By Kevin Williams
There is something splendid about autumn in Ohio's Amish County, of which Wayne County is a key part of. We often think of Holmes County as the hub of Ohio's Amish country and it is, but neighboring Wayne County is a close, close second and they have plenty of ways to enjoy the area, so I'll share this press release from the fine folks in Wayne County:
It’s no secret that Central Ohio is known as one of the best places to view the changing colors of autumn. Pair this with the scenic back roads of Amish Country and you’ve found yourself a picturesque match made in heaven.
Wayne County likes to celebrate fall in a grand style with festivals, tractor pulls, farm tours and car shows.
Here is a sample of some harvest season celebrations.
· Fall Fun Festival at P. Graham in Dunn, Dalton on Oct 3
· Apple Festival Days at Bauman Orchards on Oct 3
· Autumn Discovery Day at Secrest Arboretum in Wooster on Oct 3
· Apple Dumpling Weekend at Whispering Hills Campground in Shreve on Oct 3 & 4
· Colonial Williamsburg Festival at Pine Tree Barn & farm in Wooster on Oct 3 & 4
· Enchanted Forest at Wilderness Center in Wilmot on Oct 9 and 10
· Winery Harvest Festival at Troutman Vineyards in Wooster on Oct 10
· Community Heritage Day on James Road in Moreland on Oct 10 & 11
· Farm Tour in Southwest Wayne County on Oct 10-11
· Bucket & Beans Car Show at the Historical Society in Marshallville on Oct 17
· Apple Butter Making at Smithville Historical Society on Oct 17
· Kidron Beet Festival in Sonnenberg Village on Oct 17
· Fall Festival at Ramseyer Farms in Wooster on Oct 31
Secrest Arboretum, part of The Ohio State University’s Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, is the perfect place to view the changing colors. Open daily from dawn to dusk, you are invited to hike or bike the many trails or take a leisurely stroll through one of its gardens.
Organize a family outing to Ramseyer Farms Maze Adventures and Pumpkin Patch this fall. You can make friends with the farm animals, get lost in one of their many mazes, shoot a potato in the spud slinger, take a hayride into the fields to pick the perfect pumpkin or just sit back and enjoy the scenery while munching on a bag of freshly made potato chips. Visit them online at ramseyerfarms.com.
Nothing tastes as good as an apple fresh from the tree and Wayne County’s pick-your-own orchards won’t disappoint offering special dwarf size apple trees so everyone in your family can experience the delight of picking an apple right from the tree. Our Farms & Farmers’ Market section of our brochure lists hours and weekend festival dates for these farm attractions