Oktoberfest in Mohican


Loudonville, Ohio – A beautiful outdoor setting, live music, 100 varieties of beer, food and more could only mean one thing. Oktoberfest has returned to Mohican! The Friends of Wolf Creek Grist Mill will host the largest fundraising event of the year on Saturday, September 26th, from noon until 11:30pm. This incredible fundraiser is full of food, rubber duck races, beer, wine, games and entertainment.

Mark Smith, President of Friends of Wolf Creek Grist Mill, states, “Oktoberfest for The Mill fundraiser has become such a popular event because unlike many Oktoberfest’s that only offer a limited selection of beer, we offer our event around 100 beers. There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy!  Patrons love being able to sample any variety we offer so they can experience many different beers without having to commit to an entire glass or bottle of something they’ve never had before.”

For a $5.00 entry fee, each person that is 21 years old and over, has the opportunity to taste beers that range from seasonal selections, craft beers, local selections to include nearby craft brewers Phoenix Brewing Company, international selections, ciders, draft and bottle selections. Oktoberfest will also include a selection of wines from D&D Smith Winery and Paper Moon Vineyards.

With safety being top of mind, guests staying at the following sponsors will be offered free busing to and from the event from noon – 11pm: Blackfork Inn B&B, Mohican Adventures, Mohican River Inn, Mohican State Park Campground, Smith’s Campground and Wally World Resort. For those who live a little closer, a new downtown Loudonville stop has been added to the shuttle service. For more information on how to contact these sponsors for an overnight stay, visit DiscoverMohican.com.

Steve Brownell returns to the stage to entertain through songs and humor from 1pm-5pm. Grab something to eat and drink and enjoy Ohio’s own Rutherford County Band from 6pm-10pm. Games and more await at Oktoberfest.

This is Wolf Creek Grist Mill’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Smith states, “Oktoberfest provides the opportunity for our visitors to enjoy a unique area event that at the same time helps us raise awareness, appreciation and funds for the project. Most importantly, every penny earned goes right back into funding the preservation and restoration efforts at Wolf Creek Grist Mill Historic Park and Museum to ensure this wonderful piece of history will be around for generations to come.”

Visit WolfCreekMill.org for more information on this event and how to help preserve this wonderful piece of Ohio’s history.


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Where Festival Lovers Go

Fall Festivals and Foliage

Carrollton, Ohio – With its small-town charm and rolling hills, visitors can feel the stress melt away as they drive the scenic roads of Carroll County 

Located in East Central Ohio, Carroll County’s scenic vistas come alive with color as autumn arrives with its red, oranges and golds. Visitors are encouraged celebrate the heritage of this rural county and to enjoy a festival almost every weekend from Labor Day through mid-October. 

Sept. 12 is the date for the 12th annual “Dancing on the Bridge” in Malvern. It is an all-day event that is a fundraiser for community projects in the small village of Malvern. The free event includes entertainment, food and craft vendors, a car show, children’s play area, raffles and a beer garden. Jimmy & the Soulblazers will perform at 7 p.m. Check out the schedule at http://www.dancingonthebridge.net. 

The Lake Mohawk Fall Festival and Craft Show is slated for Sept. 20 and features crafts, food and a ski show. The gated lake community is open to the public during the festival, which is held at the main beach area and clubhouse. It is a free event. 

The 13th annual Scarecrows on the Square will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, on Public Square in downtown Carrollton.  This festive annual event brings area businesses and organizations together in friendly competition to construct imaginative scarecrows. The ‘crows will be on display through Oct. 19 to greet visitors making the trip to the area. 

The Village of Minerva will be bustling with activity on Sept. 26. An Oktoberfest, featuring music, crafts and a beer garden, will be held noon-9 p.m. in Minerva Municipal Park, just off U.S. Route 30. The event will close with the showing of the documentary, “Minerva Monster,” which focuses on the sighting of a Bigfoot approximately 25 years ago.  

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Also planned Sept. 26-27 in Minerva is Stockers and Streeters’ On the Bricks Car Show. This two-day event draws nearly 100 vehicles each day lined up along the village’s historic brick Market Street. 

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The 33nd annual Atwood Area Fall Festival will be held Oct. 2-4 at the Atwood Lake Park, located on the west side of Atwood Lake. The weekend celebration has everything from a Native American pow-wow to radio-controlled model planes. There will also be historical reenactments, nature displays, arts and crafts, contests, live music and a wide variety of entertainers throughout the weekend. Sunday will feature a huge car show to finish out the weekend. Visit www.atwoodfallfest.org.    


The 45th annual Algonquin Mill Fall Festival will be held, rain or shine, Oct. 9-11. This lively festival is set in a reconstructed pioneer village that is centered around an operational, steam-powered, 19th-century flour mill. The mill will be grinding wheat, corn and buckwheat flours, which will all be for sale. The festival is featured on the Bon Appétit Appalachia map because of the food traditions that are carried on, including nine tons of cabbage made into sauerkraut, homemade bread in the wood-fired oven, apple butter, chili, bean soup and more. Time-honored crafts, skills and techniques are demonstrated throughout the weekend with many of the products available for purchase. Visit www.carrollcountyohio.com/history/mill/millfest.htm.

The 16th annual Steam Show at the Carroll County Fairgrounds Oct. 16-18 completes the festival season in Carroll County. The weekend’s highlights include tractor pulls on Friday and Saturday nights with displays of tractors and engines as well as a flea market throughout all three days. Sunday will have a garden tractor pull along with a car show.  

Visitors are invited to come and stay at one of Carroll County’s three chain hotels, Atwood Lake Resort, two bed and breakfasts, cabins or campgrounds. Enjoy the local cuisine as you enjoy festival season and that gorgeous fall foliage driving tour.

Local Tourism information Carroll County Convention & Visitors Bureau

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kimberly Lewis, marketing manager
61 N. Lisbon St, Carrollton, OH 44615
330-627-0103 or 877-727-0103



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Top 10 Reasons Why Mohican Rocks

The calendar is not lying, autumn is almost here. While it may seem like time is slipping by, there is always time to spend a weekend or week in Mohican. Find out the Top Ten reasons why Mohican rocks all year long.

  1. Mohican is the Camp & Canoe Capital of Ohiotravelplanner2015lg

There are over 4,000 campsites in Mohican and some are available 365 days a year.  In 1961, Dick Frye opened Ohio’s first commercial canoe livery in Loudonville, Ohio. Canoeing along the Mohican State Scenic River will continue through approximately mid-October.

  1. Festivals & Events

The fun does not stop when school starts. Take a glimpse into the fun and excitement in Mohican. Coming up in September is the 31stAnnual Great Mohican Pow-Wow. Watch and participate in the rich heritage and traditions of the Native Americans. Don’t forget to plan for popular Oktoberfest. All proceeds go to help maintaining the Wolf Creek Grist Mill. October brings the hills alive with color and fun. Look for the Loudonville Free Street Fair. The fair is over 120 years old with free admission and live entertainment.  The Fall Foliage Drive-It-Yourself Tour showcases the hills of Mohican in a blaze of color. Drive or hike to the Covered Bridge, Lyons Falls and more. Then enjoy the shops and restaurants of downtown Loudonville. Need a little exercise? Then make sure to register for the Mohican 5k. All of the proceeds help to develop and maintain the bike path from downtown Loudonville to the Mohican State Park.

  1. Mohican’s World Renowned Mountain Bike Trails

The Mohican Trails are world renowned. According to SingleTracks.com, the mountain bike paths are consistently ranked as the top in the State of Ohio and in the Top 50 around the world! The Mohican-Malabar Bike Club is a volunteer group that helps maintain the trails. Their hard work and dedication shows, as no matter what time of year, mountain bikers young and old, first time-to-experienced regularly use the trails. 

  1. Dedicated Hiking Trails

The hiking trails keep improving. Thanks to the partnership of the Mohican Trails Club and Ohio Department of Natural Resources the trails have never looked better! David Yanchunas, President of the Mohican Trails Club, states, “Mohican’s Trails are vast and beautiful. There is so much to experience here. The Trails Club wants everyone to get out and enjoy the park. That’s our passion-To keep Mohican’s trails open and easy to follow for all to enjoy.” As the trails wind through the forest, one will stand in awe of the native Ohio trees, such as, oak-hickory and beech-maple types. Native white pine and hemlock are also found.

  1. Over 80 Miles of Bridle Trails

Have a horse. Bring your horse. There are over 80 miles of bridle trails in Mohican. These trails connect the Mohican-Memorial State Forest, Mohican State Park, Pleasant Hill Lake Park and Malabar Farm State Park. In essence, take a ride on the trails, have a bite to eat at the Mohican State Park Lodge and keep riding. If trail rides are more in line, then make sure to contact Triple M Riding Rescue Ranch. They are open for trail rides by appointment, all year, weather permitting.

  1. Open 365 day

The trails in Mohican are one of the few across the Nation that never close. That’s right. They are open all year long. Just make sure to dress appropriately. Flip flops while hiking could be painful.

  1. The Adventure Is Just Beginning

Zip-lining is available at Tree Frog Canopy Tours. Enjoy the Mohican area by tree top. Make sure to ask about their “Night Zips! 

  1. Mohican’s History Helped to Change Ohi

The Mohican area holds historical importance to the state of Ohio and the Nation. Take a tour of The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum. The “Weapons of WWI” exhibit features a rare, anti-sniper ammunition custom made in the trenches.  The ammunition relied on a blunt bullet, rather than conical, to shatter armor plating protecting enemy snipers. The specimens were brought home by a local WWI veteran. Admission into the museum is FREE

  1. Taking Pride In Local Goods & Services

Local restaurants and stores would rather use and sell locally sourced ingredients and goods. For example, Bromfield’s Restaurant, located at the Mohican Lodge, will change its menu to better utilize the seasonal ingredients and proteins available in the area. Big Fish General Store and Bait, sells beef and fish from a nearby source. They are also pretty good at helping with the fishing rod

  1. Golfing in Mohican

Like to golf? Then make sure to bring the clubs and head over to Pleasant Hill Golf Course. Family owned & operated for over 20 years, the Pleasant Hill Golf Course overlooks scenic Pleasant Hill Lake. The sculptured 2,536 yard, par three, 18 hole course will challenge and inspire players of every level.

Don’t wait any longer. Make the time to Discover Why Mohican Rocks!

Georgia Kauffman
Executive Director
Mohican-Loudonville CVB
544 North Union Street
Loudonville, OH, 44842



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Take A Step Back In Time


Remembering and honoring practices of times gone by continues to be a time honored and fun tradition. That is why the Wolf Creek Grist Mill is proud to be the location for this year’s 18th Century Colonial Trade Fair, August 22nd and 23rd from 10am-5pm.

Preserving the past and having fun is what will be found during the fair. A professional storyteller will be around explaining indentured slavery of the 18th Century. Watch and learn as moccasin bags & other leather works will be made right in front of guests. Speaking of demonstrations, a Colonial Militia Soldier will talk of life during that time and what is like in the militia. Bring the earplugs and watch the cannon be prepared for a firing demonstration. There will also be a mock battle on Saturday and Sunday.

Since it is a trade fair, expect to find one-of-a-kind pieces. Vendors include a blacksmith, bottles made the same way as in the 1700’s, a jeweler that specializes in the 18th century trade silver, purchase period clothing and more. So much to see and do in just two days.

The entry fee is $3.00, but receive $1.00 off if in 18th century costume. Proceeds raised during the event will be used to help the Wolf Creek Grist Mill. “Preserving the past for future generations is our mission with the Friends of the Mill Group, “states Mark Smith, President of the Friends of the Mill Group, “The 18th Century Fair helps to educate visitors of history, along with the working grist mill.” It is a natural fit.

During the fair, make sure to take a self-guided tour through the Mill and its cabins. Wolf Creek Grist Mill is open on the weekends from May to October.##

For more information, press tickets, etc., contact: Mark Smith, 419-541-0161 or Mark@wolfcreekmill.org


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Rabbit Run Theater closes the summer season with “Private Lives”


Rabbit Run Theater, in Madison, Ohio, closes its 2015 summer season with Noël Coward’s comedy “Private Lives”.

Set in 1930, “Private Lives” debuted on Broadway in 1931 and has had numerous revivals both in London’s West End and on Broadway.  The lead role of Elyot Chase has featured over the years no less than Richard Burton, Alan Rickman and Matthew Macfadyen with Tallulah Bankhead, Elizabeth Taylor and Maggie Smithplaying opposite as lead female, Amanda Prynne.

Glamorous, rich, and reckless, Elyot and Amanda have been divorced from each other for five years. While honeymooning with new spouses, the couple has a chance meeting across adjoining balconies.  Former passions being rekindled, they hurl themselves into love and war.

Playing the role of Elyot is Matt Mortensen with Nancy Shimonek Brooks playing opposite as Amanda.  Mortensen has performed at several area theaters including The Fine Arts Association, Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild and Rabbit Run Theater.  Brooks has directed and performed in numerous theaters in Northeast Ohio including Porthouse Theatre, LEAP Actors Co., Ohio Performing Arts Co., The Fine Arts Association and Rabbit Run Theater.

Also performing are Christopher Ashmun as Victor Prynne and Evie Koh as Sibyl Chase.  The French maid is played by Colleen O’Leary.

“Private Lives” is directed by Ann Hedger, programming coordinator at The Fine Arts Association.  Hedger has been associated with Rabbit Run since the 1980’s as an actor and director.  “Private Lives” is the 13thproduction she has directed at Rabbit Run.

This summer season marks the 35th anniversary of Rabbit Run Theater since it reopened in 1980.

RabbitRunlogox225“Private Lives” opens Friday, Aug. 14, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 29.  Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line atwww.rabbitrunonline.org.  Tickets are $21/adult and $19/senior, student.  For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows begin at 8 p.m.  Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH.  Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home, Chemsultants and Lake Health.



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Celebration of Magic and Wonder to premier in Sandusky

~Come one, come all to a Magical Experience of a Lifetime!  ~ 


Historic Downtown Sandusky will come alive with mystery and laughter during the Magic Festival, Friday August 14 through Sunday August 16, 2015. This family-friendly weekend features three days of dazzling displays of the Magical Arts, including Close-up, Street and Stage, One-Man Shows, Wizard School, All Star Galas and a Rock & Roll Magic Beach Party!

Join Master illusionists, conjurers, mentalists, jugglers and balloon artists, who will appear in and around the State Theater and downtown historic waterfront district.

The Grand Opening Celebration begins at 12:00 Noon on Friday at the Historic State Theater and the festival continues on until the Closing Party at 9pm Sunday nightAs an historic opening night highlight, Wayne Houchin and his wife, Frania, will attempt a dual suspended straitjacket escape, forthe first time ever in the USA!

Master magician and producer Jay Scott Berry has gathered a dream team of wizards and wonder workers from far and wide to amaze, amuse and inspire during this first annual event!

Featuring the Incredible Talent of World Famous Entertainers including:

v     Wayne Houchin star of The Discovery Channel’s hit show, Breaking Magic, featuring cutting-edge wizardry and death defying stunts.

v     Ariann Black  World famous magician and award winning Las Vegas headliner.

v     Michael Goudeau  The most successful juggler in Las Vegas history and Guinness world record holder

v     Fielding West  From creating and starring in a top rated morning TV show in Florida, West has headlined cabaret, comedy clubs, theatres and television the world over.

v     David London Known as, “The Willy Wonka of Magic”, The Washington Post calls London, “Our favourite mad genius magician!”

v     Eric Stevens Just 21 years old, Stevens is taking the Art of Magic into the next generation with a wondrous fusion of classic effects and original illusions.

v     Wayne Anderson brings light-hearted comedy and impressive close-up illusions.

v     Jay Scott Berry One of the world’s premier magicians and leading producer of Magic Festivals. These include PortlandAshevilleSedonaWoodstockKey WestSacramento andGlastonbury.

Magic’s leading trade journal, Linking Ring Magazine, has dedicated three feature articles to the JSB Festivals, calling them, “Wildly successful…The Future of Magic Gatherings!”

All the main shows will take place in and around the lavishly restored Sandusky State Theatre, just steps from the sands of Lake Erie.  These include the Saturday and SundayRazzle Dazzle matinees and The Wizards of Wonder Gala on Saturday evening.  Show tickets are very reasonably priced, starting at just $5 for children and $10 for adults.  Mark the dates and make plans now to attend this historic event.  Conveniently located between Toledo and Cleveland, the Festival will be an easy day trip or wondrous weekend getaway to experience the very best in world-class magic, year after year.  For tickets, scheduling and more information please visit:  www.SanduskyState.com



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CANTON, OHIO – The 2015 National Football League season and the road to Super Bowl 50 will kick off with a world-class celebration of the game, Aug. 6-9 in Canton, Ohio. The fun fan atmosphere wraps around the Enshrinement Ceremony for the Class of 2015 – Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, and Ron Wolf.


A record crowd will be on hand for the Enshrinement Weekend. The NFL/Hall of Fame Game sold out within weeks of tickets going sale in February. Unprecedented demand for the Concert for Legends featuring Aerosmith, Driven by Ford and Presented by Bud Light, on Friday, Aug. 7 and the Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 8 has resulted in an additional seats being opened for both events in the east end zone stands. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at ProFootballHOF.com/tickets.


Daily special events will take place at the Hall of Fame starting on Monday Aug. 3 and continue through Monday, Aug. 10. Ranging from football card giveaways to a football clinic, the offerings are included in the price of admission.

The Hall is open from 9 am to 8 pm daily with the exception of special hours on Friday, Aug. 7 (8 am to 8 pm) and Saturday, Aug. 8 (8 am to 6 pm).

Hall of Fame admission tickets can be purchased in advance at ProFootballHOF.com/hof-week-museum-admission.aspx. Guests purchasing in advance can take advantage of the express lane in the Hall’s lobby on Aug. 7-9.

All guests touring the Hall of Fame from Aug. 7–9 will receive a timed pass to experience the Hall of Fame Gallery, which showcases the Bronzed Busts of the Hall of Fame members. The Bronzed Busts for the Class of 2015 – Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, and Ron Wolf – will be placed on display to the public beginning on Sunday, Aug. 9.


Due to the numerous events, pedestrian and vehicular traffic on the Hall’s campus and neighboring streets will be closed or have restricted access to the general public starting July 24.

All parking on the Hall of Fame campus will be closed to the public from July 24-Aug. 13. 

Parking Instructions:

July 24-Aug. 6 AND Aug. 10-13:  Guests visiting the Hall of Fame should park at McKinley High School and utilize the shuttle for drop-off at the Hall’s front doors. All shuttles are handicap accessible. Directions to the parking area can be found by setting GPS devices to 1700 Blake Ave. NW, Canton, Ohio, 44708.

August 7-9:  Parking at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium is closed to the general public. Visitors are strongly encouraged to use the convenient parking option at the Stark County Fairgrounds that includes shuttle service to the Hall of Fame. Shuttle service is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 8:00 am to one-half hour after the end of the Concert for Legends on Friday, Aug. 7, the Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 8, and NFL/Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 9. Parking is $10.00 per car and $25.00 per RV. Hall of Fame Shuttle service is $3.00 per person (round-trip). The Stark County Fairgrounds are located at 700 Wertz Ave. NW, Canton, Ohio.

Full parking information and directions can be found at ProFootballHOF.com/enshrinement/visitor-parking-and-traffic.aspx


The new HOF Experience offers free entertainment on the Hall’s campus on Aug. 

Free and open to the public all weekend long, the activities take place on the FieldTurf Field located in the center of the Hall’s campus. Live music will entertain football fans throughout the weekend with performances by New Wave Nation, Tony Quarles and The Discovery Band, DJ Johnny V, and DJ SC from the Dallas Cowboys.

The Kid Zone includes inflatables, games, football clinic, and contests with special prizes and is open daily from 11 am to 1 pm.

Other entertainment includes performances and “Meet and Greet” with the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and Drumline and mascot, performances by the NBA Cleveland Cavaliers “Scream Team” and “Q Cheer Squad,” and stage contests hosted by Canton Q92’s Megan McCrea will include giveaways including tickets to exclusive events. Special appearances by legendary Gold Jackets will also take place throughout the weekend at the HOF Experience.

HOF Experience Hours:

                   Friday, Aug. 7                 11 am to 7 pm

                   Saturday, Aug. 8             11 am to 6 pm

                   Sunday, Aug. 9               11 am to 7 pm

* Kid Zone from 11:00 am to 1 pm daily

Full details on the Hall of Fame Experience can be found at: ProFootballHOF.com/hof-experience.aspx


More than 100 Gold Jackets are “coming home” to Canton for the 2015 Enshrinement Weekend. These heroes of the game will pose with the Class of 2015 for a photo on the Hall’s front steps on Friday, Aug. 7 at 9:30 am.

The group photo of the football legends is an annual tradition that is free and open to the public. Fans are invited to attend and take their own photos as the who’s who of football legends walk the red carpet to pose for this one-of-a-kind photo.


Ticket Will Call will be located on Harrison Avenue across from Gates 1 & 2 of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Will Call hours are:

                   Thursday Aug 6              9 am to 6 pm

                   Friday, Aug. 7                 9 am to 10 pm

                   Saturday, Aug. 8             9 am to 8 pm

                   Sunday, Aug. 9               9 am to 9 pm

 Full rules and details for Will Call and the replacement of misplaced tickets can be found on the Hall’s website at: 


Press release submitted by:
Pete Fierle, Vice President of Communications & Special Assistant to the President
Pete.Fierle@ProFootballHOF.com; 330-588-3622

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