Yankee Peddler Experience

The Yankee Peddler Festival has been a staple in Stark County for over 40 years! This traditional fall festival offers unique crafts and entertainment. There is something for everyone to enjoy, from shopping the numerous artisans, enjoying the entertainment, or eating the delicious food – you won’t be let down!

Yankee Peddler Ticket LineYankee Peddler is held on the first three weekends of September, open on Saturdays & Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event is at Clay’s Park in Lawrence Township – just outside of Canal Fulton! It is clear this is a favorite, busy, and thriving event from the ticket lines when I arrived! Thankfully, they move quick because you can smell the tasty food and open hearth fires from the gates. If fall could have a scent – it’s embodied at Yankee Peddler!

I entered at Gate 3 where I was immediately drawn to the petting zoo! The kiddos were loving the animals, and the animals were loving the cool day in the shade. There were baby goats, a beautiful llama, and donkeys! You could also go for a trail ride on some of the horses they had brought for the occasion – even the mini-horse had a mini-saddle! I’m an animal lover so I was glad to see these animals were enjoying the attention!

Yankee Peddler CollageMy recommendation is to check out the vendor list, the map, and take a first tour around just to get the lay of the land and compare your favorite wares for buying! Then, go back through again. There is just so much to look at and take in! You could people watch, and “craft” watch for hours – even the Apple Fritters stand featured period-clothes wearing people peeling and coring the apples up front! The dulcimer duo played their dulcimer and caught the attention of all those passing by – as well as the blacksmith who had his fire roaring as you listen to the “ping, ping, ping” of his hammer on the metal. Trust me – you’re going to spend a lot of time just watching, smelling, and enjoying the outdoors at this festival!

The artisans are many, and they are diverse! You will find everything from seasonal decor, to paintings, wood carvings, handmade candles, metal lawn art, pottery, bird houses, photography, jewelry, and more! Much, much more! Check out the Yankee Peddler Artisan List here! You’ll notice the list is divided by each area on the map!

You will also work up an appetite – which you will be thankful for because the food is delicious! The smell alone will have you salivating! This is not

Yankee Peddler Troll Bridge

your ordinary fair food – it is far from it! Enjoy turkey ruebens, creamed chicken and biscuits, roast beef, corn on the cob, and pirogies! That’s definitely not all, and you should also save room for dessert: homemade apple dumplings and fritters, fudge, peanut brittle, cobbler and pie – yum!

The last photo I shared may be my favorite. When I was a kid, my family always went to the Yankee Peddler. Life got busy, and it’s been a few years since I’ve gone… but one of my favorite memories was the folklore of the trolls! “Beware of Troll under Bridge” it reads. Maybe it was my natural curiosity, and my parents egging me on, but I always thought there were really trolls living under that bridge! It’s good to see it’s still there for the next generation.

The website for The Yankee Peddler website has artisan, food, and entertainment lists to plan your day, or just wing it and wander! You could spend the entire day there – and I urge you to plan on it!

Laura Perry is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She enjoys having wine & game nights with family & friends, and traveling near and far with her fiancé! Laura is an animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, and often a foster dog – she loves rescuing pit-bulls!

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Weekend Events September 2014

Happy Friday! The chores can wait this weekend… it’s time to soak up the last of the summer sun and get out there to enjoy some of these great events with your family and friends! Kids are back to school, but that doesn’t mean summer is completely over yet!

Canton First Friday in Downtown has gone to the dogs! Tonight’s (Sept. 5) theme is Dog Daze! If you’re a animal-lover like me, this is one you don’t want to miss! Bring your own pooch to enjoy the great things in store for this evening. You can check out all types of vendors with pet related gear and visit many of the art galleries for pet portraits! There will also be local rescue shelters on site if you’re looking to add another furry friend to your family! Please remember it’s going to be a hot one so if your dog doesn’t tolerate the heat well, leave Fido at home – and never in the car!

Powwow at MAPSCrooked River Powwow at MAPS Air Museum. This is a real Powwow, an interesting experience and great event! Visit the Powwwow on both Saturday and Sunday (Sept 6 & 7) from 10:00 – 6:00 PM. The Grand Entrance on Noon is quite a site!

Sweeny Todd the Musical is at the Players Guild from Sept. 5 -21! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the hit musical masterpiece set in London. This is possibly Stephen Sondheim’s greatest work, and it is sure to offer a great night of entertainment!

Friday Nights Live: Naturally Blue performs! Don’t miss this concert series at the Lions Lincoln Theatre tonight (Sept. 5) at 7:30 p.m. Their heartfelt and soulful performances include innovative covers ranging from Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Melissa Etheridge, Lady Gaga, Pink, and the Cranberries. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased in advance online from the Theatre’s website or at the door the night of the show.

yankee peddler gateYankee Peddler is here! Don’t miss out on one of the best arts and craft shows in the area! The event is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sept. 6 & 7, 13 & 14, and 21 & 21. Step back in time 200 years to experience pioneer America with master artists and crafters setting up rustic shops along streams and amid lovely wooded dales with food and snacks cooked over open fire and with non-stop entertainment across the 75-acre grounds.

Classic Film Night: West Side Story at the Canton Palace Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 6. Come reminisce about the love affair fated for tragedy amidst the vicious rivalry of two street gangsthe Jets and the Sharks in updated HD quality film at 7:00 p.m. for just $5.

Ohio in the Civil War Exhibit at the North Canton Heritage Society. This exhibit was created by the Ohio Historical Society and it uses photographs, letters and documents from the Ohio Historical Society’s collection to show Ohioans’ reaction to the war and how its citizens fought in it.

Grandparent’s Day at Fieldcrest Estate on Sunday, Sept. 7. Grandparents get to “Roll the Dice for Discounts” on their brunch! Make reservations to bring your grandparents for a fun day on the lawn AND savings on a future Sunday brunch buffet! Reservations are recommended 330-966-2222

Also, remember to check out our website for a full List of Upcoming Events! Such as Vintage Canton which is coming up next Wednesday, September 10th! Taste wine, craft beer, and delicious foods at this classic fall outdoor event in Downtown Canton!

Laura Perry is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She enjoys having wine & game nights with family & friends, and traveling near and far with her fiancé! Laura is an animal lover and spends most of her free time outdoors with her two dogs, and often a foster dog – she loves rescuing pit-bulls!

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A Novice’s Guide to Golf in Stark County – Part 4

As a beginner, one of the best ways to play the game of golf is in a scramble format with the help of more experienced golfers. In a scramble each member of the foursome drives the ball. Then, you determine the best ball out of the four drives and everyone plays from that spot. All four players continue to play from the location of the best ball each swing.

Did you miss Part 1, Part 2, or Part 3? Catch up!

The course at Shady Hollow was in pristine condition….as usual.

The course at Shady Hollow was in pristine condition….as usual.

There is one team score rather than four individual scores. Playing in a scramble allows us beginners to rely on the skill of more experienced golfers but still get in the practice of playing a full game.  You can give it your best swing, but when the ball ends up in the trees, water, or across the other fairway (as is often the case when I’m the one swinging the club) you can simply pick up your ball, drop it in play near the best ball from your foursome, and give it another swing.

I’ve been making my way through Stark County’s golf courses playing in a few different scrambles this summer.  I spent the day at Shady Hollow Country Club for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce golf outing.

My second outing was at The Sanctuary Golf Club for a Pelatonia fundraiser.

The latest outing was a scholarship fundraiser at The Fairways at Arrowhead.


Water came into play on nearly every hole a The Sanctuary. It made for a beautiful course, complete with blue heron sightings, but WOW was it a challenging day for me to keep track of balls!

Not a bad way to spend a few weekdays this summer!  Not sure what has taken me so long to catch on.  Most scrambles include light breakfast and/or lunch, a delicious awards dinner, and great door prizes.  They also include great games throughout the course of play like hole-in-one sweepstakes or closest to the pin contests.  There are also more creative contests like “Closest to the Keg” where there was an actual keg on the course and the closest drive to the keg got to take it home!  Or, my favorite thus far, the “Hit Like a Girl” hole where the men are allowed to play from the women’s tee box, IF they are willing to dawn the lovely women’s apparel provided – a moo-moo and sun hat.

Sanctuary Patio

Lunch on the patio at The Sanctuary was a welcome oasis from all the water hazards.

Each scramble is a little different, but they are all a great opportunity to network.  You can sign up individually and be assigned on a foursome to meet new people, or you can gather a group and sign-up as a foursome.  Many community organizations and non-profits host golf outings as fund raisers.  Outings are an excellent opportunity to give back to organizations that are important to you while enjoying golf and some summer sunshine.

Tonja Marshall is the Sports Promotions Manager for the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau Prior to her position with the CVB, she worked in marketing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Tonja moonlights as a foodie, trying-out new recipes and seeking-out great restaurants. Whether she is headed to her son’s ball game, her daughter’s dance recital, or a weekend “staycation” with the family, when she’s not working or eating Tonja can usually be found traversing the Stark County area with her husband Marcus and three kids, Jordan, Janiya, and Marcus Jr.