You can learn more about Ohio’s history and participate in a wide variety of fun activities at the 39th annual Zoar Harvest Festival being held on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5. Located between New Philadelphia and Canton, Zoar, Ohio is only 62 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately an hour’s drive.
A Bit About Zoar Village Founded in 1817 by a group of German Separatists escaping religious persecution in their native country, Zoar Village was formed to provide a communal society in order to survive in an unfamiliar land. Twenty-four of the original 26 buildings still stand in the historic village.
Zoar Harvest Festival Celebrating the harvest of the last of the summer wheat, the festival will feature over 60 antique dealers (all under one tent), a craft show, an antique carriage and buggy display, children’s period amusements and games and horse-drawn wagon rides throughout the village.
Two featured attraction at the Harvest Festival will be a sheep dog demonstration and an exotic animal petting zoo. In addition there will be costumed artisan demonstrations involving candle making, weaving, making soap, canning, baking, spinning, blacksmithing, bee keeping, butter churning, sauerkraut making and even doing laundry the pioneer way. The Festival also offers an art show, exhibit and sale.
Visitors will also be able to tour all the historic buildings, museums and gardens in Zoar Village.
Plenty of authentic German food will be on hand (provided by local churches and non-profit organizations) including bratwurst, German-style potato salad and sauerkraut. Other food items being offered are pulled pork sandwiches, corn-on-the-cob and homemade ice cream.
Hike to Harvest Festival For those with an adventurous spirit, you can take a one-way guided tour along the 2.9 mile towpath trail and the Ohio & Erie Canal from Fort Laurens to the Harvest Festival in Zoar. Transportation will be provided back to your cars.
Hours for the Zoar Harvest Festival are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Parking is free.
For more information on the Zoar Harvest Festival call 330-874-2646 or get online at www.HistoricZoarVillage.com.
Zoar Village is located at 198 Main Street in Zoar, Ohio. It is approximately an hour drive from Cleveland.