October 6, 2005
FOREST HERITAGE FESTIVAL RAISES FUNDS FOR AKRON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
DOVER, OH - Teaching the public about forest resources, and raising money to help treat and prevent children’s illness and injury, are the focus of the 10th Annual Forest Heritage Festival being held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 14-15 in Dover, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The event, which benefits Akron Children’s Hospital, is hosted at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds and co-sponsored by employees of the New Philadelphia Wal-Mart Store, the East Central Ohio Loggers Chapter, and the ODNR Division of Forestry. Last year more than $72,000 was raised during the festival.
“We are proud to be a part of this event, which serves as a wonderful opportunity to educate the public about our state’s forest resources as well as raise money for a great cause,” said Dennis Cable, district forester with the Division of Forestry.
General admission to the festival is free. Entertainment includes performances by Fred Scheer’s Lumberjack Show, more than 40 craft exhibits, activities for kids, chain saw sculpturing and rail splitting. In addition, a helicopter air ambulance will visit each day and logging trucks, logging equipment and forest products will be on display.
Fundraising events include the popular Logger’s Ball from 6 to 10 p.m. on October 14. A $12 admission fee to the ball benefits Akron Children’s Hospital and includes dinner, live entertainment and dancing. At noon on October 15, proceeds from a BBQ and charity auction benefit the hospital, and include live music, wagon rides, and portable sawmilling. Money is also raised through the sale of donated food and concession items and raffle tickets.
For more information, contact Frank Corona at 330-339-2205 ext. 13 or forestheritagefestival.com online.