Start odometer: 48580 Left Greenfield at 10:21 am
Today, we’re off the Dayton Ohio. En route, we stopped in Greenville, OH which was home to two famous people - Annie Oakley (Phoebe Moses) and Lowell Thomas. We visited the Garst Museum to learn more. This museum also has lots of information about Mad Anthony Wayne. We got so caught up in the museum that we lost track of time.
Since it was Sunday, we missed the KitchenAid Factory tour, one T would have loved since she loves KitchenAid appliances. She’s had her own K5A stand mixer since the late 1970's. It’s kneaded bread dough, mixed countless batches of cookie dough and shredded vegetables and cheeses galore.
We headed for Frontier Campground in Waynesville, OH. A picked the campground because it was nowhere near an Interstate. We really do prefer the small quiet campgrounds without incessant traffic noise, trains, airplanes. This one has the airplanes but they don’t come by nearly as frequently as the semi’s on the interstates. This one was off the beaten path and pleasant enough. It could use a little TLC.
We may have missed the Parke County (Indiana) Covered Bridge Festival but we got to enjoy the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. T tried the sauerkraut donuts and found them to be quite tasty. The number of craft and food venders was phenomenal. They must have stretched close to a half mile along Main Street. This was the 39th Annual Festival with over 450 craft booths and over 30 food booths. The expected number of visitors over the two days was over 300,000 people.
We learned a little about this festival from the program. In 1970, the Waynesville Retail Merchants were planning to hold a sidewalk sale. It was suggested that a sauerkraut dinner be served as part of the event. That fall, on October 3, 1970, Waynesville hosted its first Sauerkraut Festival, serving 528 pounds of sauerkraut to approximately 1500 visitors. Entertainment included an antique car parade, German bands and folk dancers, checkers and spelling bee contests, and of course, prizes for the largest head of cabbage and the best home-made sauerkraut. Booths were set up on Main Street to sell kraut-containing foods (including sauerkraut ice cream), fall harvest produce, and display the antiques, arts, and crafts of a few vendors. The festival continued to grow.
By 1974, the size of the festival brought it under the management of the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce. BY 1976 the number of visitors surpassed 40,000. They have shuttle-buses to parking areas and the neighbors provide parking for a fee. Info can be obtained at www.sauerkrautfestival.com or 513-897-8855. Warren County tourist information can be obtained from www.ohioslargestplatground.com or 800-791-4FUN.
The Ohio Renaissance Festival also takes place in this area in Harveysburg. State Route 73 between I-71 and I-75 from Aug 30 to Oct 19 (in 2008) (Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day). Info at www.renfestival.com or 513-897-7000.