.

 June 29-July 3   Orrville Firefighters Independence Day Celebration & Parade       Annual festival complete with a parade June 29th at 7pm and fireworks July 3rd at 10:15pm. Family fun festival, Firecracker 5k Run and softball tournament.

July 1       Music at the Bandstand-Doylestown

Concerts are free and open to the public. The July 1st concert features the band LaFlavour at 7pm.

July 2        Benefit Quilt Auction-Kidron Auction

Annual auction benefitting the Ohio Crippled Children’s Fund. Breakfast 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 1-3    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 2       Weekly Farmers Market-Downtown Wooster

Locally grown vegetables, flowers and baked goods. 8AM-NOON. Good chance you’ll find just what you need for your family cookout.

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 annual hometown parade that steps off at 11am.

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.

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

800-362-6474/www.wccvb.com

CULTIVATING YOUR GREEN THUMB…

Flowering Trees at Secrest Arboretum
Flowering Trees at Secrest Arboretum

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

Spring is in the air and many of us have been thumbing through seed catalogs and watching home and garden improvement shows on TV in anticipation of warmer weather. To set you on the right path of fragrant blooms and delicious homegrown produce, Wayne County offers many gardening seminars, shows, and sales, all with the spring garden enthusiast in mind.

Here are just a few events scheduled for spring and early summer:

April 19                   Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair    OARDC, Wooster
April 23                   Earth Day Celebration Wilderness Cntr, Wilmot
April 30-May 1      Wayne County Home & Garden Show Fairgrounds, Wooster
April 30-May 1      Native Plant Sale & Gardening Seminars Wilderness Cntr, Wilmot
May 7                       May Daze Lehman’s, Kidron
May 7                       Noon Lion Flea Market & Craft Show Fairgrounds, Wooster
May 14                    Plant Discovery Day OARDC, Wooster
May 21                    Spring Fair & Kids Fishing Derby P. Graham Dunn, Dalton
May 28-29              Great Lakes Fiber Show Fairgrounds, Wooster

Visit the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau website at wccvb.com for details on the above events or for more delightful springtime events in our area. You will find a section with farms and farmers’ markets, restaurants that specialize in local farm to table cuisine and wineries. Don’t miss the outdoor section listing our beautiful parks, nature preserves, bike trails and arboretum. So after a winter of being stuck inside, get out and enjoy the warm spring weather in Wayne County, Ohio’s Amish Country. Because we all need a #getawayne.

Spring Adventures in Wayne County /Amish Country Ohio

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

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with a relaxed, casual pace this spring, the beautiful rural countryside of Ohio’s Amish Country is calling your name. Whether you’re looking for foot trails, bike paths, motorcycle routes, birding destinations or golf courses, the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help you plan that special get a SpringLocalRootsway.
Spring in Amish Country means the return of the roadside fruit and vegetable stands as well as the migratory birds and water fowl who call the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife area home. The beautiful Secrest Arboretum, on the campus of The Ohio State University, is well-known for their flowering cherry and dogwood trees and boasts miles of well-manicured gardens and trails. Our parks include a 13,000 year old kettle hole bog formed by glaciers and one of the few remaining old-growth forests in Ohio.
You will find our many golf courses challenging and scenic. Be sure to take advantage of the excellent dining options found at many courses. Our bike trails are open to hikers, bikers, and other non-motorized vehicles including horse drawn buggies.
So grab your clubs or binoculars, strap on your helmet or lace up your running shoes and get ready to experience all that Wayne County, Ohio has to offer. Visit us online at wccvb.com or call 800-362-6474 to request a visitor’s guide that includes listings of area golf courses, parks, trails and recreation facilities. Plan your spring #getawayne to Amish County, Ohio today!

FALL IS BEST OF ALL

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

It’s no secret that Central Ohio is known as one of the best places to view the changing colors of autumn. Pair this with the scenic back roads of Amish Country and you’ve found yourself a picturesque match made in heaven.
Wayne County likes to celebrate fall in a grand style with festivals, tractor pulls, farm tours and car shows. Here is a sample of some of our harvest season celebrations.

October
3 Fall Fun Festival P. Graham Dunn, Dalton
3 Apple Festival Days Bauman Orchards
3 Autumn Discovery Day Secrest Arboretum, Wooster
3-4 Apple Dumpling Weekend Whispering Hills Campground, Shreve
3-4 Colonial Williamsburg Festival Pine Tree Barn & farm, Wooster
9-10 Enchanted Forest Wilderness Center, Wilmot
10 Winery Harvest Festival Troutman Vineyards, Wooster
10-11 Community Heritage Day James Road, Moreland
10-11 Farm Tour Southwest Wayne County
17 Bucket & Beans Car Show Historical Society, Marshallville
17 Apple Butter Making Smithville Historical Society
17 Kidron Beet Festival Sonnenberg Village
31 Fall Festival Ramseyer Farms, Wooster

Secrest Arboretum, part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, is the perfect place to view the changing colors. Open daily from dawn to dusk, you are invited to hike or bike the many trails or take a leisurely stroll through one of its gardens.
Organize a family outing to Ramseyer Farms Maze Adventures and Pumpkin Patch this fall. You can make friends with the farm animals, get lost in 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. Visit them online at ramseyerfarms.com
Nothing tastes as good as an apple fresh from the tree and Wayne County’s pick-your-own orchards won’t disappoint offering special dwarf size apple trees so everyone in your family can experience the delight of picking an apple right from the tree. Our Farms & Farmers’ Market section of our brochure lists hours and weekend festival dates for these farm attractions.
So grab a sweater, pack up the family car and come see why “Fall is Best of All” in Wayne County, Ohio!

ENJOY HOME-GROWN FAMILY FUN IN WAYNE COUNTY, OHIO

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

Secrest Arboretum
Secrest Arboretum

If you’re looking for a great place to vacation with the kids this summer without having to dip into their college accounts, you might want to check out all that Wayne County, Ohio has to offer.
Enjoy, a visit to an old fashioned hardware store where the Amish shop for nonelectric goods, corn mazes with hayrides, pick your own fields of seasonal fruits, an ice cream dairy, rodeo, farmer’s markets, bike paths, hometown festivals with parades and fireworks just to name a few.
If your family is partial to outdoor activities such as hiking or biking? 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 Trails.
Wayne County is home to thirteen local historical societies who are proud to display the rich heritage of their communities. Your family might enjoy a train or track car ride with the Orrville Historical Society or a tour of the Wayne County Historical Society Campus complete with a turn of the century firehouse and an alleged haunted horse-drawn 1869 steam engine.
Treat your family to live musical theater with The Ohio Light Opera, who call the College of Wooster home during their summer festival season. What youngster isn’t crazy about swashbuckling pirates and knights in shining armor? The 2015 list of shows includes “Brigadoon” and “Yeoman of the Guard.” Children’s ticket prices are just $10.00.
We offer restaurants that feature home-made foods from local produce, a tea room, Amish family style restaurants, bakeries, and cafes. How about dining in an Amish buggy or an actual jail cell? Yep, we’ve got that too.
We offer accommodations to fit any budget including hotels, bed and breakfasts, cabins and campgrounds. During the summer season you can stay in a college townhouse apartment complete with kitchen and up to three bedrooms.
The Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau would be happy to offer suggestions for your next family trip. Give us a call at 800-362-6474 to request our latest travel guide or visit us online at wccvb.com.

Spring Adventures in Wayne County /Amish Country Ohio

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Enjoy a Spring back roads adventure through Wayne County/Amish County, Ohio.

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

If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure with a relaxed, casual pace this spring, the beautiful rural countryside of Ohio’s Amish Country is calling your name. Whether you’re looking for foot trails, bike paths, motorcycle routes, birding destinations or golf courses, the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau is here to help you plan that special get a way.
Spring in Amish Country means the return of the roadside fruit and vegetable stands as well as the migratory birds and water fowl who call the Killbuck Marsh Wildlife area home. The beautiful Secrest Arboretum, on the campus of The Ohio State University, is well-known for their flowering cherry and dogwood trees and boasts miles of well-manicured gardens and trails. Our parks include a 13,000 year old kettle hole bog formed by glaciers and one of the few remaining old-growth forests in Ohio.
You will find our many golf courses challenging and scenic. Be sure to take advantage of the excellent dining options found at many courses. Our bike trails are open to hikers, bikers, and other non-motorized vehicles including horse drawn buggies.
So grab your clubs or binoculars, strap on your helmet or lace up your running shoes and get ready to experience all that Wayne County, Ohio has to offer. Visit us online at wccvb.com or call 800-362-6474 to request a visitor’s guide.

BECOME A WAYNE COUNTY PICKER!

Jacki Chamberlain, Marketing Specialist
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Here it is folks, the hottest list in town, the 2013 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 27
Shreve June 1
Creston June 6-8
Mt. Eaton June 7-8
Dalton Aug 8-11
Doylestown Sept 21
Shreve & Orrville Oct 5

Be sure to save the dates of August 8th through the 10th 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. Don’t forget the Annual Wooster Noon Lions Flea Market at the Wayne County Fairgrounds June 1st or the NEW Wayne County Flea Market, opening May through October 8th. The flea market, located at 4767 Fulton Road, Smithville, will be open the first and third Saturdays and Sundays of the month from 8am until 4pm. Visit them on line at waynecountyfleamarket.com. For more information on area events and attractions visit the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.wccvb.com.