Duct Tape Festival and other Ohio events in June

Strawberry pie-eating contests, duct tape parade floats, live jazz & blues, outdoor arts, stilt walkers, cross-country bicycling, washboard music, military encampments and musters and the Memorial Golf Tournament are all sure signs of June in Ohio!
Celebrate summer this June with your choice of quirky and fun travel opportunities. Stick with the family and head to northeast Ohio for the festival that pays homage to all things duct tape, or invoke your inner artist during a visit to Columbus for one of the country's premier arts festivals. Cheer on cyclists from all over the country as they challenge themselves throughout southeast Ohio on a 350-mile cycling adventure or commemorate the end of slavery in America.

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The following is just a sampling of June events that make Ohio Too Much Fun for Just One Day! For more fun, budget-friendly travel ideas close to home, visit DiscoverOhio.com, follow us on Twitter @DiscoverOhio or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/discoverohio.

Family Fun
Troy Strawberry Festival, Miami River Levee, Troy, June 4 - 6 (SW)
Check out the sweetest free festival of the summer and delight in a wide variety of foods infused with this delicious berry. The center of Ohio's strawberry production, Troy celebrates with three stages of free, live entertainment and more than 275 art and craft exhibitors displaying handmade wares. Other highlights of the festival include a strawberry pie eating contest, berry beach volleyball, cornhole and more. Click here for more information.
Pork Rind Festival, throughout downtown Harrod, June 11 - 12 (NW)
Visit the Pork Rind Festival to see how many tasty ways you can prepare a pork rind. This year's family-friendly festival includes live entertainment from the Josh Hawkins band, a 1905 Shay and Caboose Display, community parade and Civil War cannon firing demonstrations. And of course, sample an array of freshly popped pork rinds or check out the hog roast and chili cook off! Click here for more information.
Duct Tape Festival, Veterans Memorial Park, Avon, June 18 - 20 (NE)
Did you know Avon is home to the world's duct tape brand Duck® tape? This Father's Day weekend, get together with the family to celebrate Dad and his favorite adhesive. Each year, this free festival features a different theme for its parade, and this year's is "Peace and Love." Check out parade floats, sculptures, crafts, fashions and more made of-you guessed it-duct tape. Click here for more information.
Arts and Culture
Columbus Arts Festival, Discovery District, Downtown Columbus, June 4 - 6 (C)
The Columbus Arts Festival celebrates its 49th year with more than 240 nationally acclaimed artists. Indulge in gourmet fare from some of the city's finest restaurants or enjoy live concerts, hands-on art activities and the nearby Columbus Museum of Art, where admission is free during the festival. Look for the "Ohio Too Much Fun for Just One Day!" tent to spin the free prize wheel and get some great deals for summer travel in Ohio! Click here for more information.
Parade the Circle, University Circle, Cleveland, June 12 (NE)
Travel to University Circle, the largest concentration of artistic and cultural venues in one square mile, for Parade the Circle and check out a lively parade featuring puppets, elaborately dressed stilt-walkers and floats. Events at the Children's Museum of Cleveland, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History make this multicultural festival a summer "must-do." Click here for more information.
Creekside Blues and Jazz Festival, throughout downtown Gahanna, June 18 - 20 (C)
Check out this free jazzy festival and sing along with your favorite 12-bar blues songs. Three music stages provide non-stop entertainment from the likes of Duke Robillard and RJ's Rhythm Rockers featuring Alberta Adams and Eddie Kirkland. This Father's Day weekend event also offers a delicious Dad's Day brunch, family-oriented games and an area for amusement rides and carnival attractions. Click here for more information.
Sports and Recreation
Memorial Golf Tournament, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, May 31 - June 6 (C)
Visit the event where the stars come out to play! Designed by golf giant Jack Nicklaus, the Muirfield Village Golf Club hosts the PGA Memorial where each year, the tournament is dedicated to the memory of a person, living or dead, who has played the game with conspicuous honor. See who's honored this year and witness some bold birdies and extreme eagles. Click here for more information.
All Pro Dads Day, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, June 12 (NE)
Sure, the Pro Football Hall of Fame commemorates football greats, but you can pay homage to your team captain - dad -- at the All Pro Dads Day celebration. This fun-filled family bonding event is held in major NFL cities in hopes of bringing togetherness to fathers and children alike. Join in on this interactive event where dads and kids can participate in football-themed games. Click here for more information.
Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, throughout southeast Ohio, June 19 - 26 (SE)
GOBA is a week-long bicycle tour with nearly 3,000 cyclists from across the country and internationally. This year's route visits southeastern Ohio with stops in Logan, McConnelsville, Marietta, Athens and McArthur. Travel through the peaceful countryside, stop at exciting destinations in the region and enjoy Ohio's friendly, small-town hospitality while cheering on the riders during the challenge of their lives. Click here for more information.
History and Heritage
Washboard Music Festival, throughout downtown Logan, June 17 - 19 (SE)
Celebrate the washboard's enduring role in the history of American music styles. The annual festival offers a variety of music styles, including Dixieland Jazz, Jug Music, Celtic, Blues and Cajun Zydeco, played by bands from across the country. Check out performances from featured acts including Peter Babcock, Mike Johnson, the Buffalo Ridge Jazz Band, and Robin Lacy and DeZydeco. Click here for more information.
Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival, Eden Park, Cincinnati, June 19 - 20 (SW)
Celebrate the end of slavery in America at this free festival in beautiful Eden Park, near downtown Cincinnati. Enjoy a unique parade of flags of the African Diaspora, speeches from Frederick Douglass and President Lincoln re-enactors and live entertainment of African-inspired music genres such as jazz, Latin, gospel, blues, reggae and R&B. Click here for more information.
Muster on the Maumee, Fort Meigs, Perrysburg, June 19 - 20 (NW)
Muster on the Maumee showcases the evolution of the common soldier from the Roman Legionnaire through the modern American military. Soldiers, artisans and civilians will give demonstrations throughout the weekend and period military camps will be open to visitors. See what vendors have for sale in Sutler's Row where period trades people will demonstrate their crafts. Click here for more information.
For additional June events, visit www.DiscoverOhio.com. To order a free copy of the 2010 Ohio Travel Planner or the 2010 Spring/Summer Calendar of Events, click on the Free Publications icon at www.DiscoverOhio.com or call 1-800-BUCKEYE. The Ohio Travel Planner and Ohio Calendar of Events also are both viewable online. Trained travel counselors are available to assist 1-800-BUCKEYE callers weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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My family (wife and three kids, sometimes the dog) and I have been RV campers since 2007. We own a 2000 Trail-Lite B22 Bantam hybrid, our tow vehicle is a 2006 Trailblazer LT EXT (5.3 V8 with 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio), and our setup includes the Equalizer sway controller. Looking to upgrade the camper in the near future, but until then we get out 2-3 times a month in season.