Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Hike Beyond the Beaten Path- Saturday, Oct. 9, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Make a date to enjoy the leaf color this fall. Now is the perfect time to get some exercise before an afternoon of watching football. Beth Spieles, Interpretive Educator, will lead you beyond our most popular trails to gain a unique perspective of The Arboretum’s beauty. $5/members free, $15 maximum per family, meet at the Visitors Center Deck.
Howl-a-ween Dog Costume Parade and Contest- Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 – 11 a.m. Outfit your canine in the most frightening, ghoulish or most ridiculous costume you can muster to take part in a parade of pooches. We will have four highly-discerning judges on hand to evaluate the costumes and hand out ribbons in various categories. A ‘Tricks for Treats’ stage will be set up for dramatic pooches who love the spotlight. Local canine-focused vendors will be on-hand to speak with dog owners about merchandise and services, meet at the Main “Barking” Lot.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. Call 740-323-2355 or 800-44-DAWES for information or visit www. dawesarb.org.
Lake Tours - Buckeye Lake. See historic Buckeye Lake by boat. Take a ride on the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society’s Queen of the Lake II. The 40-passenger boat cruises every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. from May to October. Board at the Buckeye Lake State Park’s North Shore Ramp just off Ohio 79 in the Village of Buckeye Lake. Tours are not operated during thunderstorms. Suggested donations are $10 per person. Children under age 5 are free. For more information call (740) 929-1998 or visit www.buckeyelakehistory.org.
Farmers Market - Baltimore. Stop by every Friday from 5-7 p.m. through Oct. 22. The market is located on Ohio 256 between Basil and High streets.
Harvest Moon Rendezvous- Infirmary Mound Park. Learn what life may have been like over 150 years ago Saturday, Oct. 9 at Infirmary Mound Park. Don’t miss the opportunity to step back in time to witness the Deathwind Longrifles portray mountain men and much more. FREE. visit www.lickingparkdistrict.com for more information.
Fairfield County Fair - Lancaster. The October 10 -16 Fairfield County Fair is the last county fair of the year. It offers a variety of attractions including truck, tractor, and horse pulls, demolition derbies, concerts, bands, and horse races. There is also a large assortment of exhibits and rides for all ages. Visit www. fairfieldcountyfair.com for more information.
Devine Farms Weekend Fun - Hebron. It’s the Pumpkin Festival! Devine Farms is in five farm buildings so rain or shine, come on down to the farm. Visit www.devinefarms.com for more information.
All American Quarter Horse Congress - Columbus. Now in its 44rd year, the All American Quarter Horse Congress is the world’s largest single breed horse show. Come check out the competition and the amazing array of riding and horse-related products on sale. October 1-24, at the Ohio Expo Center, visit www.oqha. com for more information.
Pancake Breakfast - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department is holding a pancake breakfast on Saturday, October 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. Suggested donations are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The menu is: sausage, pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy, biscuits, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Carry-out orders are welcomed: call 740-862-6542.F refighters will answer your questions about smoke/CO detectors, blood pressure, diabetic sugar checks, medication lists, and other questions you may have. They will also be taking orders for T-shirts and reflective address signs, which aid the firefighters in locating you in the event of an emergency.
Octagon Public Access Day - Newark. This is your chance to explore this National Historic Landmark. Walk inside the 2,000 year old geometric earthwork that served as both cathedral and astronomical observatories for the Hopewell culture. Guided tours and access onto the Octagon site will be available all day. This is FREE and open to the public! Don’t miss this great opportunity to see this amazing structure. Sunday, Oct. 17, noon to 5 p.m., call 800-589-8224 for more information
Apple Butter Stirrin’ - Roscoe Village, Cochocton. For 41 years the Apple Butter Stirrin’ has attracted crowds of all ages to this restored 1800s canal town to experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the season. The three days of Apple Butter Stirrin’ officially begin on Friday, October 15, at 10:00 a.m. with the opening of the craft booth-lined street. Craft vendors, dressed in costume, offer a wide variety of items from candles and pottery to dried flower wreaths and birdhouses. The tempting food includes bison burgers, fry pies, roasted corn, smoked turkey legs, cinnamon-roasted nuts, apple butter burgers, kettle corn, hot apple dumplings & fritters, and hickory-smoked sausage on a stick. Younger visitors can enjoy the kids activity area which includes old-fashioned games and pumpkin decorating. Sunday’s activities include the craft auction and the annual quilt raffle drawing for the handmade quilt made by Roscoe Village volunteer quilters. Events are accented by musical entertainment with performances by traditional dulcimer players, bluegrass bands, gospel singers, and country music artists. The festival runs October 15, 16 and 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m .on Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information visit www.roscoevillage.com
Fall Foliage Weekend - Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve. Some of the best colors of the season will be on display at Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve for the 18th Annual Fall Foliage Event. Coordinated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), this openhouse styled event runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17. Visitors to this year’s event can explore 3.5 miles of trails including the 1-mile handicapped accessible Lower Gorge trail. The weekend will include a re-enactment of a 1790s encampment, complete with period tents, settlers in pioneer dress and late 18th century cooking. The early Ohio settlers, portrayed by the Hock-Hocking Historical Trekkers, will set up camp west of the parking lot to show visitors what life was like for area pioneers. The preserve is home to Canada yew, teaberry, various ferns and several species of native orchids, as well as white-tailed deer, turkey, fox and beaver. The preserve is open sunrise to sunset year-round. For directions to Conkle’s Hollow State Nature Preserve, visit www. ohiodnr.com/dnap.
Pink Strides Trail Run and Wellness Walk - Infirmary Mound Park, Granville. Join Licking County Screening & Survivor Support (SASS) for Breast Cancer and We’re Active Licking County (WALC) to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink Strides- Trail Run & Wellness Walk on Saturday, October 16. Everyone is invited to participate in this walk and run throughout the Infirmary Mound Park (4309 Lancaster Road/ State Route 37) in Granville. The 5k (3.1 mile) course will be on maintained natural trails; terrain is mostly flat with a few hills. Dress for the weather; a rainy day will make for a muddy run. The Wellness Walk will immediately follow the Trail Run and a paved path will be available for a short family fun walk, too. Strollers and leashed dogs are welcome. The registration fee is $25 before October 10 and $30 thereafter. Participants can also register at the event from 8:00- 9:00 a.m. The race begins at 9:00 a.m. Additional donations will be accepted at the walk and all proceeds benefit Licking County SASS for Breast Cancer and WALC. For more information visit www.lickingcohealth.org or call the Licking County Health Department (740) 349-6535.
International Walk for Celiac Disease Awareness and Research - Newark. The Newark Celiac Support Group is participating in the walk from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 9, Newark Bike Trail Cherry Valley, just past Reddington Road. Celiac Disease is a gluten intolerance and allergic disorder. . Call 740-892-3738 for more information.