Late summer and early fall are festival season in Ohio. In September alone there are well over 100 festivals, celebrating everything from fine arts to zucchini. If you’re willing to take a drive, you can salute the end of summer however it suits you.
Starting on Saturday, Sept. 5 with the parade at noon down U.S. Route 40 through West Jefferson, the Ox Roast is held in Garrette Park. It’s tfree full days of festival just a few minutes down the road from London.
Yes, there really is roasted meat to be had the last day of the festival. It is cooked pit-barbecue style by the same knowledgeable people every year. If barbecued pork isn’t your style (I can’t imagine) there are lots of food vendors set up around the park. There’s something for everyone. Rides and all sorts of talented folks are there for your end-of-summer entertainment. Get the whole scoop at www.westjeffoxroast.org.
I also try to hit Labor Neighbor Day on Monday, Sept. 7 in Upper Arlington’s Northam Park. This is easy enough to reach from any place in Central Ohio via Interstate 70 and Interstate 71 and State Routes 33 and 315. Upper Arlington is a northwest suburb of Columbus. Northam Park is 22 acres of green space right in the middle of town.
Two hundred artists bring their wares to a juried show featuring jewelry, paintings, fabric arts, pottery, sculpture, and just about anything else you can imagine that someone could make and someone else could buy. There is live entertainment (as if wandering among 200 booths of artisan goods wasn’t entertainment enough). Food vendors offer everything from corn on the cob, cheese, chili, cake, ice cream to pizza and lots more. For more information, go to www.uaoh.net/department/index.php?structureid=101.
If you go to Neighbor-Labor Day, go early to snag a parking place in nearby Tremont Center.
The Shekinah Festival is a well-known annual event held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Shekinah Christian School in Plain City. Known for its quilt auction and country-style food selections, all proceeds go to the school.
There are also lots of interesting entertainment and interactive fun opportunities. It’s a country kid’s paradise. Look for the petting zoo, a bounce house, pony rides, face painting, a barrel train and children’s craft stations. Apple butter cooks all day in a big pot. You can try some on a slab of good Amish bread. Here are all the particulars: shekinahchristianschool.com/shekinah-festival/.
Can’t make a festival for your weekend fun? Here’s a recipe that will taste like you did.
Not exactly doughnuts, not shaped like funnel cake. It’s festival food.
1 pound all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 cup to 1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Vegetable or peanut oil
Sift together all dry ingredients into a large bowl and add just enough water to make a dough.
Cut a small piece of dough and roll between your hands to form a 3 to 5-inch log.
In a large, heavy pot preheat 1 1/2 inches of oil to 350 degrees.
Fry pieces of dough, a few at a time, in preheated oil. Remove to drain on paper towels.
While hot, sprinkle with more granulated sugar.
Makes about 24.
Linda Conway Eriksson can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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