held at Recreation Unlimited
Ashley, Ohio

#29 - APRIL 22 - 26, 2020    

#30 ...  APRIL 14 - 18, 2021






The Buckeye Dulcimer Festival  is held at Recreation Unlimited, 'Unlimited dreams for Individuals with Disabilities,'  just east of Ashley, Ohio, which is about 30 miles north of Columbus not too far from I-71.  RU is a fine full-service facility used for handicapped "campers" in the summer and for groups and meetings throughout the year.

RU is a nonprofit organization providing programs in sports, recreation and education for individuals with physical and developmental disabilities.  In addition, the beautiful campus and facilities are available for a variety of other activities including school group outings, corporate team building, conferences and workshops.

Camper Scholarship Program!  Fifty percent of those that RU serves require some form of financial aid to attend summer residential camp.  Through 'lease groups' such as the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, Recreation Unlimited is able to provide financial assistance for qualifying campers.  

THE WEATHER     In early March, the only constant concerning the weather is that it will always be unpredictable.   Yes, the timing of Buckeye on the calendar has provided us with ... snow from a skiff to the 2008 Blizzard, ice storm, high winds, driving cold rain, and ... some of the most beautiful spring weather you can imagine.  

The Blizzard of 2008 is legendary ... remembered fondly by many folks as challenging yet exciting and will never be forgotten and, hopefully, never repeated.  Many friendships were forged that year as everybody helped each other and pitched in to make things work and keep the festival going.  RU's Maintenance Department proved to be just the best!   A standing ovation by all as they took a break said it all. 

We can say with 23 years behind us, that no matter the weather, the facility will be ready for us and our festival.      


THE FACILITY    As you can see, RU's campus is quite spread out and that fact has become an increasing consideration in the BDF planning process.  As a result, Donnie, Mike, and Steve have become two of the most popular people at the festival.   With the use of golf carts and wagons, the move-in process has become so much easier with a lot of fun mixed into the process. 

Do check out the information on RU's sleeping cabins.   It's amazing to see groups of friends 'make their nests' and create HOME for four days.   It's also amazing to watch folks make room for one more person ... a new face.  There are no words to express how wonderful this is.   Newbies won't feel that way for long.


BDF 2019 became the first year for us to be able to use RU's newest housing option, the Greif House. 
This lovely new retreat center is made up of pods offering 3 person and 6 person housing options complete with restrooms right there in the pod.  
For more details, go to the BDF Housing Options page.

Once everyone is settled for the week, the music starts.    Commuters (from home or local motels) to the
festival come early, too, to get in on that first jam during check in on Wednesday afternoon.  




Recreation Unlimited is located at 7700 Piper Road, Ashley, OH  43003

... 3 miles south of SR 229 between Ashley, Ohio and I-71 north of Columbus, Ohio

... just northeast of Delaware, OH



This six-minute video will layout the Recreation Unlimited mission.  
So many of our participants are also now supporters of

For much more information on Recreation Unlimited,
go to their website, .


During the 2009 Buckeye Dulcimer Festival, Chris Cooperrider and Joe Steiner included in their set a song parody honoring the BDF Blizzard of 2008.



Come to the Buckeye Dulcimer Festival ... learn from some of the best instructors in the country,
play lots of music, make life-long friends, and ... have a great time!   


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Last updated:  November 24, 2019

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