It’s already a beautiful June in Richland County, and the folks at Destination Mansfield – Richland County invite you to head outside and experience several wonderful seasonal events.
Here is what is on offer for the remainder of this month:
Markets and More. Nice weather means the return of farmers’ markets, flea markets, outdoor shopping, and more. Grab your market tote and head to the North End Farmer’s Market (June 10, 17, 24) at the NECIC Urban Farm. Explore the offerings of local merchants during the First Friday Shop Hop (June 4) in historic Downtown Mansfield. Shop for non-invasive plants that will thrive in your local garden at the Native Plant Sale (June 15) at Richland Soil and Water Conservation District Offices. A native plant expert will be available to answer all your questions and offer suggestions and inspiration. Hunt for treasures and collectibles at the Mansfield Flea Market & Antiques Show (June 26-27) at the Richland County Fairgrounds. A DIYer’s dream, salvage pieces for antique, vintage, farmhouse, and shabby chic décor at the Pickers Market (June 19) at the Prairie Peddler Festival Grounds.
The Main Attractions. There’s a reason visitors flock to these attractions when they’re in Richland County. Rediscover what’s in your own backyard or book a return trip to make new memories with a special event.
At Malabar Farm State Park, the historic mansion and working farm of Pulitzer Prize-Winner, Louis Bromfield, special events, including Big House Tours and Wagon Tours, are back! This month, nature lovers 12 and up can learn to create doodles inspired by the natural lines of nature at Nature Doodling (June 12).
At Charles Mill Lake, a picturesque lake a short drive from downtown Mansfield, kids of all ages are invited to Kid’s Day (June 12) at Charles Mill Marina. This free event includes cruise boat rides, games, fishing lessons, arts and crafts, free fishing poles and bait for the first 30 kids, 12 and under, and much more.
At Pleasant Hill Lake Park, a family-friendly destination in Perrysville, the new WhoaZone opened on Memorial Day Weekend. The WhoaZone offers hourly and all-day passes to this action-packed floating ninja course and shaded seating rentals. Book now for a full day of active entertainment that’s great for the whole family.
At Ohio Bird Sanctuary, a 90-acre nature preserve and bird rehabilitation facility, summer camps are back! At Summer Junior Explorers Camp (June 22-23), children 4-6 will explore the natural world through nature hikes, animal encounters and more. At the Summer Nature Camps (June 16-18), kids 6-12 will discover nature during three days of themed activities. June’s theme is Nature Detectives.
At Gorman Nature Center, a natural playground of 150 acres of forests, prairie, ponds, and streams, stop by for Archeology Day (June 26).
At the historic Ohio State Reformatory, a decommissioned prison known for its architectural significance and its use in Hollywood films, explore haunted encounters with its former inhabitants at the Public Ghost Walks (June 25) and the Public Ghost Hunts (June 26). For a ghost hunting experience you won’t forget, get LOCKED in the Ohio State Reformatory (June 12) with veteran paranormal investigator and star of the Travel Channel’s “Paranormal Caught on Camera,” Brian J. Cano.