The whole family is feeling sort of down because summer vacation has wrapped up and everyone is back in school. The silver lining is that Fall is right around the corner. I love the cooler temps and every one of us loves our favorite festival of the year…The Old West Festival, which happens every fall in Williamsburg, Ohio. Every year we love walking through that weathered wooden fence into the world of the wild wild west. We always spend the good part of a day wandering around drinking sarsaparilla, munching on kettle corn and taking in all the wild sights and sounds of ol’ Dodge City.
I have all the details you need below for the Old West Festival, and I even have a fantastic giveaway for you! I’m giving away a Family Four Pack of tickets to attend the Old West Festival this fall! Yeehaw! Enter below – best of luck!
The Old West Festival:
Grab your cowboy boots and mosey on over to the ninth annual Old West Festival. The western-themed festival rolls back in town for another season of boot stompin’ family fun on Saturdays and Sundays – September 10 through October 16, 2016. Located at its permanent site, just 15 minutes from I-275, east of Cincinnati, the Old West Festival transports visitors back in time to a historic American era, the Wild West.
Drawing more than 20,000 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 re-enactors will also be found walking the streets and performing the roles of cowboys, cowgirls, storeowners, residents, sheriffs, and of course, outlaws.
Other performers will be ‘round town as well. Magician Jason Jacobs will amaze, bewilder and astonish with magic and illusions during his daily shows at Long Branch Saloon, and world champion roper Rider Keisner will take his show into the arena, where he’ll perform his signature gun slingin’, trick ropin’, whip crackin’ tricks. New in 2016, The Carnivale Gang will have visitors hootin’ and hollerin’ at their outrageous humor and outbursts of physical comedy as they tell fantastic tales of the west.
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. New this year, children’s activities are INCLUDED in the Sidekick price of admission. Now, kids can enjoy UNLIMITED train rides, panning for gold, Santa Fe Slingshot, Beginner Bow and Arrow, and Lucky Levi’s Lasso.
They can also enjoy old-timey puppet and magic shows, storytelling and sing-a-longs. The youngsters can also participate in historic games, and even cross the frontier in a covered wagon.
Themed weekends add to the experience of the Old West Festival and include REACH Family Weekend (New this year) Sept. 10-11; Freedom Weekend (New this year) Sept. 17-18; America’s Pastime Weekend Sept. 24-25; Romance Weekend Oct. 1-2; Faith Weekend (New this year, featuring a concert with My Brother’s Keeper) Oct. 8-9; and Halloween Weekend Oct. 15-16.
To celebrate the opening of another season, the Old West Festival presents REACH Family Weekend, sponsored by Reach Cincinnati Magazine. The weekend will be filled with giveaways and fun prizes. Plus, all paid admissions will be able to sign up for free admission for an upcoming festival weekend, too, valid during the 2016 season.
Tickets to the Old West Festival can be purchased online or at the door.
Kids 2 and under are FREE; Parking is FREE; horse rides are not included. The festival is held rain or shine.
Visit The Old West Festival website for more event and ticket information!
OLD WEST FESTIVAL TICKET GIVEAWAY ::
I’m excited to announce that I have a Family Four Pack of tickets to give away to one lucky fan of the Little Things Blog! The contest is easy, and you have SIX chances to win!!!
THE FINE PRINT :: The winner will be chosen (randomly) on Wednesday, August 31st at 8pm. I will email the winner and announce their name on the little things Facebook page. Winners have 24 hours to respond or another name will be drawn.
How to Enter:
2. Check out The Little Things Blog & Old West Festival on Facebook, and then leave a comment below telling me that you did so.
Disclaimer – My family received tickets to go to the Old West Festival along with the tickets I was given for the giveaway. Thanks to our friends at OWF!