Vintage Canton 2014

Vintage Canton is upon us! We’re heading into the fall months, which means that the last of the season’s outdoor events are coming up. Don’t miss your chance to Vintage Canton Collagesip on award-winning wine and craft beer, grab a tasty bite, and listen to music as you enjoy Downtown Canton on a beautiful September evening!

Vintage Canton is on Wednesday, September 10, from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. along Central Plaza North in Downtown Canton. Relax and unwind while you use your “wine passport” to try different wines from local and international wineries.

Participating Wineries & Distributers: Breitenbach Wine Cellars • Gervasi Vineyard • Easley Winery • Raven’s Glenn Winery • Heidelberg Distributing • LA Dick Imports • Grapes in a Glass• Barrel Run Winery • Natural State Wines, Inc.

Tasty Food: George’s Lounge • Tapas 218 • Bender’s Tavern • Canal Tavern of Zoar • The Canton Club Event Center • Chocolates by Erin • Thorpe’s Market Avenue Grill • Desert Inn • Peace, Love & Little Donuts

Great Musical Entertainment by: YANKEE BRAVO

Do you want to win TWO tickets to Vintage Canton?! Tell us in the comments below, what do you love most about Vintage Canton?
Contest deadline: Tuesday, September 2nd at Noon! By entering to win you agree to receive a monthly newsletter from the Canton/Stark CVB.

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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Stark County Travel & Tourism Impact Rises to 1.6 Billon Dollars

Tourism is on the rise in the Stark County area and that bodes well for the local economy, according to new research released by the Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau. The tourism industry’s impact in the county neared $1.6 billion in 2013, growing to a new high for the region. This is according to an integrated consumer-based research study organized by the Ohio Department of Development’s Office of TourismOhio and conducted by Longwoods International and Tourism Economics.

CVB Square-01“Tourism continues to be a driving component of the Stark County economy”, according to Allyson Bussey, Assistant Director of the Convention & Visitors’ Bureau.

The total effect of the Travel & Tourism in Stark County has increased 56% percent since 2011, which is attributed to many facets including the influx of traffic from the Oil & Gas industry, the expansion and renovation of many attractions including the Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary project, as well as an increase in visitation from the meeting, sports and leisure markets to the region.

“Evidence of this growth is everywhere with over a half dozen hotels in construction, new restaurants, store, etc” states Bussey. “The impact of travel & tourism in Stark County continues to grow with new experiences like several breweries coming online, the continuing growth of the arts, as well as future plans for several key attractions in the region.  Tourism is not always top of mind as an economic driver, I think within the next five years that will be very different.” she concludes.

That growth has become increasingly vital to the county’s economics, directly translating into more jobs and a better quality of life for county residents. Tourism in 2013 sustained 7.5% percent of salaried employment in Stark County, supported 13,823 local jobs, accounted for 1 in 13 jobs in the county and $280.5 million in wages, according to the report. The top areas for tourism employment include food and beverage sector, recreation, retail trade, transportation and lodging.

The industry contributed more than $35.6 million in local taxes, Out of Ohio’s 88 counties, Stark County is one of 16 that figures into the top quintile for tourism impact. Without the state and local taxes generated by tourism, each Ohio household would need to pay an additional $650 per year to fill the gap, according to the Convention & Visitors’ Bureau.

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 Relaxing Ride on the St. Helena III

I had the pleasure of taking a ride on the St. Helena III at the Canal Fulton Canalway Center yesterday. It is only August 14th, but it’s cool in the shade and comfortably warm in the sun. The breeze on the boat was lovely, the historical lesson was very interesting, and Canalway 3listening to (almost) silence as the horses gently pulled us along the canal was so relaxing. We saw wildlife, beautiful scenery, and lots of hikers and bikers along the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath.

If you’re not familiar with the Canal Fulton Canalway Center, it is definitely a place to check out! The St. Helena III is a replica of a freighter which traveled along the Ohio and Erie Canal over 100 years ago. When you arrive at the Canalway Center to purchase your ticket, you’ll be able to look at some models and historical information in the center, and watch a short historical film. At boarding time, it’s an easy three steps into the boat, and if you’re one who gets motion sickness, don’t worry, this wide-bodied boat hardly seems to sway in the water. Once aboard, the horses, Willy and Dan, begin their leisurely stroll down the towpath. With just one thick rope, their slow walk is enough to pull the boat right down the canal.

The total ride time is about one hour, but I can tell you it seemed like it went by much faster! There were so many things to look at and listen to as we floated downstream. Turtles were sunning themselves and ducks squawking at us to get out of their way. We even saw a beaver dam! As you can see – the ride is fun for all ages, and affordable too!

Canalway 2What do you know about the about the St. Helena III? The boat was actually built in 1990, but she is extremely similar to the real canal boats that were used. If you’re wondering what the other boat is that sits in the park near the Canalway Center, it is the St. Helena II. She was retired in1988 and given to the village of Canal Fulton. She had been the first Authentically built canal boat in the U.S. since the end of the Original Working Canal Era.

More information on the St. Helena III and the Canal Fulton Canalway Center, click here!

Public Rides Schedule
Spring (May 3 – June 1)
Saturdays & Sundays only 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm

Summer (June 3 – August 31)
Tuesdays through Sundays 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm
(No rides on Mondays)

Autumn (September 6 – October 12)
Saturdays & Sundays only 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm

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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