There are a number of local happenings this weekend, with no shortage of things to do or see. Enjoy a Kelleys Island tradition at Bag the Moon with a welcome back fish fry, or enjoy a springtime vendor show and workshop at Colonial Gardens all-day event. Entertain the kids with a Pinewood Derby race, or shop for mom at the Mother's Day Expo. Read on for our top picks.
1.) Randy Conrad Benefit: Pig Roast
Why you should go: This pig roast benefit for Randy Conrad will feature all kinds of great food, including BBQ pork and sliced beef dinner with pasta salad, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, dessert, a cash bar and plenty of raffles. Pre-sale tickets are available at the Margaretta Township Fire Department or by calling the number below.
WHEN: 5-10 p.m. April 29
WHERE: American Legion Post 83, 3615 Hayes Ave., Sandusky
COST: $10/adult, $5/children ages 12 and under
2.) Springtime at the Gardens
Why you should go: At this springtime vendor show, you’ll enjoy a day of flowers, gardening tips, fine art, crafts, antiques and music. Area craftsmen will be selling their wares, one-of-a-kind merchandise. You can join in on the French Garden Combo Planter workshop at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., where for $5 you can plant it and take it home. (Registration required for workshop.) Riptide, with their summer surfing music, will play from 1-5 p.m. and the first 100 people to arrive will get a free four-inch herb plant. See photos from last year's event here.
WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30
WHERE: Colonial Gardens Flowershop and Greenhouse, 3506 Hull Rd., Huron
COST: Free; $5/workshop
3.) Pinewood Derby
Why you should go: The Erie-Huron Boy Scouts of America will have their Pinewood Derby in the Center Court of the mall. The participants in this longtime Boy Scout tradition design, build and race their very own wooden cars. Come out and cheer on your favorite car or racer!
WHEN: 11 a.m. April 30
WHERE: Center Court at Sandusky Mall, 4314 Milan Road, Sandusky
4.) Welcome Back Fish Fry
Why you should go: Bag the Moon will be having their welcome back fish fry — an island tradition — this Saturday. Meal includes delicious perch, fries, a roll, a beverage and dessert. Tickets are available for purchase at the Village Pump, Captain’s Corner, KI Venture Resort, Bag the Moon and the Island Market.
WHEN: 5-7:30 p.m. April 30
WHERE: Bag the Moon, 109 W. Lakeshore Dr., Kelleys Island
5.) Mother’s Day Expo
Why you should go: This event will give you great gift ideas for mom, as well as show your support for the Dunn family. Presented by the Erie County 1/2 Units, proceeds will go to the Dunn family. This will be a great day to do some shopping for your mom or wife. There will be raffles, 50/50s, door prizes, hair braiding, face painting and games for the kids. Vendors include (but are not limited to) Andy Dunn Memorial t-shirts, Scentsy, Premier Jewelry, Homemade German Chocolate Cakes, Tastefully Simple, Butterfly, Pampered Chef, Dave’s Chocolate, Over the Shoulder Purses, Annette’s Girly Things, ILJ Crafts, A Day Dreamer Photography, Fran & Nan’s Baubles and many more.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30
WHERE: UAW, 3114 Hayes Ave., Sandusky
COST: No cover
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Lead art: A local Girl Scout troop poses in front of their vendor both at last year's Springtime at the Gardens at Colonial Gardens.