From its humble beginning in a Wal-mart parking lot to a 2-day event that has raised more than $1 million for Akron Children’s Hospital, the Forest Heritage Festival has grown in both size and popularity.
The 18th annual Forest Heritage Festival will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 18 and 19, at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds in Dover. Admission to the festival is free.
The festival began in 1996 in the New Philadelphia Wal-mart parking lot when members of the East Central Ohio Loggers Chapter partnered to raise money for Akron Children’s Hospital.
Today, the festival features homemade food and fun activities for children and adults. Activities include the Great Lakes Timber shows, Ohio Farm Bureau demonstrations, forest equipment displays, kiddie tractor pulls and craft booths and vendors. The benefit auction will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The Forest Heritage Festival has raised more than $1 million for Akron Children’s Hospital in the past 17 years, including more than $68,000 in 2012.
For a complete listing of events, or for additional information, visit the Forest Heritage Festival’s website.
View a gallery of last year’s Forest Heritage Festival activities.