By 1812Blockhouse

As in years past, 1812Blockhouse is sharing regular updates this summer in terms of events and attractions located within an easy driving distance of Richland County.

We always preface these ideas by reminding our readers that Richland County is home to a number of top notch places to visit. We highly recommend a visit to the website of Destination Mansfield – Richland County to discover what is in your own backyard.


The Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival at Hale Farm & Village is more than an event; it’s a showcase of Ohio’s creative heart. Scheduled for September 1-3, 2023, the festival brings together 190 vendors from across the state, celebrating the diversity of craftsmanship that thrives in Ohio’s cultural landscape.

From the intricate designs of jewelry artists to the earthy creations of potters, from carvers shaping beauty from raw wood to glass artists forming translucent marvels, the festival is a kaleidoscope of creativity. Soap and lotion makers mingle with quilters, offering a variety of unique craftwork that dazzles the eye and captivates the soul.

Culinary Delights and Local Flavors

But the festival isn’t just about the visual arts. The palate is also entertained with a variety of food vendors offering local flavors. Alongside the crafts, visitors can relish in the tastes of Ohio, from savory meals to sweet desserts. Local wines and beers add a special touch to the experience, connecting the festival’s guests with the rich agricultural heritage of the region.

Entertainment and Community Connection

Music, magic, storytelling – the festival offers entertainment that resonates with Ohio’s vibrant culture. The inclusion of Ohio musicians, magicians, and storytellers creates a lively atmosphere, enhancing the community feel of the festival.

A highlight of the entertainment lineup is the Akron Symphonic Winds, set to perform on Sunday, September 3 at 1 pm. Their music will fill the air, offering a symphonic complement to the visual and culinary artistry on display.

An Extension of Hale Farm & Village

The Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival is not just a separate event but an extension of what Hale Farm & Village represents. Guests can explore the historic trades, stroll through the historic buildings, and fully immerse themselves in the 19th-century life that Hale Farm & Village exemplifies.

A Community Favorite

Over the past 13 years, this event has become a cherished gathering for the community. The festival’s fusion of art, food, music, and history is a unifying experience, one that reflects Ohio’s shared values and artistic spirit.

With admission priced at $12 for adults and $6 for children, the festival is accessible to a wide audience, inviting all to partake in this celebration of Ohio’s creativity and heritage.

Hale Farm & Village can be reached via US30, I71, I271, and I77.

Click here for a Google Maps view of Hale Farm & Village.

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