Thursday, January 16, 2014

Counting it down to Runaway Groom : Six things to do while you're visiting Watkin's Pond...


We’re more than happy to have you touristy folks stop on by and join us in our many celebrations. Here’s a list of six to put on your schedule for next year.

6. The Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival

Held every year when the leaves change color in October, we are very proud of our eighteen covered bridges. 2014 is the 31st festival and visitors aren’t just welcome, they’re encouraged. The festival highlights them and you can do driving tours to see them all. Each bridge usually has something set up to tickle your fancy, from the great cheesecake over at South Denmark Bridge to the maple candies over on Netcher Road. Stop on out and if you need more info, just check out the website. http://www.coveredbridgefestival.org

5. The Grape Jamboree

Come by to say hello to Miss Grapette at our annual Grape Jamboree over in Geneva, Ohio. Since we have a unique microenvironment here in northeast Ohio, we’re quite proud of our wine country and are happy to share a glass of ice wine with you. Serving everything from grape milkshakes to freshly picked grapes (the festival is a celebration of the successful harvest, after all), the Jamboree happens in September of every year and this year is the 51st festival. For more info, you can check out the website http://www.grapejamboree.com/

4. The Ashtabula County Fair

Over at the fairgrounds in the county seat, Jefferson, you can stop by in August for everything from tractor pulls to the derby. You can munch on a wide variety of foods from local vendors and Saturday night will be a concert of some sort. http://www.ashtabulafair.com

3. The Great Lakes Medieval Faire

If you’re interested in a tournament, a joust, a life sized chess game or maybe just a turkey leg, the Medieval Faire is the place to be. Grab a chalice and rent a costume from the on-site costume vendor and drop back in time in weekends from July to August, rain or shine. http://www.medievalfaire.com/

2. The Streetlight Sale


With snow drifting in puffy flakes and the whole town center lit up and music piping over invisible speakers, it’s hard not to find your Christmas spirit in downtown Jefferson in December. You can stop at local stores and shops and sign up to win a tree, watch the parade go through town or even take a horse drawn ride through the center of town.

1. The Strawberry Festival/Jefferson Days

In pioneer days, the local depot was a very important location. Visit our recreated historic village, stop in the depot for some homemade strawberry shortcake or drive out to one of the many strawberry farms and pick your own every June in Jefferson, Ohio.

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