Fall in Warren County means return of attractions, festivals and a busy travel season
WARREN COUNTY, OHIO (August 25, 2021) – After being forced to close or alter their offerings in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival, Ohio Renaissance Festival, Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt and more popular autumn attractions will be back in action this fall and are expected to once again drive considerable crowds to Southwest Ohio, according to the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau (WCCVB).
“Warren County is easy to reach by car for millions of Americans, and our events and attractions are eager and ready to welcome individuals and families this fall,” said Phillip S. Smith, President & CEO of the WCCVB. “We’re getting closer to the end of what has been a strong summer – with Kings Island, the Western & Southern Open, Great Wolf Lodge and other attractions and events getting back on track after an atypical year in 2020. But the fun doesn’t slow down in Warren County when the summer ends, and we’re very excited for what is expected to be a wonderful autumn in Ohio’s Largest Playground.”
One of the highlights of this fall will be the Ohio Renaissance Festival, which runs weekends and Labor Day between Sept. 4 and Oct. 31. The festival will celebrate its 31st year this fall with a loaded lineup of attractions, shows and vendors, including the new “Royal Feast” (a five-course dining experience) and a new 13-stop “Ale Trail”. Billed as a “non-stop, day-long adventure,” the festival was recently ranked among the nation’s top Renaissance events by Travel Channel.
In Waynesville, the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival (Oct. 9-10) will turn 51 this year and once again feature more than seven tons of sauerkraut creations, live entertainment and hundreds of craft vendors from all across the nation.
Also in Waynesville, the Waynesville Fall Fest will run Saturdays and Sundays September 18 through October 31 and offer mini golf, mazes, a petting farm, human foosball, a not-so-spooky walking trail and more festive fun.
Lebanon’s Feast & Fall-y (Sept. 25) and Country AppleFest (Sept. 25-26) will also rank among the region’s most popular food and craft gatherings this autumn.
Halloween-themed attractions ranging from family-friendly to highly intense will also reopen their doors in the coming weeks. Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt (named best theme park Halloween event by USA Today readers in 2018) will welcome guests Friday and Saturday nights September 24 through October 30, while Tricks & Treats – the park’s family-focused fall celebration – will run Saturdays and Sundays from September 25 through October 31.
This year also will mark the first fall season for Camp Cedar, Kings Island’s new luxury outdoor resort. The 53-acre facility includes cottages, RV slips, restaurants and family-friendly activities in a wooded, rustic setting.
Hosted on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival, Brimstone Haunt will return to action this fall, offering four haunted experiences Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 24 through Oct. 30.
Regarded as one of the nation’s most-haunted villages, Downtown Waynesville will host guided walking ghost tours select evenings throughout the fall.
Warren County’s numerous farms and orchards including Hidden Valley Orchards and Blooms & Berries will treat guests to fall-themed fun including pumpkin patches, hayrides and fruit picking throughout the season
The LM&M Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Express is returning this year, offering guests nostalgic train rides through the Warren County countryside on select dates in October. The seasonally inspired rides also will include complimentary pies, hay mazes and on-board entertainment.
Finally, Kings Island’s WinterFest will welcome back guests to enjoy ice skating, light shows, holiday shopping, festive food and more select dates beginning in late November, while Yuletide Village – a unique, old-timey winter celebration which debuted in 2020 – will kick off its second installment at Waynesville’s Renaissance Park in November as well.
Tourism is the leading industry in Warren County, as more than 12 million yearly visitors drive an economic impact of $1.3 billion and help support more than 12,000 tourism-related jobs in a typical year.
About the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Warren County is Ohio’s Largest Playground®! With easy access from Interstates 71 and 75, visitors to Warren County can enjoy more activities within a 30-mile radius than anywhere else in Ohio. The Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau is a professional destination marketing and management organization whose mission is to strengthen the community by advancing economic growth and vitality through tourism, overnight stays, and encouraging significant participation by visitors in the local tourism economy. Tourism is the leading industry in Warren County. In a typical year more than 12 million visitors drive an economic impact of $1.3 billion and 12,000+ tourism-related jobs. For additional information, visit OhiosLargestPlayground.com, call 513-204-1900 or visit the WCCVB on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
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