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Bowling Green Things to Do

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    by davecallahan Updated Jul 9, 2007

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    The campus at Bowling Green State University is well layed out and provides some nice picture shooting opportunities. There is diverse architecture in the various buildings because they were built over a span of 50 years. There is a beautifully kept cemetary right in the middle of the campus (actually the Oak Grove Cemetary was always there and the campus evolved around it.)

    We spent a half-hour driving around the area and looking at the buildings and the cemetary.

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Bowling Green Local Customs

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    The annual tractor pull in Bowling Green draws the best super modified tractors in the nation.
    Some of these rigs are three and four engines aligned to give 1000 horse power or more.
    This event is the largest and noisiest of all tractor pull events. It has been an annual happening in Bowling Green for almost 45 years.

    The object is to hook your tractor to a special weighted rig and haul it down the course as fast as your engines can get you there. The problem is that the weight in the rig increase with time so eventually all tractors come to a dead stop.

    The events start on Friday and run through Sunday. They usually occur in the middle of August and cost $40 per day or $100 for a three day pass.

    to get there:
    Wood County Fairgrounds, 13800 West Poe Road
    Take route 64 (Wooster Street) to the connection with Haskins Road (still route 64). head north west on Haskins to connect to route 78 (West Poe Road) and look for signs

    use the phone number below to find out when this year's events will start

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    The area where Bowling Green is today used to be a large watershed known as the Great Black Swamp. It was drained in the late 19th century and the land reclaimed as farmland.

    The Arts Festival is held annually for a weekend, usually the second Friday-Sunday in September. There are four stages setup for entertainment. Music is a wide variety: jazz, blue grass, blues, rock, ethnic.

    Over 100 artisans come to show and sell their wares. Tents and booths are set up along Main Street and in nearby parking lots. There are clowns and face painting and sand art for the kids. Tie-dyeing is available for the teenagers. There are visual artists with hand crafts (wood, metal) and painting and home crafts (crocheting, yarning). Besides the stage entertainment, there are performance artists demonstrating fiddling and acting and miming

    Food vendors and local restaurants will feed your hunger (at only slightly inflated prices).

    to get there:
    see the map image attached for general location. once in Bowling Green you will see signs for parking and shuttle bus. stop at the visitor center to pickup map of the artists and performances.

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Bowling Green Off The Beaten Path

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    This park is a nature preserve. The Rotary Nature Center in the park has dioramas and exhibits of flora and fauna in the park and knowledgeable volunteers who are on staff to answer questions. There are 10s of miles of hiking trails and walking paths. The less developed trails are good for birding and you will see flickers and warblers and vireos.

    There is a very modern pavilion/lodge you can rent (for $200 per day) for group affairs.
    Restrooms are available near the parking area but not out in the park area.

    The park is kept purposely underdeveloped to provide a venue for viewing nature.

    to get there:
    615 South Wintergarden Road

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    On your way from any University building to, for instance, the Stadium, look around you. There's beauty everywhere, even in BG... Above is a picture of results 'ice-storm', which unexpectedly took place in March, 2002.

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Bowling Green Sports & Outdoors

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    by davecallahan Written Jul 9, 2007

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    This course is used by the university as part of its athletics program but also is open to the public (call ahead for tee times). The cost is $20 for 18 holes and $10 for the cart (rates may vary a bit depending on your age and the day that you play).

    It is a very wide open course where the young trees really do not enter into play much at all.
    Huge sand bunkers and traps guard many of the greens and water is a hazard on at least three holes. Short tees play 5200 yards, long tees play 6500 yards. Not too strenuous a course and enjoyable for non-good golfers like me who do not take golf too seriously.

    The course is very well maintained; the green sizes are varied and all are bent grass, well irrigated. The roughs are deep fescues and should be avoided where they occur.

    There is a pro shop and a driving range and a practice green for chipping and putting.
    If you need clubs that have rentals for $5 per club.

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