45th Annual Roche de Boeuf Festival

Category: Food Fairs & Festivals

Event Date:

Saturday, September 22, 2018


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Waterville, OH

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Parade at 10am

Car Show, crafts, food, rue des artistes, live entertainment, kids area, and much more!

FREE Shuttle Service, pick-up locations Conrad Park next to the Waterville Library (800 Michigan Ave)  and Waterville Landings (J&R Contracting) 1300 Michigan Ave.

Long before Europeans arrived here, Native Americans throughout the Maumee River Valley and Great Lakes Area held councils here at Roche de Boeuf, an outcropping of rock in the Maumee River that remains to this day. (The shape of the rock dictated its name: in English, Roche de Boeuf means Buffalo Rock.)

In fact, it was at Roche de Boeuf that legendary war chiefs-among them Little Turtle, Blue Jacket, and Tarhe the Crane-planned battle strategies against the armies of a very young America in the late 1700s.

In 1795, Issac Richardson decided to open a tavern here.  In 1828, John Pray built the Columbian House and opened a trading post, tavern, and inn within its walls. It later became a stagecoach stop.

In the nearly two centuries since, Waterville has been, in turn, a mill town, a port on the Wabash and Erie Canal, and a station on the old interurban railroad line that facilitated commerce throughout Northwest Ohio in the first third of the 20th century.

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