Festivals spotlight best of small town living

The 41st annual Apple Festival in Oak Harbor and the 24th annual Lighthouse Festival in Marblehead and Lakeside combine each year to shine a light on the flavor of small town America. Both are designed to be fun for the whole family, featuring lots of good things to eat, games to play, marching bands and twirling batons.

For a complete listing of the events happening on Saturday around the Marblehead Peninsula, and Saturday and Sunday in the Village of Oak Harbor, go to Pages 3C-5C of this edition of The Beacon.

While the Marblehead Lighthouse will not be open for tours this year, due to renovations, visitors can enjoy a slice of Americana with a visit to the Wolcott Keeper’s House at 9999 E. Bayshore Rd., a short drive from the Marblehead Lighthouse. The 1882 home is the oldest surviving home in Ottawa County and offers visitors the chance to experience the history of lighthouse keepers.

Lakeside Chautauqua will be in full swing Saturday, with live entertainment, arts and crafts, a pumpkin decorating contest, free family games and a farmer’s market.

Oak Harbor is expecting 25,000 or more to visit the village this weekend, and Apple Festival officials are ready. Apples will be in the spotlight, with a baking contest, vendors selling apples, Boy Scouts making their famous apple butter and the Apple Festival queen and her court a big part of the parade down Water Street on Saturday.

On Saturday and Sunday there will be rides and games, a craft and vendor show and a rummage sale in Oak Harbor, as well as a fun 5K run. On Sunday, the Main Stage will feature music by the Oak Harbor High School Performance Group and performances by the Class A Dance Studio.

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