Farm Fest returns to Rio Grande

Staff Report

RIO GRANDE — Families can look forward to one of the biggest events of the year in southeast Ohio as the 46th Bob Evans Farm Festival makes ready in Rio Grande.

The Bob Evans Farm Festival, which takes place Oct. 14-16, features entertainment and demonstrations geared toward families and members of the community at all ages.

“We take great pride in putting on a quality, family event that stays true to our values and rich agricultural history,” said Clark Walker, farm manager of Bob Evans Farm. “Visitors can escape the daily grind of back-to-school activities, soccer games and carpools to slow down, turn back the clock and cherish time with each other on the farm.”

The top seven events of the festival capitalize on appealing to families.

The kids’ corral features an interactive barnyard with a hay bale maze, game tent, kiddie barrel train and corn pile that will likely keep the kids busy for hours. Families will also enjoy the lead horseback and wagon rides at the Bob Evans Farm Festival.

Youth can test their strength and determination by signing up for the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) or take part in team cow chip tossing, corn shelling contests and a pie eating contest. Registration for contests begins at 9 a.m., with the contests beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day.

Families catch a live demonstration from horseshoeing to milking cows and shearing sheep, families can watch demonstrations from the pioneer days.

Families can take a trip through an authentic log cabin village, which includes four cabins and a one-room schoolhouse that have all been reconstructed on the Bob Evans Farm.

Event organizers invite the community to come hungry because the Bob Evans Farm Festival offers traditional area food, including bean soup, cornbread, apple dumplings, apple cider, kettle corn and other farm festival fare.

Visitors can tour the original home that Bob and Jewell Evans lived in for almost 20 years. The homestead has been converted into a museum where families can learn the history of the company, get inside their kitchen where it all began and see memorabilia from the company’s past.

Entertainment throughout the weekend will be provided by a variety of regional and national musical and entertainment acts, including Craig Morgan (general admission ticket price of $15 in advance/$20 the day of the show), Balsam Range, clogging shows and many more.

In addition, there are several photo opportunities set up throughout the farm. Families can share their memories on social media using the hashtag #BEFamily.

Farm Festival admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-18. Children five years old and under are free. For more information and for a full entertainment schedule, visit

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