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2014 calendar of events

The city of Cambridge and many communities throughout Guernsey and surrounding counties offer exciting events and attractions throughout the year.  To learn more about the myriad of special events taking place this year, visit


Salt Fork Pool Party Packages.  Available Year-Round

What a great way to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion.  Salt Fork offers two special packages.

Food and Fun

Includes swimming for two hours for up to 12 people. Also enjoy three large pizzas, soda (or juice boxes), chips and $10.00 in game arcade tokens.  Your party takes place in the Snack Bar area. You may bring your own cake & decorations. A recreation attendant will be present.

Cost:  $175.00

Swim, Swim, Swim

Includes swimming for two hours for up to 12 people. Your party takes place in the Snack Bar area. You may bring your own cake & decorations. A recreation attendant will be present.

Cost:  $100.00

We also have some additional amenities to consider that will surely make your party celebration an even greater success.  Cost is for ten children.

Cotton Candy Making, Ice Cream or Craft Time.  Cost:  $10.00.  Make Your Own Sundae.  Cost:  $20.00

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We require a minimum seven days advanced notice and availability is limited based on projected lodge occupancy.  Total party size, including guests not swimming, cannot exceed twenty people.  No outside food or drink is permitted except for birthday cakes.  One adult must accompany every five children. 

Ohio Bigfoot Conference.  April 25 – 27, 2014

Numerous events are planned as part of the Ohio Bigfoot Conference 2014.  These events allow you to have the opportunity to interact with the speakers, other experienced bigfoot researchers and fellow enthusiasts.  With equal parts of learning, fun, adventure and enjoying the outdoors, the events scheduled during the weekend are a great reason to plan for a weekend stay at Salt Fork.  We will update the event schedule closer to the conference date.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Advanced Hike.  12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
While we are still considering the location of the hike, which will be revealed when we meet up at the lodge, the conference staff have an extensive knowledge of many areas within the Sasquatch Triangle that have a history of bigfoot reports and activity.  This will be an adventurous hike, it will likely involve traveling a number of miles, perhaps off trail, definitely with hills, creeks and other potential challenges, you will probably get dirty, but it will be fun.

VIP Only Speaker Dinner.  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
VIPs get an exclusive invitation at a designated off site restaurant.  This is a chance to meet the speakers in an informal,  social setting while sharing a meal.  2012 was the first year for this event and it was popular as the speakers were gracious in sharing their time, signing autographs and talking with the VIPs.

Informal Meet and Greet.  9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Join the speakers, conference organizers and attendees for an informal time of fun and bigfoot talk at the lodge.  See some old friends or make some new ones while talking Bigfoot with other people who get it.  This event is open to all who attend the conference.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ohio Bigfoot Conference.   Time TBA.
Full conference day schedule released closer to the event.  Admission:  Pre-conference VIP tickets went on sale December 4, 2013 and are gone.  100 VIP tickets are being retained to be sold the day of the event.  There will also be overflow closed circuit viewing at a deeply reduced price.  You will still have access to the vendor area, where most speakers will have a table, and the free events during the weekend.  Speakers:  Our five major speakers/special guests for 2014 are: Bob Gimlin, Tom Yamarone, Cliff Barackman, Lyle Blackburn and Charlie Raymond.  Follow us on Facebook and check back here often as we will be announcing more details for the conference in the next few weeks.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ohio Bigfoot Festival.  10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
What happens when you concentrate over 100 years of collective bigfoot research experience and some of the best field researchers in the midwest in one place?  Some fun and an excellent learning opportunities will ensue.  Join us in traveling from training station to training station for short, intensive seminars geared for people who are new to this topic, or for people who want to sharpen and expand their skill set.  You will be able to choose from a variety of topics including; casting, tracking, surveillance, basic and advanced gear for your backpack, interviewing, selecting search areas (you provide us with your location, we will give you some ideas on prospective areas close by) and how to network and develop leads.  As we confirm presenters we will announce further details, but one of the fun things about this event is you never know who will show up and want to share their expertise.  This event was popular last year, and the time moved quickly.

For more information, visit Salt Fork Bigfoot.


Down on the Farm Fishing May 3 – 4, 2014

Grab your fishing poles, bait and tackle and head to Salt Fork State Park for a weekend of free fishing. These are the only two days of the year when you can cut loose and fish without a license regardless of your age. Let’s not stop there, why not throw in some farmin’ activities at the lodge too?

Friday, May 2, 2014

We will start the weekend off with a family friendly farm-themed movie with popcorn. Pizza will be available as well.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

If you’re looking for a day full of fun; this is the place to be. Whether you and your fishing buddies choose to hit the bank or stay at the lodge; we can help you out with locations & activities. We will have maps marked with good fishing areas within the park – on land and water. Don’t have a boat….don’t worry; we offer two hour pontoon rides where you can fish. Our staff will have activities throughout the day at the lodge that you can take part in; tug of war, sack races, egg toss/race, hay bale toss, Salt Fork’s version of needle in a haystack, wagon rides and much more. Ever have a roasted corn on the cob dipped in butter?….  We got it at our down on the farm fish fry!  How about a bonfire for tellin’ fish tales?  Don’t forget your camera for our “biggest fish” contest and even bigger memories.

Also taking place is Spring Fling, hosted by The National Whitetail Deer Education Foundation.  Free to the public, you can enjoy games, crafts and outdoor activities.  Youth are able to try out their hand at archery and pre-register for Kicking Bear (June 20/21) in the same trip!  This special event is scheduled from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the venue is located directly off of Highway 22, directly across from Salt Fork State Park.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

On Sunday, take the family out for a relaxing ride on our pontoon boat for a tour of the lake and a little history of the park.


Salt Fork Gospel Jubilee.  May 9 – 10, 2014

Quincy Edward’s Gospel Jubilee is one of a kind.  Groups from  the east, south and midwest arrive to perform the message of love, hope and faith amidst the serene beauty of Salt Fork.  All groups perform in lodge Ballroom.

Friday May 9, 2014. 
Performance times:  6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Cathy Goss, Zanesville, OH.  Enabling Grace, Springfield, OH. 
Singing Weavers, Atwater, OH.  Parsons Family, Canton, OH.
Christ Unlimited, Barberton, OH.  Lore Family, Portsmouth, OH.

Saturday May 10, 2014. 
Performance times:  1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Spencer Family, Shiloh and Ashland, OH.  Persuaded, Logan, OH.
Gospel H.I.M.S. Urichsville, OH.  Willis Canada, Richmond, VA. 
Victory Trio, Nashport, OH.   Cornerstone Quartet, Columbus, OH.
Murphy Sisters, Urichsville, OH.  Singing Praises, Chillicothe, OH.
The Weaver – Believers, Sautee, GA .  The Elson’s, Moundsville, WV.
Pitt Sisters, Wheeling, WV.  The Believers, Jacobsburg, OH.
Faith Harmony Boys, Charleston, WV.  God’s Trinity, Columbus, OH.
Declaration Quartet, Nashville, TN.
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Friends and Family Fest.  May 10, 2014

The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce has partnered with area businesses to celebrate the area’s natural resources.  A number of exciting events are planned throughout the day including live entertainment.  This will be fun for the entire family and there is no charge to attend this event located at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds.      

Friday, May 9, 2014    

VIP Reception.   5:30 p.m –  7:30 p.m.  Salt Fork will host this event outside by the outdoor pool.  Senator Rob Portman has been invited as the guest of honor.  Tickets for this event are $50.00 per person.                 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

All Day Events.  9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Throughout the day, you can enjoy food and drinks while watching events such as Dock Dogs Competition, aNative American Pow-wow, the Hawg Trough, unique Trout Pond, presentations by Sportsman Dan Armitage, Trap Shoot Simulation, good ‘ole Picken music, The Whip Guy (3 shows)and more/br>

Sphering.  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The kids will enjoy getting inside this large ball and rolling around.

Bands on the Main Stage.  2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Live entertainment culminates with a tribute to Johnny Cash. 

Admission is free.  For more information, visit ShaleAbration.    


Creature Weekend 2014.  May 16 – 17, 2014

Creature Weekend is Salt Fork’s third annual Cryptozoology Conference.  What is Cryptozoology?  Cryptozoology is the study of hidden animals, i.e. animals that have yet to be identified by science or thought to have been long extinct. Bigfoot, Dogmen, The Abominable Snowman, The Loch Ness Monster, Thunderbirds and many other mysterious and elusive creatures fall into this category.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Meet and Greet.  Time TBD.  Come to our Informal gathering of enthusiasts, spectators, eyewitnesses and researchers.  Introduce yourself and share your opinions, sighting reports and research tips.

Private Dinner with the speakers.  Time TBD.  This is a dinner event and includes a special presentation by a Special Guest Presenter . Admission includes a full,  prime rib dinner and a free Creature Weekend 2014 Poster.  Beat the crowd on Saturday and get your free poster signed by all of the speakers! Location details will be emailed to each attendee upon receipt of payment and registration form.  Tickets are advance sale only; no tickets will be for sale at the door.  Last year, this event sold out.   Don’t miss out this year!

Bonfire.  Time TBD.  A great way to cap off a fun conference day with friends and colleagues. Will take place out behind the lodge near the tennis courts.  Bring your own marshmallows and Smores! You may be surprised who you see strumming their guitars out by the bonfire!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Starting at 9:00 a.m. a full day of events will take place including vendor table and exhibits, various speaker presentations and more.  Check back with us soon as we will have the full conference outlined and available for viewing.

For more information, visit Salt Fork Creatures.

Schools Out For Summer!  

Beat the summer crowds.  Jump-start your summer with a mini get-a-way for the kids.  Our large outdoor pool, filled with 168,000 gallons of pure fun, is ready to welcome you.  Best of all … our weekday overnight room rates are still available at pre-summer prices.

Get out on the lake, layout on the beach or hike some trails.  Salt Fork’s Activities staff can also help you plan for a fun and energy-laden day with the kids.  Let’s face it.   Before you know it, it’s time for summer camp, football, cheer, band practice and all of the other busy summer planned activities.  A quick break with the entire family may be just what you need to make this summer most memorable.


Buckeye Buster.  June 7, 2014

A great race to start the summer season, the 10.4 mile loop course is entirely within Salt Fork State Park, and includes as part of the loop both hiking and bridle trails. Runners can select the 10 mile Trail Challenge, the 50k run and/or a 50 mile run.  For more information and registration, visit Buckeye Buster


Park n’ Ride Weekend.  June 14 – 15, 2014

Hold on to your handlebars!  Bring your bikes, helmets, and the whole gang to Salt Fork State Park and enjoy a weekend family-friendly team competition.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

On Saturday early afternoon, there will be a 12-mile cycling challenge at the Great Guernsey Trail in Cambridge. During this ride, not only will you get to ride a paved bicycle path through beautiful country scenery, but you’ll have opportunity to gather two coupons to use towards a discount on your lodge room.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

On Sunday, the fun continues and becomes a little more challenging as we add three locations in the park to gather additional coupons towards your stay. Your family/team must gather at least four coupons to receive a discount on your lodge room or cabin.

There will also be a “bonus” location where you can rack up the miles and gather great savings for a future stay at Salt Fork Lodge. Other prizes and contests will be taking place throughout the weekend.


Hiking In The Park.  August 22 – 24, 2014 

Friday August 22, 2014 

Check in to your comfortable room or cabin then join the fun in the Activities Center, where you will have an opportunity to create some hiking paraphernalia or memorabilia  

Saturday August 23, 2014 

Stroll away the morning on our guided hike. During the afternoon hours share in the fun of a hiking trail scavenger hunt or maybe you would prefer to take a siesta by the pool

Meet us at the bonfire area on Saturday evening for a scary story or two, along with s’mores 

Sunday August 24, 2014 

Before you leave, meet at the Activities Center to make and take a memory of this special weekend


Culinary Creations. October 24 – 26, 2014

Culinary Creations is a chance for kids and parents to get involved in cooking, trying new things and getting families back into the “slow food movement”… away from fast foods.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Meet and Greet.  5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Join our informal gathering and meet the lodge managers and chef of Salt Fork Lodge.  Sample some light hors d’ oeuvres, while the kids enjoy some fun activities.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cooking with Kids (ages 6-9 years old).  9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Cheese please!!!  The younger children are invited to make fresh mozzarella cheese and pepperoni rolls.  Easy and fun.

We Need Dough! (ages 10 – Teen).  11:00 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.
Create handmade soft pretzels and mini pizzas with Executive Chef Stevenson.

Family Cake Decorating.  2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
We provide the blank canvas, you provide the creativity!  Using different colored icings, fun toppings and candy, create a masterpiece!  Judging will be performed by our culinary team. The three categories include:  Creative!  Messy!  Perfection!

Wine and Cheese if You Please.  4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Enjoy music, local wines and cheeses, fresh fruit and sausages.  Cast votes for your favorite wine to be featured on next year’s wine menu.  The kids will be able to sample some fun non-alcoholic drinks as well.  Cost:  $15.00 per person.

Family Style Dinner.  5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Salt Fork’s culinary team will create a special dinner for our guests including a dessert prepared in the Restaurant with Executive Chef Stevenson.  $24.95 per person ($12.95 for kids 10 and under.  Kids 3 and under eat free.)

Family Bonfire.  8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
A great way to cap off a fun day with the family.  Prepare S’mores and mountain pies and have some harvest cider and hot chocolate.  You may be surprised who you see strumming their guitar by the bonfire!  Cost:  $3.00 per person.

Sunday,  October 26, 2014

French cooking:  the Hard Stuff Made Simple.  10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon.
Executive Chef Stevenson will demonstrate French style cooking, provide recipes, insight, techniques and shortcuts to make you look like a culinary rock star!  Witness creations such as steak au poiver, chocolate soufflé and Coq Au Vin. 


Salt Fork Gospel Jubilee.  November 21 – 22, 2014

Quincy Edward’s Gospel Jubilee is one of a kind.  Groups from  the east, south and midwest arrive to perform the message of love, hope and faith amidst the serene beauty of Salt Fork.  All groups perform in lodge Ballroom.

Friday Night - November 21,2014
:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

Freedom Chapel BlueGrass Band, Cambridge, OH.  The Johnson Family, The Plains, OH
The Bolingers, Lebanon, VA.  Glory Way Quartet, Mansfield, OH
Wauka Mountain Boys BlueGrass, Clermont, GA.  Heaven Sent, Eaton, OH
Hank and Cindy Scheffer, Cambridge, OH

Saturday, November 22, 2014
1:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

Chestnut Ridge Gospel BlueGrass, Mt. Vernon, OH.  GODS Harmony, Chandlersville, OH
Homelighters Quartet, Circleville, OH.  Gospel Echoes, Akron, OH
Cross Pointe Trio, Lancaster, OH.  Majestic Sounds Quartet, Willmington, OH
H is Way II, Syracuse, IN.  Stoney Creek Gospel Bluegrass, Yipslanti, MI
Heritage Quartet, Charleston, WV.  New Presence Gospel Quartet, Westerville, OH
New Vision Band, North Judson, IN.  Brothers In Grace, Lancaster, PA
The Northmen and Cathy, Fort Wayne, IN.  Forgiven Band, Cleveland, OH
Jericho Road Quartet, Findlay, OH.  The Jamersons Trio, Calhoun, TN

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