Labor Day Weekend Full of Fairs, Festivals

(Toledo, OH) There are a number of fairs and festivals across Northwest Ohio this Labor Day weekend.

Port Clinton will play host to the Perch, Peach, Pierogi, and Polka festival, which runs today through Sunday. The Knights of Columbus will offer a menu of yellow perch sandwiches, peach cobbler, pierogis, and Polish sausage. Free polka lessons will be offered throughout the weekend, because the three-day festival prominently features polka bands and dancing. Admission is $3.

The Milan Melon Festival starts tomorrow and runs through Labor Day. The town square of the Erie County village will be filled with live music, family-friendly activities, and a large craft show. The highlight is melon ice cream, made from actual watermelons. There’s a grand parade Sunday afternoon.

The Ottoville Park Carnival runs Saturday and Sunday in that Putnam County community. Events include water balloon dodgeball, wiffleball, cornhole and volleyball tournaments, along with  a park carnival Olympics. There’s a beer garden, root beer socials each day, and free taxi rides home in the evening.

Glandorf Parkfest runs today and tomorrow in that Putnam County Community. The two-day event at Glandorf Park features Turtle Races Friday night a Turtle Trot 5-K and Little Turtle Fun Walk Saturday morning. Live music and a beer garden are a big part of the festivities both evenings. Saturday activities include horseshoe and cornhole tournaments, a bean soup lunch, a chicken barbecue, and 10-thousand dollar reverse raffle.

One of Ohio’s biggest county fairs kicks off a week-long run today. The Fulton County Fair is big enough to even rival the Ohio State Fair in some people’s minds—and its location along the Ohio Turnpike in Wauseon and Labor Day weekend run only add to the large crowds. Musical entertainment includes grandstand concerts by country singer Travis Tritt and 80’s rockers Loverboy and Survivor, plus a free 50’s and 60’s concert by the Van Dells. Other grandstand events include a demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, drag racing, and harness racing. Fulton County kids get a four-day weekend with the day off from school Tuesday for junior fair day.

The Hancock County Fair also continues through Labor Day weekend in Findlay. Drag racing eliminations are tonight's featured grandstand entertainment. A rodeo and horse team pulls are Saturday night's grandstand events. Sunday will feature a tractor pull and ninja warrior competition. The fair closes Labor Day with an afternoon demolition derby and junior fair livestock sale.

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