The town's free Welsh festival of song is held every year on the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend and has been an annual event since at least 1915.
The tradition can be traced back to the 12th Century in Wales where the singing of hymns in four-part harmony began. It has been an important part of the Venedocia Church’s life since about 1915. To hear the grand old hymns sung by several hundred voices is an unforgettable experience. People from several states return each year.
The Gymanfa Ganu is the biggest event of the year in Venedocia. People from all over Ohio and from many other states swell the village to several times its usual population as they pack into the Salem Presbyterian Church to sing in four part harmony. The church thunders with hundreds of voices praising the Lord with English and Welsh language hymns. The front doors of the church are left open and you can hear the singing a mile away to the east. Very few participants actually speak or understand Welsh, but you are given a Welsh hymn book which makes it easy follow along. A choral director and guest soloists, often Welsh natives, are part of the program. The audience acts as the choir. In essence, what happens is that a professional choral director is hired to help the audience entertain itself singing Welsh hymns. Here is an excellent description of "What is a Gymanfa Ganu?"