Monday, October 26, 2015

Independents Day 2015

Written and Photography by
Andrew Livelsberger

Held in the Franklinton area in downtown Columbus, this festival has 7 stages for music performances, vendors tents and art exhibits and performance art.
The feature here is independent artist and performers having a showcase to show you what they have to offer.

Official Independents Day Festival Website

If you've not been to this festival before you are missing out.  At first look, I thought it might be the same as Urban Scrawl, which we had just recently featured here at Visual Ohio.  It is not the same however.

Dayton local band Good English.

There is a stronger emphasis on music and performing arts.  There are tents and stages in every nook and cranny of the Franklinton area.   Make sure to investigate them all.

A fun place for all ages of family members.  Definitely, this festival needs more exposure and participation by the community.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Heroes For Heroes - 5K Obstacle Race

Written and Photography by
Andrew Livelsberger

This 2nd annual race organized by the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation department is a 5k race with intermittent obstacles along the way raises money to support Hope For The Warriors organization.

This was a great event with many teams coming in to support the cause.  Everyone was upbeat and positive, cheering on their teammates when they needed that little bit extra to keep going.

After the teams finished, a breakfast was provided and the times were calculated.  First through third place times were awarded medals as well as some other prizes.

The starting line.

Sled Pull

Tire flip

Hay bail

Running toward the finish line

Superhero team

After race cleanup

Filling stomachs!

First place team

Monday, October 5, 2015

Urban Scrawl 2015

Written by Dani Livelsberger
Photography by Andrew Livelsberger

A 2-Day arts festival organized by the Franklinton Arts District.  It has been an annual event since 2007, featuring art murals from over 60 local artists.  This is on of central Ohio's largest urban renewal projects.

I was so amazed at the abundance of talent.  As I walked through the displays, I really could not pick a favorite.   From abstract to mixed media, there was something for everyone.  Visitors could stand and observe as artists made their visions come to life.  Food trucks, a bar, and even a skate park were available.  There were families and dogs and a real feel of community.  My only regret is we didn't attend previous years!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Dayton R/C Model Airshow

Written by Dani Livelsberger
Photography by Andrew Livelsberger

The Giant Scale Radio-Controlled (RC) Model Aircraft Air Show features more than 100 pilots and will entertain audiences as they perform skillful maneuvers with RC jets, prop planes and helicopters from all eras of aviation history.
The event is sponsored by the Dayton Ohio Giant Scalers and will take place on an airfield at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

This is not your Grandpa's hobby!  These R/C aircrafts are high tech jets and planes that can do stunts and tricks.
Of Course this hobby is fun for any age, and they were all there at the show .  Families came out to see the pilots show off their planes and their skills.  There were some vendors selling food and some plane and gear vendors a well.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bigger and Better - The 2015 Ohio Renaissance Festival

Written by Andrew and Danielle Livelsberger
Photography by Andrew Livelsberger

For years, Harveysburg has been the home of the Ohio Renaissance Festival.  30 acres of a recreated medieval town filled with vendors, gaming areas and stages for entertainment.  One of the biggest and most unique draws is the live, full armored jousting!  Yes, this is the real stuff.  Real lances, real hits!

We've been going to the Ohio Renaissance Festival since the early 2000s.  It was always a place where people could be free to express themselves in a bygone time period.

This year, there has been a major makeover of the festival grounds as well as the entertainment.  If you've been before, back are your favorites like the Swordsmen, Washing Wenches and the Mudshow, but new acts like the Kamikaze Fireflies have been added.

Food selections and seating have been expanded as well.

Throughout the town, you will find blacksmith and glass making demonstrations, games to play and fun characters to interact with.  This is a place where you can tell that the people that work here love what they do.

You might even get a glimpse of the Queen and her entourage as they go from the human chess board to a knighting ceremony or to the final joust of the day.

This years joust however, was one of the most exciting I have ever seen in our many years visiting here.

Yes, they joust for real, the hits, the falls, it's all full contact!  What made this year so special?  A double unhorsing (both knights hit the ground), but that is not happened TWICE in the same match!!  Thankfully, none of the knights were seriously injured.

This is definitely one of those events that needs to be experienced to fully appreciate it.  Couple the fun from the past with the new upgrades from this year and you will have a great time, no matter your age!

The festival runs every weekend from Labor Day (3 days) through the end of October.

10542 E. State Route 73
Waynesville, OH 45068