Sandusky County Blogs
Summer Days and Summer Nights in Fremont, Ohio
Publication Date : 09/04/2018 19:35:00
Author : Mandy Burris
Saturday, August 18 was a day for the books! It brought family friendly activities in the morning and adult fun in the evening. Fremont’s Farmer’s Market was themed “The Dog Days of Summer” -- aptly so, because it was over 80 degrees and the sunshine was out in full force. It was a beautiful morning for a market. The heat carried over to the evening for the Beers, Blues, and Brats festival, however, when the sun starting hiding behind the downtown buildings and the breeze started coming in it was pretty comfy.
“The Dog Days of Summer” Farmer’s Market was an incredible experience and if I’d say so myself I think it was a HUGE success!!! I’d say 90% of the people at the market had brought their pups down to experience the activities and get in some socialization. There were activities for dogs and dog parents to enjoy together - which is always a winner in my book. There was a dog show (46 entries!), a scavenger hunt (by Shear Delight Pet Salon), pools of water around the market, free water and treats, discounted grooming (by Professional Grooming), and paw print magnets (by Professional Grooming). The humane society even had stuffed puppies up for adoption, which was a very cute idea. (When you adopted a puppy you got an adoption certificate and instructions on how to take care of your new puppy.)
I’m all about being able to take my “fur-kids” with me places. One of my pups really enjoyed the free water samples throughout the market; she stopped to taste every single bowl. The other one was more about the treats we got from the scavenger hunt.
The market as usual had wonderful farm fresh produce (we always score fresh veggies when we can), booths sporting doggy buys and booths with things for the pup’s parents (like LuLaRoe Clothes…WINNING!!!). Both the girls and my husband and I were exhausted by the time we left the market, and naps were taken by all; which, was much needed since we were heading out that evening for another event in downtown Fremont.
We arrived half an hour after the Blues Brews & Brats Festival started, but it was already totally packed! The music we walked in to was Bobby G and Frienz, he was there last year as well - we enjoyed him. Last year was our first time experiencing the festival, and thought it was fun enough to go back this year, but we didn’t expect there to be such a huge difference in crowd numbers! There were at least three times as many people there this year than what we saw last year in attendance. It’s always fun to see the community coming out for fund raising events.
The event is put on by the Rotary Club and they have various local youth and community projects that the funds go towards. You pay an entry fee and then buy food, drinks, and if you want one - a stogie or two. The brats came from the Ballville EZ-Shoppe, the sauerkraut came from The Fremont Company, and other foods came from Friendship Food Stores, and Nickels Bakery. They served a variety of beers from Catawba Island Brewing Company, wines from Sutter Home, and various coolers. This year they offered free popcorn in addition to the meal you pay for, so there was something to munch on while you drank your beer/wine and listened to the music.
I’d say for a night themed around the blues, everyone was pretty happy. Every member of the Rotary Club was genuinely there to serve. They always had a smile on their face, and with such a large crowd in attendance each person had something to do. It was a busy, busy day as a whole, but it was all worth it!
Downtown Fremont continually draws a crowd with each even they host/put on. Keep shopping local everyone! For more information on future events in downtown Fremont visit: www.buylocalinfremont.com