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
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 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 & ParadeAnnual 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 that includes listings of area golf courses, parks, trails and recreation facilities. Plan your spring #getawayne to Amish County, Ohio today!