What’s the best part of a fair or festival? The entertainment? The food? Maybe some music?
From early spring to late fall, fairs and festivals abound. Start making your plans now, because a ton of fun awaits.
The annual Oregon Fest is scheduled for May 18 from noon to 6 p.m. on Dustin Road. The popular local festival includes food, amusements, quality-of-life exhibits, contests, displays and a parade (starting at 3 p.m.). Get more information at www.oregonfest.net.
Start practicing your polka now. The annual Lagrange Street Polish Festival makes its return to the streets of North Toledo July 11-13. Hours are Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 7 p.m. Polish music, pierogies and other delights, a children’s area and more. For more info, visit www.lagrangedevelopment.org or call 419-255-8406.
The Ottawa County Fair will be held July 14-20 at the county fairgrounds, located three miles east of Oak Harbor, at 7870 SR 63. Highlights of the fair include entertainment, tractor pulls, livestock exhibits, food and more. See a complete schedule of events at www.ottawacountyfair.org or call 419-898-1871.
Get your degree in bug-ology at BUGFEST! set for July 19 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, 13229 West SR 2 near Oak Harbor. Five stations will be set up to allow you to explore and discover. Wade into the pond or try an edible bug. Call 419-898-0960, ext. 31 or visit www.friendsofmageemarsh.org for more details.
The Lucas County Fair will be held July 22 to -27 at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, 1406 Key Street in Maumee. Rides, concessions, entertainment, animals, tractor pulls, demolition derby and more. Kids’ Day Tuesday; Open Boer Goat Show and My Fair Lady Pageant Wednesday; Charlie Daniels Band at 8 p.m. Friday and Neal McCoy 8 p.m. Saturday. Get more details at www.lucascountyfair.com.
If you enjoy treasure hunting at flea markets, you won’t want to miss The Stony Ridge Festival held annually along US 20/23 (Fremont Pike) just west of I-420/I-280. This year’s festival will be held July 25-27 in the community park. The flea market will be open from 4 p.m. to dark Friday; 9 a.m. to dark Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Featuring more than 200 vendor spaces. The festival will also include food, rides, musical entertainment and more. Also, watch for yard/garage sales along Route 20 and the side streets near the festival. Info: Karen Nicely: 419-837-9816.
The South of the Border Festival is back in Perrysburg Aug. 8-9, held just east of SR. 25 near I-475 across from Levis Commons. Food, dancing, rides and games, plus raffles, kids’ games and more. Fee parking and shuttle from Perrysburg High School. Hours are Friday 5 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 2 p.m. to midnight. http://www.myspace.com/ohiosouthoftheborderv.
Friendship Day will be celebrated in Lake Township Aug. 8 and 9 in Friendship Park next to the township administration building, at 27975 Cummings Road. The festival includes family fun, a kids’ fishing derby, games music and more.
This year’s Pemberville Free Fair, held in Memorial Park in Pemberville, will offer a “Southwest Affair.” featuring contests, food, rides, parades, entertainment and more. Visit www.pembervillefair.org or call 419-287-4836 for a complete roster of events.
The 33rd Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival is on tap for Sunday, Aug. 17 from noon to 10 p.m. on Consaul Street between Front and Milford streets. Fabulous Hungarian food and pastries plus dancing, arts and crafts, music and more. http://birminghamethnicfestival.org.
The Sandusky County Fair will be held Aug. 19-24 at the county fairgrounds, 901 Rawson Ave. in Fremont. This year’s fair will featuring Craig Morgan in concert, Fremont Speedway Truck races, Brews Brothers Demo Derby and more. Visit sanduskycountyfair.com or call 419-332-5604 to pre-order tickets for live entertainment.
Northwest Ohio’s oldest ethnic festival, the German-American Festival, will be held this year August 22-24 at 3624 Oak Shade Grove, in Oregon. The festival features non-stop music and entertainment, German-American food and beer, baked goods, a children’s Hummel Look-Alike contest, contests and competitions, raffles, kids’ rides and much more. Hours are Friday 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. (parade and opening ceremonies begin at 8 p.m.), Saturday 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday noon to 8 p.m. with a German-language worship service at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.gafsociety.org/fest.htm.
The Sandusky County Restorers of Antique Power (S.C.R.A.P) will hold their Antique Tractor and Engine Show Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at White Star Park in Gibsonburg. Crafts, music, displays and demonstrations, tractor-pulling, flea market and more. Get more details at www.s-c-r-a-p-inc.org.
The Black Swamp Arts Festival returns to downtown Bowling Green Sept. 5-7. Last year, more than 60,000 came to see the 100 juried fine art displays that lined Main Street. The festival also includes music, food and kids’ activities. Art exhibits are open on Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only the Main Stage and the food court are open on 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, the first day of the festival. For more information, visit www.blackswamparts.org.
On that same weekend, Sept. 5-7, the Greek-American Festival will be held on the grounds at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s 740 N. Superior St., grounds off Summit Street near Cherry Street in downtown Toledo. The festival is a celebration of Greek food, music, dance and heritage. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. More information is available at www.holytrinitytoledo.com.
The annual Millbury Ox Roast is set for Sept. 20 and 21 on Main Street in Millbury. The event will feature live music and fireworks Saturday and a car show and other events Sunday. Hours are 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The 2008 Luckey Fall Festival will be held on Sept. 26, 27 and 28 between Krotzer Road (SR 582) and Gilbert Road on Adams Street in Luckey, Ohio. The festival includes antique tractor pulls, a car show, flea market, food and entertainment. Visit luckeyfallfestival.com for more information.
The 30th Annual Oak Harbor Apple Festival will be held Oct. 11 and 12 in downtown Oak Harbor. The festival, which draws a large crowd of locals and visitors, includes a grand parade, entertainment, 5K Apple Run, youth football game and apple treats in many delicious forms. More information is available at www.oakharborhio.net.