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We’re more than happy to
have you touristy folks stop on by and join us in our many celebrations. Here’s
a list of six to put on your schedule for next year.
6. The Ashtabula County
Covered Bridge Festival
Held every year when the
leaves change color in October, we are very proud of our eighteen covered
bridges. 2014 is the 31st festival and visitors aren’t just welcome,
they’re encouraged. The festival highlights them and you can do driving tours
to see them all. Each bridge usually has something set up to tickle your fancy,
from the great cheesecake over at South Denmark Bridge to the maple candies
over on Netcher Road. Stop on out and if you need more info, just check out the
website.
http://www.coveredbridgefestival.org
5. The Grape Jamboree
Come by to say hello to
Miss Grapette at our annual Grape Jamboree over in Geneva, Ohio. Since we have
a unique microenvironment here in northeast Ohio, we’re quite proud of our wine
country and are happy to share a glass of ice wine with you. Serving everything
from grape milkshakes to freshly picked grapes (the festival is a celebration
of the successful harvest, after all), the Jamboree happens in September of
every year and this year is the 51st festival. For more info, you
can check out the website
http://www.grapejamboree.com/
4. The Ashtabula County
Fair
Over at the fairgrounds
in the county seat, Jefferson, you can stop by in August for everything from
tractor pulls to the derby. You can munch on a wide variety of foods from local
vendors and Saturday night will be a concert of some sort.
http://www.ashtabulafair.com
3. The Great Lakes
Medieval Faire
If you’re interested in a
tournament, a joust, a life sized chess game or maybe just a turkey leg, the
Medieval Faire is the place to be. Grab a chalice and rent a costume from the
on-site costume vendor and drop back in time in weekends from July to August,
rain or shine.
http://www.medievalfaire.com/
2. The Streetlight Sale

With snow drifting in
puffy flakes and the whole town center lit up and music piping over invisible
speakers, it’s hard not to find your Christmas spirit in downtown Jefferson in
December. You can stop at local stores and shops and sign up to win a tree,
watch the parade go through town or even take a horse drawn ride through the
center of town.
1. The Strawberry
Festival/Jefferson Days
In pioneer days, the
local depot was a very important location. Visit our recreated historic village,
stop in the depot for some homemade strawberry shortcake or drive out to one of
the many strawberry farms and pick your own every June in Jefferson, Ohio.

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