Getting the Most From Fall for Foliage Lovers

The peak foliage viewing for Autumn 2015 in Ohio will be between Oct. 5-21, according to Farmer’s Almanac.

Generally accepted wisdom tells us that the rainy year has made for healthy trees which typically means a longer foliage season and a more colorful one. That rain and lower than average temperatures this summer will help as well.

For the real foliage junkies, check out fallcolor.ohiodnr.gov where the Department of Natural Resources will be tracking the change as it migrates across the state with several weekly color reports starting October 1st.The website also lists recommended scenic drives, fall events, places to hike, bike, camp and more.

Future weather patterns could still upset these previous ideal conditions. September needs to have sunny, cool days while nights should be cool and clear. Highs of between 60 and 70 degrees would be ideal, and temperatures about half that warm in the evening. Hard rains or a serious frost could damage the leaves.

The best practice to enjoy the leaves? Get out and enjoy them the moment the color change starts!

New Breman Pumpkinfest

The New Bremen Pumpkinfest was founded in 2003 and began as a modest event specifically geared towards giant pumpkin growers to show off the most prized, the biggest and most unusual pumpkins. Everything about the festival got bigger, the crowd and the pumpkins (which started coming in from all over the Midwest) included. In 2010 the festival earned honors for hosting the world record Largest Pumpkin Pie.

Friday starts off at four with evening entertainment by Roger DeMange and Another Round. Saturday starts early with a pumpkin pancake breakfast at 7am. The Great Pumpkin Roll Bike Ride begins at 8:30am (Saturday). Distances at 20, 30 and 60 miles. Register in advance online. All ages and skill levels welcome.

The Artisan Showcase goes on Saturday from 9am-6pm. This show features talents including painting, glass blowing, photography, and even chain saw sculptures.

There is lots for kids to do as well including a pie eating contest and more.

September 23-24

Lake Loraime Fall Harvest Festival

Lake Loramie’s Annual Fall Harvest Festival is back and more packed full of fun than ever!

The Annual Fall Harvest Festival in Lake Loramie is sneaking up on us and it’ll be as lively as ever. The whole family is invited to enjoy the exhibitions and entertainment.
One of the most anticipated features of the Fall Harvest Festival is the Antique Power Show. The show is comprised of large collection of gas-powered tractors. There will also be operational displays including a wheat thresher, a lumber mill, shingle mill and various other engines.

Most of the attractions are fun for the whole family, but the Fall Harvest Festival at Lake Loramie also features some attractions just for kids including games and activities with a Lake Loramie Naturalist.

More than 60 workmanship and specialty exhibitors will be at the celebration making things from toys to family unit improvements, flower displays and considerably more. You’ll appreciate a Farmers Market on Saturday and live melodic stimulation on the fundamental stage. Lots of delicious food will likewise be accessible. The year’s celebration the highlight will be a primitive American settler camp site. Wearing the style of the Early American Settler, this camp shows how everyday life was lived amid that period. Discussions about the devices and hardware used to get by in the outskirts of the wilderness will also take place.

September 14-16th

Franklin, OH FallFest 2016

The feature event of Franklin’s family friendly autumn event, FallFest, is the 5k/1k Pumpkin Dash. Registration begins at 8am on Saturday, October 22nd at 8am. Or register early online. Registration is free. Along with the Pumpkin Dash, FallFest has lots to offer.

The Great 4th Street Pumpkin Roll also happens on Saturday. Participants, arranged by age group, will have the chance to roll their own pumpkin from the very top of the 4th Street Hill for the chance to win prizes. If your pumpkin survives the journey it’s yours to keep. Pumpkins only cost $1.

Entertainment will also include the Warren County 4-H Petting zoo and fair rides. Food vendors will be present and serving near by the community bonfire. Relax, get warm and enjoy some great food from the variety of vendors.

There will also be a pumpkin pie eating contest. How fast can you finish an entire pumpkin pie? Can you beat the reigning champ of four years? Come find out!

Perhaps the most exciting event is the infamous FallFest costume contests. Festival workers say that the competition is inventive and intense. This free event awards prizes to the very best in each of the age categories. You don’t want to miss this event for infants- through adults; the best group costume and there is even a category for pets!

Country Applefest, Lebanon, Ohio

Although pumpkins are often considered the super star of fall – especially in commercially made products – fall also means apples in Ohio. For one day only, September 24th, 2016, head out to Lebanon, Ohio to celebrate the other fall fruit and support a craft show composed of 100% local vendors.

One of the unique features of the Country Applefest in Lebanon is that all the craft vendors are required to hand-make their items. You definitely won’t find any commercially manufactured items at this down-home festival. Festival goers will find wonderful handmade crafts such as pottery, porcelain vases, wreaths, gemstone and beaded jewelry, candles, baskets, and all kinds of wonderful decorations for any holiday.

72% of Applefest vendors are from within a 30 mile radius of the show and 30% are from within a 10 mile radius. It doesn’t get more local or more hand crafted than this.

While you are there don’t forget to try all apple inspired food and beverage creations like cider and apple pie!