Medina County Fall Foliage Tour

A Medina County tradition since 1968

What is the Fall Foliage Tour?
The Medina County Fall Foliage Tour is a drive-it-yourself tour of agricultural, educational, or historical related stops designed to interest and educate the participating general public about agriculture and the rural way of life in Medina County.  It is not intended to be a commercial, political, or retail event.

The tour has been held yearly since 1968 with the exception of 1981 and 1982. Through the years, the tour remains relatively the same and has been able to maintain its agricultural and educational integrity while growing into the major fall event in Medina County.

When is the tour held?
The Medina County Fall Foliage Tour is held during the second full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) within the month of October from Noon until 5 p.m. each day.

Who organizes the Tour?
The Fall Foliage Tour is organized under the direction of Medina County Park District; Medina County Soil and Water Conservation District; Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Medina County District Library; and the Ohio State University Extension, Medina County. It is planned and operated by the Fall Foliage Tour Committee (FFTC).

 The role of the Medina County Fall Foliage Tour Committee includes but is not limited to:

• Research possible tour hosts
• Evaluate and select tour hosts
• Review the previous year’s tour and make suggestions for needed changes
• Set general guidelines and fees for the tour and revise them as needed
• Assist with the actual preparations for the tour (such as contacting hosts or sponsors; setting up
  the tour route; making, placing, and removing signs; etc.)

Can anyone join the FFT committee?
Any interested person may attend FFTC meetings or request to become a member of the FFTC.  Committee members must attend a minimum of four meetings per year to remain a voting member of the committee.  A year is considered to be from tour to tour.

How is the tour route determined?
The tour area to be used in a given year consists of one of four regions of the county as follows.
 The 2017 tour will be held in Region 4.

Region 1:  Harrisville, Homer, Spencer, Westfield
Region 2:  Chatham, Lafayette, Litchfield, Medina, York
Region 3:  Brunswick, Granger, Hinckley, Liverpool,
Region 4:  Guilford, Montville, Sharon, Wadsworth

How is the Tour funded?
Expenses incurred in conducting the tour are paid with money from fees collected as well as sponsorships voluntarily donated by various individuals, businesses, and organizations throughout the county.  Any sponsor donating $60 or more is recognized as a tour contributor in Fall Foliage Tour advertising where possible. Sponsorships are separate from any fees paid from potential hosts, points of interest, or vendors.

Am I eligible to be on the tour, and how do I apply?
Since this is an agricultural, educational, and/or historical tour, all sites/exhibitors and non-food vendors must place an emphasis on education. Tour sites can also be entertaining to the public, as this helps to maintain the public’s interest in the tour.

All interested hosts, points of interest, vendors, and exhibitors must complete and submit an application and acknowledge receipt of a current set of FFT Guidelines. All completed applications, along with any supporting documents and any necessary fees, must be received by the FFTC by the application deadline prior to the tour for which application is being made. For an application, please contact: Beth Schnabel, (330) 722-9319, or eschnabel@medinaco.org.