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Cincinnati Fall Events: Autumn Attractions Near You

Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons for most, with changing leaves, cool temperatures, and fuzzy sweaters. For those around Cincinnati, there are also plenty of things to do this fall, from outdoor activities to cultural events. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re bound to find something in the area.

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As Cincinnati USA points out, there are a range of parks in the area that are perfect for those who love scenic views. You can stop by places like Twin Lakes at Eden Park, Mt. Echo Park, Bellevue Hill Park, Alms Park, and more. There are 7 notable parks on both sides of the river which have stunning views of the skyline and local scenery.

There are also a number of museums and exhibits in the area. Check out the 21c Motel, a hotel-museum hybrid right in the center of town. This beautiful building was built in 1912, and it stands today with more than 156 guest rooms as well as several pieces on display. You can also see the American Sign Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, and more.

Finally, stop by one of many haunted houses in area. These attractions include the Dent Schoolhouse, USS Nightmare, Land of Illusion, and more. For those who love a scare, you will enjoy nothing more than these haunted houses.

Explore Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2016: What to Expect

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Looking for something fun to do September 15-17? This year’s Oktoberfest Zinzinnati 2016 is taking place, and there a ton of things to do all weekend. There’s so much to do that it might just take the full weekend to take it all in! Here’s just a short list of things that you need to be sure to see/eat:

Events

  • The Running of the Wieners – many dachshunds will compete for the title of “King of the Wiener Dogs”. Definitely one event that your kids will enjoy, too.
  • World’s Largest Chicken Dance – it’s truly a world record! Every year since 1994, everyone in attendace participates in the dance.
  • Live Music – throughout the entire weekend there will be various bands in five different areas.

Food

  • Schnitzel – a name that rolls off the tongue, and pleases it, too! May sound intimidating, but definitely worth the wait.
  • Bratwurst – a traditional sausage sandwich, but the flavor depends on the booth you visit. Try multiple throughout the weekend!
  • Cream Puffs – no weekend is complete without dessert to top it off. Super-sweet cream-filled pastries will satisfy even the sweetest sweet tooth.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of items to see and eat. You really need to see it and experience it for yourself! Remember to drink responsibly, and take advantage of the public transportation available.

The Best Ohio Summer Festivals of 2016

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The only problem with Ohio summer festivals is that there are too many to choose from! So, to help out, we’ve narrowed down the list for you—make sure you mark these dates on your calendar.

Festival of the Bells

June 30th – July 2nd – Hillsboro

If you are searching for a wholesome festival for Fourth of July weekend, the Festival of the Bells is it. Here you get the opportunity to hear awesome Christian artists like Jana Kramer in the beautiful and quaint town of Hillsboro

Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest

July 9th – Kettering

Gorge yourself on chicken wings while taking in some great rock’n’roll–that’s what this festival in Kettering is all about. Various eateries from around town set up shop to offer their own take on the chicken wing.

Ohio Valley Music Festival

August 20th – Marietta

If you are a fan of country music, you will love this festival. Catch iconic artists like Clint Black and John Michael Montgomery as well as hot newcomers like High Valley. It’s for a good cause, too—proceeds from beer sales go to the American Legion of Veterans.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer in Ohio than taking in a festival. Just remember to bring your sweet tooth and your sunscreen!

Cincinnati Sports: Who to Watch

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No matter the sport, Cincinnati likely has a team! From baseball to football to soccer: you name it, Cincinnati sports has it. See which teams we love and think that you should, too!

Football

If you watch the NFL, you’re probably aware of the Bengals. Their 2015 season brought them the AFC North title and one step away from the big game. They’re definitely a team to watch this year as they plan for another great season.

Baseball

Another well-known Cincinnati sports team is the Cincinnati Reds. While they haven’t won a World Series title since 1990, fans are always cheering on the team for a win! We love them just the same, year after year.

Soccer

FC Cincinnati is a new team this season, but they’ve had a great start so far!  They play in the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium and have filled it for a few games. That’s a pretty impressive inaugural season!

If you’re looking for something to watch or somewhere to go, there are always sporting events going on in Cincinnati! There are also college teams that have spectacular players. Of course, there are plenty other teams in the area, so look around for your favorite sport – I’m sure you can find it!

Our Favorite Midwestern Spring Getaways to Shake Off Winter’s Chill

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Spring has finally touched down across the country (we hope we didn’t just jinx ourselves into a last-minute blizzard), and it’s safe to say that we’re all feeling a little exhausted with the boredom of wintertime. If that sounds like you, have no fear! We have some of our favorite midwestern spring getaways on standby for you to help get you out of winter’s clutches and look ahead to sweet summertime.

  1. New Harmony, Indiana is a town just as quaint as it sounds. Peaceful, laid-back, and warm, New Harmony is the perfect place for a couple’s retreat or a family weekend, with delightful gardens and parks, impressive art galleries and exhibits, extensive shopping centers, and soothing outdoor activities.
  2. Mackinac Island in Michigan is famous for its June Lilac Festival, but it’s beautiful all season long, making it one of our favorite of our favorite spring midwestern getaways. With stunning views of Lake Michigan and a sleepy-feeling but playful town, you’ll never be bored at Mackinac.
  3. Ohio is never on the top of any tourist’s list, but we think that’s a shame, especially in the spring. It’s worth a visit to take you and a loved one to a nice bed and breakfast and check out Ohio’s Amish County. Slow down, take a breather, and embrace the fact that winter’s over.

What You Should Know About Halloween Driving Safety

Halloween

There’s always a lot going on during Halloween – decorations, costumes, horror movie marathons, haunted houses, and trick or treating. Among all the busy preparations, it can be easy to forget that driving on Halloween can be dangerous for the costumed trick-or-treaters. Here are a few tips you should know about Halloween driving safety.

Even in daylight, drivers should keep their headlights on for improved visibility. Watch for children crossing streets and walking along roadways and medians. Be careful backing out and pulling into the driveway. When in residential areas, pay close attention to all signs and signals, and drive at least five miles per hour below the speed limit to give yourself extra leeway if a trick-or-treater runs in front of you.

Always yield to pedestrians on Halloween, and be extra cautious when passing stopped vehicles, as they may be dropping off children. Most Halloween accidents occur between 4 and 8pm, so be careful between those hours. If you are dropping off any youngsters of your own, make sure to use the proper signals and perhaps even turn on your blinkers to alert other drivers to your presence.

Halloween is supposed to be a night full of fun. Keep it that way by obeying these Halloween driving safety tips in order to protect the little ones this holiday season. Happy Halloween from the Joseph Auto Group!

Tips To Prevent Road Rage

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Why do seemingly normal people, people who would never think about being aggressive towards others in an open, public place, show dangerous displays of road rage? A recent article in Slate explains that it’s all about “perceived anonymity.” People feel like they are anonymous inside their vehicles.

No matter how it comes about, here are some tips to prevent road rage!

  • A road rage incident is usually a series of escalating events. If something another driver has done something that angers you, let it end there. Accept that you’re angry and practiced controlled breathing, or distract yourself by turning the station on the radio. Do anything but lash out! If you have angered someone else, do not allow anything they do in retaliation anger you.
  • We all make mistakes. Sometimes we make really, really stupid mistakes. Notice how quickly we are to forgive ourselves when we are the ones making the mistake? Why not give someone else the same kind of treatment? Do not take someone else’s mistake and turn into a deliberate act.
  • Arrange your lifestyle to prevent road rage incidents. Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep and try not to drive when you are extremely hungry. Also, give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go. A lot of times we get angry when we are in a hurry.

The Joseph Auto Group wants to promote safe driving by all of our customers!

Cincinnati Sports Fest

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The Cincinnati Sports Fest is currently going on at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center! It took place over the weekend, starting Saturday July 11, and will continue until tomorrow, July 14, so if you haven’t made it out yet, consider buying a one-day pass for $5. Autograph sessions have additional costs.

The Cincy Sports Fest is a one-time event featuring over 30 superstar athletes giving talks and doing signings for fans, as well as exhibitors and merchandise sellers, auctions, interactive stations, and, of course, concessions. Those running the festival predicted an excellent turnout thanks to the huge number of nonresidents who are in the area this week.

The sports festival is located within walking distance of the Covington 200 Bicentennial Celebration and a shuttle will be available so visitors to the Cincinnati and northern Kentucky area can have a great weekend hopping between the two events.

The Joseph Auto team was so excited for this weekend! Our neighboring Covington celebrated a major birthday, and the Cincy Sports Fest is a great way for sports fans of all ages to spend the day. So get out there while you still have time!

Audi Shoes a Product of Audi and TOMS Team-up

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The Summer of Audi Sales Event is going on right now through August 4. The Audi Connection and Joseph Auto Group are excited to take part in this amazing sales event, but in addition to a new or Certified pre-owned Audi, customers can also get a nice new pair of Audi shoes.

According to an Audi press release, Audi and TOMS have teamed up to create an exclusive pair of shoes. The shoes are classic slip-ons featuring the signature Audi rings.

Customers who purchase or lease a new or Certified Pre-Owned Audi during the Summer of Audi will receive an offer for the exclusively-designed shoes. The shoes are part of the TOMS One for One program, which will provide 55,000 shoes to children in need during the summer.

“Through TOMS One for One giving program Audi will help change the lives of thousands of children in the United States and empower new customers to be a part of this movement,” said Loren Angelo, Director of Marketing for Audi of America, in the press release. “With TOMS, we found a natural partnership. Audi aligns with likeminded companies that challenge the conventions of design and share a passion for progressive ideas.”

Beginning today, the collaboration will be promoted in a television commercial. Keep your eyes peeled for the new Audi ad, and stop by the Audi Connection for the Summer of Audi Sales Event and a new pair of shoes!