Old West Fest Info and Giveaway

Old West Fest Info and Giveaway

Looking for a unique festival this fall?

The Old West Fest transports you back in time on a western themed adventure for the whole family to enjoy.

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So what is there to do at Old West Fest?

A one-of-a-kind- event in Ohio, The Old West Festival transports visitors to an authentic Dodge City Wild West town dating back to 1878. Guests can pan for gold, explore the authentic old west town, belly up to the Saloon and much more. 

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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 gunfights, jailbreaks, delicious Old West food, drinks, 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 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. Plus, folks can kick up some dust dancing to the musical stylings of two local bands, Gunpowder Creek and Raison D’Être.

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 pony rides, an old-fashioned melodrama, educational and fun first-person narratives, and a horseback cowboy contest that takes place in the arena three times per day, where the folks of Dodge City settle their differences on horseback rather than with gunplay. The youngsters can also participate in historic games, and even cross the frontier in a covered wagon.

The Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays,

September 10 to October 16 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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 – all firefighters, police, EMS and military members will enjoy free Sidekick admission with their public service ID) Sept. 17-18

America’s Pastime Weekend Sept. 24-25

Romance Weekend Oct. 1-2

Faith Weekend (New this year, featuring a special evening concert with My Brother’s Keeper) Oct. 8-9

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


Sidekick Admission $12.99

  • Shows
  • Children’s Train Rides*
  • Live Entertainment
  • Children’s Activities & Games

Deputy Admission

  • Shows
  • Children’s Train Rides*
  • Live Entertainment
  • Children’s Activities & Games
  • Unlimited Soft Drinks
    Only $2 More!

Sheriff Admission

  • Shows
  • Children’s Train Rides*
  • Live Entertainment
  • Children’s Activities & Games
  • Unlimited Soft Drinks
  • Souvenir Boot Mug
  • $1 off Draft Beer

Children tickets for kids age 3-12.

***Kids 2 and under are FREE;

*Horse and wagon rides not included.

No firearms, pets, or outside food/beverage allowed on grounds.

Parking is FREE; horse rides are not included.

The festival is held rain or shine.


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 I’m giving away 4 Sidekick Tickets to the Old West Fest!


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You can find out more about Old West Fest from their website. You can connect with the Old West Fest on facebook and twitter. 


The Old West Festival is located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd between Mt. Orab and Williamsburg, Ohio just off St. Rt. 32.


Disclosure: I was provided with tickets for giveaway and review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Ways to Save Time Back-to-Sports Shopping

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’s Sporting Goods®.  All opinions are my own.

Back to School also means Back to Sports for our family. I’ll admit that I love our summer sports hiatus because summer flies by too fast as it is. My boys start school mid August and fall sports start practicing a few weeks before that. When practices begin before school starts, you have to be ready. I’ve got one in football and one playing fall baseball for the 1st time this year which will keep our family occupied for a while. I didn’t want to spend a ton of time shopping for sports equipment which made a trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods a convenient stop.

So what do you need to do before you shop to save time?

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  • Check for online coupons
  • Bring your rewards card
  • See what still fits. You don’t want to discover that your child has outgrown their cleats, apparel, or equipment after you went shopping.
  • Check what the team colors are so that your apparel selections and shoes don’t clash.
  • Find out how many days a week you will be practicing and when the games are so that you can plug them into your calendar. Ideally, you will want to have your shopping done before the 1st practice so that your child is prepared.
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  • Condense your errands. The less stops the better because your time is valuable too.
  • Get advice and check out reviews from others about brands and equipment to use for the sport they are playing.
  • Set a budget and let your kids be a part of the selecting process. Give them a price range to choose from and watch them become savvy budget shoppers instantly because now they view it as their money. This also helps them prioritize and determine which items they want to spend more on.

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Here are some items to check off if your kids are playing football or fall baseball. 

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Football Player Checklist

  • Cleats
  • Mouthguard
  • Water bottle
  • Helmet- optional
  • Bright Socks – These are a great way to identify you kid on the field
  • Practice Football

Baseball Player Checklist

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  • Baseball Helmet (optional)
  • Baseball glove- lefties need to make sure that they get a special glove
  • Baseball Bat
  • Water bottle
  • Baseball

Carpool Checklist

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Air freshener – Because your nostrils will burn after you carpool a group of middle school boys after they’ve been practicing in 90 degree heat.
  • Something to read- sometimes practices go over and you end up waiting in the parking lot for a while

Sports Parent Sideline Checklist

You can read all of my sideline essential here. 

Sideline Essentials for Sports Parents

We found EVERYTHING that we needed at Dick’s Sporting Goods which relived my stress and made my boys very happy.

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The selection is very large for just about any sport in store and there are also items available online as well.

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