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As always, this year’s Pemberville Free Fair, set for Aug. 18-21, will be a bigk-pembbike1a deal.

In fact, organizers promise this year’s fair – one of Ohio’s last “free” fairs – will be a “wheely” big deal.  Fair Board members and committee chairpersons have been meeting and working diligently since last August in preparation for this year's event, which is held in Memorial Park and in other locations throughout the village.

With a theme, “A `Wheel’ Adventure,” the fair will include Big Wheel races, car enthusiasts showing off their wheels, exhibits, a Quilt Show, a Dog Show, a Swine Scramble plus rides, food, entertainment and much more.

A highlight of the fair is always the Grand Parade, which this year will feature Pemberville’s Pedal Pushers, The Ohio Wheelmen and Pemberville's Ladybugs among an assortment of marching units led by the Eastwood High School Band.

Another “cool” event at this year’s fair will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday or immediately after the parade ends, when fair organizers intend to answer the critical question: how long can six people sit on a block of ice? The contestants will all be 18 or older and must remain seated on the ice at all times - except for a five-minute break every 45 minutes -- or they will be disqualified.


Choose plants that do “double duty”

It won’t be all that long before autumn returns to Northwest Ohio. It may seem too early to think about it, but after the intense heat of this summer, the cooler fall temperatures will be a refreshing change for our heat-exhausted plants.

Frequent watering is probably the most effective solution for high-temperature stress on plants. I have used heavy mulching as a way to protect plants in my gardens that are more sensitive to dryness and extremes of temperatures, however, as September and October move closer, it might be a good time to consider planting some perennials, shrubs and trees that will not only add beauty to your landscape but will also attract songbirds to your yard and provide food for them throughout the year.

Fall is an excellent time to plant many varieties plants and taking some time now to shop for these varieties will allow plenty of time to add them to your landscape as the weather turns cooler.


Ever want to watch an artist make an original design you’ve created in glass? Visitors to GlassFest: In the Garden, the Toledo Museum of Art’s annual summer tribute to the Glass City can do just that.

This year’s fest takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15 on the Glass Pavilion grounds, and almost everything is free.

The beauty of the Museum’s Georgia and David K. Wells Sculpture Garden as well as the glass artists and industrialists who have made Toledo known around the world have inspired the festival’s organizers. The popular event will feature delicious summer fare, artist demonstrations, tours and hands-on activities for children and adults. To help round out the festival, the New Orleans Party Asylum will provide upbeat Dixieland music and jazz.


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