September 26-29, 2013 Barnesville Pumpkin Festival – Barnesville, Ohio

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September 26-29, 2013 Barnesville Pumpkin FestivalBarnesville, Ohio

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival has become a tradition for families and friends who come each year to enjoy one of Ohio‘s oldest and most popular festivals. Always held during the last full weekend in September, the Festival includes four days of fun-filled contests, entertainment, tastes, sights and sounds. The festival started in 1963 in the basement of the Catholic Church and has has evolved from a small street fair to a premier event with visitors attending from all over the United States. Both adults and children will enjoy harvest-inspired arts and crafts, home-style foods, entertainment on two stages, a giant weigh-in of champion pumpkins, lots of fun contests and the Giant Pumpkin Festival Parade on Saturday. There is plenty to see and do and, best of all, admission is free.

September 21-22, 2013 Preble County Pork Festival – Eaton, Ohio

September 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM | Posted in Festivals, Pork | Leave a comment
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September 21-22, 2013 Preble County Pork Festival – Eaton, Ohio
Always 3rd full weekend in September. Entertainment, exhibits, food, parade and more!Preble County Pork Festival - Eaton, Ohio


Pork Festival History

Pork Festival HistoryPreble County is located in rural Southwestern Ohio and has a strong agricultural economic base. In order to foster a better understanding between the farm community and a growing urban community a “Farm-City Day” was held annually in the county for several years. In 1970 several members of the committee responsible for the success of this event met to discuss its continuation or an alternate program.
Pork Festival HistoryThe idea of a Pork Festival was suggested and four people visited the festival held at Tipton, Indiana. Those making the trip to Tipton were Paul L. Gerstner, County Extension Agent, Agriculture; George Cummings, Conservationist with the Preble Soil and Water Conservation District; Tim H. Miller, editor of the Register-Herald, a local weekly and correspondent for other area news media; and Herb Tinstman, Manager of the Federal Land Bank Association of Eaton, who became the first Festival Chairman and Executive Vice President of the Board of Directors……

September 17-21, 2013 Jackson County Apple Festival – Jackson, Ohio

September 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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September 17-21, 2013 Jackson County Apple Festival – Jackson, Ohio
One of Ohio‘s oldest and largest fall festivals–includes parades, music, apple peeling and pie baking contests, craft, quilt, and car shows and apple butter making on the midway.



Jackson Apple FestivalApple Jackson
Sponsored by the Jackson Area Festivals & Events
Jackson, Ohio
September 17th – 21st, 2013
t is known and revered throughout Ohio and beyond, the perfect fall festival, the quintessential homecoming event.

It is the Jackson Apple Festival
The Jackson Apple Festival has been welcoming people into Jackson from near and far for 73 years and become one of the largest and most respected festivals in Ohio. While there have been many changes over the years, still there are many things that are still the same, the reason why so many Jackson natives who have left the home of their youth come home every year the third week in September so they and now their families can enjoy the Apple Festival once more……

Fresh take on creamy chicken corn chowder

July 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM | Posted in cooking | Leave a comment
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Came across this article on several sites this morning and thought I would pass it along. It’s all about the Chowder!




Fresh take on creamy chicken corn chowder
Sometimes it seems that just as we get ourselves fully into summer mode, we need to start thinking back to school! Oh, no!

During summer, dinner could be as casual and carefree as a backyard picnic or barbecue. But the start of the school year means a return to at least a slightly more formal sit-down dinner most weeknights. If this shifting of gears is catching you by surprise, consider reaching for some “cheating ingredients” to help you get dinner on the table without a hitch.

This delicious chowder recipe makes liberal use of two of my favorite cheating ingredients: store-bought rotisserie chicken and salsa.

I’ve never met a rotisserie chicken I didn’t like. They are paragons of versatility. You can heat one up and pretend you roasted it, or shred it and add it to all kinds of recipes, from chilies and sandwiches to salads and soups. During the hectic fall dinner season, I almost always have a rotisserie chicken in the fridge. And when the meal is over, I hold on to all the bones and scraps, stockpiling them in the freezer for that rainy day when I have a little extra time to make a stock. Those bones make a killer stock.

Salsa is another ingredient I like to keep handy at all times. An all-purpose condiment that’s replaced ketchup in many households, there’s a salsa these days for every taste: fresh or jarred, mild, medium or hot. And almost all of them are mercifully low in sweeteners. Use the salsa of your choice to set the spiciness of this soup.

Fresh corn is not a cheating ingredient, especially not in August and September. On the contrary, it’s one of late summer’s great stars, built into this recipe not only because it’s absurdly good — try eating freshly picked corn raw right off the cob! — but also because the starch in the corn helps to thicken the broth.

Indeed, after you’ve cut all of the kernels off of the cob, you should scrape the cob itself with the dull side of a knife. The milky liquid that results is another soup thickener (as are the potatoes in the recipe). Finally, at the end of the cooking process, I pureed some of the vegetables — the onions, as well as corn and the potatoes — to make the soup creamy without adding any cream.

I recommend garnishing this soup with homemade tortilla strips. They’re delicious, a snap to cook up, and both fresher and lower in fat than store-bought tortilla chips. Then again, if you’ve run out of time, use the store-bought baked chips.

The real beauty of this soup is that it’s a hearty and complete meal in a single bowl. You won’t need to serve anything else on a weeknight and it leaves you with very few dishes to clean up.


Start to finish: 1 hour (30 minutes active)

Servings: 4

Three 6-inch corn tortillas

2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Kosher salt

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

1/2 pound red bliss or Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 cups fresh corn kernels (or thawed frozen)

4 cups chicken broth

3 cups chopped or shredded rotisserie chicken

1 cup purchased salsa

1 to 2 tablespoons lime juice

Chopped fresh cilantro or basil, to garnish (optional)

Heat the oven to 400 F.

Arrange the corn tortillas on a baking sheet, then mist them with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin, the chili powder and a pinch of salt. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the tortillas. Using a pizza cutter, cut the tortillas into thin strips. Bake them on the middle shelf of the oven until they are golden and crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a large saucepan over medium, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin and cook, stirring, for another minute.

Add the potatoes, corn and chicken broth, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potato is tender. Transfer 1 1/2 cups of the mixture (mostly solids) to a blender and carefully blend until smooth. Return the mixture to the saucepan, add the chicken and salsa and cook until just heated through. Add salt and lime juice, to taste, and water, if necessary, to achieve the desired consistency.

Divide between 4 serving bowls and garnish each portion with some of the tortilla strips and cilantro, if desired.

Nutrition information per serving: 400 calories; 110 calories from fat (28 percent of total calories); 12 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 85 mg cholesterol; 39 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 10 g sugar; 34 g protein; 1,140 mg sodium.

2012 Germantown Pretzel Festival – Germantown, Ohio

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September 22-23, 2012 Germantown Pretzel Festival – Germantown, Ohio
Fall festival held on the fourth full weekend in September, since 1980, featuring handcrafts, good food, and free entertainment with live music & shows, baked goods & pretzels!

Germantown, Montgomery County, Ohio

Veterans Memorial Park
September 22 – 23, 2012

We invite you to visit our scenic community and enjoy our free fall festival held on the fourth full weekend in September, since 1980. The festival features handcrafts, good food, and free entertainment with live music and shows. Park is handicapped accessible with sidewalks and contains historic railroad depot, caboose, log cabin and children’s play area. Hours: Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm and Sunday 12:00 Noon-6:00pm. FREE Parking on nearby streets. Travel West on SR 725 from I-75 or SR 4 to Historic Downtown Germantown and follow signs to the festival.

Contact This Festival:
PO Box 42, Germantown, OH 45327

September 15-16, 2012 Johnny Appleseed Festival – Lisbon, Ohio

September 12, 2012 at 2:23 PM | Posted in cooking, Festivals, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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September 15-16, 2012 Johnny Appleseed FestivalLisbon, Ohio
Many local organizations provide old fashioned apple butter, apple ice cream, apple fritters & apple dumplings. There is an apple pie baking contest along with 35 food concessions, arts & crafts including yarn spinning, goat milk soap, chain saw wood crafts, dunk tank, games, dancing, music and theatre.

The Johnny Appleseed Festival is held every year on the third weekend in September in the Village of Lisbon, Ohio. It is a two-day festival featuring a parade, music, crafts, amusement rides, vendors and a judged quilt show. A festival queen is crowned along with Mr. Applebud and Miss Appleblossom, and “Johnny Appleseed” is there to hand out apples.

Johhny Appleseed Festival

Lisbon, Columbiana County, Ohio

September 15 – 16, 2012

Contact This Festival:
330-424-1803 Marilyn

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