One of the best parts of living in Ohio is having a wide range of activities and state parks at our fingertips. there’s always something going on! Before you hit the for an out-of-state event for Memorial Day, check out some of the exciting parades, festivals and cook-offs that are happening right in your own backyard.
15th Annual Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off , Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
Memorial Day marks the unofficial kick off of summer and what says summer more than BBQ ribs? This is more than just a rib festival. it also includes games and inflatables for the kids and is very family friendly. pack up the kids and head on over for some good eats and great memories.
Do gyros and backlava have your drooling at the mere mention of their names? if so you’ll love the Tremont Greekfest, now in its 45th year! You’ll get to enjoy authentic Greek cuisine, sample Greek beer and wine, watching traditional dancing and enjoy old world shopping in the new world!
Annual Walleye Festival, Port Clinton
Those who are a fan of the light and flakey flavor of walleye will love the Port Clinton Area walleye festival. This festival has been a tradition for 35 years and includes live concerts, fishing derbies and even carnival rides for the kids to enjoy.
As the weather warms up the appeal of ice cream increases. Check out this fun festival dedicated to the cold treat May 23 – 25. There’s a lovely ice cream parade, crowning of Little Miss Princess, live musical performances, a car show, a magic show and so much more. And, for the brave soul, there’s a red velvet ice cream eating contest.
Moonshine Festival, New Straightsville
Once the moonshine capital of the world, this small town now celebrates its rebel history each May with a festival. This five day event features live music, carnival food and drinks, amusement park rides and of course, traditional moonshine. In fact, the city gets a five day permit to demonstrate how traditional moonshine was made to the public.
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