The Hancock Park District celebrates history and the changing of the seasons when they present their newest event, “Autumn Fest at Litzenberg,” being held Oct. 19 at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. Many activities and demonstrations will take place, including the sixth annual Plein Air Paint-Out (above), demonstrations of woodworking and other crafts from the past, horse-drawn wagon rides and much more. Live music will be provided during the event by Ol’ Creek Road (below). (Photo provided)

The Hancock County Park District will celebrate northwest Ohio history with a new seasonal event when it hosts “Autumn Fest at Litzenberg” Saturday, Oct. 19, from 1-5 p.m. The festival will feature Native American and 19th-century folk arts, and it will show how elements of both are employed in today’s modern age.

Visitors can experience living history activities, demonstrations, games and reenactments throughout the festival, held on the circa 1847 McKinnis Farmgrounds and the nature preserve of historic Litzenberg Memorial Woods, 6100 U.S. 224 West.

Attendees can enjoy a children’s craft area, a scavenger hunt hike, campfire cooking, horse-drawn wagon hayrides and a homemade apple pie contest. Live music will be provided by Ol’ Creek Road, a folk/bluegrass gospel band based in Perrysburg.

Entries in the apple pie contest must be turned in at the Litzenberg Memorial Woods activity barn by 1:30 p.m. on the day of the festival. Filling must be predominantly apple, and pies should be wrapped in plastic or foil in a 9-inch pie plate. Recipes must accompany each entry.

The contest will be judged at 2 p.m. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit.

Winners will be announced at 4 p.m., with prizes awarded in the following categories: judge’s choice, best appearance, best crust, and best filling. The photos of winners and their recipes will be posted on the park district’s website. Entry forms can be found at

In addition to the events of the festival, attendees are invited to shop in the Artisan Village. From 1-4 p.m., village vendors will demonstrate historic techniques while producing their wares. Vendors include:

• The Fire Canvas — fire-branded art

• Deb Berning’s Soaps, Salves and Lip Balms

• Granny’s Treats — dried fruits

• Spearman Forge — blacksmith

• MLR Pottery

• River Valley Pasta

• The House That is a Kitchen — bread

• Roger Powell, LA/Artist — beekeeping, honey and hand-drawn cards

• Fruth Sugarhouse, Greenhouse and Floral Shop — herbs and mums

• Mat Makers of Pandora United Methodist Church — plarn (yarn made from plastic bags) weaving

Jam, gourds and birdhouses will also be available. Popcorn and cider will be served in the activity barn.

The sixth annual Plein Air Paint-Out will be held during the same time as Autumn Fest, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Artists are invited to work outside at Litzenberg Memorial Woods. The public is invited to observe artists as they work throughout the day. Completed projects will be displayed starting at 3 p.m. The name of the event is derived from the French phrase “en plein air,” which means “in the open air.” There is no registration fee, but participants can register the day of or prior to the event by contacting Sharon Hammer Baker at

“Autumn Fest at Litzenberg” is free for all ages, with no registration required. For more information, contact Michelle Rumschlag at