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Annual events

Swanton is located in north western Ohio however it falls between two counties – Fulton County and Hancock County which means there are twice as many events for visitors and residents to the area to enjoy all year round. From cook-offs to car shows, sporting competitions to music festivals and pretty much everything in between, you will find an action packed calendar of events in the area to suit all tastes and interests. Even during the colder months, there is always something going on to bring the local community together such as the Disc Golf Ice Bowl Benefit in January or the Hancock Park District Annual Photo Contest. February brings the Chilli Cook-Off, guaranteed to warm up even the coldest of days while Winter Blues Festival will certainly chase away the blues caused by the bleakest of winters. The Flag City Train Show and Leisure Living Home Show are popular events held annually in March that the whole family will enjoy while the Silver Blades Ice Classic is another favorite that attracts both tourists and residents alike.

Easter-Sand-Sculpture-CompetitionMoving into the Spring you will find lots going on especially as Easter approaches including the Easter Sand Sculpture Competition which is fun for kids and adults, participants and spectators alike. May sees the start of the Farmers Market season and these are held in different towns and village on different days around the county right through to October. These play an important part in sustaining local farms and give you the opportunity to not only support your local community but to also enjoy some of the best and freshest locally produced goods including meat, dairy and home made products like pies and preserves. produce. The Fish Festival is also held in May at Riverbend and this is offers another fun-filled family day out with food, drinks, entertainment and competitions. The summer months are a hive of activity across Hancock County and events include a live music and dancing event in June that is called Boogie on Main as well as a variety of outdoor concerts that run through to August that are held in a multitude of venues that include parks and courtyards as well as riverside and lake shore locations too. Sports fans will enjoy the Dick Shaefer Tennis Tournament or the FAGA Tournament, also held during the month of June while those with more cultural tastes may prefer the county’s annual WineFest or the Classic Memories Car Show.

Young children are catered for with the Peter Rabbit Tea or Kids Fest events in July along with several firework displays held around the region for the 4th of July celebrations. Animal lovers may also enjoy the Buckeye Western Horse Show or Firecracker Horse Show in July while those who are passionate about rock music will love the Frickin’ Rock Fest. Additional highlights of the summer calendar include BalloonFest, Bike Bash and the Backstreet Festival while Autumn brings the Hancock County Fair, the Findlay Brew & Vine Festival and for something completely different, the National Dachshund Races! Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas also bring all the usual events including parades and parties to keep everyone entertained as the year draws to a close.

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