April 27 - 28, 2017

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Trick or Treat Nights throughout Knox County

Thursday, October 27 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 28 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Apple Valley, with Trick or Trunk @ Floral Valley Center (Members ONLY)

Monday, October 31 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Mount Vernon

Monday, October 31 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


Hagan's House of Horrors

Open every Friday & Saturday evening in October

Enter if you dare . . . and beware.  This black-out maze is not for the faint of heart!  Recommended for ages 16 and older.  Find more information by visiting www.haganshouseofhorrors.com


Going trick-or-treating?

Remember these important safety tips, courtesy of the CDC:

letter s  Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

letter a  Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

letter f  Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

letter e  Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.


letter h  Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. WALK and don't run from house to house.

letter a  Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

letter l  Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

letter l  Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

letter o  Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

letter w  Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

letter e  Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

letter e  Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

letter n  Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.


September 10, 2016

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Find out more about the 2016 Knox County Barn Tour here: www.knoxlandmarks.org

The Knox County Barn Tour is a bi-annual event highlighting historic barns in Knox County. The five historic barns on this year's tour, one of which received the 2013 Barn of the Year Award from Friends of Ohio Barns, are a convenient drive starting and ending in Mount Vernon, driving northwest and east, to cover a 25 mile triangle. Enjoy the beautiful views at all the barns.

There will be a barn dance following the tour from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Barn Company (19260 Hopwell Road, Mount Vernon).  Admission is FREE!

Every two years since 2008 the Knox County Renaissance Foundation has produced a  barn tour, and every time the attendance has doubled from the previous tour. In 2012  approximately 600 people visited 5 barns. Twenty five historic barns have been opened to the public for the one day event in the past three events. No barns have ever been repeated.  There has never been a charge for this event which is held to celebrate the cultural heritage of Knox County.  Any proceeds from the event however go to further the mission of KCRF and toward the ongoing conservation of the historic IOOF Building at 112-114 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, the home and restoration project of KCRF.

This year's stops include:

To be announced!

powwowJuly 8-10, 2016 & September 16-18, 2016

Pow-Wow time is the Native American people's way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones.  This is a time to renew thought of the old ways, and to preserve a rich heritage.

There are several different stories of how the Pow-Wow was started.  Some believe that the war dance societies of the Ponca and other Southern Plains tribes were the origin of the Pow-Wow.  Another belief is that when the Native Americans were forced onto reservations, the government also forced them to have dances for the public to come and see.  Before each dance, they were led through the town in a parade, which is the beginning of the Grand Entry.


ohiolinaSeptember 17-18, 2016

Ohiolina is a celebration of the music and culture rooted in the I-77 corridor from Ohio to North Carolina. Exhibiting a deep love of Ohio and North Carolina and all ground in between, Ohiolina aims to celebrate the unique traditions of the region: folk, bluegrass and the local culinary movements.

The musical influence of the region - a portion of Appalachia dotted with mining towns and anchored by two states with robust creative economies - brings us the banjo, fiddle, and the guitar, all traditional Appalachian instruments. The culinary influence of the region brings us local farming - a trend for some, but a long-established way of life for those in the agriculturally-rich regions of North Carolina and Ohio.

Two states with similar histories and each with unique contributions to music and culture, North Carolina and Ohio are brought together at Ohiolina, an intentional, creative, and educational celebration of our region's most beloved traditions.

Ohiolina Music Festival is a family-friendly celebration that takes place at Ariel-Foundation Park, a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience to visitors of all ages, just south of Mount Vernon's historic downtown.

Ohilina is proud to donate a portion of proceeds to the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, as well as the Science Play-Space Initiative.