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Signature events only scratch the surface of what there is to do in Hancock County. Parades celebrating many occasions, such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veterans Day and Halloween, frequently march in our downtown streets. The Northwest Ohio Railroad Preservation, Inc. offers rides on their quarter-scale trains during the summer, as well as themed rides for the Pumpkin Train, Tracks to the Past and North Pole Express.

The Hancock Historical Museum hosts Classic Movie Nights monthly, as well as several other events and displays throughout the year. Events like Boogie on Main, Riverside Wine Festival, Car Tunes on Main and Street Feast pepper the warmer months and bring visitors from all over to our hometown.

In August, hot air balloons will hit the sky during the Flag City BalloonFest. This popular family event brings thousands into the community. Guests will watch the balloons launch, see the magnificent glow and enjoy great food. The summer wraps up when the county joins together to celebrate the agricultural community and attends the Hancock County Fair.

Throughout the summer and fall, visitors are invited to visit Hancock County’s villages and towns by attending one (or all) of the homecoming festivals held in the communities. McComb Cookie Festival, Arlington Village Festival, Rawson Proud, Heritage Day in Mt. Blanchard, Arcadia SummerFest, Bluffton Fall Festival and the Van Buren Apple Butter Fest all celebrate what is the best part of Hancock County: the people.

Hancock County has a deep German background, and Oktoberfest celebrates Polka dancing, libations and authentic German food. Adults and children alike enjoy this one-day celebration that includes a pageant, Volkswagen car show, kid’s zone, competitions and more.

Even when the weather turns cold, the fun continues. The City of Findlay Tree Lighting ceremony the day after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of WinterFest. During WinterFest, visitors can take a horse and wagon ride through downtown and accomplish holiday shopping locally. Good boys and girls will have the opportunity to meet Santa, munch on cookies and sip hot chocolate at Kiwanis Santa’s House.

There is plenty of everyday fun year-round to be had in Hancock County as well. The Mazza Museum is home to over 10,500 pieces of children’s book artwork, making it one of the most unique (and fun) museums you will ever visit. The Miracle League of Findlay is

a nonprofit organization that provides children with disabilities the chance to

play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities. The Children’s Museum of Findlay encourages children to use their imagination while learning at exhibits that celebrate the many different businesses and industries in Hancock County.

A drive through the countryside will be even more enjoyable for those on the Barn Quilt Trail. This self-guided trail will take you throughout the county on the lookout for these beautiful and colorful wooden squares that decorate the side of over 80 barns in every township.

A visit to any of the county or city parks is definitely time well spent. The Hancock County Park District provides programming throughout the year with diverse events offered every week. These events serve visitors ages 2 to 102 and include story time, enchanted hikes, night hikes, star gazing and historical and education events. The Hancock Park District also runs Zonta Landing at Riverside Park, where guests can rent watercrafts in the summer for an afternoon on the Blanchard River. For those interested in organized floats on the Blanchard, the Hancock Park District has that covered as well. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, guests are invited to take part on these floats that can range from a quick seven-mile trip to an overnight trip of more than 30 miles.

The Hancock Park District not only organizes events, but also maintains beautiful parks throughout the county. From the dog park at Riverbend to the nature trails at Oakwood, there is plenty for you to enjoy. Several parks and facilities are maintained by the City of Findlay as well. Go ice skating at The Cube, enjoy Fort Findlay Playground at Emory Adams Park or walk along the Waterfall Pavilion at Riverside Park for an enjoyable time in every season.

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