Below, Kristian from OhioFestival.net shares the details about three upcoming Winter Festivals. Read below and mark your calendars so you can attend and enjoy a funnel cake or two! And be sure to visit his blog, OhioFestivals.net and Like Ohio Festivals on Facebook.
Although the smell of funnel cakes may not be as apparent in the wintertime, there are still Ohio festivals taking place.
Of course, some of these colder month activities are set up indoors, but not all of them. Some of them take advantage of the winter conditions for seasonal activities, food and fun!
Here are three interesting Northeast Ohio festivals that you may or may not know about…
1. Brite Winter Festival
Brite Winter Festival – Saturday, February 16 – Cleveland: Possibly the most popular of the three, thanks to its hip Ohio City location, its novelty value (this is the 4th year), and its younger crowd. There are winter games, food trucks, a roaring fire to help you thaw out and some great music and art. Make sure to also get a festival map to see what area businesses are taking part in the festival since they often offer various festival discounts and specials. My review of last year's festival can be found at http://ohiofestivals.net/1-brite-winter-festival-revisited-cleveland-february-18-2012/
2. Medina Ice Festival
Medina Ice Festival – Saturday February 16-Sunday February 17: This is a nice festival to admire the various ice sculptures placed around the square and in front of all the area businesses in town. In fact, the sculptures are used as bait to lure festival goers into stores for shopping and local restaurants for grub. Take the bait! Medina is a cute town and fun to explore. I recommend a hot dog with chilli and Fritos at Dan's Dogs. My review of 2011's festival can be found at http://ohiofestivals.net/4-medina-ice-festival-february-19-2011/
3. Buzzard Sunday
Buzzard Sunday – Sunday March 17 – Hinckley: Every year on March 15th, the buzzards return to Hinckley, Ohio and there have been people awaiting their return each time since 1957. During the Sunday after this event, a small festival takes place on the Hinckley Reservation where there are buzzard gifts, buzzard food (only in name, thankfully) and actual buzzards to see up close. With live entertainment, presentations and plenty of photo ops, this is a fun and educational family event to check out. My review of 2011's festival can be found at http://ohiofestivals.net/7-buzzard-sunday-hinckley-march-20-2011/
Also, if you feel like driving a bit out of the area and exploring an entire different world of sorts, may I suggest the Arnold Sports Festival (Thursday February 28 – Sunday March 3) in Columbus? This huge event is like an athletic sports show + sports competition + fitness trick-or-treat all rolled into one. Body builders, models and celebrity athletes call festival goers to check out their booths as they sell protein shakes, protein bars, exercise equipment/gear and various other products. Meanwhile, most booths are passing out samples and it's not unlikely to be leaving with an entire bag of powders, supplements and even protein pudding (I kid you not). Read my review to get a better grasp of this interesting event at http://ohiofestivals.net/6-the-arnold-sports-festival-columbus-march-5-2011/
I hope you were able to find something extra to do this winter. Even more winter festivals can be found on my festival page at http://ohiofestivals.net/festival-schedule/. Please be sure to check it out!
Kristian Campana is the creator and writer of OhioFestivals.net, a blog where he has documented nearly 250 festivals in Ohio since 2009. He resides in Oberlin with his wife Julia and their 3 month old son Max, who will most likely become a funnel cake junkie.