~ James Whitcomb Riley, When the Frost is On the Punkin
Ah, Autumn! It’s been lauded in verse so often, and with good reason – the hot rays of summer have subsided into warming beams on a cool day – the air has a slightly spicy smell from the falling leaves, and Jack Frost leaves glitter on the fading foliage. It gives a sweet burst of energy to those who love it, and an excuse to get out an enjoy the shorter days. To help you get out in the autumn air, we present some Fall Festivals and other Fun, near our lovely little village of Milan, Ohio.
Going on now through Sunday in nearby Norwalk, the Fall Fest Open House at Naturally Country is a beacon for those who adore adorning their nests. From 10am to 5pm, stroll this gorgeous establishment, filled to the brim with lovely floral designs, home decor and accessories, gifts, jewelry, and more. Enjoy refreshments and drawings as you envelope yourself in an abundance of beauty!
Where: 845 Lais Road, Norwalk, OH 44857 – 419-668-4340
When: NOW through September 19, 2021, 10am – 5pm
Head over to Historic Lyme Village’s Schaeffer Barn in Bellevue for their highly-anticipated Harvest Barn Dance! This is a night to kick up your heels and dance to square dance caller Jerry Wittman’s tune! Food and frolicking await you. Cost is $10 per person, and proceeds benefit Bellevue Historical Society and Historic Lyme Village. For tickets, call 419-483-4949 or email: email@example.com.
Where: 5001 OH-4, Bellevue, OH 44811
When: September 25, 6-10pm
Here’s a fun one! The 2021 Sandusky Donut Eating Contest will bring hilarity to the Roller Coaster Capital of the World! Taking the place of the usual HALF-K race, contestants will have 5 minutes to eat as many donuts as they can, with the help of water and their hands – oh boy! Contestant fee is $35 and Spectator fee is $20. 100% of ALL registration proceeds will go directly to Ability Works, Inc. Along with the thrill of the contest, you’ll love the two drink tickets for each contestant and spectator redeemable for any beer on tap or non-alcoholic beverage available (must be over 21 for alcohol), Dozens of Donuts, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a DJ!
Where: Bait House Brewery, 225 Meigs St., Sandusky, OH 44840
When: October 9, 2021 – 11am-3pm
Quarry Hill Orchards has TWO great events happening this fall – Apple Peak Harvest Celebration and the Antique Tractor Show. The tractor show takes place October 9th-10th, 2021 – hosted by Quarry Hill, the Early Days Gas Engine and Tractor Association presents the show, with tractors from times past, as well as early machines, broom-making, rug-weaving, a kiddie tractor-pull and much more! The Apple Peak Harvest Celebration is October 16, full of things to do such as apple picking, farmers market, live music, food trucks, hayrides, wine tasting, crafts, local shops, and, or course, so much more.
Where: 8403 Mason Rd., #1, Berlin Heights, OH 44814
When: Tractor Show – October 8-9, 2021, – 10am-5pm / Harvest Celebration – October 16, 9am-3pm
Finally, for those who like a like spine-tingling on an October evening, Spirit Stories at Spiegel Grove happens just before Halloween! Take a lantern tour through the dark woods to the historic Hayes home while hearing spooky stories – warm your chilled bones by a roaring campfire while you relish popcorn, cider and hot chocolate. wile at the museum, get a photo with a phantom and thrill to the special exhibit “Ohio: An Unnatural History” that features mythical creatures, ghost stories and more from across Ohio. Tours take place 7-10pm and advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. Tickets are $15 for non-members and $10 for Hayes Presidential members.
Where: Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420 – 419-332-2081
When: October 29, 2021. 7pm – 10pm
Autumn adventures are yours to be had when you visit Angel Welcome Bed & Breakfast!