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IT'S APPLE BUTTER STIRRIN’ TIME

Theres something special about fall in Roscoe Village.  Perhaps its the splendor of the scenery in southern Ohios rolling hills, the crisp mornings and warm afternoons or the smoky, sweet scent of homemade apple butter simmering over an open fire.  Perhaps it is all of this that combines to make the Apple Butter Stirrin in Historic Roscoe Village in Coshocton synonymous with fall.  For 44 years the Apple Butter Stirrin has attracted crowds of all ages to this restored 1800s canal town to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the season.

 

The three days of Apple Butter Stirrin officially begin on Friday, October 17, at 10:00am with the opening of the street lined with craft booths.  The craft vendors, dressed in costume for this event, offer a wide variety of items from candles to pottery and from dried flower wreaths to birdhouses.  Of course, no stroll through the craft booths would be complete without sampling the tempting food offerings.  Homemade soups cooking in kettles and apple butter cooking over an open fire are two favorites.  The varieties of foods include sandwiches, kettle corn, roasted nuts, and hand-cut French fries providing choices for every palate. 

 

Roscoe Village is a restored village that flourished in the early 1800s as the Ohio and Erie Canal wound its way through Ohio.  Many of the original buildings still stand along the original canal bed, long since replaced by highway transportation.  Costumed interpreters spin the tales of the early 19th century and a nearby canal boat offers a sample of life on the canal with its horse-drawn rides.  The canal boat operates daily through the summer and on weekends until its final fall run on Apple Butter Stirrin weekend.  A great experience during the festival is the eerie candlelit tour, "The Spirit of Roscoe", offered at 7:00pm on October 17 and 18.  This fall tour walks the guests through the historic village while telling the tales of the spirited folk who once made the quaint canal town their home.

 

Traditions are certainly the benchmark of the Apple Butter Stirrin festivities.  The corn shellin contest on Saturday and the apple peelin contest on Sunday, offer fun for the entire family. All the weekends events are accented by musical entertainment.  Performances by traditional dulcimer players, bluegrass bands, gospel singers and the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s fill the main stage and the north performance area throughout the weekend.

 

The festival runs October 17, 18 from 10am to 6pm and October 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00pm each day.  A complete schedule of events may be found at www.roscoevillage.com.  For additional information call 800-877-1830.

 

Play a couple of videos to get a sneak peek of the village: Video 1 features just about any day in Roscoe Village. Video 2 features the upcoming Christmas Candlelighting events.

 

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What to do? What to do? What to do?
I KNOW!

 

Before the beautiful autumn season passes you by, why not plan your next get-a-way to Sidney.  The beautiful and historic Shelby County court square in downtown Sidney comes alive the weekend of September 6th and 7th with the return of Applefest.  This family friendly annual festival features an incredible variety of live music all weekend long, a wonderful kids activity area complete with their own stage and age appropriate live entertainers, craft vendors, a quilt show, classic car rally, woodcarvers show, historical exhibits, flower show, 5K, and apple themed food vendors a-plenty.  Musical performances scheduled Saturday on the Applefest main stage include 50s and 60s Rock N' Roll with The American Kings, Classic Rock by The Loafers, Christian Music artists Salah & Shekinah, the Soul, Pop, and Classic Hip Hop sounds of the Jared Mahone Band, and the Eric Jerardi Band bringing their incredible brand of Blues.  Additional information and the complete Applefest weekend schedule can be found at www.ShelbyApplefest.com.  

 

The following weekend on September 12-14, the family fun continues at Lake Loramie State Park for the annual Fall Festival.  Co-sponsored by the Lake Loramie Improvement Association, the festival begins at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and concludes Sunday at 5:00 p.m.  The Festival features an Antique Power Show and many gas powered tractors on display.  Other equipment on display and operating throughout the weekend includes a lumber mill, wheat thresher, shingle mill and various engines.  Kids' games and activities are planned with a Lake Loramie Naturalist.  Over 60 art and craft exhibitors will be at the festival making items from toys to household decorations, flower arrangements and much more.  You’ll enjoy a Farmers Market on Saturday and live musical entertainment on the main stage.  Plenty of tasty homemade foods will also be available.  This year’s festival will feature a mountain men encampment.  Dressed in the style of the Early American Settler, this encampment displays how day to day life was lived during that era in history.  Demonstrations about the tools and equipment used to survive in the frontier will also be offered.    

 

On September 19-21, the Rebel Run Rod and Custom Nationals car and truck show returns to the Shelby County Fairgrounds.  More than 1,000 of the country’s best show cars and trucks will be on display.  Friday’s fun includes a Cruise-In, DJ, and trivia contest and other games in Downtown Sidney.  Saturday morning features a classic car parade in downtown Sidney being held in conjunction with the Great Sidney Farmers Market.  Saturday and Sunday’s show at the Fairgrounds will host swap and commercial vendors, live entertainment, and great food all weekend long.  Saturday night you’ll get revved up with spectacular hot rod competitions including burnout, muffler rap, and flame throwing contests.  Car enthusiasts love this show!  The Shelby County Fairgrounds are located at 655 South Highland Avenue in Sidney.

 

On Sunday September 21st, why not take a trip “down to the farm” for the 2014 Shelby County Farm Tour.  This drive it yourself tour will travel through northwest Shelby County, home to a wonderful variety of livestock and crop farms.  Along the tour you’ll visit Paradise Acres in New Bremen featuring over 1,000 acres of crop land as well as an operating dairy beef feedlot.  At this stop, Shelby County Cattleman will be serving up samples of tasty beef products.  Your next stop will be Harvest Sun Farm in New Knoxville where fifth generation farmers are taking everyday farming in a different direction with their Community Supported Agriculture program.  Here, customers buy a “share” of the farm’s bounty each season and receive a weekly basket of produce along with a newsletter to help utilize the products.  Next up and also in New Knoxville is Frankenberg Dairy who milk 110 Holstein cows a day and raise corn, wheat, and hay on 400 acres of land.  Here you’ll enjoy a refreshing serving of ice cream compliments of the Shelby County Dairy Boosters.  The Farm Bureau will be offering games and crafts for the kids as well.  Last stop, Hubbard Feeds in Botkins.  Here guests will learn how animal feeds are made and you’ll join the Shelby County Pork Producers to enjoy samples of some of the best tasting pork products anywhere.  The tour will run from 1-5 p.m.  Additional information and a tour map can be obtained by calling 937-492-6520 or 877-775-7642.

 

Long before Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert, there was Mark Russell, daring to poke musical fun at the often absurd political process.  Beloved as the host of a long-running comedy special on PBS, piano-playing political satirist Mark Russell will be bringing the laughs as he regales with material ripped straight from today’s headlines.  Known for skewering Democrats and Republicans alike, Russell’s unique brand of comedy earned him the Mark Twain Award for political comedy and has made him a popular favorite on PBS.  Tickets for Sunday’s November 16th show are $20 and can be purchased on line from the Gateway Arts Council.

 

Additional information about these and so much more can be found at www.VisitSidneyShelby.com.   And, while on the site, be sure to check out the Travel Itineraries section where you can select from seven carefully prepared day-trip itineraries or build your own weekend visit from our list of more than 70 area attractions.  

 

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PIQUA BIKEFEST
100 Years Later

 

Have you heard any ‘rumblings’ about an exciting new event that is coming to Piqua, Ohio?  Mark your calendars, “Piqua BikeFest – One Hundred Years Later” is coming to town! 

 

On Friday, September 19th and Saturday, September 20th, the Piqua community will welcome motorcycle enthusiasts from local communities and beyond for a two day celebration of motorcycling, exploring the community, history and fun.

 

The timing and initial incentive for this event is based on a historic motorcycling event that occurred in Piqua on a sunny September morning in 1914.  On that date, one hundred years ago, Hemm Brothers Harley-Davidson was located on N. Main Street where Piqua Granite now operates.  A picnic with food, games and a ride around the local countryside was hosted by the Harley shop.  A commemorative picture was taken in front of the store with all of the participants and their motorcycles.

 

Piqua BikeFest will be the modern day equivalent to that historic event, only better!  It will be full of energy and entertainment and will offer something for everyone, not just motorcycle riders, but for people of all ages.  Potential vendors will include artisans, crafts, food, apparel and more.  The primary venue for this event will be historic downtown Piqua, to include the intersecting blocks of Main and High Streets, Market St. and Canal Place.  Gover Harley-Davidson, located on U.S. Route 36 just east of I-75, will also have entertainment and other activities.  Both locations will have a beer garden.

 

Kick off for the event will be mid-day on Friday, September 19th and it will continue through Saturday night, September 20th.  On Friday evening the national headliner on stage in downtown Piqua will be Tony Rio with Higgins-Madewell as opener and other local bands playing the entire afternoon.  On Saturday morning, the original picture will be recreated in modern day with riders posing on the exact site of the original picture.  A bike show that will showcase both custom and vintage bikes is also planned for Saturday and will take place in front of the Fort Piqua Plaza.  The Saturday night national headliner on the downtown stage will be Jasmine Cain, with Latter as the opener and other local bands playing all day long.  Gover Harley-Davidson will have local bands on site throughout the event, motorcycle stunt shows by Sinister Stunts, guest appearances by one or more Harley-Davidson executives and much more! 

 

Visitors who wish to secure lodging in the area are encouraged to contact Comfort Inn, who is the host hotel and has a block of rooms reserved for Piqua BikeFest.  Camping will also be available at the Miami County Fairgrounds.

 

Many people and businesses in the community have expressed support and enthusiasm for this event. The positive economic impact that BikeFest will bring to Piqua and the surrounding communities is significant.  There is also the potential for Piqua BikeFest to become an annual event. 

 

A 2014 Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle Breakout worth more than $27,000 is being raffled off to help cover the initial expenses of this exciting new event in Piqua.  Tickets for the raffle are $100 each and no more than 500 tickets will be sold.  All proceeds from this raffle will benefit Piqua BikeFest.  Tickets can be purchased at Gover Harley-Davidson and Francis Office Supply or the Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, Mainstreet Piqua and Iron Cowboy Productions.

 

Updates are being posted regularly on Facebook and at www.piquabikefest.com. Thunder Roads Ohio and Iron Cowboy Productions, LLC are the official promotional partners of Piqua BikeFest, Inc.

 

Again, mark your calendars for Friday, September 19, 2014 and Saturday, September 20, 2014 for the Piqua BikeFest!

 

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A RUN WITH A VIEW
The Grand Lake Marathon 
 

Attention all runners, on September 27th you will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful scenery, great hospitality and a flat, fast course and be able to say you took  part in the inaugural Grand Lake Marathon.  The race event includes a full and half marathon as well as a 5K and 10K, all along the shoreline of beautiful Grand lake St. Marys.   

 

Darke County resident, Roger Bowersock, president of Rocketship Sports Management and the race organizer, grew up in St. Marys.  He said when he used to ride his bike around the lake he knew the distance and the beautiful scenery made it a natural choice for a marathon. He is inviting runners to escape the concrete jungle and run in the country.  The scenic loop is not only along the lakeshore with beautiful water views but a portion of the course will also take you by family farms and through the rural countryside. Half Marathon participants will enjoy a tour of the north shore of Grand Lake St. Marys with a finish in St. Marys, a historic canal town.  

 

The Grand Lake Marathon course is flat and fast, using city streets, state routes and county roads on the shores of Grand Lake. The course is USATF certified for Boston qualification.  Miles will be marked and half distance splits will be provided.  Aid stations will be available approximately every 2 miles serving water and other performance fuels. All finishers in the Full and Half Marathon receive a commemorative medal at the finish.   

 

Rocketship Sports is an all-volunteer, 501c3 amateur sports corporation dedicated to promoting high quality athletic events and group fitness activities. They have organized many fun and successful events including the Donut Dash, the Frosty Cheeks 5K, the Walk the Line 10K run/walk and the Tour De Donut Bike Race. Bowersock said successful events take many volunteers and the cooperation of many community, county and state agencies. He added that pre-planning for every possible scenario is key. And, he said, it is important that everyone knows what is expected of them so that an event is not only challenging and fun, but also safe for participants.  

 

Bowersock added that there has been a trend in this country toward improving fitness and as the boomers age, there seems to be more emphasis than ever on wellness and staying fit.  He said the participants in their events cover the spectrum and added they have participants doing 5k’s that are as young as 5 years old to more than 80 years old.  

 

If you’d like to be a part of the excitement of the first ever Grand Lake Marathon you can learn more and register at www.GrandLakeMarathon.com. If you’d like to be a part of the excitement but are not a runner, many volunteers and course spectators to cheer on the runners are needed.  You can contact the Auglaize & Mercer Counties Visitors Bureau at SeeMore@bright.net or call 1-800-860-4726 for more details. 

 

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BIGTIME FALL GET-TOGETHERS

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Niederman Family Farm is where big things happen, especially during the 45 day fall festival!

 

It’s where big groups come together for a wide array of fall fun from September 19 0 November 1, 2014. There are the fall staples such as a 14-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkin patch. But the fall festivities also offer many unique things too, day and night. It is because of the plentiful – bigtime – offerings that groups of 20 – 300 reserve the 210 acre farm nestled between Cincinnati and Dayton.  

 

Have you ever seen a pig race? They’re smart. They’re fast. And they are a squeal of delight at Niederman Family Farm. Gather around the track that connects two pig pens and wait for the bell to ring. Belly busting laughter is soon to follow. The pigs know that it’s feeding time and each one wants to be the first to the trough because that means more time to gobble down food.

 

People are smart, too. And they will race to taste those famous Niederman family doughnuts that are melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They know that you can only get these twice per year; at the county fair and at the fall festival. That is why bigtime crowds line up for warm doughnuts covered in cinnamon and sugar, made fresh, daily. It goes great with sips of hot cider.

 

In addition to the corn maze and pumpkin patch, there are horse-drawn wagon rides, a massive playground and picnic pavilion, plenty of livestock to see, bon fire pits galore, paintball, and a giant bouncy pillow inside a barn on stilts. This allows for a natural breeze to cool its jumpers and provides shelter so that the fun never ends. It even has lighting to allow people (adults and kids alike) jumping fun late into the night. The pillow is 40 by 60 feet and this unique barn is 70 by 120 feet. One of the amenities includes a 24’ X 70’ observation deck complete with PA system throughout to efficiently communicate with large groups and play music.  

 

Whether it’s a corporate picnic, church group, family reunion or youth group, Niederman Family Farm knows how to grow memorable experiences in unusual ways. Parties of up to 300 have shelter in the picnic pavilion. It overlooks the children's playground. This includes a large wooden ship, play set, tether ball, climbing hill and tubes to run through plus much more.

 

A restored 1890s climate controlled barn can house 200 people. Just outside is a vast deck, perfect for a roast, picnic or hors d'oeuvres and entertainment. It is designed to connect indoor and outdoor activities.

 

No doubt daytime is only half the fun. Stick around because when the sun goes down, even more fun pops up. Grab a flashlight and navigate the corn maze. Take a leisurely, moonlit, horse-drawn hayride. Gaze at the starlit night and just breathe the crisp autumn air.

 

When the sun sets, your group, large or small, can gather around a bon fire pit for stories, a weenie roast and s’mores. You can even order fresh kettle-corn, cotton candy, caramel apples and plenty other fall festival foods and treats.

 

All of the Niederman Fall Festival activities are also open to the public for walk-in entertainment every Saturday from 11am – 10pm in late September and all October and evenings from Wednesday to Friday in October.

 

Join the bigtime fall fun. Reserve a bonfire pit, barn or pavilion for your group by calling 513-779-6184. Visit www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com for more information. Niederman Family Farm is conveniently located near I-75 between Cincinnati and Dayton at 5110 LeSourdesville-West Chester Road in Liberty Township, Ohio.

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WHAT THE HAY
IS GOING ON THIS FALL?

 

 

Handmade Creations Galore!

 

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Handmade creations galore can be explored at The Appalachian Artisans Fest from October 3 - 5, 2014.

 

Hilltop Designs in Winchester, Ohio hosts this annual autumn event. And it features artisans and demonstrators representing all kinds of handmade creations, such as candy, clothing, quilts, organics, primitives, jams and jellies, honey and maple syrup, stained glass, produce, pottery and more.

 

New for the festival this year is a dinner show on Friday Oct 3 from 5-7pm featuring singer songwriter Steve Free and his Band.  A “sneak peek” of this year’s returning and new artists will be open to the public on this night as well. A new addition to the fest is the hay sculpture contest, which will be a battle of artistry amongst high schools and organizations. Voting for the sculptures begins at 5:00 on this evening.

 

 “What the Hay?”

 

The “What The Hay” sculpture contest requires sculptures to be made out of hay or straw, but chicken wire, paint and small farm or gardening tools can be incorporated as props or decorative pieces.  Hay sculptures will be assembled at Hilltop Designs (event location) by midnight September 30th. A 20’ by 20’ space is allotted for each entry. The contest is open to all high schools, churches or organizations that would like an opportunity for further fundraising. There is no entry fee for participating

 

Voting is done by money donations. Each sculptor is required to make their own eye catching voting box. Voting will only take place during the fest hours.

 

The entry with the most money at 3pm on October 3rd, will be named and announced at 5pm that day. The first place winner will be awarded not only the money in their box, but also an additional $1,000.  All participating entries keep the money they raised during this contest.

 

Many fest favorites will be returning including Grassy Run Historical Arts Village. Grassy Run demonstrates life in the 1700-1800’s, with classes in rope making or how to cook over open fires. Also returning are the hay maze for any age, the petting zoo, Adams/Brown Recycling “Green Machine”, a Native American teepee and the amazing toy tractor and farm display by award-winning Jim Gorman of Hillsboro, Ohio.

 

Entertainment for the weekend, in addition to Steve Free for the Friday night dinner show and again on Sunday at 1:00, will be the Fancy Free Cloggers at noon on Saturday and then at 3:00, the West Union High School Steel Drum Band. Extra musical entertainment for Saturday and Sunday will be Jay and Kris Fetters of Sounds Unlimited.

 

Eat restaurant style inside Hilltop Designs’ Event Center, with mouth- watering food from Farmhouse Catering and Big “E” BBQ. Top it off with fabulous desserts by Buckeye Confections. No outdoor festival is complete without cotton candy, funnel cakes, snow cones and deep fried Snickers.

 

Hours will be: 5pm to 7pm on Friday, October 3rd;  9am to 6pm on Saturday, October 4th;  and 10am to 5pm on Sunday October 5th.

 

For more details and entry form for the hay sculpture contest and the dinner show’s menu and to make reservations, go to www.appalachianmountainartisansfest.com or simply pick up the phone and call 937-695-5545.

 

Enjoy great food, fun and entertainment, and get “hay-cited” in the hay contest competition. Hilltop Designs is located at 9764 Tri-County Road on the outskirts of Winchester, Ohio 45697.

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AUTUMN IN APPALACHIA
Fall Festivals and Foliage

The rolling hills of Carroll County in eastern Ohio come alive as summer turns to fall.  The changing of the leaves is the backdrop for a road trip to see scenic vistas and celebrate the heritage of this rural county in the Appalachian region of Ohio. There is a festival almost every weekend from Labor Day through mid October.

 

September 6 is the date for the 10th Annual “Dancing on the Bridge” in Malvern. It is an all-day event that is a fundraiser for community projects in the small village of Malvern. The first year, the residents danced on the old bridge prior to its demolition before a newer bigger bridge was constructed. This annual event now includes entertainment, food and craft vendors, a car show, free children’s play area, raffles and a beer garden.

 

Atwood Lake Region (Play Video) will be home to “Treasure Hunt Weekend” September 19-21. This fun event is a way to learn what the area has to offer. There will be over 15 businesses participating in this first-time event. Stop at any of the partners and pick up a Treasure Map and then visit all of the businesses listed. Turn in the filled out card to be entered to win prizes from the participating businesses. Prizes are valued at over $1,000. This is a great way to find all of the places to eat and great things there are to do in the Atwood Lake Region.

 

September 21 is also the date of the Lake Mohawk Fall Festival & Craft Show. This is the one day of the year that this gated lake community is open to the public. The festival is held at the main beach area and clubhouse. It is a free event!

 

The 12th Annual Scarecrows on the Square will take place Saturday, September 27 on Public Square in downtown Carrollton.  This festive annual event brings area businesses and organizations together in friendly competition to construct imaginative Scarecrows. The Crows are constructed right on the square. They will be on display through October 20 to greet visitors making the trip to the area.

 

The 32nd Annual Atwood Area Fall Festival will be held October 3-5 at the Atwood Lake Park (Play Video) located on the west side of Atwood Lake. The weekend celebration has everything from a Native American encampment to radio controlled model planes. There will also be historical reenactments, nature displays, arts & crafts, contests, live music and a wide variety of entertainers throughout the weekend. Sunday will be host to a huge car show to finish out the weekend. Visit www.atwoodfallfest.org.   

 

The 44th Annual Algonquin Mill Fall Festival will be held, rain or shine, October 10-12. This lively festival is set in a reconstructed pioneer village that is centered around an operational, steam-powered, 19th century flour mill. The mill will be grinding wheat, corn and buckwheat flours, all for sale. The festival is one of the festivals featured on the Bon Appétit Bon Appalachia map because of the time honored food traditions that are carried on including; nine tons of cabbage made into sauerkraut, homemade bread in the wood fired oven, apple butter, chili, bean soup and more. Time-honored crafts, skills and techniques are actively demonstrated throughout the weekend with many of the products available for purchase. Visit www.carrollcountyohio.com/history/mill/millfest.htm.

 

The 14th Annual Steam Show at the Carroll County Fairgrounds October 17-19 completes the festival season in Carroll County. The weekend’s highlights include tractor pulls on Friday and Saturday nights with displays of tractors and engines as well as a flea market throughout all three days. Sunday will have a garden tractor pull along with a car show.

 

Carroll County has plenty of offerings for places to stay for your weekend trip during festival season and that gorgeous fall foliage driving tour!

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This month's recipient of
The Ohio STANDOUT Award

Circleville Pumpkin Show: It’s the GREAT PUMPKIN show, Ohio! This fall classic started in Circleville over 100 years ago and is now commonly referred as the greatest free show on Earth. It is the biggest pumpkin festival in the United States, topping 400,000 visitors annually. You know it’s great when it spans nine city blocks! Pumpkin pie anyone? Last count, more than 23,000 pies alone sold during the 4-day event. One pumpkin pie weighs in at over 400 pounds. And not to be outdone, folks will buy over 100,000 pumpkin doughnuts. Don’t miss the fun. It always starts on the third Wednesday in October and runs through Saturday. Learn more about this fall favorite at http://www.pumpkinshow.com/.

 

This award recognizes Ohio's truest standouts in tourism. More details about the award and all award recipients are at www.ohiotraveler.com/standouts.htm.

 

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Fall Fun in
MOHICAN

Hike-Bike-Horseback Riding
& Special Events

There is always time to enjoy the outdoors and no better place than Mohican if you enjoy hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and fall events. There are numerous benefits to being active, outdoors. People relax and have fun. So don’t just stand outside, do something fun!

 

Hiking is a good way to get started on a new outdoor activity. There are over 100 miles of trails at Mohican State Park. Trails range from easy to difficult. During the fall, hike up and admire the view of Lyons Falls or the Clear Fork Gorge Overlook.  Fall is a great time to enjoy the hiking trails, as the canopy is set ablaze with color. Trail maps are available in the Mohican-Loudonville’s Getaway Planner.  

 

The mountain biking trails are a good way to rev up the cardio workout. Ride as fast or as easy as you want. One of the main reasons bicyclists like the trails at Mohican is because they drain so well that mud and dirt are minor issues. One tip while on the trails: If you do see mud, ride straight through the muddy spots and not around. The trails are used all year long and can be accessed off of State Route 3. Just park at the Mohican-Loudonville Visitors Center.

 

Grab some boots and a long-sleeve shirt and enjoy the outdoors while on horseback. Several cabin rentals offer stables for the horses and the trails have just been extended. There are now 88 miles of horseback trails that traverse the countryside from Mohican State Park, Mohican State Forest, Malabar Farm State Park and Pleasant Hill Lake Park. If trail riding is more suitable, make sure to call Triple M Riding Rescue Ranch. They take in and rehabilitate unwanted horses and use them for trail rides. Rides typically last an hour.

 

Mohican-Loudonville events do not stop during the fall season. If anything, it is just as busy.

 

September 12-13 features Log Cabin Days, hosted by Hochstetler Milling events. It includes lumberjack competitions, food, petting zoo and more. Proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

 

September 19-21 is the Great Mohican Pow-Wow featuring the Old Bridge Smoke Dancers. This event truly showcases the rich heritage of the Native Americans and their traditions.

 

September 27 is the annual Oktoberfest at the Wolf Creek Grist Mill. Great food, live bands & of course – beer! Transportation will be provided to and from the event from participating area campgrounds & hotels for a minimal fee.

 

September 30-October 4 is the 126th Loudonville Free Street Fair. This popular event brings in visitors from all over. Enjoy free admission, free exhibits and of course free entertainment! This year’s entertainment includes: Glenn Parks-Banjo Entertainment, The Willis Clan, The Devault Ridge Band, Joyful Noise and Tightrope.

 

October 10-12 is the Fall Foliage Drive it Yourself Tour. Enjoy the views and vistas of the amazing colors off the hills of Mohican.

 

October 12 is also time for the Mohican 5k Run/Walk. Proceeds from this event will be used to help develop and maintain the Bike Path connecting downtown Loudonville to Mohican State Park Campground.

 

Visit and discover why Mohican Rocks! Find more information on the activities and where to stay in Mohican at www.DiscoverMohican.com. Follow Discover Mohican on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest news.

 

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30 YEARS OF POW-WOW
 

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow celebrates its 30th anniversary and Native American culture in 2014.

 

It is one of the most acclaimed Native American Pow-Wows in the country and was previously named one of the top 100 events in the United States by the American Bus Association.

 

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation Campgrounds in Loudonville, Ohio from September 19 – 21, 2014. This beautiful setting is nestled in secluded wooded hills lending itself well to the authenticity of the event.

 

The 2014 show features a world-champion hoop dancer, flute player of the year, tomahawk throwing, fire starting demonstrations, drum making demonstrations and powerful storytelling. Throughout the festivities, there are plenty of music and dance performances, contests and customary food and artisans. There’s also more than $9,000 in prize money.

 

And that’s just for starters!

 

Pow-Wows are celebrations that last for days and are remembered for a lifetime. It is the coming together of Native tribes to honor ancestors and renew their traditions and heritage. It is a real cultural presentation – not a hobbyist show. It emphasizes lifestyles, fellowship and competition among tribes. It showcases custom dancing, colorful ceremonial dress, the passing down of songs, sharing of foods and storytelling. All of which are critical to the survival of a culture. One of the most spectacular sights at an authentic Pow-Wow is the palate of color woven throughout the festivities.

 

In addition to the Native foods, stories, music, dancing and drum competitions, there are original Native American creations by more than 40 traders, artisans and crafters. Wares on display and for sales include pottery, bead working, knife making, sliversmithing, quill working, antler works, fur trading, wood and bone carving, leather work, basket weaving, clothes making and jewelry.

 

The Great Mohican Indian Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation Campgrounds at 23270 Wally Road South in Loudonville, Ohio. Admission is $8/adult and $4/child with discounts for two and three day passes as well as for colleges, groups, scouts, teachers, seniors and veterans. For complete information or directions, phone 1-800-766-2267 or visit www.mohicanpowwow.com.

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