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.
ENTER TO WIN!!!
Sound like fun? Want to win tickets? Well, you are in luck. The Old West Festival has graciously given I’m Living the Good Life 4 tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader. You can enter four times, and here’s how:
Entry #1: Check out I’m Living the Good Life on Facebook
Entry #2: Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest (tag #GoodLifeBlog and #OldWestFest)
Entry #3: Check out Old West Festival on Facebook
Entry #4: Leave a comment telling me your favorite Old West character.
LEAVE A COMMENT below (on this post) for each entry. You must be 18 to enter. Please leave your email in your comment. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Another winner will be chosen if the winner does not respond in 48 hours. The winner will be randomly drawn and posted to Facebook on Tuesday August 18th.
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.