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Inflatables are always a popular feature at the Fall Festival.

Photo courtesy of: E. J. Schodzinski

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The event is open to the entire community.

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Crafters will be participating in the festival.

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Ohio University Eastern Campus to host fifth annual Community Fall Festival

Carnegie Museum’s Discovery Dome highlights the popular event


Kids and adults, crafters and car enthusiasts, local history buffs and vintage 1860s baseball enthusiasts are invited to the fifth annual Community Fall Festival at Ohio University's Eastern Campus Sunday, Sept. 18 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Admission and parking is free.  

There will be something for everyone in the family at the Community Fall Festival. Children will be able to make crafts, play games, take part in a fitness test and play on the always-popular inflatables. A car cruise-in, traveling history museum and craft show will be on campus for the adults.  Food will be for sale from a variety of popular vendors, so everyone can come spend the afternoon.

Yet, according to festival co-chair Donna Capezzutto, an Eastern campus reference librarian, the biggest attraction of this year’s festival may be the Discovery Dome from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.  

"We are very excited to have the Discovery Dome at the festival," said Capezzuto. "The dome is a traveling science theater showing state-of-the-art video productions about dinosaurs, the natural history of the earth, the forces of nature, and the stars. It will be a fun and educational experience!"

There will also be local history displays from Imperial Glass, the Cockayne Farmstead in Moundsville, Watt Center for History and Arts from Barnesville, the Gay 90s Museum in Barnesville, Fort Steuben, Dick Phillips and his Arthur St. Clair exhibit, and the Wellsburg Library's Battle of Bataan exhibit for the history enthusiasts.

Door prizes, including a $250 gift card from Walmart, will be given away. Winners must be present to claim prizes.  Tickets for a 50/50 drawing will also be sold.  

The following activities are scheduled:

  • 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. - Carnegie Museum of Natural History Discovery Dome

  • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. - Car Cruise-in, Craft Show, Local History Museum Exhibits, Scholastic Book Fair with appearance of Clifford the Big Red Dog, Children’s Activities: Inflatables, crafts and games

  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. - Vintage Baseball

  • 4:30 p.m. - Grand Prize Giveaway and 50/50 Raffle drawing, Car Show Awards

"The Fall Festival is a great way for us to open up our campus to the community," said David Castle, co-chair of the festival planning committee and assistant professor of history. "The attendance has grown every year and over 1,200 took part and enjoyed the food, fun, games, cars, crafts and prizes last year.  We hope to shatter that record and hit 1,500 on Sept. 18."

The Fall Fest will take place rain or shine.  All activities will be moved into the Health and Physical Education Center in the event of poor weather.