Ellia Strieter, 8, (front) and Raechel Meyers, 6, pick from a wide variety pumpkins during the Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival at Young’s Jersey Dairy.

Kick off October with these weekend events in Clark, Champaign

This weekend is filled with things to do in Clark and Champaign Counties - from the Heritage Flight of Festival in New Carlisle, the annual Balloon Fest in Urbana and Oktoberfests in both counties. Here are details on six things to keep you busy.

Clark County:


The sidewalks of National Road Commons Park, 21 Fisher St. in Springfield, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday will be transformed into art canvases.

Teams of residents will create masterpieces using chalk around the park and the grass areas will be filled with superhero scarecrows by Project Jericho. Chalk will be available at the event.

Attendees can enjoy live music, entertainers, food trucks, and chalk activities.

Admission is free.

For more information, search for Chalkfest on Facebook.

Pumpkin Festival

The annual Fall Farm Pumpkin Festival is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield Xenia Rd. in Yellow Springs.

Activities offered include pumpkin bowling and launching, pumpkin painting, cow milking demonstrations, pumpkin donut hole making, and cheese production tours.

Admission is free.

For activity times, visit www.youngsdairy.com.


The Sauerkraut German Band will host an Oktoberfest party, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, at Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co., 102 W. Columbia St. in Springfield.

Attendees can enjoy beer, German music, and food trucks.

Admission is free.

For more information, search for Oktoberfest on Facebook.

Heritage of Flight Festival

The Heritage of Flight Festival is 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in New Carlisle.

Attendees can enjoy a classic car cruise-in, auctions, a parade, carnival rides, a bike show, food vendors, crafts, and live entertainment.

For a schedule of events, visit www.heritageofflight.com.

Champaign County:

Balloon Fest

Champaign County’s Balloon Fest: A Hot Air Affair is 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Grimes Field Urbana Municipal Airport, 1636 N. Main St. Rt. 68 in Urbana.

This festival features food, live music, pizza eating contests, family activities, and hot air balloon launches.

The hot air balloons will “glow” each day at 7:30 p.m..

For a schedule of events, visit www.balloonfestohio.com.

Urbana Oktoberfest

The Champaign County Historical Society will host Ocktoberfest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Champaign County Historical Museum, 809 E. Lawn Ave. in Urbana.

Admission is $3 per person and children 10 and under are free with paying adult.

The event will feature live music and entertainment, food vendors, beer, and craft vendors.

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