Friday, October 08, 1999

Events may clog county roads

        Traffic in Warren County won't be pretty this weekend. Not with 250,000 people heading to Waynesville's Sauerkraut Festival, 10,000 motorcycles revving to Oregonia for the annual hill climb and thousands of other visitors making their way to the Renaissance Festival and Turtlecreek Flea Market.

        But organizers have worked to ease congestion, with plenty of signs on main routes and side roads and officers on hand to direct traffic.

        If you've got a hankering for a cabbage roll or a yen to take a step back in time, festival organizers suggest staying away from Ohio 73, especially heading east from Interstate 71. One option for drivers is to pull out the handy Rand McNally and find a back-roads route. Traffic generally moves well on the four-lane U.S. 42.

        Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Scott Borden offers these tips: Leave early, wear your seat belt, reduce your speed and take a deep breath.

        At the sauerkraut festival, organizers suggest parking at the Waynesville High School, 735 Dayton Road, and taking a free shuttle to Main Street. Parking is $5. The event runs 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.


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