Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions – Wednesdays through August at 2 p.m. Learn with a group as the creative educators at The Dawes Arboretum bring children closer to the wonders of the natural world. Subjects include trees, flowers, weather and many creatures great and small. An assortment of fun pursuits are always in store with songs, activities, games, crafts and sometimes real animal visitors. Free at Visi- tors Center deck.
Poetry in Nature Art Show - August 11-26. “Poetry in Nature” is the theme of The Arboretum and Licking County Arts’ annual art show. The show features artists from all over central Ohio. Media includes watercolor, oil paint, fabric art, photography, sculpture and more. Free, open during Visitors Center hours.
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. For more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Queen of the Lake Public Tours - Buckeye Lake. Enjoy a relaxing and interesting tour of Buckeye Lake at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday aboard the Queen of the Lake II. Board at the North Shore boat ramp in the Village of Buckeye Lake, just off I-70. $10 per person. For more information visitwww.buckeyelakehistory.org or call 749-929-1998.
Farmers Market - Baltimore. Enjoy farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, crafts and more from 4 - 7 p.m. on Fridays now thru Oct. 5 at old Basil Firehouse at the corner of West Market and North High streets. For more information visit www.baltimorefarmmarket.com
Farmers Market - Buckeye Lake. Find local produce, crafts and more from 3 - 6 p.m. on Thursdays in the Buckeye Lake Goodwill store parking lot.
Ohio State Fair - Columbus. The 159th Ohio State Fair runs through August 5. This year’s event offers new attractions, agricultural exhibits, sports competitions, great Fair food and a variety of shopping opportunities you won’t want to miss. Gates are open 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. The midway is open 10 a.. - 11 p.m. Sunday - Thursday; and 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. All-day ride wristbands are $22. Admission is $10 for adults (13-59); $8 for youth (5-12) and seniors (60+); and children under five are free. $6 admission tickets are available at Kroger stores. Parking is $5 per vehicle with easy access to AAA Parking Lots from I-71 at the 17th Avenue exit and the Hudson Street exit at Silver Drive. Handicapped parking available. Free shuttles from parking to the main entrance. Visit Ohio StateFair.com for more information on additional discount days, entertainment and detailed event schedule.
Firefighter John Layton Benefit Dinner - Thurston. The Thurston-Walnut Township Fire Department is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 4- 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 4. Adults - $8; Seniors - $7; and Children - $6. Auction, door prizes and 50/50. Proceeds and donations help pay John Layton’s medical expenses.
Buick Performance Nationals - Hebron. Head out to National Trail Raceway for an all-Buick car show, swap meet, vendors and drag race. Everything from Grand Nationals to Grand Sports to LeSabres, Electras and Rivieras - the center of the Buick universe! Aug. 3 - 5, visit www.nationaltrailraceway.com for more information.
Hartford Fair - Croton. The “Biggest Little Fair in the World” returns August 5 -11. Grammy nominated country singer songwriter David Nail and country artist Jason Michael Carroll perform at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 6. The popular Rough Truck Contest returns at 7;:30 p.m. on Friday, August 10. Admission is $6 for ages 8 and over; Senior Citizens are $3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 6; and Children ages 7 and under are free. Visit www.hartfordfair.com for more information including schedule.
Mopar Nationals - Hebron. The 32nd running of the Mopar Nationals returns to t National Trail Raceway Aug. 10 – 12. Widely regarded as the largest single-make automotive event in the world, the Mopar Nationals feature a judged car show along with a Fun Field packed with over 3,000 Mighty Mopars, drag racing, over 1200 used parts vendors and some 400 new parts dealers. Along with the racing action there will be burnout contests and more! Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, AMC, Jeep and DeSoto vehicles are all eligible to participate, with entrants from all 50 states and from around the world. Over 50,000 spectators and participants are expected, filling area streets with fabulous cars and thousands of Mopar faithful each evening. Spectator gates open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the event is scheduled to run until 7 p.m. each day. Visit www.nationaltrailraceway.com for more information.
27th Annual Tour of Homes - Buckeye Lake. The Buckeye Lake Area Civic Association presents the 27th Annual Tour of Homes on Sunday, August 12. Visitors travel by pontoon boat to visit five waterfront homes. The tour starts at the North Shore boat ramp just off Ohio 79 (about 1/2 mile south of I-70) in the Village of Buckeye Lake. The first boat leaves at noon and the last boat departs at 3 p.m. The tour takes approximately two hours. A $15 donation per person covers the boat rides and tour.