The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce has been working hard for the past year to bring to you our 39th annual Apple Festival. Hundreds of hours go into the planning of this event, and we promise a weekend filled with food, fun, and entertainment. Saturday morning, the festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies on the main stage, followed by the crowning of our 2017-2018 Apple Festival Royalty Court! The fun doesn't stop there, be sure to stick around for the results of the baking contest, and then onto the baby contest. Mechanical rides by Kissel Amusements will be available all weekend, with options for tickets or all day wristbands. You will then want to find that perfect spot for the Grand Parade. Once again, Paulette Weirich has organized a parade that is sure to have something for everyone! After the parade, awards will be presented on the main stage, followed by the kiddie tractor pull & annual talent show. The Saturday night lineup includes a Cornhole Tournament at 4:00pm, The Ohio State Football game on the big screens in the beer tent, all followed by “The Junk” at 8pm. The beer garden will open at 4:00pm and there will be seating available for dinner. The $5.00 cover charge begins at 7:30pm. Also the Portage District Fire Department will have bingo in the fire hall from 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
Sunday opens with an outdoor church service presented by Shoreline Church at 9:00am at the main stage, followed by the annual car show being held in the Oak Harbor High School parking lot. You can take the $1 train to the high school and check out all the cars and vote for your favorites. The remainder of the day on Sunday will include family entertainment which consists of free kids crafts at the Portage Fire Station, magic show by Ronald McDonald, an open house at the fire station, The Annual 5K Apple Run and Kid’s 1 mile run, and BCS school choirs. Final entertainment to close the festival will be at 5:00 on the main stage featuring the talented youth of the Class A Dance Studio. Each year they provide the audience with a spectacular show of talent! For all those festival appetites be sure to stop at the many vendors located throughout the festival.
Tour Train transportation will be available from the Oak Harbor High School parking lot for $1 each way. The train stops at Community Markets, Oak Harbor Municipal Building, Oak Harbor Middle School and Oak Harbor High School. All of this would not be possible without the generous support from our sponsors: Carroll Township, Magruder Hospital, McDonalds, Croghan Colonial Bank, Village of Oak Harbor, Community Markets, Health Management Solutions, Lake Erie Shores & Islands, Materion, Molly Judge-DPM, Commodore Perry FCU, Oak Harbor Rotary Club, Lake Disposal, Civilian Marksmanship Program, US Bank, Kocher & Gillum, Oak Harbor Dental, Howey’s House of Brews & Friendship Sunoco. We would also like to thank Oak Harbor Hardware, Spangler Motor Sales, US Bank and Croghan Colonial Bank for the use of their property and BCS Schools for use of bleachers. For a full schedule of events and more details, visit www.oakharborohio.net. Once again, we invite everyone to visit our community and share in the fellowship of friends, family and visitors at our 39th Annual Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce Apple Festival!