History & Tourism

Malabar Hosts Heritage Days Festival

20 Sep , 2019  

Celebrate the harvest season at the 43rd annual Ohio Heritage Days Festival at Malabar Farm State Park. Hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), this popular festival is one of Ohio’s largest free outdoor craft and living-history festivals. This family event will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Highlights of the festival include traditional crafters that feature their works in weaving, woodworking, spinning, quilting, and broom making. The event also showcases a range of 18th-century demonstrations, such as blacksmithing, musket shooting, and pioneer cooking.

Local vendors will be on hand offering a variety of foods including a wide variety of sandwiches, root beer floats, Amish meats and cheeses, bean soup, funnel cakes, and more. Additionally, Malabar’s smokehouse will be operational, and naturalists will be offering free samples each day at 1:00 PM.

Other displays and events:

~Free tours by knowledgeable volunteers of the Big House’s first floor during the festival from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
~The Malabar Antique Tractor Club will display vintage Willis jeeps, antique tractors, antique engines, and farm memorabilia.
~The Johnny Appleseed Archeologist Chapter will be in the main barn on Sunday during the festival with various Native American artifacts on display.
~The Spirit of Friends Antique and Primitive show features crafters and antique booths around the visitor center and in the main barn on Saturday.

Continuing a longtime tradition, a free square dance will be held on Saturday from 7:00 to 10:00 PM in the main barn beside the Big House. Experienced and beginner dancers are welcome. There is a $1 admission to the dance for those age 12 and older.

Malabar Farm State Park is located at 4050 Bromfield Road in Lucas. Call 419-892-2784 for more information.

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