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Local and Nearby Attractions

Cedar Point Amusement Park
People throughout the entire world know about Cedar Point. It’s the number-one rated amusement park on the planet. On this 364-acre peninsula jutting into Lake Erie, there are more roller coasters than anywhere else, dozens of other rides, plus live singers and dancers in three theatres. Cedar Point has debuted the world’s tallest, fastest roller coaster—420-foot-tall, 120-MPH “Top Thrill Dragster.” The new thriller will be the park’s 16th coaster—more than anywhere else on earth. Every year more than three million people visit Cedar Point. Discount discounts are available at the Shelby/Mansfield KOA. www.cedarpoint.com

Miss Ohio Festival
The Miss Ohio Festival kicks off Miss Ohio Week. It is held the weekend prior to the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant in downtown Mansfield. www.missohio.org

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
This 2.4–mile road course boasts six national and international motorsports events during its season. Fans can roam the 330-acre facility, spread a blanket on one of the grassy mounds, and enjoy the races. www.midohio.com

Mansfield Motorsports Speedway
Ohio’s Super Speedway brings the best of the best in short track auto racing to the Mansfield area. MMS hosts the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, ASA, USAR Hooters Pro Cup, ISMA & MSA SuperModifieds, Hoosier Outlaw Sprints, Mt. Dew Xtreme Sprints, and more! This state of the art 1/2 mile asphalt track also regularly races Late Models, Sprints, Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Stockers, as well as running a weekly go-karting program. www.mansfieldmotorsportsonline.com

Richland Carrousel Park
First new hand carved wooden carousel to be build since the early 1920s. Fifty-two beautiful animals and two chariots. Indoor facility. Accessible to the handicapped. www.richlandcarrousel.com

Carousel Magic!
Welcome to Carousel Magic! Step back in time as you watch skilled craftsmen use time honored techniques of carving, finishing, and painting to transform hardwood blocks into prancing ponies and magical menagerie figures. Tour displays will teach you about the history, styles, and construction of carousels. Group tours by reservation. www.carouselmagic.com

Kingwood Center
Kingwood is the 47-acre former estate of Charles K. King. The grounds are renowned for both their historic significance and the brilliant floral displays of the new gardens. The French Provincial mansion contains many rooms decorated with Mr. King’s original furnishings and one of Ohio’s outstanding horticultural libraries. An elegant greenhouse features year-round displays and plant sales. The extensive grounds offer opportunities for hiking and quiet isolation from vehicles. www.kingwoodcenter.org

The Living Bible Museum
Witness the Holy Bible come to life before your very eyes. Fifty-nine life-sized dioramas accompanied with special effects and an audio text will provide for you an experience you will never forget. Also included: Miracles of the Old Testament, Ohio’s only wax museum, and the Christian Martyrs. A collection of rare Bibles, woodcarvings, and American Votive Folk Art are now on display. The museum is non-denominational. Each tour is one hour in length and wheelchair accessible. www.livingbiblemuseum.org

The Ohio State Reformatory - Mansfield
With the cornerstone laid in 1886, this castle-like prison was designed as a reformatory for young offenders. Abandoned in 1990, the original cellblocks and administration areas remain intact. Four major motion pictures have been filmed on location, including “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Air Force One.” Listed on the nation Register of Historic Places, tour admissions are applied directly to the preservation of the building. Not handicapped accessible. www.mrps.org

Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival
The largest eating festival in Ohio of German heritage. This years dates are Aug. 14, 15, 16, 2008.

Eric Grohe Murals - Bucyrus
“Great American Crossroads” depicts many stories and scenes in the mural. The people and activities were chose from various times throughtout the last 100 years. Over 130 Bucyrus citizens modeled for the artist, 88 of whom can be found in the mural. The mural artist is Eric Grohe of Marysville, Washington. Also designed and painted by Eric Grohe during the summer and fall of 2001, “Liberty Remembers” honors veterans of all wars. The portraits of 284 Crawford County veterans flank Lady Liberty, who is embracing a dying soldier. During the painting of this mural, the events of September 11, 2001, unfolded. Immediately after, Eric painted a phrase on the banner which he taped to the mural and later incorporated in the painting. The phrase, “Our flag still waves. Her torch still shines,” can be seen on the back arch of the monument. www.bucyrusohio.com

Seneca Caverns
"Ohio's Greatest Natural Underground Adventure", our 68th Year! Seneca Caverns, discovered in 1872 and located in Bellevue, Ohio, is a Registered Ohio Natural Landmark. www.senecacavernsohio.com

Thomas Alva Edison Birthplace

The Ohio Genealogical Society Library - Mansfield
This is a 15,000 volume genealogical library, primarily for the Ohio family research. Included in this library are census record, cemetery listings, and Bible records, and lineage papers for first families of Ohio. www.ogs.com

Amish Country
Although Ohio’s Amish live the simple life, traveling the country roads by horse and buggy, visitors to Amish country can still see the sights from the comfort of their cars. Large, white-painted farmhouses are scattered across the green fields. Rows of paster dresses and black work pants hang to dry in the sun. Barefoot boys wearing suspenders stroll alongside the road.

www.amishfleamarket.com - Open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
www.mohicancountry.org - Mohican Country information canoeing, recreation, restaurants, visitor bureau

Prairie Peddler
Located at "Prairietown" on SR 97 between Butler and Loudonville. Prairie Peddler Old West Festival - September 27th and 28th and October 4th and 5th.. 180 traditional craftsmen in an outdoor setting. Old West theme, pioneer foods, family entertainment. www.prairietown.com

Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Located on the headwater of the Clearfork River, the marsh and old growth forest offers great birding and hiking opportunities. A visitors center, outdoor display area for birds of prey and a walk through songbird aviary are among its attractions. www.ohiobirdsanctuary.com

Johnny Appleseed Heritage Center
State Rt 603, Mansfield, 44902 - It’s just about unheard of. Rarely when they’re on the road do campers find an experience that combines music, history, adventure and theatre in one package. But that’s exactly what came to north central Ohio in June 2004. www.jahci.org

Renaissance Theater
A 1928 movie place in grand baroque design is now a nonprofit community perfoming arts center. Shows range from children's theater to the Mansfield Symphony. www.rparts.org

Freedom Festival
July 4th at Mansfield Lahm Airport, the only festival in the area that provides both air and ground entertainment. The largest fireworks show in North Central Ohio. Scheduled to appear: C-130, Mansfield’s own airlift wing; B-17, World War II historical “Yankee Lady” available for rides; C-47; The Misty Blues all-girl skydiving team; tremendous car show Wings of Valor, display of paintings and photos; Pepsi Skywriter; and The Stars and Stripes, an aircraft acrobatic team.

Celeryville Vegetable Farms
A 3,000-acre organic “mulch” vegetable garden. View the reservoir, labor camps, greenhouses, celery and radish harvesting machines in action, radish packaging equipment and processing, packaging and loading all types of vegetables from the months of June-September. OHIO Magazine judged it one of the best industrial tours in the state. www.buurmafarms.com

Cooper’s Mill
Cooper’s produces the most delicious jams and jellies you’ll ever spread on your bread. Their famous apple butter is slow cooked over a wooden fire in 50-gallon copper kettles, then poured into jars for national distribution. Owners Miriam and David Cooper got their start with a simple fresh fruit and vegetable stand outside their home in 1969. The still use the original jelly recipes from David’s grandmother.

The Picking Copper Kettle Works
The Picking Company is the oldest continuous manufacturer in Bucyrus and the last of the hand-hammered copper kettle shops in America. Tours available.

Summit Motorsports Park
Summit Motorsports Park is a family owned business purchased by Bill Bader, Sr. in 1974 and run today by Bill Bader, Jr. Summit Motorsports Park (SMP) is located two miles east of the City of Norwalk, Ohio, at the intersection of State Routes 18 and 601. Family entertainment is SMP's core business, with nearly 500,000 visitors each year enjoying drag racing events from April through October. The schedule has grown from 24 events in 1974 to 90 events in 2009. Providing outstanding guest service, entertainment and fun with a focus on family entertainment is our mantra. Our two biggest races of the year, The Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals is June 25-28, 2009 and our signature event the NAPA Night Under Fire present by Amalie Motor Oil is August 1, 2009. You can purchase tickets to these or any of our events online www.SummitMotorsportsPark.com or via phone 419-668-5555

Carl’s Gas Station
Carl’s is the place to relive the 1950s. View a historic Sinclair gas station and great vintage automobiles. Bucyrus.

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