bluegrass lgSeptember 15-17, 2016

Grab your lawn chairs and come out for a great weekend of bluegrass music and fun!

The Mohican Bluegrass Festival starts today, September 13 and goes on through the weekend. The festival is located in a beautiful valley and has the greatest outdoor stage, the setting can't be beat. There will be plenty of entertainment for you and the whole family. The festival will be promoting some of the country's best high school bluegrass bands before the headliners which play on Friday and Saturday. Canoe the river early and enjoy all the wonderful music the rest of the day. There will be plenty of music, venders, and fun that you do not want to miss!

Although picnic tables and benches are present in the stage area, lawn chairs are highly recommended to keep you comfortable. Food vendors on-site, coolers welcome. Craft vendors on site and plenty of recreation in camp to help keep the kiddos entertained.

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Earth Day Festival

Earth Day Challenge 1/2 Marathon & 4-Mile Walk/Run

April 17, 2016

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Celebrate Earth Day and keep yourself and your world healthy, goals that go hand-in-hand.

The Brown Family Environmental Center at Kenyon College is proud to host the 10th Annual Earth Day Festival!  Earth Day is celebrated the world over to support the protection and healthy maintenance of the the environment.  The Earth Day Festival celebrates healthy living for ourselves and our world—two goals that go hand-in-hand.

The Earth Day Festival is held every year at the Kenyon Athletic Center, located at 222 Duff Street, Gambier.  The FREE event will be held Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and includes:

  • Over 90 exhibitors and vendors
  • Kid's activity zone, including Crunch Out Obesity demo with United Way
  • Live music by Goslee Reed and Kean
  • Farm market vendors & live farm animals
  • Local artisans offering up-cycled products
  • Free health screenings
  • Local food concessions by AVI, Kenyon's local food partner
  • Raffle to WIN A BICYCLE from Y-Not Cycling!
  • Earth Day 1/2 Marathon & 4-Mile Walk/Run finish line

A For more detail about all that the Earth Day Festival has to offer, visit the official website.

Under the banner "Healthy People, Healthy World," the Earth Day Festival is unique in that it features both environmental and health-related exhibitors.  You will come away from this event knowing just how these seemingly unrelated topics are in reality very much linked.

One way we can keep ourselves and our planet healthy is to purchase products made from recycled material.  This helps to clear the air by reducing pollution caused by manufacturing new products.

Bike It!

New this year is Bike It!  Visitors are encouraged to bike do something good for themselves and the planet by riding their bike to the Earth Day Festival!  The Knox County Park District will help launch your ride from the C. A. & C. Depot (501 South Main Street, Mount Vernon), and will give away helmets to the first 30 kids.  The 4-mile ride from the C. A. & C. Depot to the Earth Day Festival takes visitors along the scenic Kokosing Gap Trail.  All participants will receive cinch-sacks donated by the YMCA and water bottles donated by the Kenyon Book Store.

No bike?  No problem!  Event sponsor Y-Not Cycling will offer bike rentals (for a small donation) from the C. A. & C. Depot while they last!

For festival information, please call (740) 427-5052, or e-mail [email protected]

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Earth Day Challenge 1/2 Marathon & 4-Mile Run/Walk

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with your feet?  Participants of all abilities are invited to walk, run, or do a little of both.  Whether you're up to the challenge of a 1/2 Marathon or prefer a milder 4-mile race, this event will take you through historic Gambier and Kenyon College Campus, and some of Ohio's most scenic countryside along the Kokosing Gap Trail.

Start time is at 8:00 am.  For more information about the race and registration, visit, or contact Amanda Krampf at [email protected]


Mount Vernon is blessed with a unique mixture of architectural treasures that reflect the town's prosperity through nearly two centuries. The walking tour of historic homes will show some of Mount Vernon's most gracious structures. The tour will provide a wealth of information about Mount Vernon's architectural history and some of the characters that have lived within these lavish buildings.

The tour includes three streets that have been registered as historic districts through the National Register of Historic Places, North Main Street, East High Street, and East Gambier Street. It is obvious that the people, who own these homes, take great pride in them, making sure that the exteriors are as pristine as their lawns.

East Gambier Street

East Gambier Street is the first feature in the booklet, with over twenty listings this street is one of the most beautiful in the city. One of the first homes on the street is the Wolverton House, located at 106 East Gambier. This home is reminiscent of the huge antebellum plantation homes of the South. With its Ionic columns and gabled roof, it is a perfect example of the Greek Revival style of architecture. At 401 East Gambier is the Stamp Home, built in the 1840's with simple but elegant lines, this house is illustrative of Federal style architecture. The home is accentuated by the gardens of the current residents. Literally across the street is the Vance House, home to S.A. Vance. Vance, a retired sea captain, built the Gothic Revival Home in 1860.

East High Street

East High Street is the second feature in the booklet. With 32 listings this tour begins at the square. The Columbus Ewalt House, at 400 East High Street was built in 1906 in the Neo-Classical style of architecture. Ewalt a prominent judge died in 1942 and in 1947 the home was purchased and made into a nunnery. Further up the street past the Koons House, is the McIntire House, built in 1874 by Alfred R. McIntire, the home is an excellent example of the Second Empire style of architecture with its tell tale mansard roof. The McIntire family owned the home until the early 1960's. The Capitola, an apartment building that was built in the 1840's was moved in the early part of this century to three different locations. The central portion still known as the Capitola is located at, 307 East High Street and is an excellent example of Greek Revival architecture. The east wing and west wings were moved to different sections of the town and became private residences.

North Main Street

North Main Street is the third feature in the booklet. With 20 listings this tour begins at the square and includes three homes east of Main Street by two blocks, Round Hill, the Curtis-Seebarger House and the Curtis House. The sixth stop on the North Main Street tour is the Israel House, built in 1838, this unique one and a half story home was home to Samuel and Elizabeth Israel. Samuel Israel was a brick mason who studied law in the evenings and eventually became an attorney. Round Hill, located at the end of Lamartine Street, is perhaps Mount Vernon's most elite residence. Originally built in the 1850's Round Hill is the perfect example of the Italian Villa style of architecture. The parlor is 50 feet long and features a large bay window. The entryway is adorned with marble floors and boasts seventeen feet high ceilings. The dining room, renovated in the early part of the twentieth century is modeled after Theodore Roosevelt's dining room. Round Hill remains a private residence to this day.

For More Information

For a copy of the Mount Vernon Historic Homes Walking Tour contact the Knox County Historical Society Museum at 393-5247 or stop by at 875 Harcourt Road, Mount Vernon.

71st Annual Danville Lions Raccoon Dinner

Monday, February 2, 2015

In February of 1944, Clyde Banbury and Clyde Cornell started the first Raccoon Dinner. It was held in Clyde Banbury's basement with 30 in attendance. As the event evolved, speakers were included as part of the program. Most notable and outstanding include former Governor of Ohio Jim Rhodes and OSU Coach Woody Hayes.

This year's guest speaker is Kevin Schmidt - The Cheap Country Hick, comedian and author of Slice of Americana.  In his own words:

kevin schmidt“I have lived in Lovell OH. My entire life (other than five years when I was first married It took me a while to get my wife to move out in the sticks from the big city of Upper Sandusky (pop 6000). Our family came here and settled from Germany in the 1850´s in Lovell so we have not moved very far. I have three wonderful daughters, two good sons-in-law, three wonderful grandchildren, (especially when you can spoil them and send them home) and a wife of thirty three -plus years, who deserves a medal for putting up with me. I’m the last person anybody would ever thought would have written a book but one day looking at all the notes I had taken it dawned on me this would make a great rural humor book. I have traveled throughout North America on trips and meetings. I´ve work in our family Ag business (Schmidt Machine) 30 plus years selling to farmers and listening to all those stories. (Many many!) Doing standup comedy has brought me into contact with a broad range of people from farmers to corporate executives and believe me they all have a story.”

Raccoon is served as the entree coupled with a full course setting of mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, raccoon gravy, cake, and a generous serving of fresh homemade cornbread. The participants come from all over the United States and Canada to attend this famous event.

The Raccoon Dinner is held at St. Luke's Community Center (7 West Rambo Street, Danville), followed by the special guest speaker program across the street in the Danville High School Auditorium.

Dinner is served continuously from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or until the raccoon runs out)

Devil Land Jazz Band will perform beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the High School auditorium

Kevin Schmidt will begin his program at 7:00 p.m.

Cost of Dinner: $11 for adults, $8 for children

Program Ticket: DONATION

50/50 Drawings will be held every half-hour, and there will be a raffle for a 12-Gauge KSG (Kel-Tec Shotgun) (must be 18-years or older).  Raffle tickets may be purchased at the door.

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October 1 & 2, 2016 from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For more than 40 years, agricultural awareness has been the aim of the Heart of Ohio Tour. The Tour is held the first weekend in October each year and serves to heighten the awareness of visitors concerning agriculture in Knox County. The organizations and businesses spotlighted open their doors to the public to inform visitors of the workings of the business. Demonstrations of farm and factory machinery give visitors an idea of what goes into the agri-business industry. Business owners and operators are available to answer any questions that may come up about their operation. Granges and other organizations often open their doors to visitors so they can inform them about their activities. Volunteer fire departments and emergency care units are also available to share information about the services offered and give tours of their facilities. The Heart of Ohio Tour is a great opportunity for a family outing in the fall, with much to see, do and learn. Signs are posted along the tour route. The 2016 Heart of Ohio Tour begins at Morgan Grange near Utica, and takes you the central eastern portion of the County in the Gambier area.  The tour includes the following stops:


1. Morgan Grange, 3340 Morgan Center Road, Utica 43080
One thriving local service organization that has certainly stood the test of time is the Morgan Grange.  For 142 years, Morgan Grange has been a place of community gatherings and source of numerous community service projects.


2. Glen Hill Orchard, 17156 Glen Road, Mount Vernon 43050
The orchard, first planted in 1912 and re-established in 1976, is trying a trellis system with 800 trees that will grow up more than they will grow out.  The trellis offers support to the trees, and their limbs will be pruned back shorter.  This increases the amount of fruiting wood per tree, while allowing more trees-per-acre.


3. Hopewell United Methodist Church, 20220 Hopewell Road, Mount Vernon 43050
A century-old church in Pleasant Township will be one of the unique stops visitors will see.  Hopewell United Methodist Church has been a close-knit, community-friendly congregation for generations.  It's a small church building with a small congregation; but they're big on life and have a big heart for the community.


4. Josh & Jade Laymon, 20885 Lee Wolfe Road, Gambier 43022
85-acre beef cattle farm.  The Laymon's began their family-run farm 10 years ago, when the family settled in Gambier.  The couple and their four children, Emma, Sam, Jack, and Joe, have been loving their rural lifestyle ever since.


5. Big Run Road Access & Bridge, 8921 Big Run Road, Gambier 43022
This is not a big park, but it has a shelter house and a place along the Kokosing River to launch canoe or kayak.  The site is part of the Kokosing River Water Trail that extends downstream to the confluence with the Mohican River.


6. Kokosing Gap Trail, 297 Duff Street, Gambier 43022
The locomotive, coal tender, flatcar, and caboose at this stop pay homage to the history of the Kokosing Gap Trail.  The bike path, part of the Ohio-to-Erie Trail, is built on the historic railroad right-of-way through Knox County.


7. Tim & Heidi Norris, 21495 Zion Road, Gambier 43022
Tim and Heidi Norris, along with their son, Eli, operate the small modern grain farm and grow approximately 450 acres of corn and soybeans of their own.  They do another 550 acres of custom planting and harvesting for two other growers around Gambier.  The Norris property is the first Knox County farm to have an agricultural conservation easement, a voluntary deed restriction stating that the land must be maintained for agricultural use and can never be developed.


8. Knox Woods State Nature Preserve / Angels of Remembrance Memorial, 17604 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon 43050
It's part of the oldest park in the Knox County Park District System, Wolf Run, and even predates the park, but is often overlooked by visitors to the 288-acre park.  Knox Woods State Nature Preserve is a mixed hardwood forest dominated by exceptionally large sugar maple, black oak, shagbark hickory, and black walnut.  Large tulip trees, black gum, white oak, white ash, and wild black cherry are also present.  Many of the ash trees have died because of the emerald ash borer.

Also on this stop is the Remembrance Garden, created by Compassionate Friends, an organization for people who have lost a child.  The centerpiece is a 17-foot granite angel surrounded by bricks that memorialize a child's name and memory.