By Linda Dillman
A first of its kind Fall Festival sponsored by Destination: Canal Winchester will offer people a chance to celebrate all that is autumn on the grounds of the Canal Winchester Area Historical Society complex on Oct. 24.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and held similar to how the farmers’ market is organized, more than 30 vendors—including artists, antique dealers, food purveyors and caricature artist John Bailey—will fill open spaces back-dropped by a trio of historical structures.
There is no admission cost, and the event is appropriate for all ages.
“Destination: Canal Winchester wanted to host an event that gives people in our area something fun to do in a setting that allows us to follow the COVID 19 guidelines,” said Executive Director Karen Stiles. “We will be sure to place vendor tents at least six feet apart, and signs will be posted reminding those that attend to maintain social distancing. Our vendors are required to wear masks and to have hand sanitizer at their tent. We will also have hand sanitizer stations placed in various locations.”
Stiles said the Canal Winchester Historical complex – consisting of the Chaney Mill, Prentiss Schoolhouse and Queen of the Line Depot – is a charming setting for any event and is always beautiful in the fall. All three buildings will be open for tours.
“It’s exciting to think about the area filled with artists, antique dealers, crafters, food vendors and more,” said Stiles. “It is simply the perfect setting for an event like this. We are bringing back several of our farmers’ market vendors, so wonderful granolas, cookies, breads, jams and cinnamon rolls will be available. Shoppers will also be able to buy organic soaps, lotions, dog treats and beautiful fresh flowers.”
Several artists will be selling handcrafted, one-of-kind jewelry, paintings, custom made wooden boxes, bowls, home décor items and handcrafted guitars.
“We have antique dealers with lovely things from the past and crafters with wreaths and signs for the holidays,” said Stiles. “We have several food vendors setting up as well, so people should come prepared to eat.”
Robert Warren will open his studio, which is located across the street from the historical complex, and Ron Weaver, the author of a book entitled, “Canal Winchester,” will be available to answer questions about the city’s history.
“We have such a wonderful historical downtown area and we love to offer the people of Canal Winchester and the surrounding areas fun events that allow them to experience all that Canal Winchester has to offer,” said Stiles. “I’m certain people will come in to town to enjoy the Fall Festival, tour the historical complex and then stay to shop in our local shops and grab a bite to eat at one of our many unique restaurants.”