RIO GRANDE — After four-and-a-half decades, the Bob Evans Farm Festival is still going strong.
The 45th edition of the festival takes place Oct. 9-11 at the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande. Nearly 30,000 visitors from 20 states make the trek to southeastern Ohio each year for the annual event.
“There is no place better for families, adults and children alike to enjoy a great, affordable, fun-filled weekend than at the Bob Evans Farm Festival,” said Ray McKinniss, manager of Bob Evans Farm. “This is truly four decades of great entertainment for all our visitors and we are excited to host this event once again and to welcome everyone to our farm.”
Visitors can enjoy Bob Evans’ bean soup, cornbread, apple dumplings, apple cider and other farm festival fare. There will also be more than 100 artisans showcasing their work for purchase and opportunities to participate in a number of contests, including team cow chip tossing, corn shelling contests, hay bale throwing and a pie eating contest.
Registration for contests begins at 9 a.m., with the contests beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Bob Evans Farm Festival also features entertainment and demonstrations. Highlights include: clogging shows by Taps in Motion, a Columbus Zoo animal presentation, Circle C Racing Pigs, Tractor Square Dancing by the Delaware County Tractor Square Dancers, a Great Lakes Timber Show, chainsaw carving by the Stihl Chainsaw Pro Carving Team, as well as sheep shearing, horseshoe pitching, cow milking, and Border Collie and horseshoeing demonstrations.
A variety of regional and nationally known musical acts will also perform during the festival on the Homestead Stage. American country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, will be a highlight for the musical entertainment this year with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 “in the holler.”
Skaggs biggest hits include 1984’s “Country Boy,” 1982’s “Highway 40 Blues” and “Honey (Don’t Open That Door).” Tickets can be purchased at the Bob Evans Farm Homestead for $10. Tickets will also be available at farm festival headquarters and at the concert gate beginning at 6 p.m.
Entertainment throughout the weekend will also be provided by a variety of musical acts, including The Rarely Herd, Rachel Burge & Blue Dawning, New Mountain Heritage, and the Darrell Webb Band, among others.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.bobevans.com.
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