In a Festive Mood
There’s something about festivals that always makes me feel nostalgic. As a child I remember heading to the Geauga County Maple Festival, enjoying the big time festival activities in a small hometown setting, tasting homemade maple syrup, riding the rides, and topping off the night with a hot barbecue rib plate from Hot Sauce Williams, one of the many vendors there when I was a kid.
When I became a mom, I wanted to share experiences I had as a child with my son so several years ago, we visited the Geauga County Maple Festival. It was like stepping into a memory book. Downtown Chardon looked exactly the same as it did when I was a child. I knew instinctively where to find the best corn dog, fries and hand-squeezed lemonade. My son was amazed at the lights and the rides swirling by. This year’s Maple Festival is this coming weekend, April 26-29 and features rides, entertainment and parades.
In college, I looked forward to the Annual African-American Heritage Festival at Ohio State University. It’s been some years since I attended, (2012 will be its 34th anniversary), but it still delivers week-long activities that enlighten, inspire and entertain, April 21-28.
Now that I’m older I appreciate and love the Tri-C Jazz Fest, already underway this week, with great musical performances all over the city of Cleveland, April 19-29.
On June 9, I’m taking my family to the colorfully inventive 23rd Parade the Circle and Circle Village in University Circle to watch the many diverse and unique people and floats pass by as we enjoy some incredible food.
It’s official, Festival Season in Ohio has begun and I am going to enjoy as many as I can. For a complete listing of Ohio Festivals, go to www.ofea.org. Where is your favorite Ohio festival?