Think Sidney for Autumn

Think Sidney for Autumn & Winter Adventures

West central Ohio is the place to be for fun and interesting things to do all year ‘round. Here are some can’t-miss ideas for you this season.

The third weekend in September returns the Fall Harvest Festival to Lake Loramie State Park. This three-day festival features a mountain man encampment, craft show, antique power show, live entertainment, games for the kids, and lots of yummy food. The festival kicks off Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. and runs through Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

For those yet to visit Lake Loramie State Park, you’ll find it as one of Ohio’s premier natural resources. The 1,600 acre lake with 30 miles of shoreline offers visitors a quiet and scenic retreat in rural Ohio. You can swim from a sandy beach, hike along the old canal towpath, wet a line from the lakeshore or a rented boat, ride a bike through the park and explore the nearby villages of Minster & Fort Loramie, and spend the night in a shaded campsite or cabin to totally unwind in the great outdoors. A long weekend at Lake Loramie State Park is sure to recharge your batteries for the week ahead.

Now open weekends from September 1st through November 6th is Vandemark Farm in Sidney.  At the Farm, you’ll enjoy their seasonal corn maze, petting zoo, hayrides, mini golf and driving range. Those daring enough can also take a ride on their Night Hawk Zip Line adventure. For additional information, check out the Vandemark Farm Facebook page for operating hours, ticket prices, and more.

If stories of ghosts blended with a little local history are of interest, you’ll certainly want to make plans to visit Sidney on October 10th and 11th for the annual Ghost Tour led by the Shelby County Historical Society. On this year’s tour, you’ll meet a variety of living history characters who died tragically and learn how their wealth and fame didn’t protect them from an unfortunate death. This year’s tour will include visits to the Old Shelby County Jail, Sidney Masonic Lodge, and the Ross Historical Center. The Ghost Tour usually sells out so those interested in attending should purchase their tickets early.

On October 29th the Shelby County Historical Society will conduct walking tours of six churches in downtown Sidney. Visits to these churches will offer you a flavor for the architecture in downtown Sidney, but this tour is about more than just buildings.  Each church on the tour route has its own story to tell and participants will also hear about area churches that didn’t survive the years as well. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the Shelby County Historical Society.

Guess what happens when you put two sharp-witted, incredibly talented musicians behind two grand pianos where they play a wide range of music from classic rock to country, show tunes to the top 40 all while party goers shout song requests? A great time happens, that’s what! Dueling Pianos International will be presented at the Historic Sidney Theatre for one show only on October 27th. Your evening is sure to be a side-splitting good time so come prepared to laugh and sing along with 450 of your new, soon to be best friends.  Advanced tickets are available.

Sidney Alive is presenting a number of fun and unique things to do this season in downtown Sidney. September 8th is their annual Chocolate Walk where patrons aged 18 and over tour a variety of downtown Sidney businesses while enjoying samples of delicious chocolate treats along the way! On September 28th, Sidney Alive is hosting its first ever Open Air Dinner on the Shelby County Court Square. If you’re looking for an evening of murder, mayhem, and delicious food, be sure to mark your calendars for October 28th when Sidney Alive presents their annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at the Bridge Restaurant in downtown Sidney. This year’s theme, Zombie Asylum, is a can’t miss good time. Tickets to all the above can be purchased in advance through Sidney Alive.

Sidney’s annual Winter Wonderland Parade is scheduled for November 17th when downtown shops and sidewalks get all dressed up for the holidays and those attending are treated to a festive evening parade, complete with Santa & Mrs. Claus. The Reason for the Season Lighting Ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with the parade stepping off at 7:30.

The Christmas of Yesteryear celebration in downtown Sidney is planned for December 2nd where you’ll enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds of a Historic Downtown Sidney Christmas, complete with roasted chestnuts and horse and carriage rides.

Lastly, on December 3rd, you’re invited to come and take a magical, musical Christmas journey with the 3 Redneck Tenors, guaranteed to liven up your holidays this year. The 3 Redneck Tenors Christmas SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR is Christmas music like you’ve never heard before (and won’t easily forget). Shows are 3:00 and 7:00 p.m. and tickets can be purchased in advance.

For every leisure and recreation interest, the possibilities are many in Sidney. Additional information about all of the incredible attractions in west central Ohio can be found on the Sidney Visitors Bureau web site at  A quick look at the web calendar is sure to entice you with an eye-popping array of seasonal fun.