Chardon, Ohio

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Chardon is a city in Geauga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 5,156 at the 2000 Census. It is the county seat of Geauga County[3].



Chardon is named after Peter Chardon Brooks, who donated land to build the historic Chardon Square.[4]

Chardon fire

On July 24–25, 1868, a massive fire totally destroyed what is now known as Chardon Square. The fire originated in the Parlin Parkin's grocery store, and spread rapidly. By the time the fire was contained, the courthouse, post office, and many stores on the square were destroyed. Damage was estimated at around $120,000. Chardon Square was quickly rebuilt following the fire. A new courthouse, which still stands today, was completed in 1869. Many other buildings that were constructed after the fire also still exist today.[4][5]


Chardon is known for its maple syrup industry. Celebration of the syrup season begins at Tappin’ Sunday in March, when the sap is at prime thawing temperature. A hole is drilled into the maple tree, a spile is tapped, and sap is emptied into a bucket. The ceremony includes tapping a tree right outside of the Stir Booth. The annual Geauga County Maple Festival[6] is a four-day celebration that takes place on the Chardon Square the last weekend in April. The festival has been rescheduled numerous times because of snowstorms in April due to Chardon’s location in the “snow belt” and infamous large amount of snowfall every year. The Maple Festival features a maple stir that can be purchased at the Stir Booth. Hot maple syrup is heated to 242 degrees Fahrenheit and poured into small bowls alongside a tongue depressor. You stir it until it turns into hard maple candy.[7] Richards Maple Products [8] also sells a variety of these maple treats. There are multiple other vendors that include, but are not limited to, pizza, lemonade shake-ups, steak-on-a-stick, elephant ears, funnel cakes, sausage sandwiches, Stromboli, etc. Pancakes in the Park is a tent where visitors can enjoy pancakes, sausage and of course, Geauga County Maple Syrup! The Maple Festival features a variety of entertainment including Battle of the Bands, The One and Five Mile Sap Runs, Maple Festival Queen Contest, Prince and Princess Contest, Lumberjack Contest, Arts & Crafts Show, Photo Contest, Pizza Eating Contest, Pancake Eating Contest, Baking Contest, Beard & Mustache Contest, Maple Syrup Auction, and a Bathtub Race. There are two parades, one on Saturday and the Grande Parade on Sunday. Individual tickets and wristbands are for sale in order to ride the numerous rides set up throughout the square. Dogs are not permitted on the square during the Maple Festival. Chardon has an active performance art community including work done by the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, housed in the renovated Geauga theater building, which used to house an old movie theater, and which has begun to show first-run movies again.[9][10] Greater Chardon features a large number of golf courses. Chardon Lakes Golf Course is located right in the heart of Chardon, two minutes from the Chardon square. This is a beautiful, challenging course that is open to the public. Sand Ridge Golf Club in nearby Munson Township is also an excellent golf course. Chardon has an abundance of park space. Due largely to the area's wide variety of weather conditions, citizens in the area can enjoy a wide variety of hobbies throughout the year.

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