Sometimes a short getaway close to home is just what you need in the cold winter months and Valentineâ€™s Day could be the perfect time. If youâ€™re looking for a romantic getaway with your special someone, then Richland County is your destination for Valentineâ€™s Day. The Mansfield & Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau offers helpful ideas on ways to spend the special weekend like wine dinners, stargazing, and an evening with Old Blue Eyes.
If you missed the inaugural running of the Shawshank Hustle, mark your calendar now! The Shawshank Hustle returns to Mansfield, Ohio on June 11, 2016 at The Ohio State Reformatory. Last year the registration limit was 3,000 participants and quickly sold out. Visitors traveled from 30 states to be part of day and took advantage of Shawshank Packages and lodging at several area hotels. Registration for 2016 is now open. The 7K event is open to runners, walkers and those who love the movie, "The Shawshank Redemption," and will once again begin and end at the Ohio State Reformatory, where much of the movie was filmed in 1993. Read more details about the event.
As the snow builds up on the ground it is slowly erasing the familiar world, creating a blank canvas where any kind of landscape might be latent. It was a day like this Ă˘â‚¬â€ť dark gray, the world slowly being swept away behind gusts of snow Ă˘â‚¬â€ť the first time I picked up The Green Bay Tree as a young man. It is the first book, the first bestseller, by Louis Bromfield: a story that takes place in Mansfield. As I turned the pages of the old novel the modern city around me drifted, blurred, darkened; and in the book that other Mansfield Ă˘â‚¬â€ť the city from 100 years ago Ă˘â‚¬â€ť stirred and took life.
Spitzer Motor Speedway is on track for an eventful season in 2016. The schedule, slated to run from May through September (tentatively), features Friday night biweekly shows for $5 and special events on varying Saturdays and Sundays for $15. Children 15 and younger can get in free for all events. See the full schedule.
The 2016 motorsports season at the venerable Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course gets under way early as tickets for all events and reservations for classes with The Mid-Ohio School open open today with significant discounted prices available between now and the New Year. The racing events for the 2016 season will include The Vintage Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio, AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Verizon IndyCar Series), Mid-Ohio 200 (NASCAR XFINITY Series), and SCCA National Championship Runoffs. See dates now.
The CVB is exhibiting for the fourth year at the AAA Great Vacation Travel Expo, January 22-24, 2016 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Over 12,000 travelers attend during the weekend looking for travel ideas and events within Ohio and beyond. The CVB has invited our members to enjoy this fun travel show by taking a shift in the CVBĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s booth.
Full Throttle Racing Promotions LLC is excited to announce that they have reached an agreement with Grant Milliron to operate The Spitzer Motor Speedway for the 2016 season. Full Throttle Racing Promotions President is Mike Yunker and the Competition Director is Chris Mize. OhioĂŻÂżÂ˝s legendary short track driver Gary St. Amant will be involved with the promoting of the Spitzer Motor Speedway as well.
Lee Tasseff was recognized with the stateâ€™s highest tourism industry honor, the Paul Sherlock Award in Tourism, during the Ohio Conference on Tourism, Nov. 16. The president of the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tasseff was presented the peer award at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. Tasseff was hired as executive director, now president, of the Mansfield/Richland County Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1990. Heâ€™s held numerous leadership roles at the local, regional and state level, including president of the Ohio Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus and the Ohio Travel Association. Tasseff is a current board member of the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association. â€śLee is known throughout the state as change-maker with an instinctive understanding of tourism and its contributions to the economy,â€ś says Ohio Travel Association Executive Director Melinda Huntley.
Pumpkin pies, cranberries, and mistletoe lead us to the season of shopping, decking the halls, and trying to wedge every possible activity into our schedules. Memories are made here, so let us give you a heads up and reminder of early winter and holiday traditions not to be missed like visiting a Christmas tree farm, outdoor ice skating, and theatre classics like White Christmas. Hereâ€™s our Tourism Ten for the season:
They drove along Reformatory Drive, their attention captured by the stone monster flickering through the fence. Ahead was an avenue of buckeye trees emphasizing â€“ â€śarrival.â€ť It led smack into the prison, looming as an imposing castle. â€śHow would you like to live across the street from a prison?â€ť A man asked a boy as they walked, gesturing at the houses across the way. â€śLiving across from a castle would be awesome!â€ť The boy exclaimed, ignoring the leading question.