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. Located at its permanent site in Williamsburg, just 15 minutes east of I-275 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 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.
The Old West Festival is a great time for families. 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.
Kids will 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.
Themed weekends add to the experience of the Old West Festival and include:
- Sept. 10-11: REACH Family Weekend;
- Sept. 17-18: Freedom Weekend (All firefighters, police, EMS and military members will enjoy free Sidekick admission with their public service ID);
- Sept. 24-25: America’s Pastime Weekend;
- Oct. 1-2: Romance Weekend;
- Oct. 8-9: Faith Weekend; and
- Oct. 15-16: Halloween Weekend.
Tickets to the Old West Festival can be purchased online or at the door. Sidekick Admission is $12.99 for adults and $9.99 for kids, and includes shows, rides and live entertainment. Deputy Admission is $14.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids, and includes shows, rides, live entertainment and unlimited soft drinks. Sheriff Admission is $24.99 for adults and $19.99 for kids, and include shows, rides, live entertainment, unlimited soft drinks, souvenir boot mug and $1 off draft beers for adults. Kids 2 and under are free; Parking is free; horse rides are not included. The festival is held rain or shine.
The Old West Festival is located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Rd between Mt. Orab and Williamsburg, Ohio just off St. Rt. 32. The Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays, September 10 to October 16 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.oldwestfestival.com.