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Sweet Treats and Good Eats

13 years ago, when Jody Lackey’s father suggested she open a candy shop for the holidays, she had little idea that more than a decade later that temporary shop would grow into a Marion mainstay for both sweets and tasty lunches. Now in Charleston Place on Center Street, the Candy Shack & Café is a Read more…

Mini Golf, Major Fun.

Paradise Park Miniature Golf began like most things do – with a dream. When in high school, Gary Novik told himself someday he would own a miniature golf course. After high school, life directed Gary into the construction industry for many years, putting his dream on hold. In the late 1990’s, Gary realized his career Read more…

Sweet Treats in the Pink

Although he was born and raised in Cleveland, there is no doubt Andrews Swartz is Marion Made! It all began in 1982 when Andrew’s father purchased the Arby’s restaurant in Marion and moved his family here. A fortuitous move for Andrew as it enabled him to attend Tri-Rivers Career Center where he graduated in 1984 Read more…

Grimes’, Greens, and Golfing

Twin brothers John and Steve Grimes’ love for the game of golf began at the tender age of eight when they became caddies at Bucyrus Country Club for 50 cents an hour in 1956. Although their golf careers went separate ways as young adults, it seemed fated they would end up as they began. John Read more…

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

With Lawrence Orchards first apple trees planted by his Great Uncle Dale in 1923, George Lawrence continues to advance the family business almost a century later. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Horticulture in 1980, George partnered with his father on the farm before taking ownership Read more…

More Than A Place To Shop

It started as most small businesses, a hobby became a career for Karen Harris of Marion. She says her inspirations were an aunt and uncle who loved to go antiquing – a love they passed on to her at an early age. That passion for all tings old found an outlet as a booth owner Read more…

Marion’s Dog Days of Summer

  Every summer at the end of July, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum goes to the dogs – literally. For nearly 60 years, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Dog Show has loyally returned to the fairgrounds to host this regional event. Combining clubs, the Dan Emmett Kennel Club (DEKC) and the Marion County Kennel Club work Read more…

A True Nostalgic Experience

Originating just a few miles east in Mansfield, Ohio in 1924, Frank Stewart opened the first Stewart’s Root Beer Stand. Seeing its success, Frank then opened more locations – with car hops – such as Marion’s Stewart’s Root Beer Stand on North Main Street. Famous for their root beer and hot dogs, current owners, Bill Read more…

This Monument is Memorable

The Harding Memorial continues to captivate the young and old after nearly a century. Marionites all know that special location for photos. Among the many attractive backdrops in Marion, the Harding Memorial is one of the popular places to make photographic memories. Although the memorial provides the ability to capture those proud moments in time, Read more…

Deadline April 14 for Marion’s best in Customer Service

Marion, Ohio – Successfully marketing Marion as a tourism destination is only half of the equation in supporting the $78 million industry in our county. Local attractions, restaurants, and hotels welcome visitors and make their time in our community pleasant and memorable. In an effort to recognize the valuable efforts of our tourism industry staffers, Read more…

Visitor's Guide

Traveling Ohio? The Marion County 2017 Visitors Guide is now available! View it online in a convenient flipview format, or order a print version at 800.371.6688.

Upcoming Events

Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Marion Palace Theatre's May Pavilion
Fine art and hand-crafted gifts made by local artists are displayed, and available for purchase. Shop green for unique holiday gifts this winter!
Nov 23 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 25 @ 10:00 pm Marion County Fairgrounds
Marion’s only drive-thru holiday light display featuring animated characters. Thursday through Sunday nights 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., except week of Christmas every night. Live Nativity on Saturday and Sunday nights. Admission $6 per car.
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Marion Palace Theatre
Whether it’s a White Christmas you’re dreaming of or you just can’t wait for your friends and family to be Home for Christmas, you’re sure to enjoy this annual holiday production featuring all of your Read more...
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