On the Beat 09/22

Fall festivals and more

By Jim Bucher

Wow, I’m exhausted.

I just took part in “Festival Weekend” in Dayton and the Miami Valley and I can’t eat or drink another thing.

First, it was the Italian Fall Festa, then the Greek Festival, the Vandalia Oktoberfest, Miamisburg Artisan Festival, Beavercreek Popcorn Festival, Huber Heights Marigold Festival and … what’d I miss?

Good thing they’re over for 2015 because my waistline can’t take much more.

So, that’s it—my column for the week is complete. See you next … ah, wait a second, hold on a minute. Breaking News: there’s more to come…

I can’t back this up with statistics and the like, but I’m guessing per capita we have the most festivals, events and happenings of any region our size in the country.

We love a reason to get together don’t we? That said, we’ve got a few more festivals coming your way, Dayton!

OK, times a wastin’, grab your smart phone, open the calendar and let’s get this party started!

First, (and these are in no particular order):

Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest: It always seems to “fall” in September, and this year is no exception, happening this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-27.

They’ll have those delicious brats and mets of course, but also schnitzel sandwiches, homemade noodles, German salads and even cupcakes.

For you craft beer fans, they have one of the biggest selections festival-wise. Also, some exclusive brews for Oktoberfest only. When the DAI opened the suggestion box after past festivals, one of the biggest comments was that there wasn’t a lot to do with the youngsters.

Guess what? They listened. Now, A Family Fest happens over the weekend for kids of all ages.

Remember too this is a wonderful opportunity to experience this gem in the Gem City by exploring the museum. The current exhibition is Call to Duty: World War Posters, a must see.

Here’s the (beer) nuts and bolts. Oktoberfest kicks off Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Lederhosen Lunch. Admission is free. Food and beverage is available for purchase.

Oktoberfest continues with a preview party Friday evening, then of course two big days Saturday and Sunday. Also, parking is at a premium around the museum, but shuttles will whisk you to and fro. For more information on ticket prices and everything else I missed log on to daytonartinstitute.org.

Next up, the Germantown Pretzel Festival. Well, if you love pretzels then you’ll be in pretzel heaven this weekend. They’ll have awesome festival food, but also a pretzel bucket full of free entertainment (stretching there a bit, huh?).

A cool highlight is a Beatle’s tribute band, Hard Day’s Night, who perform at 7:30 p.m. Also on tap is plenty of fun and food.

While you’re there, make sure you take a stroll through the historic yet charming downtown. The festival is located at Veterans Memorial Playground, 190-192 Warren Street in Germantown. It takes place this coming Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27 from noon to 6 p.m.

Did I mention they had pretzels?

And what goes better with pretzels than Chocolate?

Also this Saturday is the annual Chocolate Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum next to Miami Valley Hospital is this festival, which best can be described as, well, sweet!

On the menu this year is a variety of chocolate concoctions including chocolate covered strawberries, cream-filled chocolates and chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick. Then for the wild side of chocolate in some of us there’s chocolate covered crickets (ugh), chocolate covered jalapenos and chocolate covered bacon.

Also free live entertainment, vendors and a kid’s area with inflatables, games and prizes. Gotta have something for the kids all hyped up on sugar.

Yours truly will be on hand as a judge for the chocolate tasting contest (come on, somebody’s gotta do it) along with festival founders, my friends the legendary Bill Nance and Melody Morris, co-hosts of “Faith & Friends” internet radio.

The festival runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is free.

And then there’s the Aullwood Apple Fest. This annual fundraising event for our beloved Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm celebrates all things apples and more. In addition to apple dumplings, apple butter and apple pies, you can also learn how to make apple butter in copper kettles and buy some to take home.

They’ll have plenty of entertainment the whole weekend including an appearance by Johnny Appleseed and family which includes his kids, “the seedlings.” Sorry, couldn’t resist.

It all happens this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center, 9101 Frederick Pike. For admission prices and more visit aullwood.org 

My poor waist!

Cheers and happy festival going!


For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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