Yee haw!!! I love this time of year. The weather becomes more bearable and the nights are so pleasant and cool. And then we have the start of the Autumn Festivals. Fun, Fun and more fun!
I’m right pleased to help promote the Old West Festival. The festival is held every Saturday and Sunday from September 9 through October 10 from 10 am – 6pm. I’ve definitely heard about this festival and it’s been something me and my man have talked about, but we haven’t made it out there. This year is the year we’re going. Here’s the scoop:
“Strap on your boots and mosey on out to a place where scenes out of a John Wayne western come alive as the Old West Festival returns to its permanent site just 15 minutes from I-275, east of Cincinnati. The fourth annual Old West Festival transports visitors back in time to a Dodge City Wild West town circa 1878.
The old west and a good ole’ fashioned gun fight go hand-in-hand. So, back by popular demand, four times daily starting at High Noon, the Big Irons Rangers return with their gun fight re-enactments. In between shows, they and other period interpreters will be walking the grounds to meet visitors. Oh, don’t forget to come dressed in your best western bib and tucker as there will be a costume contest daily at 1:00 sharp.
The town will also be abuzz with period music. Enjoy the sounds of the 1800’s with Changing Tymes and Gunpowder Creek, Bob Ford and The Ragamuffins, as well as Raison d’Etre, a trio mixing traditional folk songs with a capella swing tunes and Shaker hymns. Raison d’Etre will be releasing a cowgirls song CD at this year’s Festival! Don’t miss that!
Other performers will be about town as well. Professor Faris’ Magic show will amaze, bewilder and astonish you. While bending an elbow with a beer, sarsaparilla or root beer at the Long Branch Saloon, folks’ll no doubt get a “kick” out of Madam Gigi’s Outrageous French Cancan Dancers.
After whetting your whistle, head into town to the general outfitting store for some essentials and stock up on some (toy) guns for the mean streets of Dodge. Patrons can enjoy our very own Medicine Show or visit the dance hall, western clothing store, vintage photo emporium and old-fashioned candy store.
The Old West Festival’s a grand time for the kids, too. At 10:15 a.m. daily, the kiddies can get sworn in as town deputies. They will also enjoy old-timey puppet shows, storytelling and sing-a-longs. The youngsters can also participate in historic games, pan for gold, take a ride on the Abigail Express train, ride horses or ponies and cross the frontier in a covered wagon.
Rodeo drill teams return this year as well as Theme Weekends: Civil War Sept. 10-11; Native American Sept. 17-18; Steampunk Sept. 24-25; Frontier Scouts Oct. 1-2; and America’s Pastime Oct. 8-9.
This year, the Old West Festival welcomes The Pickled Brothers Circus, a comedy circus stunt show. Be sure to catch them on September 10th at 11:30 a.m. when they attempt to set a new world record for the most targets hit with a bullwhip while swallowing a sword! Also new this year is Cowboy Mounted Shooting, the nation’s fastest growing equestrian sport!
The Festival is located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd between Mt. Orab and Williamsburg, Ohio just off St. Rt. 32. Cost is $10 general admission; $6 for children ages 6 to 12; and children under 5 are free. Parking is FREE.”
I mean, my golly gosh, friends, doesn’t that sound like a blast???? I think so and would like to offer up a family four pack of tickets so you can take your crew and go and rustle up a great time as well.
To enter, please leave a comment below letting me know how excited you are to win these tickets. You can get a bonus entry by liking Old West Festival on Facebook. Once you’ve done that, please leave a second comment here letting me know.
The contest ends on September 6th at 3pm. Tickets will be mailed out to the winner immediately. If no response from the winner within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!!!
Oh – and here’s a few more chances to enter to win tickets:
I’m Living the Good Life (hurry ends 8/31)
The Little Things (hurry ends 8/31)
Family Friendly Cincinnati (hurry ends 9/2)
As a thank you for helping to promote this, I was provided with a family four pack of tickets to take my family to the Old West Festival. Thank you Old West Festival!