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BACKROADS OF WAYNE COUNTY FILL YOUR PICNIC HAMPER TOUR

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.
330-263-5336
www.localrootswooster.com

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.
www.JAFBBeer.com

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
330-464-2148
www.secrest.osu.edu

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.
www.troutmanvineyards.com

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.
330-671-1115
www.silverrunwinery.com

Marshallville Packing Co.

A complete line of old-world sausages, smoked meats, and cheeses.
50 E. Market St.
Marshallville, OH 44645
330-855-2871
www.marshallville-meats.com

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.
800-362-6474/www.wccvb.com

GETTING FRESH IN WAYNE COUNTY

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

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!

IT’S COUNTY FAIR TIME IN WAYNE COUNTY, OHIO!

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!

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.

GETTING FRESH IN WAYNE COUNTY

Jacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing SpecialistHerirloomtomatoes

Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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 are.  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 a point.

Getting to know your local farmer. Besides the nutritional value and great taste of fresh produce, there is also the economical importance of buying directly from the farmer thus, 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 up to share with shoppers before they buy.

 A whole lot of fun.  Start a Saturday tradition by grabbing a cup of coffee to-go 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, 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.

Here is a partial list of local Wayne County farm markets and co-ops, some 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

 

Visit the Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau website for a list of our local farmers’ 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 2016 Wayne County Visitors Guide that includes a copy of the Wayne County Calendar of Events.

When You Seek the Unique…

Enjoy our beautiful Main Street Wooster.
Enjoy our beautiful Main Street Wooster.

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

Are you someone who likes to discover those one of a kind, out of the way places? Do you shy away from the big box chain stores and cookie cutter restaurants? Then Wayne County, Ohio may be just the place for your next quest to “SEEK THE UNIQUE.”

Shop Downtown Wooster, where parking spaces are as abundant as the many different shops and restaurants who call this historic tree lined main street community home. Whether your shopping style is funky or sophisticated, you’ll appreciate the unique “Soho Style” galleries, bakeries, restaurants, book stores, clothing boutiques and wonderful one-of-a-kind shops, including Everything Rubbermaid, Roomscapes, Friendtique Hospice Resale Boutique, and the Wooster Book Company, just to name a few. Downtown Wooster offers many locally owned coffee shops and restaurants such as Broken Rocks Café, Muddy’s, The Spoon Market & Deli, City Square Steak House, Local Roots, and the Oak Grove Eatery. Spend the night at the St. Paul Hotel, a New York style boutique hotel just a block off Public Square and in walking distance to many fine restaurants and night spots. The next morning be sure to stop by and see Elizabeth at the Tulipan Hungarian Bakery, right on the square or the Templetons at their Scottish Bakery in the lower level of the Liberty Street MarketPlace. You will feel as though you’ve stepped into an old-world European Bakery.

As you begin your journey into Amish Country, may we suggest a stop at Shisler Cheese House? A quaint little cheese shop filled to the brim with local culinary treats and perfect snacks for your picnic hamper. Owner, Rita Shisler, specializes in locally made cheese and meats, along with Amish made baked goods, chocolates, and trail mixes.

Just down the road you’ll find Lehman’s Hardware, a 45,000 square foot store and your source for old-fashioned and practical housewares, appliances, hand tools, and non-electric toys. Visit on a Thursday and enjoy the Kidron Livestock Auction just across the street. On auction day, many Amish housewives sell produce and baked goods from their buggies in the parking lot.

“With a name like Smucker’s it has to be good!” For over 100 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been proud to call Orrville its home. They are committed to bringing quality products to your table from their proud family of brands, such as Jif, Crisco, Pillsbury, Martha White, and Folgers Coffee. Today at their company store just south of Orrville, you are invited to taste many of these products, walk through the museum that captures this company’s heritage, and shop for anything from peanut butter and jelly to cake mixes and frostings, all housed in a beautiful red roofed timber framed barn. Be sure to stop by the café that offers delicious recipes made with their family of brands, or enjoy the self-serve ice cream bar featuring all the wonderful Smucker’s toppings.

You’ve seen the beautiful laser engraved wooden art, gifts, and home décor produced by P. Graham Dunn Gallery in Dalton, Ohio at hundreds of Christian Bookstores across the country. Now you can tour their 100,000 sq. ft. factory location and watch Amish craftsmen at work. For over 32 years, P. Graham Dunn has been creating home décor that pleases the eye and inspires the heart. Some of the attractive personalized products they make include music boxes, jewelry, kid’s décor, and American hardwood accent items. Have an item personalized while you wait for a one of a kind keepsake treasure.

Over 20,000 patrons from across the country and around the world come to Wooster for the Ohio Light Opera each summer. The 2016 season, which runs June 18 through August 13, opens with the Cole Porter hit “Kiss Me, Kate.” Other notable shows for the 2016 season include: “Annie Get Your Gun,” by Irving Berlin and “The Mikado” by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Theater Goers find the matinee performances fit in well with local restaurants that offer upscale dining and still leave time for sightseeing. Evening performances can be followed by wine parings or decadent desserts and coffee. Special packages at local hotels and bed and breakfasts are available.

So if you are searching for fine dining with a local fresh flair, unique shopping, and exceptional entertainment then Wayne County, Ohio may be just what you’ve been looking for. Call us for a free vacation planner or visit us on line at 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.