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Fall Fest and Boo in the Burg return

By Katie Fender

Photo: Fall Fest begins at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Riverfront Park; photo: Mark Hesse

Summer has flown by, as it always does, marking the end of days at the pool and late sunsets. But just because summer has come to a close doesn’t mean it’s the end of everything fun. Football is back to taking over Sunday afternoon, every great TV show is back with its season premiere, pumpkin spice lattes are back for everyday consumption, and of course, the annual Miamisburg Fall Festival is back to kick off the season.

The Miamisburg Fall Festival is 12:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Riverfront Park, located at 3 N. Miami Ave. This marks the fourth consecutive year of the festival, which began its tradition in 2011. Admission is free for this family-friendly event that is a great way to start off the season by jumping right into fall activities and autumn treats.

“There will be all kinds of inflatables for the kids to utilize, we will have hay rides, a hay maze, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, a pumpkin guess – to guess the noise of the pumpkin – a candy guess, face painting, carnival games, all of that will be free for [children] to be able to do,” Mark Hesse, recreation programmer for the city of Miamisburg Parks and Recreation, said.

In addition to kid friendly games and activities, there will also be plenty of food for sale for all ages to enjoy. Vendors will be there, providing delicious fall treats for the guests. “A few different vendors, one selling kettle corn, hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork and possibly an ice cream vendor,” Hesse said.

Throughout the festival, a DJ will be playing music to entertain guests during the events and activities. Also, according to Hesse, the kids can look forward to new inflatables this year to enjoy.

The festival is expecting around 4,000 guests to participate in this year’s fest and everyone in the Dayton area is encouraged to attend. “Come out and join this fun fall event that we provide for our community,” Hesse said.

Boo in the Burg offers chance at big bucks

Halloween is just around the corner and in Miamisburg that means, adults find a sitter and a designated driver – and start putting a Halloween costume together, because Boo in the Burg is back.

This year, Miamisburg teams up with Budweiser to present the annual Boo in the Burg pub crawl. Everyone 21 and over is invited to put on their best Halloween costume with the chance to win big prizes and join the fun from 6–11 p.m. on Oct. 23 at 10 different locations including Bullwinkle’s Top Hat Bistro; Ron’s Pizza; American Legion Post 165; Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2306; Giuliano, An Anticoli Tavern; A Taste of Wine; Good Time Charlies; Star City Brewing; Lucky Star Brewery and TJ Chumps. Tickets can be purchased before the event for $2 or for $3 the day of the event at any participating location. Food, drinks and music will be available throughout the night and each participating restaurant will provide a complimentary buffet from 6–8 p.m. with drink specials and live entertainment.

This annual event for Miamisburg has become a favorite fall tradition for locals in the Dayton area. Roughly around 3,000 people attend each year arriving in their best Halloween costume in hopes of winning the costume contest.

The costume contest is held at the end of the night, with the judging beginning around 11 p.m. The winners win gift cards to the participating restaurants.

There are also other chances to win prizes as the media director, Robin Michaels explained, “Each person buys a ticket and brings it to each location to get it stamped and once its completed you can enter it for a gift pack for various different prizes, the top prize is a $500 gift card to the participating merchants.”

So, it is very important to remember your ticket and to bring it to each location.

Those looking to participate in this event can relax and enjoy their beverages, as transportation will be provided to the different locations. “We usually have some type of transportation for the guests, this year we have the Buckeye Vodka Bus,” Michaels said. The bus will serve as the designated driver going back and forth to participating locations.

Of course, there will be plenty of drinking involved; considering it is a pub crawl, Michaels reassures guests that although there will definitely be alcohol and plenty of fun, this event never gets too out of hand. “It’s Halloween for adults, it’s not too rowdy,” Michaels said. “It’s for people looking for a good time, but also to not to get too crazy.”

Miamisburg Fall Fest takes place from 12:30–4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 at Riverfront Park, 3 N. Miami Avenue. For more information, please call 937.866.4532 or visit

Boo in the Burg takes place from 6–11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at participating businesses in downtown Miamisburg. Tickets are $2 in advance, or $3 the day of. For more information, please visit


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