What rides into town the weekend after Labor Day and stays until the first weekend of October? Nothing less than the Old West Festival. My family went to this wonderful family fun festival for the first time last Fall and can’t wait to go back this year. There was so much to see and do and all of it was well done and enjoyable.
Some of the highlights include:
- New saloon show starring Rider Kiesner (He’s a 20 year old Champion Trick Roper, gun spinner, whip cracking and knife throwing cowboy. He’s going to be performing four times daily in the Long Branch Saloon and my family thinks this is a must see show!)
- Learn to play Faro and Chuck-a-luck;
- The Pickled Brothers Circus returns;
- Rodeo Drill Teams and new riding shows
- Theme Weekends to include:
- Cowboy Charity Weekend – Sept. 8-9 – Bring a canned good to benefit the Freestore Foodbank and Hope Emergency and get $2 off admission.
- Steam Punk Weekend- Sept. 15-16
- Native American Weekend – Sept. 22-23
- Old West Cinema Weekend – Sept. 29-30
- America’s Past-time Weekend – Oct. 6-7
- Magic by Professor Faris
- 1870s Western Traveling Medicine Show by the Mockingbird Theatre
- Gun fight re-enactments and trick shooting by the Big Irons Gunfighters
- 1800s period music performed on the Dodge House Stage and the Chisholm Trail Stage
- Vintage dancing
- Old-fashioned melodramas performed daily
- Cowboy Church Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
- Cowboy poetry and prairie readings
- At 10:15 a.m. each day, kids can be sworn in by the cowboys as a deputy
- Locomotive, covered wagon, horse and pony rides
- Games and panning for gold
- Daily puppet shows, magic shows and sing-a-longs
- Photos with their favorite cowboy or other strolling historic interpreters
- Learn about life as a cowhand twice daily from demonstrations and hands-on activities by Fred Shaw. Kids can even try their hand at roping real steer!
- Historically accurate store fronts include a dance hall, clothing store and western-themed souvenirs
- All patrons can dress up in historic clothing and have their photos taken in the photo emporium
- Great food and drink in the Long Branch Saloon, Wright and Beverly’sRestaurant and around town
- Old west and western-themed crafts such as pottery, brooms, walking sticks, baskets, wood carvings, leather products, hand knitted items, cowboy hats and other paraphernalia available for purchase
Details: Open September 8 through October 7 (Saturday & Sunday)
- 10 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
- General Admission : $12
- Children Ages 6-12: $6
- Children Under 5 : Free
- Parking: Free
Location: 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd, Williamsburg, Ohio 45176 (Just off St. Rt. 32).
Special Savings: Click here to purchase discounted tickets online and get adult admission for only $10 and child admission for $6.
We’re also giving away a Family Four Pack to one lucky winner. You must be 18 years of age to enter, please.
Here’s how to enter:
- Mandatory – Leave a comment and let us know how much you’d like to go this fun festival
- Bonus 1 extra entry – Leave a comment on Family Friendly Cincinnati’s Facebook Page that you’d like to visit the Old West Festival.
- Bonus 1 extra entry – Leave a comment on the Old West Festival’s Facebook Fan page and tag FamilyFriendlyCincinnati in your comment (simply type @FamilyFriendlyCincinnati).