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From entertaining concerts and shuffleboard tournaments to engaging lectures and children’s programs, Lakeside Chautauqua has a variety of opportunities for your family vacation this summer. Browse the monthly or daily calendars and search the event list to plan your visit to Lake Erie. The calendar changes frequently, so check back for updates to the programming schedule.

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Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus Show


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03:00pm – 05:00pm

Hoover Auditorium Lobby (map)

Gladiolus growers and exhibitors from Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania will participate in the Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus Show in Hoover Auditorium.

The Gladiolus Show, which has been held at Lakeside for more than 50 years, will take place from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. The show is organized by Cliff and Doris Hartline and their volunteers.

Many different and unusual gladiolus arrangements will be on display. Exhibitors and Gladiolus Society members promote appreciation of gladiolus growing and assist interested persons or groups in their cultivation and use.

This is an open entry show. Locals may bring gladioli on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 19 and will receive assistance in exhibiting. Special classes for novice, intermediate and youth are provided.

Gladiolus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family.

Sometimes called the “sword lily,” the most widely used English common name for these plants is simply gladiolus.

The genus gladiolus contains approximately 260 species, of which 250 are native to sub-Saharan Africa, primarily South Africa. Although glads, as they are commonly called, are used to a limited extent for landscape effect, their chief value is for cut flowers.

Gladioli produce tall spikes of large blossoms in a rainbow of colors. Only clear, true blue is missing; white, pink, red, purple, yellow, orange, salmon and even green gladioli are available, along with many bi-colors.

The wide range of colors, sizes and flower types make them particularly useful for flower arrangements.

The flowers will be distributed to the public, free of charge, after 8:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, on the Hoover Auditorium porch.

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    Purchasing a Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission into Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate "ticket" is not necessary to attend a Hoover show. As always, children age 12 and under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional charge. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. Please allow two weeks for online processing. There are no reserved seats for Hoover shows; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

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