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10 things to do this weekend

Grace Ellis • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

Disco and “Twilight” and baseball, oh my! In the last gasps of summer, the range of events grows increasingly wide, and the scattered variety of happenings this weekend has a little bit of something for everyone. Whether you’re a festival fan, a racing enthusiast or a music aficionado, there certainly enough to keep you busy before school starts.

Sandusky County Fair – One of Ohio’s largest and finest country fairs, the Sandusky County Fair continues through this weekend with a whole company of animal judgings, live entertainment and bands, tractor pulls and the piece de resistance: the demolition derby.  This is not a fair to be missed, so be sure to bring your family and your happiest demeanor and catch the grandeur that is the Sandusky County Fair.

Appearance by Peter Facinelli – Recognized most recently for his role of Dr. Carlisle in the “Twilight” movies, Facinelli is a well-known and respected actor, and he will be signing autographs and taking pictures with people (for a moderate price, naturally). The persisting rumor is that the event is being hosted inside the mall because if it had been outside, he would have vampire-sparkled and the whole world would find out that “Twilight” is actually a documentary. Or so I have read.

Boppin on the Basin - Irish Fest – At the Huron Boat Basin and Amphitheater, a titanic celebration of Irish and Scottish heritage will unfold, bringing together fans of shamrocks, leprechauns and all things green for a party that will make you think it’s St. Patrick’s Day.

Pinks All Out – Be a part of the action as “PINKS: All Out,” a racing show presented on SPEED TV, films an episode at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk. The show regularly features small town, grass roots racers who compete head-to-head for a chance at fame and a cash prize. It should be an extremely unique and wildly entertaining night of racing, if for no other reason than that everyone there has a realistic chance of being on national television.

Be a Jr. Zoo Keeper for the Day – For any nature-loving kid, being up close and personal with wild animals is a dream come true, and that’s just what Kalahari is offering: close encounters of the zoo-ish kind. Kangaroos, giraffes, snakes, Sinbad the camel and other beasties will be on hand for the young people to meet at this fun, exciting adventure when you can never be quite sure what’s going to happen next.

Perch Festival – Fact: the people in this area, in general, have an unhealthy passion for perch. There is a solid foundation for this fact, however, given the high quality (and quantity) of the fish around here, and this festival in Marblehead is a grand celebration of how freakishly delicious local perch is. A parade, raffles, kids’ game, entertainment and an overwhelming amount of fish will all be readily available, so don’t miss it.

Disco Fever Benefit Party – Officially dubbed “That 70’s Party,” Kalahari is offering a chance for party-goers to head back in time to the disco era and get down tonight, with all of the benefits going toward charity, of course. Costumes are encouraged, so if you’ve been anxiously waiting for a chance to bust out that tired, polyester leisure suit ala John Travolta, now is the time to catch some serious boogie fever.

Sandusky River Valley Doll Show – The Seneca County School of Opportunity in Tiffin will play host to one of the area’s foremost doll showcases. Including everything from antique to modern to collectable to handcrafted dolls, the displays are sure to bring back memories for anyone who ever played with dolls (or their siblings who so thoroughly enjoyed ripping the heads off of their Barbies). Ahh, memories!

Spiegel Grove Squires Vintage Baseball Game – Baseball has always been America’s game, and with roots dating back well over 100 years, the history of the sport is, in many ways, the history of the nation. Playing under 1860s rules and with 1860s-style equipment, the Squires will take on the Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club in the way that the game was originally meant to be played. If you consider yourself a true baseball fan, this is not a game to be missed.

The Firelands Symphony presents Summer Pops – Set at the gorgeous McBride Arboretum, the Pops concert will feature guest artists from Cedar Point. There is a rain location, but as of right now the forecast is clear for Sunday, so plan on bringing a lawn chair or blanket and prepare to relax.

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