By Jacki Chamberlain
Wayne County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Wayne County Convention and Visitors Bureau, in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, invites you to grab your picnic basket and cooler before setting out to enjoy the gorgeous summer weather on a  Backroads of Wayne County, Picnic Basket Tour.

The Wayne County Convention & Vistor’s Bureau suggests your first stop should be at their office at 428 W. Liberty Street in Downtown Wooster. They will be happy to furnish you with maps and information on the area. The office is open Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm.

While in Downtown Wooster stop by Local Roots Market and Café, a year-round indoor local food co-op featuring baked goods, meats, eggs, produce, arts and crafts and seasonal ready-to-go salads and soups.

New to Downtown Wooster is the JAFB Brewery, who crafts freshly handmade beer.  JAFB invites you to enjoy your picnic lunch in their tap room as they make just one thing…beer, and they do it right. Be sure to check out these summertime events held in Downtown Wooster:

July 3                              Air Force Band of Flight Concert
July 4                              Ohio Light Opera Community Pops Concert
July 26                            Taste and Sounds of Downtown
August 17                       Concert/Cruise In

Wayne County boasts four award-winning wineries, Troutman Vineyards & Winery and Blue Barn Winery in Wooster, Silver Run Vineyard & Winery and Bent Ladder Cider & Wine, both in Doylestown.  These establishments offer tasting rooms with scenic views of the rural Wayne County countryside and wonderful outdoor concerts throughout the summer.


Take a short drive north on scenic route 94 to the village of Marshallville and the Marshallville Packing CompanyThis is where you’ll be glad you packed the cooler…as they offer a complete line of old-world sausages, smoked meats and cheeses. Have you ever been to a good old fashioned tractor pull? The Village of Marshallville boasts one of the oldest continuous pulls in the state.

June 30                           Marshallville Antique Tractor Pull
July 28                             Marshallville Antique Tractor Pull
August 24-25                 Marshallville Historical Day


Looking to spend some time in an authentic Amish village where the Amish shop? Then Kidron, the home of Lehman’s Hardware, is just the place for you. Wonderful bakeries, shopping, and a charming little country cheese Shop. The Kidron community is busy organizing some wonderful summer events…and you are invited!

 July 7                            Made in Ohio Day
July 14                           Lehman’s Annual Summer Celebration
August 10-11                Shisler’s Cheese 60th Anniversary Celebration
August 11                      Sonnenberg Village Homecoming

A beautiful place to enjoy your culinary finds would be the Secrest Arboretum & Gardens on The Ohio State University’s agricultural College campus in Wooster. Open daily from dawn to dusk offering scenic walking and biking paths and the opportunity to explore the diverse landscape theme gardens. Join them this summer for great family-friendly events including:

July 12                            Whiz Bang! Science Show (Volcanos)
August 9                         Whiz Bang! Science Show (Science of Magic)
August 11                       Guided Bird Walk through the Arboretum 

One last stop might include events happening this summer at the Wayne County Fairgrounds we thought might interest you.

August 3-4                     Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale & Quilt Auction
August 9-11                    Lincoln Highway “Buy-Way” Sale
September 8-13            169th Annual Wayne County Fair

Information on all of the above business, events and attractions, as well as accommodations in the Wayne County area can be found on our website at Come experience all that Wayne County has to offer along our backroads featuring quaint villages and towns, stunning vistas and rural county farmland at its best. See why we say, “You deserve a Get-A-Wayne!”


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