Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Summer festivals

By Mandy Jenkins
The Cincinnati Enquirer

It's summer - time for sunburns, humidity and a slew of festivals in the Tristate. Save money by attending local cultural festivals rather than taking an expensive world tour. Get the kids out of the house by taking them to one of the numerous church festivals. Or, grab your sweetie and take in a music festival or share some homemade ice cream. Whether it's model cars, homemade quilts or barbecued chicken that tickles your fancy, there's a festival of some sort every weekend this summer through Labor Day. Keep this guide as a roadmap to fun for your summer weekends and keep an eye out for new announcements in Tempo.

June 27-29

Firefighters Festival, 1-11 p.m. Saturday (EST). Firefighters' competitions, fried chicken and roast beef dinners, kids' games, beer gardens, raffles. Town Commons, Oldenburg, Ind.

Ohio River Way Paddlefest, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Float trip, boat races, live music, food, exhibits, demonstrations. Yeatman's Cove.

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Summer Fest, 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, 5-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday. Chicken dinner Sunday, beer with ID. 177 Siebenthaler Ave., Reading.

Panegyri Greek Festival, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 3 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 1 p.m.- midnight Sunday. Greek food, wine, music, folk dancing, cultural exhibits, children's activities. Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 7000 Winton Road, Finneytown.

Relay for Life and festival, 6 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday. Fund-raising walk, live music, raffles, visits from Cincinnati Reds Rover, Mighty Ducks organization and Classic Car Cruisers. Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust St., Owensville.

St. Therese Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Live entertainment, children's area, raffles, fried chicken dinner Saturday. St. Therese Church, U.S. 27 and Temple, Southgate.

St. Veronica Summer Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Sunday. Jazz, pop and classic rock bands, child and adult gaming, auction, rides, foods and Sunday chicken dinner. 4473 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road, Mount Carmel.

St. Vincent Ferrer Summer Fest, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday. Carnival rides, Kid's Corner, games of chance, live music, raffles, beer with ID. 7754 Montgomery Road, Kenwood.

St. Vincent De Paul Festival, 5-11 p.m. Saturday. Steak and chicken dinners, games, gambling, live music. 4036 River Road, Riverside.

Village Green Fine Art and Craft Show, noon-9 p.m. Saturday. Art, concessions, different musical act every hour, bicentennial program. 301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield.

West Chester Freedom Fest, 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday-Sunday. Fireworks, live music, rides, games, car show, multicultural fest. Voice of America Park, Tylersville Road, West Chester.

July 4-6

All-American Birthday, all day Friday. Classic car cruise-in, cornhole tournament, live music by Blue Oyster Cult and ELO, Rozzi's fireworks. Sawyer Point, Yeatman's Cove and Central Riverfront.

American Legion Fourth of July Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Softball, games of chance, rides, kids' games, fireworks Saturday at 10 p.m. Koenig Park, Reading.

Bells on Independence Day Parade & Hamilton's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July, 10 a.m.-dusk Friday. Parade at 10 a.m. on High Street. Patriotic music, clowns, face painters, a magician and the Taste of Butler County, fireworks at dusk. Downtown Hamilton.

Fourth of July Festival and Bicentennial Bell Casting, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Parade (starting at Lakota YMCA) 11 a.m. Friday, games, music, auctions, bingo, car show. Lakota East High School, Lakota Lane, Liberty Township.

Fourth of July Spectacular, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday. Car show, children's area, local and national music, 5K walk/run at 8 a.m., fireworks at 10 p.m. 4200 Springdale Road, Colerain Township.

Hyde/Ault Park Independence Day Celebration, 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday. Run/walk, children's bike parade, games, patriotic concert, Rozzi's fireworks. Hyde Park and Ault Park.

Ripley Lions Club July Festival, Friday evening and all day Saturday. Family fun, food and music. Fireworks Saturday at dusk. Lions Park, Front Street, Ripley.

Russellville Bicentennial Celebration, 2 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Parade, rides, street dance, auction, live music, animal show, kiddie tractor pull, steak/chicken dinners. Village Park, Russellville.

July 11-13

Bastille Day celebration, noon-11 p.m. Saturday. Live music, bicycle race, food. Downtown Montgomery.

Civil War Art & Photo Festival, 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Area Civil War art and photography. Park Avenue and Riverside Drive, Loveland.

Festival in Sycamore, 4-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Live music, food, rides and games. Bechtold Park, 4312 Sycamore Road, Sycamore Township.

Holy Name Church Rib & Chicken Barbecue, 11a.m.-4p.m. Saturday. Holy Name Church, 2448 Auburn Ave., Mount Auburn.

Midsummer at the Meadows, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, 2-9 p.m. Sunday. Live music, Irish dancing, teen area, Kidz Fun Zone, craft show, car show, fireworks Saturday night. Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131, Miami Township.

Ridge Days, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Duel race, parade (11:15 a.m.), Kid's Carnival, live gospel, jazz,R&B and blues on Saturday. Swimming, flea market, car show Sunday. 5915 Ridge Road, Pleasant Ridge.

St. Joseph Church Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday. Alcohol with ID. 25 E. Harrison Ave., North Bend.

St. Lawrence Church Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 2 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Children's activities, gambling, quilts, beer garden, auction. Pork chop dinner Friday, German dinner Saturday, chicken dinner Sunday. Indiana 50 and Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg.

St. Lawrence Parish Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 5-11 p.m. Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday. Beer with ID. 3680 Warsaw Ave., Price Hill.

St. Martin of Tours Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 5-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-11 p.m. Sunday. Chicken dinner Sunday, beer with ID. 3961 N. Bend Road, Cheviot.

St. Rita's Fest, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, 4 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Fish, chicken and Italian dinners, rides, raffles, live music, Kiddie Land, beer with ID. 1720 Glendale- Milford Road, Evendale.

St. Thomas More Julyfest, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, 6 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 3-10 p.m. Sunday. Sunday family dinner, beer with ID. 800 Ohio Pike, Withamsville.

Taste of Christianity, noon-7 p.m. Saturday. Various outreach organizations focus on health, community issues. Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, 1556 John St., West End.

July 18-20

Immaculate Heart of Mary Festival, 5-11 p.m. Friday- Saturday, 3-11 p.m. Sunday. Family fun, children's games, rides, food, auction, live music, beer, gambling, raffles, Sunday chicken dinner. 7820 Beechmont Ave., Anderson Township.

Moeller High School Festival, 6-11:30 p.m. Friday, 5-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Sunday. Beer with ID. 9001 Montgomery Road, Montgomery.

Schutzenfest, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, 4 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Food, booths, games, rides, live German-American music and dancing, fireworks Saturday, parade Sunday (3 p.m.). Kolping Center, 10235 Mill Road, New Brighton.

St. Bernard's Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 5-11 p.m. Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday. Silent auction, games of chance, silent auction, kiddieland, beer with ID. 3961 N. Bend Road, Cheviot.

St. Cecilia Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 4 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 2-10 p.m. Sunday. Beer with ID. 3105 Madison Road, Oakley.

St. John's Summer Festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Chicken dinner, games, bingo, country store, raffle. 25743 Indiana 1, Guilford.

St. Simon Parish Festival, 5 p.m.- midnight Friday, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, 5-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Fish fry, Monte Carlo Friday, beer with ID. 825 Pontius Road, Delhi Township.

July 24-27

Antique & Classic Car Parade, 1-5:30 p.m. Saturday. More than 300 restored and original cars, trucks and motorcycles; highlights Corvette's 50th Anniversary. Parade forms at Hamilton West Shopping Center, Main Street and Brookwood Avenue., travels River Road into Fairfield and on to Courthouse Square, Hamilton.

Goodstock VI, noon-9 p.m. Saturday. Free food/drinks, 10 Christian rock bands. Lloyd Memorial High School, Graves Avenue, Erlanger.

Holy Trinity Parish Festival, 6-10 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m.- midnight Friday, 5 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday. Rides and games, yard sale, crafts, adult gaming, dinners. Holy Trinity School, 5411 Moeller Ave., Norwood.

Our Lady of Lourdes Family Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 5-11 p.m. Saturday, 3- 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Sunday roast beef dinner, beer with ID. Glenway Avenue and Muddy Creek Road, Westwood.

Newport Arts and Music Festival, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Children's activities, entertainment, arts and crafts. Newport on the Levee.

St. Ann Parish Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Beer with ID. 3028 Pleasant Ave., Hamilton.

St. James Family Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 4 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 3-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Beer with ID. 3565 Hubble Road, White Oak.

Aug. 1-3

Holy Trinity School Festival, 6:30--11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Food, games and rides for kids, games of chance. Riverboat Row, Newport.

Immaculate Conception Family Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Hog roast Friday, barbecue chicken Sunday, beer with ID. 5874 N. Buckneck Road, Bradford.

Jazz in the Park Festival, 5-10 p.m. Saturday. Live outdoor jazz concert, food and beverage vendors. Central Park, West Kemper and Waycross roads, Forest Park.

Lebanon Blues Festival, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday. Seven blues bands throughout the day, food vendors and beer garden open noon-10:30 p.m. Mulberry Street, downtown Lebanon.

Minis at McFarland, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Gathering of old and new Minis and Mini Coopers, food and music. Ridge Avenue and Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge.

St. Aloysius on-the-Ohio Super Summer Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 4-10:30 p.m. Sunday. Booths, adult and children's games, raffles, fish fry, beer with ID. 134 Whipple St., Sayler Park.

St. Anthony of Padua Lebanese Festival, noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Lebanese food, dancing, raffles, live music, alcohol-free. 2530 Victory Parkway, East Walnut Hills.

St. Bartholomew Parish Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 4 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 3-10 p.m. Sunday. Sunday dinner, beer with ID. 9375 Winton Road, Springfield Township.

St. John Family Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday. Pig roast Saturday and Sunday, beer with wristband. 9080 Cincinnati- Dayton Road, West Chester.

St. Leon Fireman's Festival, 5-8:30 p.m. Friday, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Adult and children's games, fish dinner Friday, chicken dinner Saturday. Downtown St. Leon, Ind.

St. Louis Homecoming Festival, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, noon- 10 p.m. Sunday. Chicken or roast beef dinner Sunday, beer with ID. 210 N. Broadway, Owensville.

St. Mary's Homecoming Festival, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Ham, chicken and roast beef dinners, raffles, games for all ages, flea market, cow races. St. Mary's Church, 6646 Van Buren Ave., Georgetown.

St. Therese Little Flower Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m.-11 p.m. Sunday. Rides, food, games, live and silent auctions, chicken dinner Sunday. Corner of Kirby and Colerain avenues, Mount Airy.

Aug. 7-10

Antique Machinery Show, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Thursday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Parades, bingo, baby contest, quilt show, car show, tractor pulls, games, antiques, crafts, flea market, food and live music. OVAM Showgrounds, Ohio 125 West, Georgetown.

Cleves Fireman's Festival, 5:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 4-p.m. Sunday. Rides, games, silent auction, live music, crafts, beer. Harmony ballfield, Cooper Road and Finley Street, Cleves.

Days in the Park Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday. Adult and children's games, rides, food and drink, live music both nights. Chamberlain Park, 7640 Plainfield Road, Deer Park.

Family Day, 1-9 p.m. Sunday. Rides, games, food. Stricker's Grove, Ohio 128, Ross.

Mount Washington American Legion Post 484, 6-11 p.m. Friday; 5-11 p.m. Saturday. Kids games, door prizes, tent raffles, beer garden, games of chance. 1837 Sutton Ave.

Our Lady of Visitation Visifest, 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, 5-11 p.m. Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Sunday. Chicken dinner Sunday, beer with ID. 3172 South Road, Mack.

Sacred Heart Summer Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 5:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 4-10 p.m. Sunday. Rides, karaoke, children's games, teen activities, poker, raffles, Sunday car show. 400 Niles Road, Fairfield.

St. Aloysius Summer Festival, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Family style chicken dinner, beer garden, hayride, gambling, enclosed area. 3350 Chapel Road, Shandon.

St. Joseph Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Rides, games,live entertainment. 2470 Lorraine Court, Crescent Springs.

St. Margaret of York SMOYFEST 2003, "Outta This World," 6 p.m.- midnight Friday, 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 3-10 p.m. Sunday (family day). Montgomery Inn barbecue Friday- Saturday, chicken dinner Sunday, beer and margaritas with ID. 9483 Columbia Road, Loveland.

St. Paul's Church Picnic, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday. Country store, beer garden, quilts, games, prizes, chicken dinners. 9798 N. Dearborn Road, New Alsace, Ind.

Summerfest, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Food, games and entertainment. 1050 Kemper Meadow Drive, Forest Park.

Summerrail 2003, 1-10 p.m. Saturday. Railroad slide presentations, photography, merchandise. Cincinnati Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave.

Taste of Colerain, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3-10 p.m. Sunday. Restaurant samples, games, rides, local bands. 4200 Springdale Road, Colerain Township.

Aug. 15-17

"Bless The Beasts" Festival, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Food and games, animals welcome. Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6329 Tylersville Road, West Chester.

St. Bernadette Parish Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-11 p.m. Sunday. Chicken dinner Sunday, beer with ID. 1479 Locust Lake Road, Amelia.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Live entertainment, food, rides, games, raffles, Sunday chicken/beef dinner. 5900 Buckwheat Road, Milford.

St. John the Baptist Parish Festival, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, 6 p.m.- midnight Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Chicken dinner Sunday, beer with ID. 5361 Dry Ridge Road, Dry Ridge.

St. Pius Church Picnic, 11 a.m. Sunday. Chicken dinners, quilt giveaways, games, attractions. 525 N. Main St., Milan, Ind.

St. William Church Summer Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday- Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday. Rides, games, and live music each night. Fish, pork and chicken dinners at 5 p.m. St. William and Sunset avenues, Price Hill.

Aug. 22-24

Cedar Grove Fireman's Festival, 5-8 p.m. Friday, 3-7 p.m. Saturday (slow time). Games, prizes, raffles, fish fry Friday, fried chicken dinner Saturday. 605 Second St., Cedar Grove, Ind.

Germania Society Oktoberfest, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 2 p.m.- midnight Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. German food, wine and beer, live music, rides. 3529 W. Kemper Road, between Hamilton and Colerain avenues, Colerain Township.

Mason Heritage Festival, 10 a.m. Saturday. Food, arts booths, children's area, live music. Downtown Mason.

Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Show, Sunday afternoon. Arts and crafts competition and sales. Downtown Sharonville.

St. Ignatius Loyola Weekend Festival, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 4 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Sunday. Barbecue chicken, beer with ID. 5222 North Bend Road, Montfort Heights.

St. Mary Family FunFest, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 3 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 3-10 p.m. Sunday. Kids Kingdom, rides, music, adult booths, gambling, Sunday night spaghetti dinner. 2853 Erie Ave., Hyde Park.

Taste of Blue Ash, 6-11 p.m. Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon- 10 p.m. Sunday.

Food from 20 area restaurants, national music acts including the Go Gos, Dave Clark Five, War and Starship. Cooper and Hunt roads, Blue Ash.

Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Augusta Heritage Days, 5-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday. Antiques, crafts, music, parade, games, car show. Downtown Augusta, Ky.

End of Summer Festival, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday. Live music, cooking demonstrations, door prizes, children's events. Ridge Market, 6142 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge.

Nativity Fall Fest, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Sunday. Beer with ID. Ridge Avenue and Woodford Road. Pleasant Ridge.

Riverfest, noon-10 p.m. Sunday. Food, roving entertainment, live music on three stages, fireworks, alcohol-free. Sawyer Point, Yeatman's Cove and Central Riverfront.

St. Angela Merici Festival, Saturday evening, noon-11 p.m. Sunday. Dinners Sunday noon-7 p.m., games, prizes, beer with ID. U.S. 50 at Fayetteville.

St. Anthony Labor Day Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday. Chicken and roast beef dinners, quilts, games, crafts, kiddie attractions. 4781 Morris Church St., Morris, Ind.

St. John Neumann Olde Fashion Summer Festival, 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, 4 p.m.- midnight Saturday, 4-11 p.m. Sunday. Food, games, rides. John Grey and Mill roads, Pleasant Run.

St. Margaret Mary Festival, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, 3-11 p.m. Sunday, 3-10 p.m. Monday. Chicken and roast beef dinners, beer with ID. 1830 W. Galbraith Road, North College Hill.

St. Peter's Festival, 10 a.m. Monday. All-you-can-eat chicken, raffle, country store, kids' games, quilts. 1207 East Road, St. Peter's (Brookville), Ind.

St. Remy Russia Homecoming Festival, 4:30 p.m.- midnight Saturday, noon-midnight Sunday. Chicken dinner, beer with ID. Russia Community Center, 101 Saint Remy, Russia, Shelby County.

Winchester Caramel Festival, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Nashville entertainment, rides, games, clowns, contests, caramel corn. Main Street, Winchester.

Yorkiefest II, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. A celebration of dogs, specifically the Yorkshire terrier. Food, vendors, raffles. Butler County Fairgrounds, Hamilton.

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