Summer is setting up to be big in Lorain County.

Set to debut July 9, Pistons & Props, which takes place
at the Lorain County Regional Airport in Elyria from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature a vintage car show and a variety of civilian and military aircraft. The stars of the event: A Ford Trimotor, known as the “Tin Goose,” which debuted in 1929 and has the distinction of being the first transcontinental luxury airliner; and a B-25 Mitchell Bomber, used by Allied forces in the Pacific during World War II. The rain date for this event is July 10.

The event is sponsored by the Lorain County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Discover Aviation, a local nonprofit that reaches out to area youth, their families and teachers to educate them about careers in aviation and aerospace; and Chapter 1252 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, dedicated to ensure all amateur aircraft built or restored by “builders, flyers and dreamers” is well-constructed and safe.

“Everyone who comes to Pistons & Props will have a great time, and those seeking information about learning to fly won’t be disappointed,” says Paul Koziol who, along with his wife Vicki, volunteers at the Discover Aviation Center. “The event is a wonderful way,” adds Vicki, “to introduce the thrill of aviation to the next generation of pilots.”

Summer fun continues throughout the county with events for every age and interest.

Teresa Gilles, executive director of Main Street Amherst, partners with members of Main Street organizations in Lorain, Oberlin, Vermilion and Wellington to promote the attributes that make Lorain County a premier destination.

“We’re dedicated to working together,” Gilles says. “We feel that if one of our cities is successful, then we’ll all be successful together.”


Here’s a sampling of activities you won’t want to miss:


June 24 – 26 //  Lorain

Discover why visitors from around the country attend Lorain’s celebrated International Festival, held at Black River Landing and featuring a variety of irresistible ethnic cuisines to sample, along with live entertainment. Admission is $3 per person.


June 25 // Oberlin

Create your very own masterpiece during Oberlin’s Chalk Walk, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., along downtown sidewalks.


July 1 // Lorain

Enjoy live music, admire exquisite art and taste delicious food and drink during The Broadway Block Party from 4 to 7 p.m. 


July 2 – August 27  // Vermilion

Enjoy fresh produce and other products Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Victory Park during Market in the Park.


July 3 // Wellington

Listen to stirring tunes performed by the Patriots Symphonic Band and enjoy an ice cream social during the Independence Day Celebration, which begins at 6 p.m. on the town square.


July 9 // Oberlin

Put your sleuthing powers to work during the city’s monthly Second Saturday, which includes a scavenger hunt, music, art and family activities that take place downtown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


August 4 // Amherst

Make new friends and greet old ones during the Morning Mingle, held from
9 to 10 a.m., that will bring you up to date on local happenings.


August 27 // Vermilion

Enjoy quality time with your favorite four-legged friend during Hot Diggity Dog Day, filled with games, prizes, children’s activities and canine games.