Put-in-Bay Weekend Looks Wonderful!

“Yup, no ice.”

Put-in-Bay weekend approaches–with sunny skies, westerly breezes, plenty to do!  Oktoberfest is the main attraction, but don’t forget these other popular venues:


family fun


Perry’s Cave & Family Fun Center ~ splendid variety for good ol’ fun!

Perry's MonumentPerry’s Monument Observation Deck ~ Best view!

Lobster BisqueThe Boardwalk Upper Deck ~ Mmmm-Good!



Country House Gifts ~ Exceptional selections!


Island Hardware & Market ~ Best One-Stop Shop!


Nature Conservancy Parks ~ Rewarding environments!Put in BayBlue Heron




The Round House Bar ~ Rockin’ Good Time!

Celebrate Fall with Put-in-Bay Oktoberfest

Put in Bay Oktoberfest28th annual Oktoberfest, sponsored by  Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, features German food offerings, cold beer, and live polka!

Oktoberfest is open on Saturday, 10/08, from 11am-7pm;  Sunday, 10/09 from noon-5pm.

Put in BayFantastic food items in the tent at DeRivera Park include brats, potato pancakes, apple dumplings, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, chicken paprikash and wonderful desserts. Music from the Phil Yan Polka Band will entertain both days.

OktoberfestSouvenir apparel and beer glasses will be made available for sale. There will also be many raffles going on throughout the festival. Purchase a two-day pass for a discount!

Check out other Put-in-Bay attractions!


2022 Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races a Wrap!

Sam Halkias victory lap following the Put-in-Bay Cup race.  Photo by John Rees

With five racing groups, an Exhibition class plus non-racing “street” entry options, the 2022 Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races saw a robust 133 total entries this year with a record number of female entrants making the race grid.

Sam Halkias and Greg Limber celebrate with fancy footwork! Photo by John Rees

In the prestigious “Put-in-Bay Cup Race,” Sam Halkias of Westerville, Ohio, again took the checkered flag, repeating his victory from 2021. Finishing second in the Cup Race was Greg Limber of Elyria, Ohio, in his deceptively fast Volkswagen Beetle. Greg overcame a mid-pack starting position to finish ahead of third-place Lee Poseidon of Cleveland in his Jaguar XKE.

Not far behind Lee, the red Mustangs of Mike Sedlack of Brighton, Michigan (’68 302 notch-back) and Cory Barack of Saint Clairsville, Ohio  (’66 2+2) thundered and slid around nose-to-tail for most of the race and put on a heck of show.

Featured marques for 2022 included MG and Triumph sports cars, attracting a field so well-subscribed that group three was split into separate groups, but there was still room on the grid for an “MG/Triumph Feature Race.”  In that one the TR6 of Sam Halkias (Port Clinton, Ohio) took the win with the MG TDs of Kurt Byrnes (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Steve Konsin (Roswell, Georgia) taking 2nd and 3rd.

The Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races commemorate and celebrate the original road races sanctioned on the island from 1952-1959 by the Cleveland Sport Car Club. The modern-day event began in 2012 and is renowned for its convivial atmosphere, sportsmanship and camaraderie among all who participate.  This year’s event was proudly presented by The NOCO Company, a Cleveland, Ohio, based manufacturer serving global markets with a broad range of automotive battery maintenance and charging products.

Complete race results for the 2022 Put-in-Bay Sports Car Races can be found at www.pibroadrace.com.

By Manley Ford, Put-in-Bay Road Race Heritage Society