February 29, 2008        (614) 848-8380

Guide features racing, African American history and bicentennial celebrations

Mansfield, Ohio — The Mansfield/Richland County, Ohio Convention & Visitors Bureau has just announced the release of its 2008 Visitors Guide.  This year’s guide is packed with information on the area’s many extraordinary experiences, all of which represent America at its Best!  The Visitors Guide is available at no charge by calling (800) 642-8282 or visiting  The new guide also has information about the year-long celebration of the city’s bicentennial, with events kicking off in June.

The guide also features information on the area’s unbeatable motorsports offerings.  New world-class racing events are continually being added at both Mansfield Motorsports Park and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  With the NASCAR truck series, Motocross, Vintage and Superbike motorcycle racing, Drag racing, Indy Car and a host of other motorsports events, Mansfield offers America’s best motorsports experience.  Visitors can be a part of more nationally televised racing action than any other region.

The most important aspects of African American history are also highlighted at Mansfield’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, a beautiful granite memorial in downtown Central Park, and the Cosby Educational Heritage Center. The Center introduces visitors to fascinating information about the triumphs, trials and history of African Americans through images, artifacts and newspaper articles.

Visitors also enjoy other unique experiences found only in Mansfield, including the Mansfield Reformatory, renowned for its Ghost Hunts and as the location for “The Shawshank Redemption” and other Hollywood movies.  Visitors love the Squirrel’s Den, featured on the Food Network and in national magazines, for its awesome chocolates, fresh-roasted nuts and flavored popcorn. Just up the street in downtown Mansfield, Eatmor Bundt Company in the Twisted Fig tea room offers rich baked-from-scratch cakes and a stunning sampling of the world’s finest teas imported from Germany. 

The free Visitors Guide also contains information about the many outdoor activities and golf courses, which have resulted Golf Digest naming the area a best golf value.” In addition, the guide has complete details on unforgettable area getaway packages. The Mansfield/Richland County Visitors Guide offers travelers inclusive trips that include a wide variety of options, starting at $79.95. 

Mansfield, Ohio offers a wealth of unusual travel adventures and experiences.  A destination unlike any other, Mansfield offers everything from tours of the historic working farm where Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married to the chance to spend the night in a haunted former state prison or tour the factory where handcrafted carrousel horses are made.  The area offers breathtaking scenery and rural and home-town experiences, as well as hiking, biking, golf, cross-country and downhill skiing, bird watching and loads of other outdoor adventures.  For information or to order the Visitors Guide, consumers can call (800) 642-8282 or visit

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