RECAP | 2017 Ohio Summer Bucket List (+ GIVEAWAY!)

I've been living in Ohio for about five years. In that time, I've seen approximately .01% of the amazing things the Buckeye state has to offer. Since I was home with the boys most of the summer, I decided to create an Ohio Summer Bucket List to give myself the motivation to get out, explore, and create lasting summer memories with Charlie and Crosby. Out of 10 things, I managed to accomplish four. Which doesn't sound like great odds, but for me? It's fantastic. I got out of the house, saw new things, and averaged one new experience per month! Here's what I did this summer:

  1. MAY | We spent a morning at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton!
  2. JUNE | We paid tribute to our roots at Celtic Fest Ohio at the Ohio Renaissance Festival grounds.
  3. JULY | We ate our weight in food truck gourmet at the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally.
  4. AUGUST | We had a pre-anniversary date night to see Get the Led Out at Fraze Pavilion.

And in September....

We finally made it to the Ohio Renaissance Festival!!! 

It's hard to believe that we only live 20 minutes away and this was the first time we'd ever been to the Renaissance Festival. Due to nap schedules, we were only there for a couple hours, but we honestly could have spent all day there and still not experienced everything. There was so much to see and do!

Chuck and I saved up our appetites because we're both fatties and let's face it, the best thing about the Renaissance Festival, is THE FOOD! Chuck got a turkey leg and I got some apple dumplings.

Once we finished our first course we followed the sound of the drums and found ourselves clapping and dancing along to the live music at the Reveler's Stage. Charlie was clapping his hands, Crosby was bouncing up and down in my arms and I was having a blast. The music was SO good.

The band finished their set so we decided to walk around for awhile taking in all the vendors and games. Chuck tried his hand at archery and actually wasn't half bad.

After archery, Charlie was adamant about taking a camel ride and loved it.

We explored some more vendor booths and then bee-lined it for the jousting tournament. What is it about men charging at each other on horseback that is so thrilling and fun to watch?!

Once the jousting was finished, we decided to squeeze in one more meal before we left. Chuck got a meat pie and I got fish and chips (my favorite faire food!). As we left the gates, the Queen bid the guests farewell and we exited with one last "Hip, hip, HUZZAH!"

It's hard to say who had the most fun, but I can say with absolute certainty that this won't be our last time. Chuck and I are already talking about taking a just-the-two-of-us excursion so we can have a pint...or three.

If that all sounds like too much fun to you, I've got some good news! Because Chuck and I so thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, we want to share the love. We're giving away TWO TICKETS to the Ohio Renaissance Festival ($45 value)! If you hail from the Cincinnati or Dayton area, you absolutely have to enter. This festival runs from Labor Day weekend through the end of October and cannot be missed. Winner will be announced on Friday, so don't dilly-dally, you scallywags! (I'm clearly still working on my Renaissance vernacular).

This post is sponsored by the Ohio Renaissance Festival.

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