Preserve-side, we’re enjoying summer with plenty of water games, fishing derbies, BBQs, outdoor movies and more. For a complete list of onsite events, visit Here, we a highlight of just a few of the local events going on near our preserves.

Fruity Fun in Ohio

The 25th Annual Strawberry Festival and Craft Bazaar features crafts, quilt show, live entertainment, kids corner, games, strawberry shortcake and tours thru 19th century Depot Village. Event dates are June 16 and 17. Spaghetti dinner on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m., all proceeds benefit restoration. For more information call (440) 576-0496. Held at the Jefferson Depot, just 3-4 miles from Ohio’s Kenisee Lake Preserve.

Banana Split Festival

The weekend of June 8-9, celebrate the birthplace of the banana split at the Banana Split Festival, in Wilmington, Ohio with a weekend festival featuring crafts and collectibles, street fair type games, live music, all kinds of food, a cruise-in car show, and a make your own banana split booth. For more information visit Event is near our Wilmington Preserve.

Sand Castles in Washington

Get ready to dig in at the 29th Annual Birch Bay Sand Castle Contest, scheduled for June 16. It’s amazing how with a little imagination the beach at Birch Bay transport into a series of sand castles and sand sculptures. Each takes on its own life in the form of sea life, castles, cars, dragons, people, shipwrecks and more. Have some fun and see what you might come up with! Spectators will find participants using sand, water and other materials found at the beach to construct their castles. Open to individuals, teams, and families. No cost to participate. For more information call the Chamber office at (360) 371.5004. Event begins at 9 a.m. and judging is at noon. Event is less than a mile from our Birch Bay Preserve.