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 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.
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!
Jacki Chamberlain, CTC, Marketing Specialist Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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.
Be sure to save the dates of August 11th through the 13th for the granddaddy sale of them all, the Lincoln Highway “Buyway Sale.” This sale runs along the route of the Lincoln Highway across the state and right through Wayne County, including the Village of Dalton! Many local businesses along the route have joined in the fun with sidewalk sales, discount prices and special menu items. Remember to watch for signs for sales slightly off the Lincoln Highway corridor; you may be surprised how worthwhile these sales can be. The sale is quickly becoming a “must do” event for antique and second hand shop owners as well as girlfriends looking for a unique weekend getaway or those seeking a special one of a kind item and collectors.
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. Also helping to keep salvageable goodies out of our landfills is the internet sensation, Pinterest. Pinterest can help you turn an old rowboat into a coffee table or an old ladder back chair into a towel bar for your bathroom, in just one afternoon!
The history of the Lincoln Highway began in 1913 with a proposed route announced by founding members, whom, by the way were all leaders in the motor car industry. This first coast-to-coast route began in Times Square in New York and ended 3,389 miles in Lincoln Park, San Francisco. While traveling this route, take time to notice buildings and businesses that once serviced travelers along the route, such as motor inns, drive-in restaurants and filling stations. If you would like information on the Lincoln Highway Sale or the history of the road, visit their website at www.historicbyway.com.
If you find yourself in Wayne County the Saturday of the LHW Sale we’d like to suggest a trip to Italy, or at least a trip to Downtown Wooster for the Festa Italiana celebration. This biannual festival, on the square in Downtown Wooster, celebrates the Italian Heritage of Wooster through displays, music, food, wine, car show and crafts. If you would like more information on these or other area events and attractions visit the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at http://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
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.
Community Yard Sales can be a lot of fun. Please make sure to park in appropriate places and be mindful when driving through these areas on sale days watching for children, shoppers loaded down with purchases and bargain hunters exiting their vehicles.
Smithville April 30 Marshallville June 25
Creston June 2-4 Rittman July 29-30
Mt. Eaton June 3-5 Doylestown Sept 17
Shreve June 4 Shreve & Orrville Oct 1
Seville June 17-18
The Wooster Noon Lions will host their annual Flea Market and Craft Show at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on May 7th from 8am until 3pm. This huge show, benefitting local Lion’s Charities, offers both table space inside and out. For more information visit them online at woosternoonlions.org.
Be sure to save the dates of August 11th through the 13th 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 www.historicbyway.com or for more information on area events and attractions visit the Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at wccvb.com.
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
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 & 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 16, 2016 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 and the Shreve Library will have “hands on” programs and crafts.
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.
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.
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!