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Fall festivals and EVERYTHING sauerkraut: Here are 10 events happening this week

Here are 10 events happening this week around town:

“The Wedding Singer: A Musical Comedy”

The Greater Hamilton Civic Theatre is performing this musical version of the hit 1998 comedy starring Adam Sandler. Follow Rob, a rock star wannabe who gets jilted at the altar. When a young girl enlists him to help plan her wedding, his feelings become more than friendly. Check it out at the Parrish Auditorium at the Miami University Hamilton, 1601 University Blvd., Hamilton, on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. For more information and ticket prices, call 513-737-PLAY or visit www.ghctplay.com.

A bubbling cauldron of apple butter.

Apple Butter Festival

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This annual fall festival teaches you how homemade apple butter is created. You can also learn about blacksmithing, spinning, and weaving as you sample the final product. There’ll also be food, craft vendors, and music. Check it out at the Hueston Woods State Park Pioneer Farm Museum, 6924 Brown Road, Oxford, on Oct. 7 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $4. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. For more information, call 513-523-8005 or visit www.oxfordmuseumassociation.com.

Gillian Welch will perform in Cincinnati on Oct. 8. (AP)

An Evening with Gillian Welch

This critically acclaimed singer/songwriter specializes in bluegrass, Appalachian music, country, and Americana. She contributed two songs to the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack. Her last album was 2011’s “The Harrow & The Harvest.” See her at the Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati, on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29.50-$37.50. For more information, call 513-232-6220 or visit www.tafttheatre.org.

Debbie Davis and John Paxton will perform New Orleans jazz music at the Fairfield Community Arts Center on Oct. 12.

Debbie Davis & John Paxton

Debbie Davis, vocalist, and John Paxton, pianist, will perform contemporary New Orleans jazz in a cabaret setting. There’ll be light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. See them at the Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield, on Oc. 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18-$20. For more information, call 513-867-5348 or visit www.fairfield-city.org/tickets.

Eddie Griffin will perform two stand-up comedy shows at Funny Bone at Liberty Center.

Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin, star of such films as “Undercover Brother” and “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” the TV show, “Malcolm and Eddie,” and his own concert film, “Dysfunktional Family,” will perform stand-up at Funny Bone at Liberty Center, 7518 Bales St., A-120, Liberty Twp., on Oct. 12-13. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40-$55. For more information, call 513-779-5233 or visit www.liberty.funnybone.com.

Operation Pumpkin will return to Hamilton Oct. 12-14.

Operation Pumpkin

This annual pumpkin and arts festival will feature tons of carved, sculpted, and decorated pumpkins. The largest local pumpkins will compete in the giant pumpkin weigh-off. There’ll also be crafts, live music, pumpkin vendors, and kiddie rides. Check it out along High Street in downtown Hamilton on Oct. 12-14. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission cost. For more information, visit www.operation-pumpkin.org.

Shawn Colvin will perform at Miami University Middletown on Oct. 13. (Melissa Ruggieri/Atlanta Music Scene with Melissa Ruggieri)

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin is a veteran singer/songwriter who’s best known for her 1997 hit, “Sunny Came Home.” She released her 10th album, “The Starlighter,” earlier this year. She will be performing a solo acoustic show at the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami University-Middletown, 4200 N. University Blvd., Middletown, on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26-$110. For more information, call 513-529-3200 or visit www.miamioh.edu/boxoffice

The annual West Chester Great Pumpkin Fest is held at Keehner Park.

The Great Pumpkin Fest

This kid-oriented Halloween festival will feature wagon rides, a petting zoo, a not-so-scary haunted trail, face painting, a pony carousel, crafts, games, and a costume contest for little ones aged 0-2. Check it out at Keehner Park, 7211 Barrett Road, West Chester, on Oct. 13 from 2-6 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, call 513-777-5900.

A giant hot dog is topped with sauerkraut at one of the many food booths at the Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville.

49th Annual Sauerkraut Festival

This annual sauerkraut and arts and crafts festival typically attracts 350,000 people while raising money for local nonprofits. Sauerkraut enthusiasts will find a range of unusual offerings, from sauerkraut pizza to sauerkraut fudge. While you’re munching, you can peruse the 450-plus vendors offering handcrafted sculptures, ceramics, woodworking items, and more. Check it out along Main Street in downtown Waynesville on Oct. 13-14. Hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission cost. For more information, call 513-897-8555 or visit www.sauerkrautfestival.com.

Artists will create masterpieces along the sidewalks of Liberty Center.

Chalk the Block

This two-day event will feature artists creating temporary masterpieces on the pavement. There’ll also be live music and children’s activities. Check it out at Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township, on Oct. 13-14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. There is no admission cost. For more information, call 513-644-0900 or visit www.liberty-center.com.

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