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Funky Festivals Off the Beaten Path

June 13 & 15

Logan Washboard Arts & Music Festival

Logan, Ohio is home to the last operational washboard factory in the United States, the Columbus Washboard Company. The Logan Washboard Arts & Music Festival is an annual event with art, music and activities that celebrates everything to do with the washboard. Columbus Washboard Company, 4 E Main St, Logan, OH. loganwashboardfestival.com


June 20-23

Ohio Dreamfest

Ohio Dreamfest Music and Arts Festival is 3 days and 3 nights of amazing music and even better people. Kids 12 and under are free. There will be a variety of workshops, 30+ merchant & food vendors, fire & flow performances, live artists, and lots of things for the kids including; bounce houses, free face painting & a 10,000 balloon water fight to keep you and your family entertained throughout the weekend. $60-$140. The J & M Ranch, 6129 Reed Rd, Ansonia, OH.


July 12-13

ScrapFest 14

ScrapFest began as a scrap metal artwork competition and has evolved into a full art festival focusing on up-cycled and repurposed artwork. Along with the scrap metal sculpture competition, ScrapFest also features eco-art booth artisans, family activities, live music, food, The Great Scrap Run 8k run/walk (with family fun run) and a Refashion Show. Old Town, 216 E. Caesar E. Chavez Ave., Lansing, MI. scrapfest.com


July 26-July 28

Yale MI Bologna Festival

Over 20,000 Bologna-starved party-goers descend on Yale every July for the Yale Bologna Festival; eager to see who will be the next King and Queen of Bologna. Each year, the Bologna Festival includes events like outhouse races, a street dance, fireworks and a parade down Main Street. Main St, Yale, MI. yalechamber.com/yale-bologna-festival


July 12-13

Elvis Fest

The Michigan ElvisFest is an annual two-day festival devoted to celebrating singer and actor Elvis Presley. $30-$70. Wayne County Fairgrounds, 10871 Quirk Rd, Belleville, MI. mielvisfest.com

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