August 30, 2008

Renaissance Festival



The annual Ohio Renaissance Festival is a replica of a medieval town, a 30-acre complex that comes with roving story-tellers, queens, magicians, singers, fireeaters, jugglers and the like.

The dozen rides and the live shows are a particular hit with kids, as are the daring displays of swordplay and the knights adorned in full armor, jousting atop their brave steeds.

New this year: Enjoy a fivecourse feast while being entertained in the queen's court. The fest takes place at Renaissance Park, Ohio 73 (near I-71, exit 45), in Harveysburg. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, from Saturday, Aug. 30, through Oct. 19 (plus Labor Day). Admission is $19.99 for adults, $9.99 for children 5-12. Contact (513) 897-7000 or


The Behringer-Crawford Museum's new exhibit, "Emergency Response: Changing the Future, Saving Lives," honors the region's firefighters and EMS personnel. 1600 Montague Road, Covington, Ky. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 26. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 children ages 3-17. (513) 491- 4003 or

Planning ahead

At the Fall-O-Ween Festival, look for floral displays, interactive events for kids, musical entertainment, farm animals and harvest markets. The Living History Village explores pioneer life in the early 1800s. Coney's carnival rides are included in the ticket. Coney Island Amusement Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Anderson. Noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 20-28. $9 for adults, $6 for children 12 and younger. (513) 872-5194 or

FELIX WINTERNITZ is a Cincinnati free-lance writer and the author of "Insiders Guide to Cincinnati." You can reach him at [email protected]

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