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Summer fun returns with Ohio festivals

Food trucks at Festival of Flight

Food Trucks at Festival of Flight | Photo by Caitlin Shatsby | The Wright State Guardian

As summer returns so do festivals. Celebrating everything from fruits and vegetables to cultural events, here are some of Ohio’s top festivals for 2022.

Strawberry festival

Those looking to chow down on some fresh summer berries can check out the Troy Strawberry Festival in Troy, Ohio. 

Hosted by the Troy Chamber of Commerce and other sponsors, the festival will feature live entertainment and booths selling strawberry goods, according to the festival website. Proceeds from these booths will go towards city projects. 

The weekend long festival will be held on June 4 and 5, 2022 and is free and open to the public. 

Corn festival 

Another festival featuring a delicious vegetable is the Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival held on June 20 and 21. The annual fair will span Dayton-Yellow Springs Road and feature live music, dance and food vendors. 

Like the strawberry festival, the corn festival does not have an entrance fee.

Art festival 

Art fans looking for an adventure outside of the Dayton region can check out the Columbus Arts Festival.

Hosted by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, the festival is a three day affair beginning on June 10 till June 12. According to the festival website, various types of art including visual, 3-D, written and spoken art will be featured at the event along with art workshops and a small film festival. 

Spanning the riverfront in downtown Columbus, the main festival is free and open to the public with special member packages available for purchase. 

Pride festivals

June is Pride Month, a month dedicated to celebrating and recognizing the LGBTQA+ community and its history, accomplishments and challenges. 

Part of this celebration is Pride parades and festivals. Beginning in 1970 to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising, many towns and large cities have continued the tradition of Pride parades. Here are some local celebrations:

June 4 | Dayton Pride 

June 17-18 | Columbus Pride

June 25 | Cincinnati and Yellow Springs Pride

Jamie Naylor


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