Get in Your Fun Before Summer's Done!
July 31, 2009
August 1 – 2
Berlin Heights Basket Festival
The Berlin Heights Basket Festival is an annual festival held the first weekend in August. Berlin Heights is home to two basket making businesses. Village Baskets and the Berlin Fruit Box Company proudly share their craft in the village. They will offer a wide variety of specialty baskets including limited supplies of their 2009 Festival Baskets. This two day, family-oriented festival also features basket making demonstrations, a flower show, a quilt show, parades, live stage entertainment, food, games, contests, an antique tractor show and more. Admission is free. Sat: 10 am – 10 pm, Sun: 11am – 8 pm
August 3 – 4
Kelly Miller Circus
Kelleys Island Village Pavilion
This is an island favorite! The 2009 edition of Kelly Miller Circus features a few of last years most popular attractions, as well as new acts and production numbers. Returning are the Casey McCoys tigers (now 5), a greatly enlarged Loyal Riding Troupe, master of the Rola Bola Fridman Torales, the Kelly Miller performing elephants and clown Raul Olivares.
New this year are clowns Steve and Ryan, Aerislist Courtney Heidenreich in an aerial ballet number, Miss Elaina’s Hula Hoops, The Gauchos of Argentina, The Flying Fernandez, the world famous Fusco Brothers Juggling and more.
Enjoy a fun-filled, traditional “old style” circus! Show times are at 4 & 7 pm. Check out the schedule for the Jet Express and Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line.
August 7 – 8
Outdoor Film Festival
Kelleys Island Pavilion
Reserve a room or overnight dockage and plan to attend the Third Annual Kelleys Island Outdoor Film Festival. There will be two films each night, the first starting at sunset. The films for Friday are: Mamma Mia and The Graduate. The films for Saturday are: Kung Fu Panda and Blade Runner. Enjoy these movies on a 40 foot screen with surround sound. Feel free to bring your own food and beverages, as well as a blanket and a lawn chair or two. Admission is free. Check out the schedule for the Jet Express and Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line.
August 7 – 9
Huron Rotary Festival
Huron Boat Basin & Amphitheater
Be prepared for great ribs and enjoyable music at the Huron Rotary Festival. The Rib-off will feature ribs from Lagerhead’s Smokehouse, Jr’s Woodfired Barbeque, Smokin Joe’s Barbeque, Grillin’ & Chillin’ and Just Smokin’. Bands include the Fulton County Bluegrass, Ottawa County Bluegrass, Copus Hill Bluegrass, Blue Storm and Safire Sun. Don’t forget the Arts Festival and cornhole tournament.
Toast of Ohio Wine Festival
Sandusky Bay Pavilion
Check out this wine festival overlooking the beautiful Sandusky Bay. The large tented pavilion will house 13 Ohio wineries that will offer tastings and information on the fermentations that have helped make Ohio one of the top wine producing states in the US. Featured wineries include Sandusky’s own Firelands Winery and Hermes Vineyards, as well as Quarry Hill Winery in Berlin Heights, Mon Ami Historic Winery in Port Clinton, Meier’s Wine Cellars in Silverton, Matus Winery in Wakeman, Stoney Ridge Winery in Bryan, Debonné Vineyards in Madison, Ferrante Winery in Geneva, Viking Vineyards & Winery in Kent, Raven’s Glenn Winery in West Lafayette, Myrddin Winery in Berlin Center, Single Tree Winery in Amherst and St. Joseph Vineyard in Thompson. Sample gourmet food provided by: Baci Fine Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great Wolf Lodge, Red Gables Mesquite Grill, Sandusky Yacht Club and Zinc Brasserie. Don’t forget to browse the art exhibits in between wine tastings! Admission: $1/person; wine tastings and food purchases are additional. 11 am – 8 pm
Milan’s Brewing Company History
Milan Historical Museum
The Milan Brewing Company was established in the 1850s, and produced prize-winning beer for 100 years. The Brewery program will include temporary exhibits of the Brewery’s memorabilia, local beer tastings and products, museum tours, raffles of an Edison Light Beer brewing kit, plus sales of limited edition reproductions from the brewery.
In 1901, during the Chicago World’s Fair, the Milan Brewing Company’s beer took a blue ribbon prize, with the slogan “the beer that made Milwaukee jealous”. Although no beer from Milan is available, guests will enjoy locally produced, seasonal Put-in-Bay Brewing Company beer tastings. Tokens will be available for additional tastings and raffle tickets. This is a new event and I think it’s going to be an excellent one! Admission: $5/non-member (includes tokens for 4 tastings); free for members. 2 – 4 pm
Homecoming is a great excuse to visit the island! This year the parade kicks off the festivities at 11 am. The theme: The Big Read – Kelleys Island Loves to Read! This celebrates the national attention they received for 100% participation in “The Big Read” Program. There is a concert by the North Coast Band at 1 pm, Mona Rutger’s Back to the Wild show, food, beverages, games, craft booths and more. This is old-fashioned fun at its best. Other activities include: a pretzel eating contest, kids games and a pet competition. Check out the schedule for the Jet Express and Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line. 11 am – 6 pm.
53rd Annual Halupki Festival
Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, Marblehead
Be prepared for the smell of cabbage rolls cooking and the lively sounds of polka music at this Halupki Festival in Marblehead. It is a celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture featuring halupki (stuffed cabbage roll) and ham dinner as well as international a-la-carte offerings including perohi, halushki, bratwurst, European style baked goods, live polka music, dancing and children’s activities. After you’ve had your share of cabbage rolls and polka music, visit Marblehead’s unique shops, all within a short walking distance. 11:30 am – 6 pm.
August 21 – 22
Big Splash Raffle
Erie County Fairgrounds, Sandusky
Join us Friday night for the Big Splash kick off event to enjoy food, beverages, side raffles, 50/50 drawings and live entertainment by The Earthquakers. (If you haven’t heard of The Earthquakers, they are an Amish-attired rock ‘n’ roll band who always puts on a great show!) Saturday is the main event, featuring over $250,000 in cash and prizes including cars and motorcycles. There will also be 50/50 raffles, food and beverages. The “Big Splash” prize is $50,000! Admission: $100/ticket; $5/person Friday night for non-ticket holders (ticket holders must have ticket to get in) Fri: 6 – 9 pm, Sat: 12 – 5 pm
Lions Perch Festival
James Park, Marblehead
Craft vendors, entertainment, car show, children games, drawings all day, $2009 cash grand prize and delicious Lake Erie Perch dinners. Admission is free. 10 am – 5 pm
August 28 – 29
Key West Days
Island entertainers who perform on Put-in-Bay in the summer and at Key West in the winter will participate in the annual “Key West Days at Put-in-Bay.” Key West held its first “Put-in-Bay Days” in February of 2005. Look for Mike “Mad Dog” Adams, Pete & Wayne, Ray Fogg and the granddaddy of them all, Patrick Huston Dailey! Check out the schedule for the Jet Express and Miller Ferry.
September 5 – 7
Milan Melon Festival
Village Square (SR 113)
This is the 51st Annual Labor Day weekend celebration with rides, games, contests, antique car show and live musical entertainment. The Grand Parade is on Sunday afternoon. Their famous muskmelon ice cream and watermelon sherbet are the must-have treats! Think you can sing? Enter the 1st Annual Milan Idol. You will be judged by the audience; however, instead of texting votes! $10 registration fee for singers; $1/vote. Sat: 10 am – 11 pm, Sun: 11 am – 11 pm, Mon: 10 am – 8 pm
Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival
Knights of Columbus Hall Parking Lot, Port Clinton
Port Clinton’s Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival came as a tribute to the forefathers. The perch is to salute commercial fisherman. The peach is in tribute to farmers. The polka and pierogi are in honor of the Eastern European settlers. Without any of these people, Port Clinton would not have the rich history and colorful tales to pass on to future generations. It was their hard work and belief in the community that made the Port Clinton area prosper for so many years. The featured treats are Lake Erie perch, pierogis and peach cobbler with ice cream. Refreshments are available and include beer, soft drinks and wine coolers. Enjoy live polka bands, performing for your music enjoyment and dancing pleasure!
September 12 – 13
Maritime Museum & Battery Park Marina, Sandusky
Bring the family to a fun-filled nautical event along the shores of Lake Erie. Enjoy boat rides, a wooden boat show, model boat building for kids, Underground Railroad trolley tours and Pirate Day with Capt’n Willie’s Silly Pirate Show. Admission is free with $1 fee to the museum. 10 am – 4 pm
September 12 – 13
Historic Lyme Village, Bellevue
Experience various aspects of life in the 1700s and 1800s. Over 150 re-enactors, demonstrating crafters, sutlers and musicians. There will also be food, children’s activities, a Civil War skirmish, tours of the 1882 Wright Mansion and more. Admission: $5/adult, $3/child (ages 6 – 12) Tours of the Wright Mansion are additional. 10 am – 5 pm
Kelleys Island Historical Association
Join in the celebration of the Monarch butterflies return to Kelleys Island! This all day event features outdoor crafts, an indoor afternoon program and Monarch tagging on the Historical Association grounds. Check out the schedule for the Jet Express and Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line. 10 am – 4 pm
Merry-Go-Round Museum, Sandusky
More than 20 carvers are expected to participate and exhibit their creations. They will deomstrate their carving skills, while sharing their knowledge of carving. Items created by these artists will be for sale during the show. Admission is free, with $1 carousel rides offered all day. 10 am – 4 pm
Autumn Leaves Festival
Uptown Norwalk District
This first year event will feature artists and crafters from the area, along with antiques and collectibles. Bring your pet and costumes and participate in the Norwalk Park and Recreation Department’s Pet N Pup Parade, which will open the event. A large children’s area with games, prizes, inflatables and a possible petting farm will keep the little ones entertained. Entertainment will appear throughout the day with a headline act to perform in the evening followed by a special late night movie at the historic Norwalk Theater. 11 am – 11 pm
Cedar Point, Sandusky
Featuring Toby Mac, Family Force 5, Brandon Heath, Tom Richter, Bluetree and Rich Praytor. Performances may run past park hours. All concerts will take place in the Soak City parking lot. Concerts are general admission. Please bring lawn chairs and blankets for your comfort. Event is held rain or shine. Food and drinks of all types will be available for purchase in the park. On-site parking is $10. Outside food, beverages and coolers are not permitted. 12 pm – 12 am
Victory Park, Vermilion
The woollybear wackiness all started more than three decades ago. Northeast Ohio TV weatherman Dick Goddard of Fox8 TV in Cleveland talked with some friends and co-workers about his idea of a celebration built around using the woollybear to forecast what kind of winter is ahead. In 1972 newly-elected officers of the Parent Teachers Association at the Firelands-Florence Township Elementary School in the tiny community of Birmingham in Erie County were looking for ideas to raise funds. They heard about Goddard’s idea of a Woollybear Festival, contacted him and offered to stage the festival with his help. After eight years in Birmingham, the crowd had grown to an estimated 15,000 and was causing gridlock on the highways into the tiny community. The festival was then moved to Vermilion, just nine miles north of where the festival originated. The Woollybear Festival offers entertainment, food booths, craft booths and merchant sales and is now the largest one-day festival in Ohio. 9 am – 6 pm
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