I was watching the East Coast Timing Association cars and motorcycles speeding down the Wilmington Air Park runway on Saturday and was hit with the realization that Clinton County in southwest Ohio has such a variety of entertainment. You're right, it's my job to promote this county, but I even become a little bit numb to the wealth of what we have. Don't we all look to other places for things to do? Sometimes it's right under our noses. Upon my awakening, I thought about what I can do in my own backyard.
In a week's time I can see exhibits on photography and cabinets of curiosity at the Clinton County History Center, experience the Quaker Heritage Center and learn about this group that shaped southwest Ohio, have lunch at one of many hometown eateries, picnic at Cowan Lake State Park while watching sail boats glide across the water and have a chuck wagon dinner and ride, roast marshmallows over a fire pit and watch the water on Todd's Fork all on a 370 acre farm reminiscent of yesteryear.
Then there are the almost weekly horse shows at Roberts Arena where I can watch majestic animals in the show ring, classic movies to see at the Murphy Theatre, historic architecture inside the Clinton County Courthouse and in downtown Wilmington that is worthy of taking the self-guided walking tour, driving cross-county to take in the 54 Barn Quilts, continuous public events to attend at Robert Centre, live theater to enjoy at Wilmington College and sitting in the bleachers at the city park cheering on the girls and boys partaking in good old-fashioned ball games.
There are also festivals and events that take place across the county celebrating banana splits, Bluegrass music, lavendar, our nation's independance, life on the farm, King Corn, German heritage, fun on the farm in the fall and Christmas. This list could be expanded on but suffice it to say, don't underestimate a rural community, especially not Clinton County.