The Oak Ridge Fall Festival in Attica, Ohio

by Laurie Rappeport

Each year tourists come to Attica, Ohio, to participate in the Oak Ridge Fall Festival. The outdoor festival provides entertainment, educational activities and great food in a dynamic venue that offers something for people of all ages. The festival's rural north-central Ohio location provides an atmosphere of a friendly, welcoming community event that makes the festival an anticipated attraction for many people.


Attica Ohio, approximately 40 minutes south of Sandusky, is a small village of less than 1,000 people. The Seneca County village has an elementary school and hosts the Seneca County Library as well as the regional animal hospital. Travelers who come to Attica to participate in the Oak Ridge Fall Festival may also wish to explore the nearby Willard Marsh Wilderness Area, just eight miles outside of Attica.

Oak Ridge Festival

The annual Oak Ridge Festival takes place twice yearly, in July and October. Each festival session runs through a weekend, offering fun and excitement on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival grounds are one mile north of Attica on Township Road 104. As of 2011, ticket prices for admission are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors over the age of 60, $4 for kids ages 8 through 12 and free for kids under the age of 7. The festival does not allow people to bring in pets or alcohol.


People attending the Oak Ridge Festival will find a wide variety of activities for kids and adults alike. Participate in the horseshoe pitching contests or create different types of crafts in the Craft Village. The festival features costumed craftsmen and artisans who demonstrate their craft for observers. Living history encampments allow visitors to glimpse what life was like for Ohio settlers in the early 1800s, including their dress, utensils and way of life. The encampment shows historic portrayals and demonstrations and allows kids and adults to join in period-style games.


People looking for unique crafts will find many different options among the craftspeople and vendors who display their hand-crafted items at the festival. In addition, festival exhibitions include antique machinery displays and demonstrations, military weaponry displays (only in October) and plenty of music on the stage locations scattered through the fairgrounds. There are also plenty of food vendors with many different types of food for visitors to munch while they enjoy the festival attractions.