Every fall I look forward to bonfires, crisp fallen leaves and buying school supplies.
Yes, I do.
There is something else that signals the end of summer and the beginning of Fall for me…The Old West Festival in Williamsburg Ohio.
Every year my kids love putting on their boots and making the trek past Cincinnati to watch a (re-enacted) old west shoot out, pan for gold, get sworn in as deputies and check out the horse shows.
This year marks the 8th annual Old West Festival and I’m super excited. As usual, there are theme weekends:
Western Film Weekend Sept. 12-13
Romance Weekend Sept. 19-20
America’s Pastime Weekend Sept. 26-27
Steampunk Weekend Oct. 3-4
OctoBEERfest Weekend Oct. 10-11
Halloween Weekend Oct. 17-18
One of the things I love about this festival is that it is a permanent display! This town is up all year round and is open for visitors September 12th through October 18th, weekends only. The festival is located just 15 minutes from I-275, East of Cincinnati.
Here’s more about the festival:
Drawing more than twenty thousand visitors each fall, the permanent old west town is home to everything you would expect to see in Dodge City circa 1878. Attendees will enjoy historically accurate medicine and saloon shows, can-can dancers, gunfights, jailbreaks, and more. Period reenactors will also be found walking the streets and performing the roles of cowboys, cowgirls, storeowners, residents, and of course, outlaws.
The Old West Festival will also be abuzz with western music. Attendees can enjoy the sounds of the 1800’s with music from Gunpowder Creek as well as Raison d’Etre, a trio mixing traditional folk songs with a capella swing tunes and Shaker hymns.
Other performers will be ‘round town as well. Magician Jason Jacobs will amaze, bewilder and astonish with his magical flare and the Pickled Brothers will shock with their mind-boggling performances. Trick rider Abigail Petersen will impress audiences with her horsemanship and daring stunts, while visitors to the Long Branch Saloon will enjoy shows by world champion roper Rider Keisner, and folks will no doubt get a “kick” out of Miss Melody Star and her Hurdy Gurdy Dancing Girls.
And what would the old west be without a good ole’ fashioned gunfight? Back by popular demand, four times daily starting at high noon, the Big Irons Rangers return with their gunfight re-enactments and trick shooting. In between shows they, and other period interpreters, will be walking the grounds to meet visitors and pose for photos.
The Old West Festival is a grand time for the young’ins, too. At 10:15 a.m. daily, the kiddies can get sworn in as town deputies. They can also enjoy old-timey puppet and magic shows, storytelling and sing-a-longs. The youngsters can also participate in historic games, pan for gold, take a ride on the A&A Express train, take a pony ride, and even cross the frontier in a covered wagon.
To celebrate the opening of another season, the Old West Festival presents Western Film Weekend. Iconic scenes of cowboys riding into the sunset, saloon brawls and gunfights have shaped our idea of the Wild West. Guests will enjoy screenings from classic movies, experience a lively panel discussion and meet the cast and crew from Revelation Trail, a western film shot on the grounds of the Old West Festival.
One lucky FFC reader will receive a Family 4-pack of tickets to the 8th Annual Old West Festival!
So how can you enter to win? It’s easy. Simply answer the question below. Additional items are bonus entries. Leave a separate comment on this post for each that one you complete. A total of six entries are possible. You must reside in the Tri-State and be at least 18 years of age to enter.
Cowboy, lawman, outlaw, cancan girl? Tell us who you would want to be and you are automatically entered to win.
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That’s it…that’s SIX ways to enter which means SIX chances to win! The winner will be drawn and notified via email (we’ll also announce it on our Facebook page) on Tuesday August 18th. Winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
This is a wonderful family fun event, and a great tradition to start with YOUR family! Event times and ticket prices are as follows:
- $12 for adults
- $6 for children ages 6-12
- Children 5 and under admitted for free
Parking is free and the festival will be held, rain or shine. Tickets are available in advance at www.oldwestfestival.com FOR A DISCOUNT!
The Old West Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays, September 12 to October 18 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and is located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd between Mt. Orab and Williamsburg, Ohio just off St. Rt. 32. For more information, visit www.oldwestfestival.com.
Disclosure: I was given complementary tickets for this giveaway. All opinions are my own.