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Festival season isn’t over yet! 2 dozen things to do in October

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville is one of the signature festivals of fall. CONTRIBUTED
The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville is one of the signature festivals of fall. CONTRIBUTED

Festival season is still going strong! Here are two dozen ways to spend your October eating, drinking and pumpkining.

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Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(Tom Gilliam)

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Sept. 2-Oct. 29, Saturdays and Sundays, at Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville. Guests can step back in time in a 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village. The festival features nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

>> PHOTOS: Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017

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Beer relay races are among several contests and activities at the Minster Oktoberfest, which attracts 8,000 visitors per year. Minster is a small village located one hour north of Dayton. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

MINSTER OKTOBERFEST: Sept. 29-Oct.1, Friday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to midnight, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Minster, Ohio. Festival emphasizing the community’s rich German heritage featuring German food, a parade, beer tray relay, 10K run and numerous games.

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Scenes from a past New Carlisle Heritage of Flight Festival and parade. STAFF PHOTO/MARSHALL GORBY(Contributing Writer)

HERITAGE OF FLIGHT FESTIVAL: Sept. 29-Oct.1, Friday, 2-11 p.m., Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Main Street, New Carlisle. Featuring the Annual Parade of Planes, and an array of events and activities on Main Street.

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HUBER HEIGHTS FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at Chambersburg and Brandt Pike, Huber Heights. Featuring food, music, fall crafts, 2-day cruise-in, bands, hay rides, pony rides, bouncy house, face painting and more.

A few of the chocolate treats you'll find at the Chocolate Festival, benefiting Faith and Friends Radio. CONTRIBUTED

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL: Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton. This year’s theme “Lights, Camera… Chocolate!” is an invitation for vendors to decorate to a past TV series or a movie theme - family-friendly, appropriate for all ages. Vendors will offer a wide variety of chocolate and non-chocolate produces plus unique craft items. A Kids’ Corner will feature games and a bounce house, all free to festival guests.

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This favorite family festival was held at Young's Jersey Dairy on Oct. 1-2, 2016 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.(Tom Gilliam Photography for Dayton.com)

FALL FARM PUMPKIN FESTIVAL AT YOUNGS: Oct. 7-8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs. Family fun featuring an opportunity to take your picture with Humongus Gus, and 800+ pound pumpkin, taste freshly made Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Donut Holes, take a tour of the cheese making facility and watch cow milking. And the latest addition: pumpkin bowling. Festival held rain or shine.

Jungle Jim's Weekend of Fire is one of the store’s biggest and wildest sampling shows. You can also purchase products you like right at the booth you're sampling from. CONTRIBUTED

JUNGLE JIM’S WEEKEND OF FIRE: Oct. 7-8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market, 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield. Weekend filled with fun, food and contests and more than 50 vendors and 300 samples. There will be sauces ranging from mild to wild. For more information, call 513-674-6000 or visit www.junglejims.com.

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Five Rivers MetroParks 2017 Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience will take place Oct. 7-8 at Eastwood MetroPark. From high-flying demonstrations to a myriad of hands-on activities, adventure seekers of all ages and ability levels can enjoy two days of free fun at the event that has become a mainstay for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the Midwest. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

WAGNER SUBARU OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE: Oct. 7-8, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Eastwood MetroPark, 1385 Harshman Road, Dayton. Two-day outdoor adventure festival for the entire family featuring 25 outdoor activities, open to all ages and skill levels, The Princeton Tec Rock the Night Hunt for a chance to win up to $500 in gear, a Youth Adventure Zone, Outdoor School, Osprey Backcountry Zone and more.

>> Try more than 25 adventures in one spot next weekend

MIAMISBURG FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 7, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Ave., Miamisburg. Celebrate the Fall Season with crafts, hayrides, entertainment, inflatables and food trucks.

SPRING VALLEY POTATO FESTIVAL: Oct. 7-8, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Spring Valley. Arts & Crafts, live entertainment, 5K Tater Trot Run/Walk, carnival rides, children’s games, Kiddie Tractor Pull, Pet Parade and lots of food.

OHIO CIDER FEST: Oct.7-8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, 5474 N. State Rt. 48, Lebanon. Fun for the whole family with train rides, hayrides, homemade treats and apple cider.

BRADFORD PUMPKIN SHOW: Oct. 10-14, 4-10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bradford Pumpkin Show, 115 N. Miami Ave., Bradford. Featuring food vendors, parades, games and rides, live entertainment. Parking available in several places around the village.

DAYTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL: Oct. 13-15, 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton. Films range from insightful, challenging and thought-provoking pieces to hysterical and quotable material.

ENON APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL: Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Settler’s Park, Main Street and Xenia Street, Enon. Live entertainment; enjoy the pleasant aroma of cooking apples, spices, and wood smoke at the festival where everything revolves around apple butter.

FAIRBORN FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Community Park, 691 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn. Featuring live bands, vendors and crafters, food and more. Pets are welcome, but please be sure they are leashed and you have something to clean up after them with you.

KIWANIS OKTOBERFEST: October 14-15, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday & 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Peace Park, 70 E. Dayton St., West Alexandria. In addition to the arts and crafts, there is music and entertainment the entire weekend. A parade is scheduled on Saturday at 11 a.m. with an antique car covered bridge run on Sunday at noon. A 5K and 10K run will be held on Saturday morning. There will be plenty of homemade and German food available.

DAYTON LIEDERKRANZ-TURNER OKTOBERFEST: Oct. 14, 5 to 11 p.m. at Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton. A celebration of authentic German food, music and beverages. Music by the Steve Owen Sound.

Sauerkraut is served on everything, including pizza, at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. The operators say they are ready to cancel this year’s festival unless the village sets aside new rules.(Staff Writer)

48TH OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL: Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 10 B North Main St., Waynesville. The streets come alive with more than 460 crafters & artists from all over the country; plus there’s sauerkraut served in many traditional and non-traditional ways, such as Reubens, Cabbage Rolls, Sauerkraut Pizza and Sauerkraut Macaroni and Cheese.

The Yellow Springs Street Fair was held Saturday, June 10 in downtown Yellow Springs. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

YELLOW SPRINGS STREET FAIR: Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yellow Springs. All day festival featuring entertainment, street performers, fine arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more. Free and open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For the safety and comfort of all, animals are prohibited from Street Fair, except for Service animals.

OAKWOOD FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL: Oct. 15, 2 to 5 p.m. at Shafor Park, Collingwood Avenue and Shafor Boulevard, Oakwood. Guests can enjoy an afternoon of fun games, food, hayrides along Shafor Boulevard to see Scarecrow Row, pumpkin painting and other entertainment for the whole family. Kids can dress up and join the “Costume Parade” around the park.

The 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival ushered in the best of the spooky season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016. The downtown area was decked out with creepy displays, with food vendors, rides and music filling a portion of Main Street. Costume contests, bands and performers were also a part of the two-day celebration.(Tom Gilliam)

FAIRBORN HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL: Oct. 20-22, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Downtown Fairborn. Large Halloween Festival featuring rides, live music, food, drinks, vendors, zombie walk and more.

>> PHOTOS: Fairborn Halloween Festival 2016

THE GREAT PUMPKIN GLOW: Oct. 21, 2 to 10 p.m. at Adventures on the Great Miami, 1995 E. Ross Rd., Tipp City. An opportunity to carve up your pumpkins and enjoy the glow of dozens of pumpkins while sitting next to the Great Miami River and a bonfire. Part of the second annual Pumpkin Fest, the Great Pumpkin Glow features over 17 acres of pumpkins to pick from, provided carving materials, food and a festive bonfire. Pumpkins are $7 each and will light up the hill for the glow starting at 8:20 p.m. No reservations or tickets are required.

FRANKLIN’S FALLFEST: Oct. 27-28, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday & 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at 1 Benjamin Franklin Way, Franklin. Featuring the Great 4th Street Pumpkin Roll on Saturday, the Warren County 4-H Petting Zoo, rides, food and craft vendors, bonfire, Pie Eating Contest, Costume Contest and more.

PUMPKIN GLOW ON STODDARD AVENUE: Oct. 30-31, 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Stoddard Avenue, Dayton. Each year the hill behind the Greek Orthodox Church in the historic Grafton Hills neighborhood comes alive with an extreme jack-o’-lantern display of more than 700 intricately carved pumpkins.

These EPIC displays from the Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival will take your breath away

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Chinese Lantern Festival

You’ve never seen holiday lights like THIS before! 

(Well, unless you went last year, of course!)

The Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds with brand new light sculptures, more exciting performances and more cultural experiences. 

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It’s definitely worth the drive to take part in this enchanting and immersive cultural experience. 

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The 200-foot-long Chinese dragon (which, for some context, is longer than four school buses) has returned this year. New this year is a group of color-changing dinosaurs that are 3 stories high. Together, with an additional 35 sets of whole new lights, the lanterns illuminate the fairgrounds. 

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Still need some convincing? Take a look for yourself. 

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival is returning to the Expo Center with bigger and brighter lights this winter!(Allegra Czerwinski)

Believe us when we say to witness these incredible lantern displays in person is far more breathtaking. 

The festival will light up the Natural Resources Park at the Ohio State Expo Center and Fairgrounds, located at 717 E. 17th Ave., Columbus from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018. 

It’s open nightly from 5:30-10:00 p.m with the ticket booth opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $10-15 per person, and will be available for purchase at the festival entrance, or online at ohiolanternfestival.com. There are also family 4-packs available for $40 and a special VIP package for $25 per person. 

Macy’s Day Parade 2017: 5 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:54 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade - 5 Fast Facts

There are a number of things associated with Thanksgiving− turkey, pilgrims, big dinners and family. One of them is the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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Since 1924, Macy's has helped thousands of families celebrate the holidays with its annual parade. 

If you plan to travel to New York to see the spectacle for yourself this year or will be tuning in, here are five things to know about the parade:

Spider-Man at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.(Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Where is the parade route and where can I view it?

The parade steps off at 9 a.m. sharp from 77th Street and Central Park West and travels south. Once the procession hits Columbus Circle, it turns east onto Central Park South and marches until turning south again onto 6th Avenue. The parade continues south until reaching 34th Street, where it turns west and ends at 7th Avenue. The last of the balloons and performers touch 7th Avenue around noon.

(Macy’s)

While there is no seating available for the public, anyone is welcome to bring blankets or chairs and find a spot along the parade route at no charge. Since these spots are first-come, first-serve, some families camp out several hours before the parade begins. Plan to arrive early to snag good seats.

Many regular parade-goers recommend avoiding Macy's official parade viewing area on 34th Street, since it's the most crowded. One balloon handler on Reddit suggested that Columbus Circle also might not be a good viewing area, since the winds are more unpredictable and the procession moves more quickly through that spot. He added that the first few blocks south of 77th Street tend to attract smaller crowds because that street is farther from the train stations.

What is included in the parade procession?

In addition to more than two dozen inflated balloons, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade features floats, clowns, performers and marching bands from across the country. The Peanuts gang appear on their float, Snoopy's Doghouse, alongside McDonald's Big Red Shoe, Mount Rushmore, Winter Wonderland by Delta Airlines and more, including Macy's many floats.

Macy's website also lists the participating clown troupes with themes like Breakfast Clowns, Arrsome Pirates and Viking Clowns. Marching bands in the procession include several high schools and colleges, the U.S. Air Force, New York Police Department, and, of course, Macy's Great American Marching Band.

In addition to the parade procession, the event features performances that are held in the official Macy's viewing area on 34th Street. Check the Macy's website for updates to the lineup and more information on these performances.

The Harrison High School Marching Band from Kennesaw performed Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.(Jim Galloway / AJC)

Is Macy's unveiling anything special this year?

Among Macy's novelty balloons is a special tribute that deserves recognition. As a nod to the 70th anniversary of "Miracle on 34th Street," Macy's is recreating "Harold the Baseball Player," a balloon that was featured in the classic black-and-white film set in New York.

Though the original balloon appeared in full color during the 1946 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the recreation is black, white and gray as a throwback to the movie, which was shot on location and featured the parade. 

Can I see the balloons outside of the parade?

All of the balloons are inflated on Wednesday, November 22, and the event is open to the public. Head to Central Park West between 77th Street and 81st Street, near the American Museum of Natural History.

The balloons are inflated between 3 and 10 p.m., but the bulk of them are done in the evening, so it's best to be late to this event.

What if I can't get to New York?

If you can't get to the Empire State for Thanksgiving, there are still plenty of ways to experience the parade in your pajamas. Watch the procession at 9 a.m. EST on NBC to see the balloons, floats and performers without fighting any crowds.

For a behind-the-scenes experience, Macy's has created a series of 360° videos that take the viewer on a tour of its parade studio. See the magic behind the Thanksgiving tradition and learn about how the balloons are made, from sketch to inflation.

How one of Dayton's biggest dinner parties of the year came to be

Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 12:00 AM

In 1969 Arthur Beerman hosted the largest dinner party the city had ever seen: a turkey feast. It was the first Beerman Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

In 1969 Arthur Beerman hosted the largest dinner party the city had ever seen: a turkey feast.

 

It was the first Beerman Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

The first Beerman Thanksgiving dinner for the community was held in 1969 at Wampler Ballarena.. DAYTON DAILY NEWS FILE
 

The founder of Elder-Beerman Stores Corp. had suffered a heart attack earlier that year and received mountains of cards from well-wishers. He returned thanks by starting what became one of Dayton’s most endearing traditions. He put Jeanne Betty Weiner in charge.

 

Beerman had just been discharged from the hospital when Weiner got tasked with the job.

Jeanne Betty Weiner, pictured in 2007, carried out Arthur Beerman's vision to throw a dinner party for the "hungry, the lonely and the needy." DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(Contributed photo)
 

He told her: “You are the only person crazy enough to do what I want,” said Weiner in a 2015 interview, then the store’s radio and television spokeswoman.

 

>>> PHOTOS: Beerman Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner through the years

 

Weiner got little instruction beyond that the dinner had to be the same as the one Beerman enjoyed at his own house on Thanksgiving.

 

Weiner, who now lives in Sarasota, Florida, said she told Beerman she would be happy to orchestrate his dinner for the “hungry, the lonely and the needy.”

 

She found a caterer who would cook the food, arranged to have the event held at Wampler’s Ball-Arena and found musicians who donated their talent to perform big band music on the holiday. “I wanted it to be a fun party,” she said.

Denise Kelly and her daughter Arlane, 4, and nephews Jamahl and Avon Stokes enjoy the 1990 Beerman Thanksgiving dinner. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
 

More than 3,000 people attended that first year. School buses picked up the guests in downtown Dayton and drove them to the event where they were welcomed by volunteers. “They were greeted just like they were coming into someone’s home,” said Weiner.

 

More than 1,300 pounds of turkey, 500 pies, 90 gallons of gravy and 90 steam pans of dressing were served that first year. Clowns entertained the children and folks danced to the Hal Harris band.

 

“It hit the national news,” said Weiner. “There was nothing like it in the country. Someone giving a private party for thousands of people was just an amazing thing,” she said.

 

“The dinner was delicious and the music was wonderful,” she said. “It was what he wanted it to be — a good party.

In 1977, Bertha Allen, 88, said she had attended all nine of the Beerman Thanksgiving dinners to date. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
 

Beerman told Weiner he would continue the Thanksgiving dinner and wanted it to grow. He died the next year but his family and The Beerman Foundation kept the tradition going.

 

In 1988 organizers moved the event to the convention center downtown to reach more people in need. In 2008 the foundation ended the observance after serving more than 200,000 turkey dinners in 40 years.

 

The annual feast found new sponsorship the following year. In recent years volunteers served at each event more than 8,000 guests 2,800 pounds of turkey, one ton each of potatoes, green beans and stuffing and 1,000 sliced pies.

 
“Every Thanksgiving I still think about what a wonderful thing the dinner is. I think it’s remarkable it is still continued today,” said Weiner. “I still think of it as mine and Arthur’s wonderful party.”
 

This weekend is your last chance to go to the Ohio Renaissance Festival

Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 2:11 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 4:09 PM

Nothing beats a summer festival - and Dayton has more than you could ever dream. Here's 10 of the best ones you won't want to miss. (Tabatha Wharton)

It’s an annual festival tradition you have to experience at least once.

This festival will transport you back to the 16th Century in an English village with knights, jousts, swordsmen, pirates, nobles, peasants and jugglers walking past you in timely costumes. 

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The 28th annual Ohio Renaissance Festival runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday for nine weekends — Sept. 2 through Oct. 29.

Here are 5 things to know about the Renaissance Festival:

Scenes from the Ohio Renaissance Festival, which features 14 stages of entertainment. CONTRIBUTED

1. FUN THEMED WEEKENDS

This 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England and has special promotions each weekend.

9/2, 9/3 & 9/4 — Family & Friends Weekend 

Adults are two for the price of one, plus all kids 12 and under get in free Saturday, Sunday, and Labor Day.

9/9 & 9/10 — Time Travelers Weekend 

Dress as your favorite character inspired by a movie, TV series, comic book, sci-fi or fantasy work. Costume contests for adults and kids.

9/16 & 9/17 — Pirates Weekend 

Celebrate International Talk like a Pirate Day with a Pirate Stunt Show, Pirate Play Time and Talk like a Pirate contests (for adults and kids). 

9/23 & 9/24 — Barbarian Invasion Weekend 

Rowdy contests in true barbaric fashion await. Compete in the Test of Strength Contest or the Turkey Leg Eating Contest. 

9/30 & 10/1 — Feast of Fools Weekend 

Fools Olympics and King of Fools contests and more.

10/7 & 10/8 — Highland Weekend 

Grab your kilts and join the village in celebrating Highland heritage as villagers host special events including a Haggis Eating Contest, Knobby Knees Contest, and a traditional Highland Games competition. 

10/14 & 10/15 — Fantasy Weekend 

The Witches of Willy Nilly and the fairies will enchant the village. Enter the Fantasy Costume Contest. 

10/21 & 10/22 — Romance Weekend 

Men in tights? Ladies in bloomers? Oh and you can renew your wedding vows in a free Mass Renewal of Vows Ceremony held at St. Peter’s Chapel. 

10/28 & 10/29 — Tricks or Treats Weekend 

Wear your costumes and bring the little ones for trick or treating around the village. Costume contests for adults and kids and pumpkin decorating for the kids.

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Dirk and Guido, a.k.a. The Swordsmen, will instruct families on how to impale people like a proper gentleman at the 2017 Ohio Renaissance Festival, opening on Sept. 2. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

 

2. ENTERTAINMENT

There is plenty to see on 14 stages offering plenty of entertainment. Don’t miss the hard-hitting action as the Knights of Valour joust three times each day. Comedy and swordplay mesh as The Swordsmen showcase sharp skills and sharp wit. The 65-foot Galleon features a Pirate Comedy Stunt Show twice each day. Strolling musicians include Dylan Robertson, Glass Harmonica, The Flying Dulcimer, Kyle Meadows, Captain John Stout while many a good pub song will be heard in the village pubs.

The festival also offers thrilling human-powered rides, games of skill, warhorse rides, camel rides, the Amazing Maze, and the Tower of London Dungeon of Doom. 

>> Interactive festival guide

3. SHOPPING

The marketplace offers handmade wares including unique items created by world-class artisans. Witness demonstrations of time-honored crafts including glassblowing, blacksmithing, forging, leather tooling, weaving, boot making and more. New to the marketplace this year are original artist Art of Ed Beard Jr, pewter creations by Heekin Pewter and the beautiful floral garlands from The Royal Garland.

Big Turkey legs are only part of the great food found at the Ohio Renaissance Festival. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

4. FOOD

Festival favorites such as giant roasted turkey legs, steak-on-a-stake and bread bowl soups and stews can be found as well as delicious new items. The Chocolate Raven features handmade chocolates and fudge. Archibald Drake’s features an ages old Fish and Chips recipe. KJ’s Cajun Cuisine will have a menu from across the pond and down south. Wash it all down with a wide variety of beers, ales, wines, soft drinks, coffees and teas.

>> Must-try foods at the Ohio Renaissance Festival

5. GROWN-UP FUN

The festival offers daily special events for those 21 and over. The Naughty Bawdy Pub Show features songs and limericks you won’t hear on the streets in an hour-long show. New this year, test your memory and play Willy Nilly Trivia during the Pub Crawl.

WANT TO GO?

What: Ohio Renaissance Festival

When: Sept. 2-Oct. 29 for nine weekends – Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day

Where: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg. Located just minutes off I-71, exit 45 or I-75, exit 38 on State Route 73 in Warren County.

Cost: Tickets: Adults $22.50; Children $9.50 (ages 5-12); Children under 5 free.

More info: WebsiteFacebook