OPERATION PUMPKIN Hamilton, Ohio Oct 12, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018

October 9, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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OPERATION PUMPKIN
Oct 12, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018
Location: Downtown Hamilton
Address: 1 High Street
Handicap Accessible: Yes
http://operation-pumpkin.org/

Celebrate the most popular produce of the fall season, the pumpkin! Operation Pumpkin held in historic downtown Hamilton, Ohio is a pumpkin and art festival held each year in the fall. Pumpkins are sculpted, carved, decorated and eaten all weekend long! See the largest pumpkins you’ve ever seen at the giant pumpkin weigh-off. This fall festival is packed with crafts, live music, pumpkin vendors and rides for kids.

FOOD for ALL Food Truck Rally – September 29, 2018, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Marcum Park, 134 N 2nd St, Hamilton, OH 45011, USA

September 28, 2018 at 12:09 PM | Posted in Festivals, Food | Leave a comment
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FOOD for ALL Food Truck Rally
September 29, 2018, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Marcum Park, 134 N 2nd St, Hamilton, OH 45011, USA

Price: Free
Phone: 513-874-0114
In commemoration of Hunger Awareness Month, Shared Harvest Food Bank will host the city of Hamilton’s first-ever food truck rally, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 29.

Some of the finest purveyors of portable food will be set up around Marcum Park for a day of feasting, frolic and fun.

The day’s activities include a corn hole tournament, children’s crafts and activities, a petting zoo, a “Hunger Games Scavenger Hunt” and live music on the RiversEdge Amphitheater stage.

Volunteers from Shared Harvest Foodbank will be on hand to answer questions about hunger and poverty in the area and food donation barrels will be set up around the venue, but admission is free.

For more information, call 513-874-0114 or visit http://www.sharedharvest.org on the Internet and click on the “News” button.

https://thingstodo.dayton.com/event/food-for-all-food-truck-rally-4c2r8v8rwd

https://www.sharedharvest.org/

OPERATION PUMPKIN – Oct 13, 2017 to Oct 15, 2017 Hamilton, Ohio

October 12, 2017 at 11:29 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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OPERATION PUMPKIN
Oct 13, 2017 to Oct 15, 2017
Location: Downtown Hamilton
Address: 1, High St
Handicap Accessible: Yes

Celebrate the most popular produce of the fall season, the pumpkin! Operation Pumpkin held in historic downtown Hamilton, Ohio is a pumpkin and art festival held each year in the fall. Pumpkins are sculpted, carved, decorated and eaten all weekend long! See the largest pumpkins you’ve ever seen at the giant pumpkin weigh-off. This fall festival is packed with crafts, live music, pumpkin vendors and rides for kids.

* Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off starts at 5 o’clock pm on Friday 10/13/17!!

http://operation-pumpkin.org/

Operation Pumpkin 2016! – Hamilton, Ohio

October 5, 2016 at 5:19 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Operation Pumpkin 2016!operation-pumpkin
Oct 07, 2016 to Oct 09, 2016
Location: Downtown Hamilton
Address: 1, High St
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Friday Oct. 7th 11am-10pm
Sat. Oct. 8th 11am-10pm
Sunday Oct. 9th 11am-5pm

 
Celebrate the most popular produce of the fall season, the pumpkin! Operation Pumpkin held in historic downtown Hamilton, Ohio is a pumpkin and art festival held each year in the fall. Pumpkins are sculpted, carved, decorated and eaten all weekend long! See the largest pumpkins you’ve ever seen at the giant pumpkin weigh-off. This fall festival is packed with crafts, live music, pumpkin vendors and rides for kids.

http://www.operation-pumpkin.org/

Operation Pumpkin to tip scales next weekend

September 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Operation Pumpkin to tip scales next weekend
Weigh-off attracts gourds from far — and wide.Three-day fest expected to draw 40,000 attendees.

 

 

Pumpfest
The highly anticipated Operation Pumpkin 2014 will bring festivalgoers together again for a pumpkin and arts festival on Oct. 3-5 in downtown Hamilton.
The free, three-day event is expected to draw close to 40,000 attendees.
“What we are most excited to see each year, is the amount of people that get to come out and walk the streets of downtown Hamilton, and the exposure that the city gets,” said event founder and chair, Jason Snyder, who co-chairs the event with his wife, Tammy.
Of course, the main attraction for the third-year event will feature pumpkins — sculpting, a giant pumpkin weigh-off and a decorated pumpkin display, to name a few.

 
“It is a pumpkin festival. Friday’s main attraction will be the pumpkin weigh-off. That is where we have giant pumpkins come in from all over the country, and we do hold a sanctioned weigh-off, which means you have an opportunity of setting or breaking the world record,” Snyder said.
Operation Pumpkin is a sanctioned event by the Southern Ohio Giant Pumpkin Growers Association (www.sogpg.com). With the sanctioned event, there will be giant pumpkin weigh-offs, which will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. Competitors will have pumpkins on display that weigh up to 1,500 pounds, or more, as well as watermelons, tomatoes and long gourds.

 
To date, the largest pumpkin winner was entered in the 2012 weigh-off by Quinn Werner of Pennsylvania, who weighed-in with a 1,586-pound pumpkin. The first-place giant pumpkin winner will receive a $4,000 cash prize. Cash prizes will be awarded to the Top 20 pumpkins. Giant watermelons, hard stem pumpkins, tomatoes and long gourds will also be judged to receive cash awards.
“Last year, our event had the world record-breaking watermelon. That event will be held on Saturday,” Snyder said.

 
Throughout the weekend, there will be live entertainment from acts such as One Mississippi and 90 Proof Twang, and others. The YMCA will offer a Zumba class on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. as well as a host of other child-friendly activities. Scarecrow Stilt Walkers from Cincinnati Circus Company will be a featured attraction this year. There will also be 1,200 decorated pumpkins on display, crafted by fourth-grade students from seven, Hamilton-area schools. Between 30,000 and 35,000 guests attended the festival last year.

 
http://www.journal-news.com/news/entertainment/operation-pumpkin-to-tip-scales-next-weekend/nhSfy/

 

 
http://www.operation-pumpkin.org/

Historic Hamilton, Ohio Farmers Market

June 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM | Posted in Food, fruits, vegetables | Leave a comment
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Farmer’s Market
In the summer of 1875 a contingent of farmers and other local vendors drove their trucks into downtown Hamilton, Ohio near the courthouse on High Street where they offered goods such as firewood, dairy goods, fruits, vegetables, eggs, crafts, and more. The atmosphere was casual, the open air commerce enticing, the goods fresh, and the result remarkable. This became a downtown institution until the mid-1950’s.

Thanks to the effort of Historic Hamilton, Inc. the Hamilton Farmer’s Market is up and running again offering various types of produce and flowers. Specialties include mushrooms, herbs, and beautiful flowers, all of which are locally grown.

 

Today’s Farmers Market

The Farmers Market is held every Saturday between May and October in downtown Hamilton, Ohio at the Bulter County Courthouse Square. This year the Farmers Market runs from May thry October . Here you’ll find local farmers, merchants and other vendors displayed their produce, crafts and other products on the tailgates of their vehicles and sidewalk stands.

 
http://downtownhamiltonsid.com/farmers-market

Hamilton to amend rules for neighborhood farming

May 30, 2013 at 8:58 AM | Posted in vegetables | Leave a comment
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Hamilton to amend rules for neighborhood farming

By Eric Schwartzberg

 
HAMILTON — A measure that promotes and encourages urban agriculture by allowing anyone to use city or private property to grow produce is expected to become a reality starting this summer.

New urban agriculture amendments will establish rules for local neighborhood farming and allow any Hamilton resident to take an underdeveloped or undeveloped city lot or private property and use it to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, nut trees or fruit trees.

The harvested bounty could then be used for their own consumption, to sell to others or donate to area food pantries, according to Alfred Hall, co-founder of Hamilton Urban Garden Systems, or HUGS.

Hall said the change is an important step to not only beautifying Hamilton, but helping it become “the greenest little city in America.”

“They’ve made a very important first step in a process that will eventually grow into a local regional food system, which will allow us to feed ourselves, develop community and create economic opportunity,” Hall said.

For example, someone who has multiple lots in the city and wants to erect 10-by-20-foot greenhouses on each one to grow flowers to sell will be able to do so, he said.

The legislation got its start earlier this year when city officials approached HUGS and asked for help with the ordinance, Hall said.

Recently approved by the city’s planning commission, the measure is scheduled to go to Hamilton City Council for approval next month.

Passing the ordinance is important because it relaxes restrictions on what can be done on a privately-owned lot and eliminates the need to go to the city for approval to establish a garden, Hall said.

“Every time someone wanted to do that, they would have to go and get approval,” he said. “Now, that will be taken care of. The approval is a pre-approval. You don’t have to go.

“Instead of 17 people going 17 different times, 17 people can now just go and garden.”

The amendments would allow temporary farmers market stands to be established on each plot between May 1 through Sept. 30 and limit hours of operation to sunrise through sunset, according to a planning commission report approved May 20.

Other basic restrictions include staying 10 feet back from the front of the property and five feet from the side and back of the property. Outbuildings, such as a greenhouse to extend a property’s growing season, may not exceed 200 square feet and cannot be more than 15 feet high.

Raised beds, planter boxes or containers located in a primary or secondary front yard setback may not be taller than 30 inches at the tallest point above the surrounding grade and may not cover more than 20 percent of the total front yard area.

In addition, no single box may be larger than 8-foot long by 4-foot wide. All planter boxes and containers must be set back a minimum of 10 feet from any property line and five feet from side and rear property lines.

Encouraging urban agriculture fits with other “green” strategic initiatives that Hamilton has set in place, including establishing a farmers market on the plaza and reducing the city’s carbon footprint, according to Chris Lawson, assistant to the city manager.

“It comes down to producing local for individuals to grow their own food where they live to reduce that kind of footprint,” Lawson said. “Instead of driving to groceries where you don’t know exactly where the food comes from, you’re getting to grow it locally. It utilizes empty spaces more effectively and promotes a healthier lifestyle.”

Similarly, city officials recognize “the potential of urban farming to bring people together and increase neighborhood collaboration,” Lawson said.

Hall’s recommendation for anyone who wishes to use an undeveloped or underdeveloped private or city lot is to contact the city or property owner and develop a memorandum of understanding on how that lot will be developed and maintained.

 
http://www.journal-news.com/news/news/hamilton-to-amend-rules-for-neighborhood-farming/nX6Nd/

2013 Hamilton Ice Fest

January 12, 2013 at 12:48 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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ICEFEST – in Hamiltonicefest

The winter season is approaching quickly and that can only mean one thing…the return of IceFest in Hamilton, Ohio! IceFest, whisks visitors away to a winter wonderland filled with ice sculptures, ice carving competitions, yummy hot chocolate and family-fun activities. The Hamilton-based organization, City of Sculpture, leads the way in the planning of the event.

An estimated 200 blocks and 40 tons of ice are needed for the event; then locally and nationally-based carvers will chisel and create to bring the works of art to life.

The event will kick off with its signature “Fire & Ice” gala, which will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton, the host hotel of IceFest.

Hamilton’s IceFest is presented by the City of Sculpture. View ice sculptures great and small under the lights on Friday evening. See ice carving competitions, demonstrations and more. IceFest creates an exciting atmosphere and provides a schedule of activities for everyone including spectacular ice sculptures created by Olympic, International and local carvers.
IceFest, which will be on January 18 & 19, 2013, is a free and fun family-oriented winter celebration that attracts visitors young and old while also highlighting the many sculptures located in Hamilton, Ohio, also known as City of Sculpture. Located on High Street, beginning at the Government Services Center and ending just across the High-Main Street Bridge. Hundreds of ice sculptures and 40 tons of ice will be on display.

LOCATION: Hamilton, Ohio
WHEN: January 18 & 19, 2013
PHONE: (513) 895-3934
DIRECTIONS: Off I-75 between Dayton and Cincinnati. Take I-75 to Exit 24, which is State Route 129. At the end of the highway, continue straight onto High Street approximately 10 blocks.
Come join us and see ice carving competitions, ice sculptures of your favorite landmarks, many activities for all ages!

http://downtownhamiltonsid.com/icefest-2013

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