Black Walnut Festival

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-10 Pandemic
and state restrictions, we have canceled the
2020 Black Walnut Festival

Fear not, though, we are already hard at work planning the 34th annual (and world famous!) Camden Black Walnut Festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17, 2021.
Held the third weekend in October, this long-time favorite festival is one of the best in the entire SW OHIO area.
Next year, you will be able to enjoy all the fantastic festival fun we can possibly pack into a weekend including...
  • handmade crafts
  • antiques and collectibles
  • new products
  • pumpkins, gourds, flowers and other fall produce
  • great food vendors
  • a classic car show
  • baking contest
  • top notch entertainment all day long
  • wood carving
  • fun events for the whole family
  • Historic Camden and Haunted Camden walking tours
  • oh, and let's not forget the great hand-cranked, homemade ice cream?!



It is with genuine disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Black Walnut Festival. The safety of our community, vendors, and guests was always our top priority, but there were additional concerns that contributed to our final decision. Between the safety concerns, the restrictions and uncertainty from the state (e.g., festivals/carnivals/etc. are still prohibited under the latest order), the potential financial losses, and the liability to the committee and members in holding an event against the direction of the state, we made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.

We understand many will be disappointed. We are too. But, we are already hard at work on the 2021 festival to be held on October 16-17...and we look forward to an incredible 34th annual Black Walnut Festival with you all next year!

If you are a vendor that applied and paid for the 2020 Festival, you will be receiving a prompt refund. Please check your email for information, and thank you for your interest in being a vendor...we hope to see you next year! If you have not heard from us yet, though, please send us an email at and we’ll take care of you.

Thank you all for your understanding and support.


2021 FESTIVAL PLANS (tentative)

(Please note: our plans are contingent upon directives from the State of Ohio with guidance from the Preble County Public Health Department.)

DATES:   Saturday & Sunday, October 16-17, 2021

FESTIVAL TIMES:  9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. both days

CAR SHOW:  11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday


PARADE:  Per Governor DeWine's order, there will be no parade this year.


Vendors, we know you will anxious to sign up...and we look forward to having you!  Next summer, you will find complete Vendor Information here. In addition,  you will have the option to register & pay your fee online - or to continue to print out and send in your vendor application.

Please check with us next summer, and in the meantime, if you have questions, please send an email to:


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The wonderful crew who have organized and put on Camden's BLACK WALNUT FESTIVAL for the past several years has turned the reins over to the CAMDEN COMEBACK COMMITTEE. We don't know how these folks accomplished so much with so few...but to Andy and Amanda Groh, Elaina Truster, Kathy Blevins and the others...thank you for all you have done for Camden and for keeping our wonderful Festival going and thriving for so long. We all owe you a HUGE debt of gratitude and we hope we can do as good a job as y'all did. Thank you, too, for agreeing to continue to be our advisers and sounding board as we take the reins. You're the best! THANK YOU - THANK YOU!