I hope everyone enjoyed the 4th of July holiday weekend. Many vacationers chose to spend the holiday here in the Hocking Hills. Their wise travel choice was rewarded with spectacular weather. We can only hope all the upcoming summer festivals are as fortunate.
Don’t miss Lilyfest at Bishop Educational Gardens on Little Cola Road in Rockbridge this weekend.
If you’ve never seen a cake sell for more than $20,000 you won’t want to miss the annual cake auction at Laurelville Fireman’s Old Time Festival July 16 to 19.
There’s no need to leave Ohio to get your fill of summer festivals. Each one is different from the last. No matter where your summer travels take you you’re sure to find a party.
Just up the road a piece you can catch headliners Amy Grant and Christopher Cross at the Annual Lancaster Festival July 16 to 26. This year, in addition to all the family-friendly events and concerts, Ohio University-Lancaster’s Theater Department will present Rogers & Hammerstein’s musical “Cinderella” on Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. with performances continuing July 31 through August 3 in the Wagner Theater. Get all the info on Lancaster Festival at www.lancasterfestival.com.
Just a short 159 mile drive on US 33 West will take you to the Celina Lake Festival July 25 to 27. This western Ohio lakefront community pays homage to summer with all the traditional festival events like queen’s pageant, crafts, rides and concessions. They do have one event you won’t see everywhere. While many festivals feature a cruise-in the Celina Lake Festival features an Amphicar “swim-in” at Lakeshore Park. Check out www.lakefestival.com for the full schedule.
The 2nd Annual Inspirefest comes to historic downtown Logan August 2. This year’s events include live music, dancing in the streets, Poker Run, fire spinning, cardboard city, RV campout, arts and fun for the whole family. Celebrate summer while helping others by improving our community and rocking to the beat of a happy drummer. Visit www.inspirefest.org for the full schedule.
Get your Irish on at the Dublin Irish Festival, named “…one of the biggest and best festivals in the country” by Chicago’s Irish American News. August 1 to 3 enjoy all things Irish; food, dance, music and history. Get all the green details at www.dublinirishfestival.org. On your way stop by the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest for “smokin’ blues, sizzlin’ hot ribs & more.”
Shop till you drop along America’s first coast-to-coast road during the Ohio Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale August 7 to 9. From East Liverpool to Convoy, and every Lincoln Highway community in between (there were over 1,000 yard sale events last year), whether you need it or not, chances are you’ll find it at yard sale prices.
Hop up to Valley City for the annual Frog Jump Festival August 10. For more than 50 years, Valley City has been jumping for joy when frogs take to the ring to test their leg strength in this peculiar festival. Frog-natics will enter more than 700 frogs for trophies and bragging rights in Mill Stream Park.
Time for parades, pageants, pies and fiddles! Parade of the Hills rolls through Nelsonville August 13 to 16. Wednesday it’s the Welcome Home Parade at 6 p.m. A favorite with kids of all ages is the Bicycle Parade on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Grande Parade begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Don’t miss the Ohio State Fiddling Contest at Stuart’s Opera House at 6 p.m. on Friday. Do you fancy yourself an awesome pie maker? Enter your creation on Thursday between 1 and 4 p.m. at Rhapsody Restaurant. Check out www.paradeofthehills.org for the full schedule of festivities.
All good lists end with “Z” and thanks to the folks in Obetz this list will do just that. August 21 to 24 it’s the Zucchini Festival at Columbus Motor Speedway. Headliners this year are David Lee Murphy and Travis Tritt on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., respectively. All festival concerts are free! Find all you need to know at www.obetzzucchinifest.com.
Just because the kids go back to school does not mean the festivities come to an end. The festivals continue throughout the year. Two great resources for more information are www.discoverohio.com and www.ohiotraveler.com.