RIO GRANDE — The entertainment lineup is set for the 47th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival in Rio Grande. The festival will take place Oct. 13-15 on the farm and will host a variety of bands, vendors, foods, and activities for the whole family.
Starting Friday at 11:30 a.m., Mad River Railroad will kick off the entertainment. According to the band’s website, they are a bluegrass and country band out of Dayton, Ohio and play shows regularly across the state.
Following Mad River Railroad is the group the Rarely Herd at 1:30 p.m. The Rarely Herd is an internationally known band, and is considered to be one of the premier bluegrass bands in the world. According to their website, they have been nominated and awarded over 120 different times, and have a long list of accolades to their credit. The band formed in 1992 in Albany, Ohio and toured globally.
Flatt Lonesome will take the stage at 3:30 p.m. Flatt Lonesome debuted in 2011 and saw rapid success as a bluegrass band with a fresh and energetic take on the genre, according to their biography. The band formed from three siblings that grew into what the group is today. They are from Callahan, Fla.
Saturday at 11:30 a.m. the Julie Reeves Band will start playing. Reeves is from Ashland, Ky. and has several songs in the Billboard Hot Country Top 40. Reeves currently hosts a live morning show in 93.7 the Dawg and lives in Ashland.
At 1:30 p.m. the Joseph Sisters will take to the stage bringing their classic country sound. They are from Wheeling, W.Va. and have played major events including Jamboree in the Hills. They describe their sound as “blending classic country with a modern appeal and style.”
Then, at 3:30 p.m., the country rock band McGuffey Lane will take the stage. Formed in 1972 from Athens, Ohio the trio has seen success in the years since; playing with Charlie Daniels Band, The Judds, and the Allman Brothers Band.
Sunday will see several groups playing on the Homestead Stage when at 9:15 a.m. local artists Aaron and Clark Walker will lead congregational worship music. Both have played for several years in churches. A message will be delivered by Bob Powell following the worship music.
At 12:30 p.m. will be Johnny Staats & the Delivery Boys. Staats is a world renowned fiddle player, according to the group’s Facebook page. The band was formed in 2000. Staats is from West Virginia and began playing bluegrass with his family growing up. He learned to play mandolin by ear while listening to old records and 8-tracks.
At 2 p.m. will bring the Church Sisters, originally from Dickinson County, W.Va. According to their website, the duo blends gospel music and bluegrass and have worked on several major projects with names such as Vince Gill and Dolly Parton. They are currently working on their debut project.
Closing out the entertainment at the Farm Fest is Russell Moore and the IIIrd Tyme Out at 3:30 p.m. Russell Moore has been the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year five times, as well as several other awards. The band has been playing for over 25 years and features a bluegrass sound with a strong vocal presence, according to their Facebook Page. They are from Cumming, Ga.