History & Tourism

Fall Road Trip: Woosterfest!

24 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year, we’re going to add a handful of Fall Road Trip ideas to our usual staple of Summer Road Trips. Each provides Richland Countians with an easy day trip idea that features something unique and different.

As always, we remind our readers that Richland County itself if full of interesting things to see and do. For the latest information on those places, visit the website of Destination Mansfield – Richland County.

It’s an easy drive east along US30 to the nearby city of Wooster, home to that annual combination of fun, food, and festivity known as Woosterfest.

This year’s 39th Annual edition is a free family event will serve as a kick-off to fall, and will take place on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1.

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History & Tourism

Saturday Is Public Lands Day In Ohio

22 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites everyone to spend this Saturday at a state park, nature preserve, forest, or wildlife area, to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 24.  The day is designated to celebrate the connection between people and the great outdoors, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage the use of open space for education, recreation, and healthy living.

“Ohio is home to the best outdoor recreation in the country and National Public Lands Day is the perfect excuse to enjoy it,” said Governor Mike DeWine.  “Whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking, or just sightseeing, I hope everyone can make time to get out and experience Ohio’s natural beauty this weekend.”

ODNR has a variety of places where people can enjoy National Public Lands Day – for free!

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All About Richland

Arts And Culture To Fill Central Park

15 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Arts and Culture Festival will be filing Central Park this Saturday with treats for the eye, ear, and taste buds.

The event, an annual celebration of the arts in Richland County, showcases local artists and other wonderful area talent. Hours are 11 AM to 6 PM.

This year’s them is “Everyone Is An Artist.”

On hand will be area artists in paint/glass/fiber/wood/clay/ and more, demonstrations, awards, an SFX artist, food, and music.

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History & Tourism

Fall Road Trip: It’s All About Lego!

13 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year, we’re going to add a handful of fall trip ideas to our usual staple of Summer Road Trips. Each provides Richland Countians with an easy day trip idea that features something unique and different.

As always, we remind our readers that Richland County itself if full of interesting things to see and do. For the latest information on those places, visit the website of Destination Mansfield – Richland County.

Today, we’re taking a trip to Ohio’s Capital City to take in two attractions that highlight the magic of Lego.

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Ohio Heritage Days Combines Crafts And History

11 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

One of Ohio’s largest free outdoor craft and living history festivals will be happening later this month at Malabar Farm.

Ohio Heritage Days, which has a goal of promoting and preserving past knowledge while looking as well at the future of farming, will be taking place on September 24 and 25.

Included will be 75 exhibitors featuring crafts; live music; Civil War and pioneer demonstrations; draft horses; educational displays; wagon rides; antique tractors; and much more. Be sure to bring some cash for purchases of food and/or craft items as not all vendors have credit card access.

Speaking of food, up to 12 food booths are expected.

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All About Richland

Seussical, Jr. This Weekend On The Ren Stage

8 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Youth Theatre (“MY Theatre”) will present Seussical, Jr. on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre September 9, 10, and 11 as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Performances will take place at 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 PM on Sunday. Dauphne Maloney directs the show with musical direction by Brian K. Nabors. Tickets are $15, general admission, and are on sale now at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone, and online at rentickets.org

A free sensory-friendly performance of Seussical, Jr. will be offered Saturday, September 10 at 1 PM for families of individuals with special needs. Interested individuals must register for their free tickets by visiting or calling the Renaissance Box Office at (419) 522-2726. A limited number of tickets is available for the sensory-friendly performance and no walk-ups will be accommodated.

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History & Tourism

Nine Historic Sites In Three Counties Opening For Free This Month

4 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Open Doors is back, the very successful statewide event that opens the doors to dozens of sites that connect Ohioans to their past.

The event takes place between September 9 to September 18, during which time building and landmark owners and operators open to the public for special tours and programs – all at no charge. It’s an opportunity to celebrate Ohio’s architecture and history.

North central Ohio is well represented, with nine sites open in Ashland, Crawford, and Richland Counties. 

The two Richland County experiences are included.

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History & Tourism

September Events & Happenings

3 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Search for bigfoot, take a peek inside Mansfield’s architectural gems not normally open to the public, and sip Ohio wines while strolling the grounds of Kingwood Center Gardens.  Summer may be officially over, but the fun events keep going with Mansfield’s September happenings and events!

Attend the Kingwood Wine Walk on September 10th and sample wines from around Ohio, listen to live music, and munch on tasty morsels from the on-site food trucks.

The Prairie Peddler Festival returns on September 24 & 25. This large artisan show is held in the rolling hills of Butler, featuring delicious food, live music and over 200 exhibitors peddling their hand-made wares in this outdoor marketplace.

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Summer Road Trip Special: Coming To Cedar Point In 2023

23 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

One of the world’s greatest amusement parks is located within only an hour and a half of Richland County, and generations of locals have ridden its roller coasters, gotten wet on its water rides, and eaten delicious fair food.

From time to time, we have brought our readers news of new developments announced for Cedar Point. Earlier this month, news was shared of a diverse set of new attractions for family fun coming in 2023.

The excitement and nostalgia of Cedar Point’s classic lakeside experience will be celebrated in a whole new way in 2023 when the park opens The Boardwalk, a new themed area just steps away from the very Lake Erie shoreline that made Cedar Point famous. The Boardwalk is a modern interpretation of the Cedar Point of yesteryear. New ride, dining and entertainment experiences for the entire family will round out the improvements coming to the former Lakeside Midway.

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Turn Back The Clock And Rev The Engines: It’s Cruise-In Time

21 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s an annual opportunity to step back in time, listen to classic tunes, and who knows… maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of your 20-year-old self by a car from your past (or your parents’ past)!

The 25th annual Heart of the City Cruise In is set for this Saturday, August 27 from 8 AM to 4 PM. The streets of downtown Mansfield will again be lined with vintage automobiles with the adjacent sidewalks featuring family-friendly fare including an art show.

Show hours are from noon until 6:00 PM, with awards being given at 5:30 PM. Dash plaques will be available.

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trips: It’s All About Ohio At This Festival

18 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. For the first time in two years, we’re sharing events taking place in-person, although by all means please all ahead and verify what social distancing, masking, etc. We call these Summer Road Trips.

Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

There’s nothing Michigan-esque or Indiana-ish during the Made in Ohio Art & Craft Festival.

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Fantastic Final Friday Weekend

18 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

A jam-packed few days are in store for the Fantastic Final Friday Weekend in Mansfield full of vintage cars, famous airplanes, and live country music. Whether you call Richland County home, or are just visiting, you’ll be wowed by the amazing opportunities to make memories with family and friends on this late-summer weekend.

Airport Day and Vintage Planes

For lovers of historic aircraft – or just flying in general — Mansfield Lahm Airport Day, Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9-3 offers a chance to experience all that’s new at Mansfield Airport. Kids who’ve never flown before will get hooked on flying with free Eagle Flights. Skilled pilots share their passion and knowledge before taking off in a small plane, letting kids experience the closest thing to soaring like an eagle as they climb into the clouds.

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Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY Sale Starts Tomorrow

10 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s that time of the year when many yards in this part of Ohio sprout tables, chairs, and acres and acres of items to sell.

It’s the Lincoln Highway BUY-WAY, an event which has taken its place among Ohio’s favorite summer traditions. For over twenty years, the venerable Lincoln Highway is the place to go for bargains, food, and fun.

This year’s BUY-WAY takes place from 8 AM to 5 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

According to promotional material, “The idea of the BUY-WAY Yard Sale is to bring people to rediscover the lesser traveled path of the original Lincoln Highway, once a bustling road that began connecting America by automobiles, and changed the way we travel today. This event encourages small businesses to gain revenues through increased tourism. This activity helps the local economy.”

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Colors And Corners Of A Richland August

9 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Classic cars, vintage planes, and country music take center stage in August in Mansfield.  The month is also for fairs, festivals, and one last hurrah before the kids head back to school! 

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store thanks to our friends at Destination Mansfield – Richland County.

Festivals Galore

For local flavor, enjoy the Richland County Fair (Aug 7-13), an event some in the community look forward to year-round for the rides and the fair food. Don’t forget to check out the livestock shows & sales and support those who participate in the Junior Fair.

What says summer better than blueberries?  The Lexington Blueberry Festival celebrates their 20th anniversary this year featuring amusement rides, food vendors, live entertainment, a car and bike show, a pageant, a 5K, and, of course, blueberries!

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Shiloh Ox Roast Boasts A Whole Lot Of Beef

26 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

10,000 pounds of beef is a lot of cow!

That is what’s on offer this year at the 56th Annual Fireman’s Ox Roast in Shiloh, an event that will look quite a bit like it has in years past — and which will taste just as good!

A full lineup of food will be on hand, including sales of beef, baked beans, potato salad, hot dogs, cake, and pie — and other food vendors will be on hand as well.

The fun will take place on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30. Bulk sales of meat, baked beans, and potato salad will take place at the fire station on Delaware Street. Food will be served from 11 AM to 9 PM each day.

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