Coshocton is the place to be this season with free family events

| May 9, 2013

BalloonCOSHOCTON —Save time, money and gas this summer by spending time close to home enjoying some great family fun in Coshocton. You’ll find affordable getaway packages and free events in Coshocton perfect for your family. From balloons to corvettes, to traditional Appalachian music, Coshocton is just the place to spend your summer getaway.

On June 7-9, visitors can enjoy the oldest hot air balloon event in Ohio—The Coshocton Hot Air Balloon Festival, sponsored by Frontier Power, which takes place at the Coshocton Co. Fairgrounds at 707 Kenilworth Ave. Admission and entertainment are free.

This family-fun affair features midway attractions, craft booths, carnival rides, fireworks, photo contest, antiques flea market, live musical entertainment, food vendors and many other family-oriented activities. On Friday night, enjoy free musical entertainment by the Wayfarers and The Railers from Nashville. Fireworks begin around 9:20 p.m. Saturday entertainment features a variety of live entertainment including Miss Jennifer’s Dance Studio and Jodie’s Dance Studio, Ashliegh Kingsmore, and Retrovox Band.  The popular balloon ‘Night Glow’ then takes place around 9:15 p.m.

Balloon launches and fly-ins will take place (weather permitting) on Friday, June 7 around 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 8, around 6 a.m. and again around 6 p.m.; and Sunday, June 9, around 6 a.m. For more information, go to

Corvette enthusiasts will love the Corvettes at Roscoe Cruise-In on June 9.  Over 200 corvettes will converge on the street in Historic Roscoe Village at this event hosted by the Classic Glass Corvette Club. Spectator admission to the cruise-in is free. Visitors will enjoy strolling along the street admiring the cars while listening to the tunes of 50s and 60s music.

Coshocton County is also the host of the longest-running heritage music festival in Ohio—Coshocton Dulcimer Days, which is also the second-oldest event of its kind in the United States. This year marks the 39th anniversary of this nationally-significant Appalachian musical event, which will be in Historic Roscoe Village on June 14-16. The event features the Mid-East Regional Dulcimer Championships, concerts, music vendors, artists’ booths and traditional Appalachian music, open stage times, raffles, and a Sunday morning gospel sing and service.

Admission and parking are free. There is a $15 fee per workshop and a freewill offering will be collected for the Saturday night concert featuring dulcimer players Bing Futch and Dana Hamilton and David Lindsey. For more details, check out

July 23-27, Coshocton will host Ohio Chautauqua ~When Ohio Was the Western Frontier with free daytime workshops and free historic programs featuring Dan Cutler as Iroquois leader Chief John Logan; Debra Conner as frontier aristocrat Margaret Blennerhassett; Marvin Jefferson as Lewis & Clark expedition member York; Hank Fincken as naturalist and folk hero Johnny Appleseed; and Jeremy Meier as the Battle of Lake Erie hero Oliver Hazard Perry.

Enjoy your summer at these free, family-fun events in Coshocton, Ohio ~ ‘The Made in the USA City’,  a 200-year-old community with a rich history of manufacturing innovations and local retailers focused on showcasing made in the USA products.

To learn more about affordable and fun getaway packages, the Horse-drawn Canal Boat Ride, Historic Roscoe Village, Unusual Junction, Coshocton’s five wineries, family-fun events and more, call 1-800-338-4724 or go to

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