2017 Board of Trustees

Knox County Commissioners

Teresa Bemiller, Thom Collier, Roger Reed

Knox County Convention & Visitor Bureau Board of Trustees:

Board Chair - Barb Barry, The Alcove Restaurant
Board Vice Chair - Barbara Kakiris, Kenyon College
Board Secretary - Pat Crow, CVB Executive Director
Board Treasurer - Larry Grindle, Zelkowitz, Barry & Cullers

Board Members:

Barney Cochran - Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Thom Collier - Knox County Commissioners
Bill Conrad - Wally Road Byway
Jonette Curry - Knox County Auditor
John Curtis - Knox County Fair Board
Lorraine Davis - Buckeye Stoves, Village of Fredericktown
Jerry Day - Mayor, Village of Fredericktown
Will Houston – Kenyon Inn
Chuck Kindel - Woodward Development Corporation
Liz Lutwick - Mount Vernon News
Richard Morey - Knox County Agricultural Museum
Gloria Parsisson - Heart of Ohio Trail
Dan Robinson - Township Representative
Susan Ramser - Ramser Arboretum
Jan Reynolds – Ariel Foundation
Matt Starr - I-CONN Video Production
Wally Thomen - Centerburg Oldtime Farm Festival
Nancy Vail - City of Mount Vernon
Ann Wobbecke - Mohican Wilderness


The Kokosing Gap Trail

The Kokosing Gap Trail is nicely paved and provides a wonderful path for walking, jogging, biking and rollerblading. This 14-mile recreational trail was built on the former Pennsylvania Railroad bed. The Trail begins in Mount Vernon and winds itself to Danville via Gambier and Howard.

The Trail makes an ideal place for vigorous exercise. It's easy to note distances and to mark progress in physical fitness programs. On the other side of the coin, the Trail can be used for a leisurely walk. It's not uncommon to see deer, hear the gobbles of wild turkeys or see a blue heron skimming the top of the river looking for food.

In spring and summer, the wild flowers provide a beautiful border for the softly rolling hills and cultivated fields. As the seasons change, so does the scenery along the path. Summer greens give way to the bright oranges, reds and browns of autumn and then again to the dull-beauty of winter.

The Chesapeake & Ohio caboose #90776 is permanently parked at the Gambier stop. This caboose was built in November 1924 by the Standard Steel Car Company of Baltimore, Maryland and was active until 1979. In October 1997, it was donated to the Kokosing Gap Trail.

The caboose was in poor condition and required serious repairs. Volunteers from the community constructed a new sub-floor, oak floor, double-pane windows and a seamless rubber roof. It was given a fresh coat of paint and now sits proudly beside the Trail as a reminder of the past and the importance that rail travel played in U.S. history.

The basic rules to follow while using the Trail are:

  • Stay to the right.
  • When passing, pass to the left.
  • Keep pets on a leash and off the trail surface.
  • Be alert at intersections.
  • Don't trespass (private property borders the path)
  • No alcohol.
  • Don't litter.
  • No horses or motorized vehicles.

For more information, including a map of the trail, visit www.kokosinggaptrail.com

oldtime farming

September 17-18, 2016

Those visiting Centerburg during the Oldtime Farming Festival will want to stop by Memorial Park, where the Festival is held, and experience the fun of the olden days. When entering the festival grounds, smells such as apple butter and ham 'n' bean soup will greet festival-goers and create a welcome feeling, but the food is only a small part of this exciting event!

Each year, large crowds come to see the square dancing tractors. The tractors are driven to square dance music as a caller gives directions. The Festival is also home to an antique tractor and farm machinery show. The show is ranked the largest in central Ohio. There are tractors as far as the eye can see.

Visitors of all ages will find plenty to keep them entertained during the Festival. The Kid's Corner, an area of the park set aside for children, offers a wide variety of activities. One event popular with the children is the Tootsie Roll in the Hay contest. This event involves children searching through stacks of hay to find the Tootsie Rolls. There is a petting zoo for animal lovers and a contest tent where adults and children can compete in such contests as apple peeling, watermelon seed spitting, nail driving, arm wrestling, longest beard and ciphering. There is also a euchre tournament available both days of the Festival.

Visitors to the Centerburg area won't want to miss this two-day celebration on the third weekend of September! For more information, visit their website at www.oldtimefarmingfestival.org.

2016comicxmasSunday, November 27, 2016

Walk Downtown from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Christmas Parade along Main Street at 2:30 p.m.

The holiday season in Mount Vernon is filled with many activities for the family. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Mount Vernon celebrates the start of the Christmas season with its annual Christmas Walk and Parade.

The Christmas Parade features many entries decorated to fit the theme of the year.  This year's theme is Comic Strip Christmas. Santa makes his grand appearance at the Parade with the procession beginning at the Buckeye Candy Building. Come early to enjoy the Christmas Walk with the Heritage Centre district shopping and activities starting at 1:00 pm. 

The fun continues with Downtown stores open for visitors to shop, browse, or just get ideas for Christmas gifts. Chestnuts, roasted on an open fire, are available with coffee, hot chocolate and kettle corn. A Carousel and a Holiday Train will be giving rides around the streets of downtown Mount Vernon.

Music of the season fills the area when choral groups carol while strolling down the streets and various local musicians perform at designated spots along the Walk. Those wanting to experience the history of Mount Vernon will have a chance to tour our historic landmark, the Woodward Opera House.

At the end of the day, everyone is invited to partake in Caroling and the lighting of the Christmas Tree. This tradition that you won't want to miss, with the addition of new lights on the large evergreen across from City Hall.

Visitors to Mount Vernon during the Christmas season will experience the joy and warmth of the people of Mount Vernon at the Christmas Walk and Parade.

July 25 - August 1, 2015

swon brothersThe Knox County Fairgrounds didn't start out to be a place for the fair. What was once known as the Lake Hiawatha Park and Resort officially opened in 1895. During the early 1900s, Hiawatha was a very popular vacation spot. People would come from all over the state of Ohio to stay in cottages that overlooked the lake. Single rooms could be rented for $3.50 a week or $10.00 a month. Suites were also available for rent for $5.00 a week or $16.00 a month. Some of the activities that the park offered were a dining hall, a carousel, boathouse, pony rides, bowling alley, tennis court, croquet, horse track, and a casino.

So where was the Knox County Fair originally held? The first Fair was held at the home of William Bonar in 1847. Next, it was held at the county courthouse. During the 1850s, land was purchased north of Coshocton Avenue and east of Park Street. The Fair was held in this area for 40 years! In the mid 1890s, the Knox County Agricultural Society began to rent land from Hiawatha. Lake Hiawatha Park and Resort closed down in 1918. In the late 1920s the Knox County Commissioners bought the land for $9,000. The land has been the home of the Knox County Fairgrounds ever since.

Today, the Knox County Fair highlights the awareness of agriculture as an important and continuing industry in the county. Each year the Knox County Fair places a strong emphasis on youth activities and accomplishments. The Fair is host to a variety of junior fair activities ranging from 4-H booths to animal showmanship competitions to the crowning of fair royalty. Come and join us for fun at the Knox County Fair!

Knox County Fairgrounds
125 Fairgrounds Road
Mount Vernon, Ohio

Fair Location: The Knox County Fairgrounds are just north of Mount Vernon on SR 3. Fairgrounds Road crosses SR 3 at a blinking caution light. The Fairgrounds are immediately west of SR 3 on Fairgrounds Road.

For more information about the Knox County Fair or to view their calendar of events, please visit their website at www.knoxcountyfair.org or call the Knox County Fair Board at 740-397-0484.