West Liberty’s second annual Summer Street Market is happening July 24th and 25th! We will have local vendors and artists set up on Columbus Street. While you are shopping you can grab a bite to eat from one of the food trucks and enjoy some music by Kevin Ashba Friday evening. To make this event safe for everyone all of our vendors booths will be six feet apart, traffic through the street market will flow one direction, and we will provide a sanitation station at the entrance/exit. Many local shops will be open, and some will even be offering special discounts.
On Saturday the annual West Liberty Fire Sales will be happening village-wide so be ready to shop all day!
This event is the kickoff to West Liberty’s Fourth Friday Events for the rest of the year. Be sure to check out our site or follow us on Facebook to see what we have planned for next month!
The building capacity will be greatly reduced during this time. Extra staff will be available to help direct visitors. If you see a group in the building, please wait outside until they leave the building. Please help us by following all directions on signs on the doors and around the building. Please follow all social distancing guidelines while in the Nature Center and Preserve. Visitors are encouraged to wear a face covering.
Credit card use is preferred for admission fees at this time. The gift shop will be open to ADULTS ONLY. Please help by keeping children out of the gift shop. Inventory will be somewhat reduced at this time.
The boardwalk will remain accessible Wednesday - Sunday from 9:00am - 5:00pm. Please remember, restrooms will not be available except when the Nature Center is open.
“This was a tough decision to make,” said Dr. Dave Smith, president of Freshwater Farms of Ohio, “but with the festival drawing over 5,000 people last year, we could not see a way to safely host the festival this year.”
He said that restrictions on large gatherings will likely still be in place in September, and added, “We had to let our wonderful vendors and musicians know well in advance.”
Recognized by OhioFestivals.net as one of its favorites, the Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival, Smith said, “has become well known for the high quality of musical entertainment we schedule year after year, and, of course, the delicious seafood and other menu options our vendors offer, and activities for the whole family.”
He said the festival will return bigger and better in 2021. “We’ll be expanding the festival grounds and infrastructure to make room for more kids’ activities and vendors. We’ve been making the push to have more arts and crafts vendors this year, and we’ll continue that push for next year.”
In the meantime, he said, business has been strong at the farm’s retail store (fwfarms.com/retail-store/), which is open for curbside pickup 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Customers can call in orders at 937-652-3701 for merchandise from the farm market and for stocking fish and minnows.
Smith added that in the near future, the farm will have an expanded online store for ordering their fresh and frozen trout fillets, smoked trout and shrimp products, other “Dr. Dave-approved” seafood selections, and many other local foods and wines.
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2. Start Cooking
Maybe your tween needs to work on their cooking skills, or you have a teen that enjoys new receipes. Not only are they learning, it's a great family activity. Try some new foods together! Looking for a place to start? Here's a list of go-to recipes for teens.
3. Educate your Alexa
Did you know you can add fun apps to your Alexa to keep your family entertained?
Everything from games, challenges and more! Check out a complete list for kids & teens here!
4. Build It
Gather your Legos, blocks and building tools and create a building challenge! Work together or challenge a family member. You'll be amazed at what you can create.
5. Spread Kindness
Social isolation can be difficult for everyone. Help spread some cheer. Create cards and artwork and mail them to your local nursing homes. Or use your social media to your advantage and create funny videos to share with family & friends.
6. Movie Marathons
Set up an indoor movie theater complete with popcorn, candy, blankets and comfy clothes. Whether you choose a classic like Star Wars or Harry Potter or maybe a Marvel series, it's a great way to relax and enjoy time together
7. Time to Organize
Remember all those things you said you'd get around to doing when you had time and energy? Here it is! Struggling to get your teen to keep their closet organized? Here is a list to get you started.
8. Documentary Time
Streaming services are filled with documentaries on a variety of topics. Educational and informative. Here is a list of some of the best documentaries and you can search by age group!
9. Old School Scavenger Hunt
Okay, we get it, your kids may not be okay with having to use pen and paper to create something. So we have a plan, use the app Goose Chase, to create and run a hunt online!
10. Family Game Night
Dust off those old games and enjoy a family game night. Monopoly, Trouble or Candyland! There's something for everyone!
Whatever you do, remember you're doing it together as a family. Enjoy!