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Encounter a taste of the Old West with a chuck wagon dinner ride

Bonnybrook Farms Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides
Bonnybrook Farms Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides
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Living on the shores of Lake Erie, Clevelanders don't get a chance to partake in activities reminiscent of the Old West but if you have always be intrigued with the wagon train era and activities related to Western culture then Bonnybrook Farms in Clarksville, Ohio may have just the experience you are looking for for a family-fun getaway.

Bonnybrook Farms Located on 305 acres, Bonnybrook Farms offers "fun on the farm" activities sure to delight all ages. Originally founded 47 years ago near Dayton by Joe and Bonnie Mercuri, Bonnybrook Farms became known as one of the Midwest's best equestrian centers. As business expanded, Bonnybrook Farms was moved to its current location in Clarksville.

Today the property also includes a tree farm, hay fields and gardens with sunflowers, gourds and pumpkins. Traversing the farm is the large Todd Fork Creek and a deserted stone wagon road where visitors can see the ruins of pioneer homes. There is also an abandoned section of the Cincinnati, Wilmington and Zanesville Railroad on the property.

Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides Offering an all-inclusive tasty Summer adventure, visitors begin their experience at 5 p.m. Among the activities guests can participate in and see are giant slingshots, the Horseshoe Hill tunnel and 80 foot underground slide, a a petting barn with farm animals, the Clodhopper golf course and feeding the fish.

There is also a Catch and Release fishing pond. (You must bring your own fishing poles and bait.) Guests can also just sit on the back porch and relax or take a self-guided tour of the historic farm.

The dinner bell rings at 6:30 p.m. and guests then head over to the Gathering Barn for a barbecue dinner than includes smoked pulled pork or chicken, farm fresh locally grown side dishes and beverages (lemonade or iced tea). Children can get a Nathan's hot dog. You can eat your dinner in the Gathering Barn or on the back porch overlooking the farm pond.

At 7:30 p.m. guests board a wagon and take a ride down the abandoned wagon road to Todd Fork Creek where dessert will be served at the old Chuck Wagon. Desserts include freshly baked cobblers, cookies, hot chocolate, tin cup coffee and soft drinks. Guests then get to sit around a campfire where s'mores will be roasted.

The Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides are offered every Saturday in June, July and August. Reservations are required. Cost is $35 for adults (13 and older) and $23 for children (4-12). Children 3 and under are free.

For more information about the Chuck Wagon Dinner Rides or about Bonnybrook Farms call 937-289-2500 or get online at www.bonnybrookfarms.com.

Bonnybrook Farms is located at 3779 State Route 132 in Clarksville, Ohio. Bonnybrook Farms is 40 miles northeast of Cincinnati and 218 miles from Cleveland. It is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from Cleveland.