COLUMBUS, Ohio – From celebrating the fruit of the season to experiencing the vibrant fall foliage from around the state, Ohio visitors will find autumn events the entire family will enjoy. Following is a sampling of Ohio’s fall events and festivals that are sure to have an exceptional backdrop of fall colors.
Barnesville Pumpkin Festival – Barnesville, Sept. 24 – 27
The 52nd annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival is a grand celebration of everything pumpkin! Treat your taste buds with a stop at the Pumpkin Wagon for some pumpkin ice cream, donuts or pie. If you’re really into pumpkin pie (or watching people get really messy), don’t miss the pie eating contest on Thursday. Additional highlights of the event include the king pumpkin weigh-in on Wednesday evening, king pumpkin auction, crowning of the festival queen, pie baking contest, parade and pumpkin baby contest. To round out the fun, there will be plenty of craft competitions, a beard and mustache contest, live music, amusement rides, a car show and plenty more.
New Paris AppleFest – New Paris, Sept. 25 – 27
For a day of small-town family fun, mark your calendars for the New Paris AppleFest. For these three days in New Paris, it’s all about the apples. There are also plenty of contests to enjoy. Contests include apple baking and pie eating, as well as the apple story contest and apple blossom photo contest. There will be plenty of food vendors, a cake walk, beer garden, games, a parade, car and tractor shows, and a kiddie tractor pull.
Barberton Mum Fest – Barberton, Sept. 26 – 27
The city of Barberton will be ablaze with fall colors once again when it salutes autumn’s showiest flowers during the 25th annual Barberton Mum Fest. Festival planners set up 20,000 Chrysanthemums in a rainbow of yellow, purple, red, pink and orange at Lake Anna Park as a backdrop for a weekend of free fall fun. So gather some friends or the family together for a day of water ski shows and canoe races on Lake Anna, sand sculpting, ice carving, gardening tips, arts and crafts, food, children’s activities and more.
Lantern Light Wagon Rides & Corn Maze – Clarksville, Saturdays in October
Take a ghostly wagon ride with a historic twist aboard the Lantern Light Wagon Ride at charming Bonnybrook Farms. The ride will take you along abandoned country roads where you will glimpse ghostly travelers (soldiers, town folk, spies and politicians portrayed by professional theater actors) and hear their true stories commemorating the 150-year anniversary of the Civil War. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight to the Crazed Corn Maze to see what may be hiding in the maze. Arrive hungry to enjoy a made-from-scratch farm dinner, apple dumplings, fresh caramel corn or cider.
October Weekday Fall Foliage Tours – Nelsonville, Thursdays and Fridays in October
All aboard the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway for a fall foliage ride between Nelsonville and Logan. Take your pick from open-air (perfect for some gorgeous fall color shots) or enclosed cars for a two-hour train ride that takes you round-trip to East Logan traveling through the most colorful parts of Ohio.
Oak Harbor Apple Festival – Oak Harbor, Oct. 10 – 11
Enjoy a day of apple festivities at the Oak Harbor Apple Festival including “Applepalooza” Saturday night with live bands. Stop by Log Cabin Park where Boy Scouts will be making and selling kettle-cooked apple butter, and there will be more than 100 vendors offering everything from apples and fair type foods to hand-made craft items. Don’t miss the grand parade, 5K Apple Run or the variety of contests from prettiest baby to a kiddie tractor pull.
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival – Jefferson, Oct. 10 – 11
Come celebrate fall this year at the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival in its new location in downtown Jefferson. Tour some of the 18 covered bridges of Ashtabula County then head back to Jefferson for an array of events including a parade, antique car show, quilt show and more.
Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival – Coshocton, Oct. 16
Find the sights, sounds and aromas of autumn at the 26th annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival in Historic Roscoe Village. Enjoy fresh apple butter simmering over an open fire while listening to a variety of music including bluegrass, country, gospel and older tunes. There will also be a quilt raffle, contests, demonstrations, eerie Spirit of Roscoe tours and canal boat ride.
109th Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, Oct. 21
Often referred to as the “Greatest Free Show on Earth,” the Circleville Pumpkin Show attracts more than 400,000 people from around the U.S. to see giant pumpkins, themed parades, entertainment, contests and taste pumpkin-flavored delicacies. The event includes amusement rides, games and more than 400 food booths.
Little Boo at the Zoo & Pumpkin Path – Toledo, Oct. 22 – 25
On October 22 and 23, Little Boo at the Toledo Zoo will give preschool-aged kids a party of their own. Kids can dress up to go trick-or-treating, play games and participate in activities designed just for them. Kids of any age will enjoy the zoo’s Pumpkin Path event on October 24 and 25. This event also features trick-or-treating and games throughout the zoo.
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