Held each October in north-central Ohio, the Oak Ridge Fall Festival draws visitors from around the state to this old-fashioned outdoor celebration. The event is located one mile north of Attica and is set amongst wooded forests, offering families a glimpse into the past by featuring live demonstrations, music and crafts from the 1840s. Purchase your tickets at the gate and step back in time to enjoy two full days of entertainment and activities.
Explore Living History
Stroll through Rendezvous, a pre-1840s living history village, to visit folks dressed in period attire. Watch knife- and tomahawk-throwing competitions, as well as archery and rifle shooting contests. In the antique farm machinery area, watch corn binding, shredding and husking demonstrations, and take a look at antique tractor and primitive farm machinery. Both kids and adults can take part in the action by participating in period-style games. Immerse yourself in history by camping in the living history encampment. Preregistration is encouraged and can be handled by going online or calling the Oak Ridge Fall Festival office.
Several stages are scattered throughout the wooded craft village and host all types of entertainment. Tap your feet to mountain music and banjo picking, listen to storytellers, watch demonstrations on flintknapping and quilt making, browse the displays of antique military vehicles and weaponry, and view the longhorn cattle display. On Sunday afternoon, raise your paddle in the country auction to bid on items donated by local artisans and craftsmen.
Browse Crafts and Sample Food
Walk through trader’s row to see over 170 artisans and craftsmen displaying handcrafted items, including wooden toys, leather work, folk art, primitive crafts, ceramics and painted gourds. Watch as the artists demonstrate their skills in broom-making, metal works, wood carving, spinning and basket-making. After working up an appetite, follow the delicious aroma to Split Tree Meadow to sample country food while sitting beneath shade trees.
Let the Kids Play
Kids enjoy Whippersnapper Cove, where they can visit an old-time general store and make crafts to take home. They can also take part in a variety of contests, including those involving melon seeds, bean shooting, coloring and cracker eating. Also for fun: apple bobbing, face painting, a coin hunt and a spelling bee. At Shorty’s old-fashioned barnyard, they can pet a variety of farm animals.
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