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Dawes Arboretum – Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.

Barbeque, Bluegrass and Boom!- Sunday, August 31, gates open at 3 p.m. music begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Concert Stage, featuring a wonderful line up of blue grass and “new” grass bands. Frosty Morning featuring Kenny Sidle begins the afternoon festivities followed by the Dapple Grays. The Andy Carlson Band will take the stage next and the evening will culminate Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra playing under the stars to a spectacular fireworks display. Dickey’s Barbeque and Gary’s Buckeye Barbeque will provide the barbeque for those who don’t pack a picnic. Lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics are encouraged. Tickets are $10 each.

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

Millersport Lions Sweet Corn Festival – Millersport. August 27, 28, 29 and 30 – Come enjoy hot butter flavored sweet corn served fresh on the cob and piping hot. Bring the whole family to experience a wide variety of delicious foods, large midway, tractor pulls, square dancing, contests galore, farm animals, historical exhibits and top-name country music entertainers while strolling the shady Historic Lions Park. It’s ear-resistible!


Main Stage Friday, August 29 • 8:30 p.m. – BlackHawk

Saturday, August 30

• 8:00 p.m. – Introduction of 2008 Sweet Corn Sweetheart and Court

• 8:30 p.m. – Aaron Tippin

Covered Bridge

Entertainment Area

Friday, August 29

• 7:00 p.m. – Antique Tractor Tug Pull (1959 and under)

Saturday, August 30

• 3:00 p.m. – Antique Tractor Tug Pull (1959 and under)

Founders’ Commons Stage

Friday, August 29

• 6:00 p.m. – Corn Eating Contest (all ages)

• 7:00 p.m. – Area Lions Clubs Corn Eating Challenge

Saturday, August 30

• 3:30 p.m. – Christina Barth & Ohio’s Youth Entertainers Stage Show

• 5:00 p.m. – Three Wheel Race

• 6:00 p.m. – Corn Eating Contest (all ages)

• 7:30 p.m. – Grand Champion “Cob Cleaning” Corn Eating Contest (all previous 2008 winners)

For the full schedule and more info., visit www.sweetcornfest. com

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 50-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 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. Children under age 5 are free. For more information call (740) 929-1998 or visit www.buckeyelakehistory. org.

Licking Park District Licking County. Here are some August events. For more information, call (740) 587-2535 or visit

• Aug. 29: Senior Ramble – We will make our second visit to Lobdell Reserve focusing on the newly established prairies. The hike will be moderately strenuous and participants should bring water. Lobdell Reserve, main parking area. 10:00 a.m.

12th Annual Cruise-in & Family Fun Day Fairfield County Fairgrounds, Lancaster. Come out Saturday, August 30 from noon to 5 p.m. for an afternoon of fun. Registration is from noon to 3 p.m. Cruiser entry fee is $5. Public admission is free. There will be food vendors, mental health/substance abuse agency displays, and rides and games for the kids. All cars, trucks and bikes are welcome. Judging categories: All basic categories plus the Best Unfinished, Best Ratrods and Best Tuners. Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. The afternoon is sponsored by Fairfield County ADAMH Board and hosted by River Valley Rods & Customs. DJ will be Stan the Man. More information is available at www. and www.rivervalleyrodsandcustoms. com

Flint Ridge Knap-In Brownsville. August 29-31, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., each day. The Ohio Historical Society and the Flint Ridge Lithic Society present the Flint Ridge Knap-In – a unique gathering of individuals from all over the country who are skilled in the ancient craft of making tools and weapons from flint and other stone materials. There is a large selection of flint products for sale and flint knapping and other ancient skill technology demonstrations will be held throughout the event. On Saturday, an archaeologist will be present to identify artifacts brought in by the public. There will also be long dart competitions sponsored by the Ohio Atlatl Association. Admission: $5/car parking fee. For more information, call 740.787.2476 or 800.283.8707.

Ride for the Kids’ Christmas – Buckeye Lake. First annual poker run, Saturday, August 30, starting at Buckeye Lake Eagles. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with the last bike out by noon. Last bike in by 5 p.m. All vehicles welcome. $20 single, $10 rider and $20 per car (limit four people). Breakfast buffet, hog roast and live entertainment from 5 – 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Communities Christmas Celebration which buys cothing, gifts and food for children at Christmas.

Fireman’s Park Bash South Shore. It’s the 2008 South End Reunion on Sunday, August 31. The Paul Clark Band from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come by boat or car. Directions at Proceeds benefit BLASST.

Fall Plant Sale OSU’s Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens, Columbus. From mums to native trees, there will be a plethora of plants to choose from at the Fall Plant Sale from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Sept. 4-5, in front of Howlett Hall, 2001 Fyffe Court on OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences campus. Free parking is available in lots adjacent to Howlett Hall. Horticultural experts will also be on hand to answer any gardening questions. For more information, visit http://

Backwoods Fest Thornville. Three days, Sept. 19-21, of arts and crafts, food and music with more than 250 crafters. Plus pre-1840 encampment, bluegrass and folk music and kettle-cooked foods. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 with children 10 and under free. Free parking. For more information, visit www.thornvilleackwoodsfest. com

Hebron Music & Arts Festival Hebron. Mark Saturday, Sept. 27 on your calendar for the first ever Hebron Music & Arts Festival. Activities kickoff with a 5K run beginning at Evans Park. Registration starts at 8 a.m. for the 9 a.m. race. The Battle of the Bands is from noon to 5 p.m. on the Main Stage on High Street. Enjoy country, bluegrass and gospel music from noon to 5 p.m. at Canal Park. Headliner McGuffey Lane takes the Main Stage at 6 p.m. The Hot Rod Stage at Main and 6th Streets features a car show from noon to 5 p.m. with Sticks and Stones performing from noon to 2 p.m. and the Paul Clark Band from 3 to 5 p.m.. Visit www.herbonmusicandarsfestival. com for more information.


Hookahville “XXX” Thornville. Legend Valley presents “Hookahville XXX”, a three-day music and camping event featuring three nights with ekoostik hookah Labor Day Weekend. Other artists appearing are Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Arrested Development, Bela Fleck with Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters will be making their first Hookahville appearance. Freekbass will be around for Friday’s early bird, and The Schwag will be performing late night on Saturday. Tickets are available at the gate for $80. To make up for the long waits to enter the spring show, Hookahville XXX Early Bird will be FREE (as always, you need a Hookahville ticket to attend early bird). Also ekoostik hookah will be playing a set at early bird, starting at 8:30. Visit www.hookahville. com for more information.

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