Fall Fun Days Harvest Festival in Grove City
- When: Starts in late September and always ends on October 31
Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to dusk (till 11:00 p.m. for bonfire parties)
- Location: (Map It) is 9015 London Groveport Rd. in Grove City, Ohio
- Phone: 614-878-7980 or call the recorded INFOLINE at 614-878-9462
- Web: Click here
Grove City Fall Fun Days Harvest Festival: Celebrated annually, many families, schools, churches, companies and many other groups and individuals annually visit the Fall Fun Days Festival at Circle S Farms, located in scenic southwest Franklin County. Our festival features hayrides to pick a pumpkin, a six acre corn maze, sunflower maze, Fun Hay Barn with slides, Scarecrow Cave, Fodder Lane, petting zoo, weekend entertainment and much more. Private hayrides with bonfire parties are available. There is a full service bakery with many tasty treats including freshly made donuts of all kinds. On the weekends the Pumpkin Cafe is open. Group reservations are requested and walk-ins are welcome.www.circlesfarm.com
Fares vary for Fall Foliage Trains at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.
- Open Fall Foliage Trains are offered Fridays in October in addition to the regular Saturday and Sunday Schedule at 1:00 p.m. and last about 2 ¼ hours, including a 30-minute stop at a reconstructed 1840’s era village.
- Location: (Map It) The Depot in Nelsonville contains the ticket office, and it is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 33 and Hocking Parkway (Fulton Street), behind the Rocky Boots Outlet
- Phone: 740-249-1452
- Web: www.hvsry.org
Fall foliage train rides at Hocking Valley Scenic Railway: The 22-mile round trip to Logan, Ohio and back are leisurely rides along the Hocking River and Appalachian foothills providing great family-friendly entertainment. Choose to ride in either the 1920’s commuter coaches or open air cars. There’s even first-class service in a restored B&O coach complete with air-conditioning. The most used engine is a diesel locomotive built in 1952. The interesting history of the area and the railway are highlighted by the conductor’s narrative as the train passes by a canal lock, historic old company towns and other landmarks while following the Hocking River through rolling hills filled with natural fall splendor.
During the trips, passengers have an opportunity to step off the train and back into time at Robbins Crossing. Instantly, cooking from the nearby wood stove floats an inviting aroma passed your nose. Clanking and clamoring rings out from the fully-operational blacksmith shop. Ladies in period-dress are busy candle making and spinning yarn. Folks gather on porches for some good ole Appalachian-style music dancing off instruments of Yesteryear.
The leisurely visit may be commemorated with a unique purchase at the railway’s Gift Shop and Train Store.
Fall Hayrides at Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation costs $9 for adults, $7 for children ages 3 to 11, and free for children 2 and younger (must sit on adult lap). Cost includes hayride and entertainment.
- When: Saturday nights from 6 – 10 p.m.
- Location: (Map It) Chalet Recreation Area • Mill Stream Run Reservation. Chalet Recreation Area is located on Valley Parkway in Mill Stream Run Reservation, between Routes 42 & 82 in Strongsville – just off I-71 & the Ohio Turnpike.
- Phone: 440-572-9990
- Web Site: www.clevelandmetroparks.com
Fall Hayrides at Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation: The tractor-drawn hayrides leave every half hour and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Plus, on Saturday nights enjoy square dancing for all ages and a hay maze. Other activities include balloon twisting, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, crafts and coloring stations. This is one hayride where you’re allowed to throw hay!
HallZOOween at Cincinnati Zoo
- When: Saturdays and Sundays in October
- Location: (Map It) Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
- Phone: 513-475-6124 or 1-800-94-HIPPO
- Web: Click here
Cincinnati Zoo HallZOOween: Little ghouls, boys and animals can enjoy three spooktacular weekends of fun. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday during HallZOOween, young Frankensteins (12 and under) can trick-or-treat their way around the Zoo. Along the way, guests may encounter Pumpkin Pandemonium – the Zoo animal’s version of trick-or-treating, including Gorilla Pumpkin Hunt, Snow Monkey Pumpkin Hide & Seek, Elephant Pumpkin Smash, Indian Rhino Apple Bob and Polar Bear Pumpkin Bob. Other activities include a Little Creatures Carnival, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin patch, spooktacular train ride, scare-ousel, strolling characters, face painting, and mini pumpkin decorating activities.
Haunted Hayride & Black Bog in Lebanon
- When: Fridays and Saturdays from late September through the end of October
- Location: (Map It) 6070 Springboro Road in Lebanon, Ohio
- Phone: 937-748-2272
- Web: Click here
Haunted Hayride & Black Bog in Lebanon, Ohio is located on over 50 acres of natural woodlands along Bull Run Creek. The 30-minute tractor-drawn haunted hayride brings a new look and feel to the crisp autumn. Hunker down with your friends and family as you tour the spooky trails, the unexpected lurking at every turn. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the woods…After the hayride be sure and take in the evening’s entertainment featuring story-telling by the bon fires. Enjoy the harvest at the on-site concession stand. Pick your own pumpkin and if you are really brave, dare to enter the Black Bog.
Admission to Hauntville in Elyria is $20-35.
- When: Late September through October on Thursdays and Sundays 7pm-10pm and Fridays and Saturdays 7pm-Midnight
- Location: (Map It) 1579 West River Rd. Elyria, Ohio
- Phone: (440) 655-0016
- Web Site: www.elyriahauntedhouse.com
Elyria Hauntville is one of Ohio’s scariest haunted houses. Wicked Clowns in 4-D, the first 4-D Haunted House in the state of Ohio. The thrilling new way of to get scared using 4 of your senses. Feel the FEAR….3 Haunted Houses for 1 Low Price! This Haunted House uses new interactive technology combining eye-popping 3-D visual effects. The use of 3D glasses combined with physical and special effects that are all synchronized together. The effect creates an intense, thrilling and exciting new way to get scared! They created an experience full of emotions, exploiting as many senses as possible making it an unforgettable visual and sensory experience.
Admission to Lake Eerie Fearfest is $25. Ghostly Manor is $15 (Add $10 for fast pass).
- When: Weekends in October – Friday/Saturday – 7:30PM – Midnight. Sunday – 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM. Halloween – 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
- Location: (Map It) 3319 US Route 250 in Sandusky, Ohio
- Phone: 419-626-4467
- Web: http://www.lakeeeriefearfest.com/
Lake Eerie Fearfest at Ghostly Manor in Sandusky, Ohio and Lake Erie coast: This October, four legendary haunts unite with newly renovated Ghostly Manor, as seen on The Travel Channel’s “Best Places I’ve Ever Been.” Lake Eerie Fearfest bands the mysterious legends of Lake Erie together under one roof to create the area’s newest, unique and feared haunted destination. You don’t want to miss the nationally recognized Ghostly Manor, and all new haunted encounters brought in from around the world, including Darkmare, Caged, Quarantine & Eerie Chateau! Lake Eerie Fearfest consists of six acres of non-stop haunted action.
Cost for Lantern Light Wagon Rides at Bonnybrook Farms is $14/person.
- When: Saturdays in October from 7:30pm – 10:30pm
- Location: (Map It) 3779 St. Rt. 132 in Clarksville, Ohio
- Phone: 937-289-2500
- Web Site: www.BonnybrookFarms.com
Lantern Light Wagon Rides at Bonnybrook Farms: The Lantern Light Wagon Ride is a family friendly, history based ghost tour. Travel the old stone roads of this historical farm, back to a time when only lanterns lit the way. Trappers, Indians, frontiersmen and pioneer settlers portrayed by professional theater actors tell stories of the Civil War in Ohio 150 years ago at stops along the graveyard, old railway, old ruins along the Underground Railroad and others. There’s also a spooky Lantern Lit Corn Maze. Enjoy a delicious “made from scratch” farm dinner before the wagon ride at the Farm Kitchen Café or hot chocolate, cider, Kettle Corn and other seasonal foods afterwards, then, gather ’round the campfire for a ghost story.
Scream Acres at Leaders Family Farms in Napoleon
- When: October on Fridays 6pm until 10pm, Saturdays 1pm until 10pm, Sundays 1pm until 9pm. ScreamAcres opens at dark each night.
- Location: (Map It) Leaders Family Farms located a mile west of Napoleon, Ohio just off of state route 24 on county road 16
- Phone: 419-599-1570
- Web: http://screamacres.com/
Scream Acres at Leaders Family Farms in Napoleon, Ohio: Fun for all ages at Leaders Family Farms and Scream Acres. You can “get lost” in the twists and turns of a seven acre jack-o-lantern corn maize. Win prizes at Northwest Ohio’s only corn cannon range. Sing and dance on the karaoke stage. Take a scenic and peaceful hayride around the farm. Take your pick of thousands of pumpkins in the pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Kids can get “moo-ving” in a cow train, play on the slides or make their way through straw tunnels. For those with young children there’s a special place – Little Farmers Barnyard. It includes a corn box, mini straw jump and inflatables to enjoy. There’s also a wide array of concessions.
For those who are brave of heart and dared to be scared, explore Scream Acres Haunted Cornfield, Northwest Ohio’s most terrifying field of corn! This separate field of corn has many turns and twists with the added fear of the unknown. With creatures lurking behind the walls of corn you never know who… or what may be “stalking” you! At ScreamAcres Haunted Cornfield “you pay to get in…. but pray to get out!!”
Admission to Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival is $11/person. Bonfire reservations required. S’more & food packages for groups.
- Open: September 22 – October 29, 2017 open on weekends (Fri 6pm-10pm, Sat 11am – 10pm, Sun 1-6pm). In October it is also open Wed & Thr from 6pm – 9pm. Mon & Tue available by group reservation only.
- Location: (Map It) Niederman Family Farm at 4972 LeSourdsville-WestChester Drive in Liberty Township, Ohio 45011 (between Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio)
- Phone: 513-779-6184
- Web: http://www.niedermanfamilyfarm.com
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Niederman Family Farm Fall Festival: This Southwest Ohio working farm provides the ultimate fall experience! Niederman Family Farm invites you to experience a 22 acre corn maze, pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, take a hayride, visit and feed the barnyard animals and have a picnic. Spend the day, bring your family, school group, church group, scout troop, Mom’s club, or just yourself.
Tickets to the Ohio Renaissance Festival are $22.50/person age 13+ and $9.50/kids age 5-12 and $20.50/senior.
- When: Saturdays & Sundays from September 2 – October 29, 2017 plus Labor Day. Hours are from 10:30am – 6:00pm, rain or shine.
- Location: (Map It) Renaissance Park in Harveysburg, Ohio (conveniently located between Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus in Warren County on State Route 73 between I-71 and I-75)
- Phone: 513-897-7000
- Web: http://www.renfestival.com/
The Ohio Renaissance Festival is at Renaissance Park in Harveysburg, Ohio: This Ohio premier family event features 11 stages of continuous entertainment, seven food and beverage buildings, and more than 130 arts and crafts shops. Knights, comedy, daring stunt shows, giant roasted turkey legs, bread bowl stews, handmade arts and crafts abound in the authentically recreated 30-acre 16th Century English village.
Admission to Old West Pumpkin Fest at Rockin R Ranch is $11 per person.
- When: Weekends in October – every Saturday & Sunday from 12 noon to 5pm
- Location: (Map It) Rockin’-R-Ranch at 19066 E. River Rd. (SR 252) in Columbia Station, Ohio
- Web Site: www.clevelandhayride.com
The Old West Pumpkin Fest at Rockin R Ranch in Columbia Station, Ohio: Toddlers, adolescents, young families and Grandma’s and Grandpa’s can’t wait to see the fabulous “Country Kids’ Show” performed live on stage featuring costume characters that your child would love and recognize. The Live musical show is performed five times a day. This is an interactive show for the kids where they can dance and play instruments. Take as many rides as you want on the Pumpkin Patch Hayride that takes you to the Pumpkin Patch and pick and paint your own pumpkins. The whole family can walk through the Funny Fun House, pet the animals at the Petting Farm, get your face painted and much more. Where can you go and ride ponies all day long at no extra charge? There is a farm market, souvenir shop and concession stands for your favorite food and drinks. There’s even a pumpkin slide!
Admission to Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm market area is free. “Fun Center”/ Corn Maze cost $7/person (extra for wagon rides).
Pumpkin Fest at Pigeon Roost Farm: Come Celebrate Fall in the Country. Enjoy a nostalgic family trip back to a working farm. After more than 30 years, it’s still growing! See the old barns, friendly barnyard animals, and interesting display of antiques and observation beehive. Choose from thousands of pumpkins in all sizes and shapes, colorful and unique heritage squash, several sizes of Indian corn, corn shocks, straw bales, hard shell and decorative gourds. Young and young-at-heart will have a great time exploring the “Great Pumpkin Fun Center” with new Fort Pigeon Roost, giant gerbil wheels, a “goat walk”, Corn Maze, and the Enchanted Forest. The kids favorites—hillside slide, spooky straw tunnel and Conestoga corn box are still included. Five shops have handmade crafts and a large selection of fall decorations, and the children have their own “Kids Korner”. On weekends there are wagon rides, face painting, food concessions, crafters and demonstrations. So come visit and bring your camera to capture some of those special memories! See website for scheduling school, birthday and group outings.
Admission to Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch ranges from $20 – 25 package options.
- When: Weekends in October – Fridays & Saturdays 7 pm-11:30 pm and Thursdays & Sundays 7 pm-9:30 pm
- Location: (Map It) Rockin’-R-Ranch is at 19066 East River Rd (SR 252) in Columbia Station, Ohio
- Phone: 440-236-5454
- Web Site: www.spookyranch.com
Spooky Ranch at Rockin R Ranch, Cleveland’s premiere haunted event located in Columbia Station, Ohio, has recently been awarded the 25th top haunted house in the country! Over 20 plus years of screams and appealing to the masses. The Disney of haunted attractions in Cleveland. Spooky Ranch is most known for its Famous Haunted Hayride. “You will scream, laugh and be amazed, leaving you absolutely entertained. ” Not your Ordinary boring hayride.” There’s terror and suspense at every turn” A Hollywood theatrical production with scenes, sets and special effects seen nowhere else on the world. There’s a Thirty foot tall fire breathing creatures, 18 foot wingspan animated monsters, monsters that pick up the whole wagon & shakes it!! Extreme Nightmares Haunted House is Ohio’s most extreme haunted house and takes haunt seekers to another level of terror and screams. Crazy Clowns in 3D Haunted House -Experience the psychedelic haunted crazy adventure wearing 3D glasses. 3D is the new generation of entertainment with crisp, bright ultra realistic images. Imagine monsters and clowns so life like you stepped inside a scary movie or video game. Await the anticipation of crazed, psycho, frightful clowns.
Admission to Zoar Village’s Lantern Tours of Ghosts is $18 per person.
- When: By reservation only from September through October at 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays
- Location: (Map It) Zoar, OH 44697 – Located 2.5 miles east of I-77 (exit 93) on St. Rte. 212
- Phone: 330-874-2002
- Web: Click here
Zoar Village’s Lantern Tours of Ghosts: Visitors are invited to take a haunted stroll through the village with history and ghost stories told by costumed guides. Overnight accommodations are available at the bed and breakfasts in the village.
Come be a part of history this year at the historic village of Zoar, Ohio. German Separatists founded the Village of Zoar in the Tuscarawas River Valley of Ohio. In 1817 they left Germany and came to the United States seeking religious freedom. Later they formed a communal society that lasted for 79 years, and was one of the most successful communal societies in the United States. Today, many of the buildings the Separatists built still line the main street of the historic village. Ten of these buildings are operated as museums by the Zoar Community Association. For information about daytime tours, please call 330-874-2646 or visit the Zoar Store at 198 Main St., Zoar, OH 44697.
Welcome to the Chagrin Documentary Film Fest in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
- When: October 4 – 8, 2017
- Location: (Map It) Throughout Chagrin Falls, Ohio (see website for various venue locations)
- Phone: 440-247-1591
- Web: www.chagrinfilmfest.org/
The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering talented filmmakers to tell their stories. The Festival is a five day celebration of the art of documentary film, at venues in and around the century village of Chagrin Falls and its picturesque downtown complete with waterfall. This inspiring event has been named to MovieMaker Magazine’s “Top 50” for several years and draws audiences from all over the region, country and world to experience documentary films and the compelling art and culture they highlight.
Admission to Ohio Gourd Show is approximately $5/person, kids 12 and under free plus free parking.
- When: October 6 – 8, 2017 from 12- 5pm Friday, 9am – 5pm Saturday and 10am – 4pm Sunday
- Where: (Map It) Delaware County Fairgrounds at 236 Pennsylvania Ave. in Delaware, Ohio
- Phone: 614-206-6083.
- Web: www.ohiogourdsociety.com
The Ohio Gourd Show in Delaware, Ohio: This unique event brings together many of the most outstanding gourd artists and crafts persons from all across the nation exhibiting their finest work in competition and for sale. The show also features workshops in gourd crafting, trade show, children’s activities, demonstrations, music and thousands of dry gourds for sale.
Admission to the Paul Bunyan Show is $8.00 and students and seniors w/Golden Buckeye Card $4.00. Children under 6 free.
- When: October 6 – 8, 2017 – Friday & Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Location: (Map It) Guernsey County Fairgrounds at 335 Old National Rd in (Old Washington) Cambridge, Ohio (Exit 186 off of I-70).
- Phone 614-497-9580
- Web: Click here
The Official Paul Bunyan Show in Cambridge, Ohio is one of the nation’s largest and oldest forest industry shows. Show attendees will see more than 130 exhibits representing all facets of the forest industry throughout North America. Representatives will be on site to showcase equipment, manpower and the dedication that has made the industry what it is today. Lumberjack entertainment and competitions will take place throughout the weekend as well as numerous educational sessions on topics ranging from logging equipment safety and maintenance to the history and restoration of the bald eagle in Ohio to Ohio’s edible mushrooms. Visitors to the show will not want to leave without trying an official Bunyan Burger, a 14 oz angus burger with all the trimmings. For more information, visitwww.ohioforest.org.
Admission to Colonial Williamsburg Festival is free.
- When: October 7 & 8, 2017 from 9 am-5 pm
- Location: (Map It) Pine Tree Barn & farm, 4374 Shreve Road, Wooster, Ohio
- Phone: 330-264-1014
- Web: www.PineTreeBarn.com
Colonial Williamsburg Festival in Wooster, Ohio: Step back 200 years in time to 18th century Williamsburg. For two days the Pine Tree Barn is transformed into a bustling colonial village with a colonial militia encampment and period cuisine. Explore the market place with unique wares that surround the village square. Find special treasurers inside Pine Tree and meet the makers of the hand-made furniture carried year round in the Heritage Loft. Meet over 40 carefully selected artisans, many of national recognition, who will demonstrate techniques of traditional craftsmanship. Throughout the weekend, enjoy entertainment and historical presentations from a variety of special guests, re-enactors and more. For the kids, there will also be face painting, a petting zoo & games.
Admission to Holmes County Antique Festival is free.
- When: October 7 & 8, 2017
- Location: (Map It) Historic Downtown Millersburg, Ohio
- Phone: 330-674-6781
- Web: Click here
Holmes County Antique Festival in Millersburg, Ohio: The festival features a Classic Car Parade, Firemen’s Parade and Grand Parade. In addition, there are 25-30 Antique Dealers, Arts and Crafts, 5-K Run, Antiques, continuous entertainment and great food. Take a walking trip through the village and view the Downtown Window Museum, shop in unique stores and then tour the Victorian House and enjoy the beautiful Fall season in Holmes County.
Admission to the Whistling Goat Music & Arts Festival is $10/adult (ages 13-64) and free for everyone else.
The Whistling Goat Music & Arts Festival is dedicated to presenting music & fine arts for all to enjoy. An incredible and eclectic line up of musicians is scheduled to perform on one of two large stages. Bagpipes, Dulcimers, Bluegrass, Rock ‘n Roll, Gospel, Southern Rock, Rockabilly, Broadway, Country, Blues and more will be featured. In addition, many talented regional artists and craftspeople will be exhibiting and offering their original works for sale.
Admission to Algonquin Mill Fall Festival is $8/vehicle.
- When: October 13 – 15, 2017 from 9am – 5pm
- Location: (Map It) 234 Autumn Road S.W., Carrollton, Ohio, five miles south of Carrollton on state Route 332.
- Phone: 877-727-0103
- Web: Click here
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Visitors to the Algonquin Mill Fall Festival can step back in time as they explore Algonquin Mill’s log cabins, an antique print shop, one-room schoolhouse, bookstore and stageco ach inn. Steam-driven flouring, saw and shingle mills give visitors a chance to learn about life in the pioneer era. In addition, there are demonstrations in chair caning, wood carving, broom making, chain-saw carving, candle dipping, rug making and weaving.
Enjoy a pork-and-sauerkraut dinner, bean soup, chili and more. The Carroll County Historical Society sells 9,000 pounds of sauerkraut each year. The society also sells apple butter, maple syrup, stone-ground cornmeal, and buckwheat flour. Throughout Saturday and Sunday, visitors can listen to country, bluegrass and gospel music. On Friday, high-school bands and choirs will perform. Children will enjoy miniature train rides, a miniature barn raising, pony rides and farm animals. Carroll County artifacts and genealogical information will be on display, as well as antique farm tools.
Train enthusiasts will love the New York Central railroad station, complete with an HO model train. An art and photography show features the work of local artists and photographers. A church service will be held in the schoolhouse on Sunday 8 a.m. The Algonquin Mill Fall Festival provides a beautiful outing for everyone.
Admission to Bob Evans Farm Festival is$6/adult, $4/child ages 6-18 and children under 5 free.
- When: October 13 – 15, 2017 from 9am-5pm (Usually held the second full weekend of October every year)
- Location: (Map It) Rio Grande, Ohio at the Bob Evans Farm
- Phone: 740-245-5304
- Web: Click here
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Bob Evans Farm Festival in Rio Grande, Ohio at the original Bob Evans Farm: This celebration of the harvest season attracts thousands with its entertainment, traditional crafts, farm contests, food, children’s activities, and demonstrations. A weekend of fun for friends and family of all ages, the Bob Evans Farm Festival offers a taste of yesteryear.
Admission to the Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival is Free ($5 for parking).
- When: October 13 – 15, 2017 from 10am – 5pm
- Location: (Map It) 817 Tater Ridge Rd in West Union, Ohio
- Phone: 937-544-8252 or 877-232-6764
- Web: Click here
The Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair & Harvest Festival in West Union and Adams County, Ohio is a fall harvest festival that features herbs and herbal products. There are usually about 150 crafters and artisans and plenty of classes, entertainment and fresh foods. Don’t forget to launch a pumpkin from the pumpkin cannon while you’re there.
Admission to Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival is free.
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival: Take a fall color tour of 18 covered bridges throughout Ashtabula County. Upon request, free tour maps are available. This annual event is family-oriented and includes children’s activities, contests, crafts, a parade, queen’s pageant, quilt show, entertainment, great food and antique engines, tractors and automobiles.
Admission to the Fall Farm Fest at Lost Creek Reserve is Free.
- When: October 14 & 15, 2017 from Noon to 7pm and Noon to 5pm, respectively.
- Location: (Map It) Lost Creek Reserve & Knoop Agricultural Heritage Center at 2385 OH SR 41 in Troy, Ohio
- Phone: 937-335-6273
- Web: Click here
Fall Farm Fest at Lost Creek Reserve in Troy, Ohio at the historic Knoop Homestead will be transformed into a hub of activity for the thousands of people who attend. The festival offers a six acre corn maze, corn cannon, music, food, wagon rides, a scarecrow contest, children’s games, demonstrations, vendors, display booths, farm animals, Kiddie Tractor Pull, a pumpkin patch, face painting and more. A highlight of the festival each year is the wagon ride down a charming farm lane lined with scarecrows that are part of an annual contest.
Make sure to stop by the corn maze where you are able to experience the adventure of finding your way through its twists and turns. Traditional children’s activities will also be available. A must see at the festival is the farm animal petting zoo located in the bottom of 1832 historic bank barn. See firsthand how teams of oxen were used in daily farm life. Head out to the “Back Forty” and watch the Miami County Equine Initiative Task Force’s cowboy demonstrations. Guests can also learn about the organic farming methods currently in practice at Lost Creek Reserve. Adding to the festival’s ambiance are the musical performers appearing on two stages. There are also a handful of vendors selling everything from food to artwork.
Admission to the Oak Harbor Apple Festival is free.
- When: October 14 & 15, 2017 (Always the second full weekend in October) Saturday 9am-11pm and Sunday10am-6pm
- Location: (Map It) 161 W. Water Street in downtown Oak Harbor
- Phone: 419-898-0479
- Web: www.oakharborohio.net
The Oak Harbor Apple Festival is held each year in downtown Oak Harbor the second full weekend in October. There are over 25,000 annual visitors and all activities are located within a two block walking area. Come see the crowning of their Royalty Court at opening ceremonies Saturday at9:00am, followed by the Grand Parade at 2:00pm, with the kiddie tractor pull, and talent show to round out the day’s entertainment. Sunday is chock full of fun as well, with the Classic Car Show, 5K Run, Magic Shows, Clowns, and local performers to make for a day of pure enjoyment! There is also an indoor craft show, Beer Garden, mechanical rides and over 130 vendors. No admission fees and a shuttle runs from the high school parking lot.
Admission to Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville is free.
- When: October 14 & 15, 2017 from 9am – 8pm and 9am – 6pm respectively (Second full weekend in October)
- Location: (Map It) Waynesville, Ohio
- Phone: 513-897-8855
- Web: sauerkrautfestival.com/
Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville, Ohio: The people of Waynesville may debate whether they are the Antiques Capital of the Midwest or the Home of the Sauerkraut Festival but make no mistake they have lots of both. And some say antiques and sauerkraut saved this little town. Either way, more than 14,000 pounds of sauerkraut are cooked up for the annual festival. Some of the more unique recipes for visitors’ indulgence include cabbage rolls, German sundae, brownies, doughnuts and pizza. The local folks urge that just because it’s made with sauerkraut doesn’t mean it tastes like it.
Admission to Circleville Pumpkin Show in Circleville is free.
- When: October 18 – 21, 2017 (always 3rd Wednesday through Saturday of October)
- Location: (Map It) Circleville, Ohio
- Web: www.pumpkinshow.com
Circleville Pumpkin Show in Circleville, Ohio: Great pumpkins Charlie Brown, this is said to be Ohio’s oldest and largest pumpkin celebration. It hosts seven different parades in half as many days. This includes the Pumpkin Parade, Pet Parade and Baby Parade to name a few. The events also include a Big Wheel Race, world’s largest pumpkin pie, a pumpkin toss, pie eating competition and Fun Show. Additional contests of interest include hog calling, egg toss and pumpkin carving. Many displays, arts, crafts and live entertainment also accompany the festivities as well as plenty of pumpkins, squash and gourds.
Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler
It’s the “Greatest Free Show on Earth.” That’s what the promoters of Circleville’s festivities contend, and no one argues the point. Furthermore it’s the sixth largest festival of any kind in the whole country with attendance over four days soaring to 400,000 fun-loving people.
If Charley Brown is still looking for the “Great Pumpkin” this fall, he need only to extricate himself from the comic strip and come to the Pickaway county seat, because that’s what all the clamor is about—pumpkins—really great pumpkins.
Since this event was started in 1903 by the city mayor with a single display of corn stalks and pumpkins, it has grown to a street fair that covers eight city blocks filled with twenty-five or more amusement rides and over three hundred food booths, games and craft vendors. There are daily parades, the obligatory beauty contest, and constant entertainment performed on three different stages from early morning until threatened by the midnight hour.
Regardless of the many activities vying for your attention, the main theme of pumpkins never wanders far from awareness. The emphasis begins early the first day with the Giant Pumpkin Weigh In on Main Street. If you’re thinking of bringing that nicely matured 80 lb. orange globe from your garden to enter in the competition, forget about it. These pumpkins are trucked in, usually one at a time, and off-loaded with heavy equipment. Behemoths weighing 400 to 500 pounds are as common as Thanksgiving pies, and Dr. Robert Liggett, who has won several times, set the record in 2004 with a prodigious contribution from his special patch tipping the scales at 1353 pounds. Holy jumpin Jehoshaphat!
In 1946, seeing that their fair was growing by leaps and bounds, the citizens of Circleville formed a non-profit corporation exclusively for the operation of the pumpkin show. The show is self-supporting, with all profits turned over to the city for community projects. Their mission statement—pointing proudly to the “no gate, no ticket” policy—can be summed up with intent to promote goodwill among Pickaway county residents and all who visit—of which the perennial success seems self evident.
Every year the fair starts on the third Wednesday of October and runs through Saturday night. There are both afternoon and evening parades with more than forty floats, and fifty bands participating. Stage performing music groups range from country pop to gospel, jazz, rock and youth bands. There are cooking demos, dance extravaganzas, an egg toss, a pumpkin toss, and a demonstration by a gentleman who bills himself as Gus the Squashcarver who has elevated pumpkin sculpture to an art form.
Adding to the colossal feats of nature, consider the effort taken by Lindsey’s Bakery each year in throwing together and displaying their gigantic 6-foot diameter, 400-pound pumpkin pie. Supplemental to the 100 pounds of pumpkin are ingredients of 26 gallons of milk, 15 dozen eggs and 42 pounds of dough baked for six hours.
Events fill every hour of every day—far too many to mention here—but among them, annual favorites are the pumpkin pie eating contest, and hog calling. As you may surmise, the Circleville Pumpkin Show is all about old-fashioned, unpretentious fun.
There will be more than 20,000 pumpkin pies for sale and in excess of 100,000 pounds of pumpkins on display. By the time you leave you’ll be fed up with pumpkins—that doesn’t mean melancholy—it’s just that everything you’re fed is pumpkin flavored—donuts, pancakes, cookies, ice cream, cake, fudge, cream puffs, even burgers. If you want to burn off some of those calories, bring your running shoes. There is a five-mile run usually scheduled for Saturday morning—you may need it.
To schedule your visit to the day or days of favorite activities call 740-474-7000 or check the websitewww.pumpkinshow.com for a full calendar of events.
Getting to Circleville is easy. It’s just off of Route 23 about twenty miles south of Columbus. Before you see the signs you’ll recognize the water tower painted like a pumpkin—stem and all. Don’t want to drive? There are more than thirty bus tours that stop at the show. Information on the tours is also available through the above phone listing.
Oh, and if your thinking of waiting around for a piece of that 400-pound pie, forget about that too. They feed that to the hogs they call in.
By Robert Carpenter
Admission to Apple Butter Stirrin Festival at Roscoe Village is $5.00 for guests 12 and older and includes admission to the living history buildings for tour. Parking is free.
- When: October 20 – 22, 2017 – Friday, 10am to 6pm. Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Sunday, 10am to 5pm
- Location: (Map It) 600 North Whitewoman St. in Coshocton, Ohio at Historic Roscoe Village
- Phone: 800-877-1830
- Web: www.roscoevillage.com
The Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival at Historic Roscoe Village celebrates the sights, sounds and scents of autumn and is host to nearly 100 craft and food vendors. Smell the fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire as you stroll down the street. Listen to a variety of free musical entertainment or tour the Living History buildings staffed with costumed interpreters and crafters. Don’t miss the educational and entertaining outdoor demonstrations throughout the weekend. Make your reservation for the Spirit of Roscoe lantern tour offered at 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday.
Admission to Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge is free.
Fall Festival of Leaves in Bainbridge, Ohio: See the autumn colors in the hills and valleys of the village of Bainbridge. The community is open to all visitors for their annual festival to celebrate the season. It hosts parades, pageants, flea markets and a midway with entertainment for all. In addition, there is a pedal tractor pull, arts and crafts, 5K run, log sawing contest, and antique tractor show plus several self-guided scenic tours of the beautiful colorful landscape. Located in South Central Ohio on U.S. Rt. 50.
The Marietta Zombie Festival & Walk is free.
- When: October 21, 2017 from Noon – 8pm
- Location: (Map It) Harmar Village and Downtown Marietta, Ohio
- Phone: 740-373-5178
- Web: www.mariettaohio.org
The Marietta Zombie Festival & Walk will begin in Harmar Village from 1-4 p.m. with children’s activities including games, inflatables and a costume contest. After the little zombies head home, adult events will be held from 5-10 p.m. across the Muskingum River in the Armory Square. Music, entertainment, thriller dance and a zombie bar crawl are a few the activities in store for the evening.
Admission to Morgan County Heritage Day is free.
- When: October 21, 2017 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm
- Location: (Map It) McConnelsville Square at 35 W Main Street in McConnelsville, Ohio
- Phone: 740-962-4909
- Web: www.visitmorgancountyohio.com
Morgan County Heritage Day celebrates its Appalachian roots. It features live music, local food, and fun for the whole family. Children’s activities include: Seed Bombs, Amazing Animal Adaptations, Giant Jenga, and Make Your Own Quilt Block. Other events include: Craft Show, Sasparilla, Historical Photo Exhibit, Demonstrations, Museum Tours, Quilt Show, Old Fashioned Kettle Corn, Genealogy with Kate Love Simpson Library, Scavenger Hunt, and Beer & Wine Tasting. Live music will be provided by a variety of bands and performers. Celebrate Appalachia Ohio’s and Morgan County’s roots at Morgan County Heritage Day.
Cost to YMCA Camp Willson Mother/Daughter Weekend is approximately $165/pair, $50 for each daughter beyond pair.
- When: October 27 – 29, 2017
- Location: (Map It) 2732 Co. Rd. 11, Bellefontaine, OH 43311
- Phone: 1-800-423-0427
- Web: Click here
YMCA Camp Willson Mother/Daughter Weekend: Enjoy a fun-filled relaxing weekend and connect with your daughter. Activities include rock wall climbing, nature hikes, outdoor cooking, fishing, horseback riding, crafts, campfire, giant swing and much more. Stay in heated winterized cabins with shower/restrooms accommodations. Call YMCA Camp Willson, located in Bellefontaine, Ohio at 800-423-0427 for registration information.
Tickets to this year’s Halloween Party at the Wassenberg Art Center are available through the link below.
- When: October 28, 2017 from 7pm – Midnight
- Location: (Map It) Wassenberg Art Center at 214 South Washington Street in Van Wert, Ohio
- Phone: 419-238-6837
- Web: wassenbergartcenter.org
This is an annual Halloween Party at the Wassenberg Art Center. Each year has a different theme. It features a classic freak show with performers from across the country. They entertain the costumed crowd. The DJ will keep tunes up on the dance floor. Vintage acts such as fire-based routines will be performed. The evening includes a costume contest. Cost of the ticket includes all food. In addition, a full-service, cash bar will be provided. Costumes are suggested.
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