Peddlers came from as far away as North Dakota to enjoy camping and take part in activities at Mount Gilead State Park last weekend. Bill and Marcia Cadle travelled all the way from North Dakota and said they are originally from central Ohio. They enjoy returning to the area and especially camping at the state park and taking part in “Peddlers in the Park.” They were selling hand-crafted jewelry and sharing a peddler’s tent with Dianne Bishop Carey of Marion.
There were peddlers and campers from several Ohio counties as well as exhibitors from Morrow County. Audrey and Mike Gale of Cardington enjoyed a weekend camping as well as selling their hand crafted, primitive wood pieces in the park. They said that making the wood pieces has become a hobby for them in the past few years.
Volunteers in the Park (VIP) Chairman, Kenny Krumnow was pleased with the turnout of campers and visitors for the weekend events. He said that there were 285 who attended the Saturday morning breakfast and he said the number of campers was also good for August. Krumnow added that this was a good year for events and camping for the entire summer. The weather has been milder and last weekend was especially good with the warm days and cool evenings.
There was a full schedule of events for the weekend with breakfasts, a 50/50 drawing, music with Scott Duress, Janie Horton and a square dance Saturday evening. Campers and park visitors enjoyed playing Stand Up Bingo, Dutch Oven Cooking and a Mid-Ohio Balloon lift off with Gary Tyo early Saturday evening. Campers were also invited to go to Headwaters Outdoor Center on Home Road to enjoy some star gazing at their astronomy night.
There will be six more weekend events at Mount Gilead State Park this summer. Labor Day Weekend Country Breakfast will be Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1. There will also be a fundraiser breakfast on Sept. 6 & 7, the Apple Butter Festival Oct. 3 & 4 with a Fundraiser Breakfast Oct. 4 and 5. The Snowflake Festival will be held Nov. 7 & 8 and a Fundraiser Breakfast Nov. 8 & 9.
All events are on a donation basis and all donations collected will be used within the Mount Gilead State Park for park improvements and to fund the festivals.