Tuesday, October 12, 2010

15th Annual Forest Heritage Festival

The 15th Annual Forest Heritage Festival will be held at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds in Dover on October 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry. The festival features entertainment, food, games, craft booths, demonstrations and an old-time fiddling contest. Admission and parking are free.

“The Forest Heritage Festival showcases the work of professional woodland stewards and the products, tools and expertise of the forest industry,” said David Lytle, state forester and chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “We encourage woodland owners and other visitors to take advantage of a variety of educational activities featured at the festival.”

The festival also plays an important role for Akron Children’s Hospital. Co-sponsored by the East Central Ohio Loggers Chapter and the New Philadelphia Wal-Mart, the Forest Heritage Festival has donated more than $800,000 to the hospital – including $80,000 last year alone – as part of the Log-a-Load for Kids and Children’s Miracle Network programs.

These proceeds are raised through exhibitor fees, a silent auction, donations, food sales and a charity auction that will be held on Saturday, October 16 at 11 a.m. The auction will feature many Amish-made furniture items, quilts, autographed photos and sports memorabilia, and many other items.

The Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau has partnered with the festival again this year and will present the Storybook Barn with fun and lessons for all ages.

For more information, visit www.forestheritagefestival.com or contact Karen Korns at (330) 339-3991.

Ohio grows more acres of trees than corn and soybeans combined. The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at www.ohiodnr.com/forestry.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

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