Drawing a Crowd
The county shines mid-August each year, as it has for over 150 years, when the Henry County Fair captures the attention of huge crowds who long for a touch of yesteryear entertainment that only a rural fair produces. The Tomato Queen and Pork Princess are crowned at the fairgrounds (located on the southern edge of Napoleon), and hundreds of awards and ribbons are proudly earned for prize animals, produce, flowers, preserves, handcrafted needlework and meticulously restored farm tractors. Hometown family fun abounds at the Henry County Fair — make sure your family is a part of it all!
Hardly a weekend goes by during the summer months without some event or festival in the county. The village of Hamler has worked hard for more than 35 years to produce the “Granddaddy of Them All” — The Hamler Summerfest. There, thousands of polka enthusiasts enjoy the very best music, food and beverages for three glorious days under 42,000 square-feet of tent space. Come share some great food and good times with new friends and old.
The Napoleon/Henry County Rib Fest allows you to sample the best ribs in Ohio in the great setting of Downtown Napoleon each year in June. Area organizations raise funds to help Henry Countians in need by grilling up and serving lip smacking, finger licking ribs. Load up on food, stroll the Downtown and enjoy outstanding music — all surrounded by the smiles of folks from all over Northwest Ohio.
If you love classic vehicles or love to feel the wind in your face on a Harley — Henry County has got some spots for you! ProTeam Corvettes (http://www.proteamcorvettes.com) features the largest, most dynamic collection of Corvettes in the world. Over 150 Corvettes from all eras are always on display and on sale in their many showrooms in Napoleon. If you love Corvettes — ProTeam is a place you’ll never forget. And you’ll only find it right here in Henry County.
Napoleon Harley-Davidson Sales and Service (http://www.h-dsales.com) can also offer you a Harley experience you won’t soon forget, either. Marv and DJ Yagel have the oldest and most experienced Harley dealership in Northwest Ohio. Their Harley roots reach back to 1962, and you’ll be able to take a trip through Harley (and Henry County) history at their museum located within the dealership. See gorgeous restored bikes, Harley memorabilia, mementos and history you won’t see anywhere else. And, of course, don’t forget to wander through their large stock of new and used bikes. Plus, pick up some Napoleon Harley gear in their spacious shop — wear it proudly!
As you travel the back roads of the county in search of quieter pleasures and perhaps a touch of history, an active Henry County Historical Society operates a museum in Grelton and the Dr. Bloomfield home in Napoleon.
If railroads are your passion, a restored caboose in Malinta and a small railroad museum in Deshler are available for a glimpse of a bygone era. Some people just like to watch trains, and more than a 100 pass each day in Deshler where north/south and east/west lines converge. It’s a spot known to train lovers all over the world as one of the best areas to enjoy their hobby.
The Metropark facility is just a couple of miles down river from Henry County below the dam at Providence. There, an old water-driven mill can be seen, and an authentic mule-drawn canal boat locks up and down a portion of the Miami and Erie Canal.
The wonderfully restored settlement at Sauder Village in Archbold is just to the northwest of Henry County, providing an authentic slice of 19th-century life in Ohio. Watching costumed artisans ply their trades literally floats you back in time.
Use Henry County as your “home base” whenever you travel the area. We are truly in the center of it all.