Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: YMCA Halloween Track-N-Trail
Organized by the Union County YMCA, the Halloween Track-N-Trail 5K and 10K put a holiday-themed twist on a classic form of outdoor exercise. Participants charge through the course fully costumed, navigating from the Marysville high school track out onto the Jim Simmons Trail. Columbus Running Company times the runners, handing out final times as they reach the finish line. Prizes also go to the man, woman, and child with the best costume. After the race, attendees can hang out and bob for apples, snack on seasonal foods, or show off their participation medal to all the trees that refused to run.
It’s no surprise that as a mother of five, a Cub Scouts den leader, and a tutor to autistic children, Tender Touch Farm instructor Lisa Gilliam has a way with children. She’s been sharing her passion for riding with youngsters for more than a decade, encouraging them to grow and learn through equestrian experiences such as camps and lessons. Within one-hour lessons, she teaches kids how to maintain their balance and communicate with the horse without the use of words or Morse code messages nudged into their sides. After lessons, kids also get exposure to the nonriding components of horse care, such as grooming and anatomy.