Hillsdale Things to Do
Hillsdale is an old college town. It's not over run with things to do, but if you like to fish you will love it here. In town is a park on Baw Beese Lake. Great for reunions, boating and shore fishing (excellent ice fishing) and swimming in the beach area (though that area is known for jiggers!) The park also has a nice bike path that runs through a large part of Hillsdale. Nearby on M-34 is a Marina and Six Lakes Campground where you can boat and fish on a chain of six lakes. Head down US-12 and you will come to nearby Allen where there are alot of antique stores. From Hillsdale, you are about 45 minutes away from MIS Speedway.Related to:
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El Cerrito is located in the Kroger Plaza off Carleton Rd. It is a small restaurant that has both smoking and nonsmoking sections. They do not serve alcohol. The food has always been good, and the service prompt and friendly. The prices are friendly too, especially at lunch time throughout the week when they have daily specials.
Favorite Dish: My favorite food there is the Chimichanga plate for $6.99. It is a burrito that is fried and covered with a thin cheese sauce. I also love the fajitas.Related to:
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Getting to Hillsdale is not easy! The town sits right in the middle of Hillsdale County and there is not a single major highway that runs anywhere near it!
If you are coming from somewhere in Michigan, you will probably need to take a highway to get to either Coldwater (I-69) or Jackson (I-94 or US-127). Once you get to either, you'll need to get off the highway and take smaller roads (where the speed limit tops out at 55 mph) for the rest of the way (about 30 minutes from Coldwater, 45 minutes from Jackson).
If you are in northern Ohio, you can get off the turnpike and make your way to Pioneer, OH. From there you can just drive straight north to cross the border and follow M-99 all the way into Hillsdale (about 25 minutes from Pioneer).Related to:
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Hillsdale Local Customs
Every September, usually during the last week of the month, the "Most Popular Fair On Earth" comes to town.
The fair runs from Sunday to Sunday, and is such a big deal that all the local schools are closed on the Monday of "fair week" so that everyone can go watch the parade in the morning and then spend the whole day at the fair!
Basically, this is a week long event at the Hillsdale County Fairgrounds which features numerous exhibits, a lot of great fair food, some rides, some carny games, and a special event every night. The special events include things like tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and concerts.
As of 2011, entry into the fairgrounds is $4 for adults and $1 for children. Tickets to the "special events" cost extra as well.
The fairgrounds are located on Carleton Road/Broad Street/M-99, just south of the "downtown" area. You can either pay to park inside the fairgrounds, or park on a nearby side street such as Charles St. or Budlong St. for free.
There is also a smaller version of the fair during the week of the 4th of July, although that one does not feature nearly as much as the September fair.Related to:
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