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WORTH THE DRIVE: Bob Evans family farm the picturesque setting of weekend festival

If you’ve never had a chance to visit the actual Bob Evans farm, this weekend is your chance.

The 48th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival is set for this weekend on the farm in Rio Grand in Southeast Ohio.

Nearly 30,000 visitors from 20 states are expected to attend the festival in celebration of the harvest. 

The 48th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival is set for Oct. 12-14. The Farm Festival offers a wide range of entertainment, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, farm contests, delicious local food, children’s activities, demonstrations and musical performances. (Source: Bob Evans Facebook)

WHAT TO EXPECT

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Visitors can enjoy bean soup, cornbread, apple dumplings, apple cider and other Farm Festival fare, according to Ohio.org. Additionally, there will be more than 100 artisans showcasing their work for purchase and opportunities to participate in a number of fun contests. 

Other highlights include: clogging shows, racing pigs, Team Zoom Border Collies, a Great Lakes Timber Show, chainsaw carving by the Stihl Chainsaw Pro Carving Team, as well as sheep shearing, horseshoe pitching, cow milking, and horseshoeing demonstrations.

Kids entertainment also includes a hay bale maze, game tent, kiddie train rides, face painting and more. Those looking to compete can try cow chip tossing, chicken scratch, corn shelling, feed sack races, team egg toss, pie eating, donut eating and stick horse races and children can test their strength at the kids' pedal tractor pull.

A variety of regional and nationally-known musical acts, including an “American Idol” favorite contest, will also perform for visitors during the Festival. And there will be fireworks and animal guests from the Columbus Zoo.

The 48th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival is set for Oct. 12-14. The Farm Festival offers a wide range of entertainment, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, farm contests, delicious local food, children’s activities, demonstrations and musical performances. (Source: Bob Evans Facebook)

WHILE YOU’RE THERE

The original Bob Evans Restaurant is open during the festival. 

The farm was once home to Bob Evans, the company founder, and his wife Jewell for nearly 20 years. When they bought the farm in 1953, Bob and a group of eight family members and friends had been making sausage for local groceries and meat markets.

Bob and Jewel Evans raised their six children in the large, brick farmhouse known as the Homestead. The Homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1825, it served as a stagecoach stop and an inn in its early years. Today, the Homestead serves as a company museum and historical center.

The 48th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival is set for Oct. 12-14. The Farm Festival offers a wide range of entertainment, one-of-a-kind handmade arts and crafts, farm contests, delicious local food, children’s activities, demonstrations and musical performances. (Source: Bob Evans Facebook)

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

AMPHITHEATER STAGE

Friday

11:30 a.m. — Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express 

1:30 p.m. — Love Canon 

3:30 p.m. — The Rarely Herd 

Saturday

11:30 a.m. — New Silver Eagle Band 

1:30 p.m. — Shane Runion Band 

3:30 p.m. — Bucky Covington 

TBD — University of Rio Grande Men’s Red Storm Soccer Game 

9:30 p.m. — Rockets Over Rio Fireworks Display provided by the Village of Rio Grande 

Sunday

10:00 a.m. — Kyle & Brittany Schaeffer Music Ministry & Congregational Singing 

11:00 a.m. — Worship Service by Bob Powell 

12:30 p.m. — Sandy Shortridge Band 

2:00 p.m. — Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys 

3:30 p.m. — Larry Sparks 

O’NEIL ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

Friday/Sunday

10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. — Taps in Motion Cloggers

Saturday

10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 3  p.m. — Taps in Motion Cloggers 

12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. — Columbus Zoo

THE BARNYARD TENT

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. — Cow milking, sheep shearing and farm animals on view

** FILE ** In this May 6, 2003 file photo, Bob Evans poses for a photo in front of his restaurant in Rio Grande, Ohio. Evans, whose quest for quality sausage to serve the truckers who filled his 12-stool, 24-hour-a-day steakhouse in southeast Ohio led to the creation of a restaurant chain that bears his name, died Thursday, June 21, 2007, Bob Evans Farms Inc. said. He was 89. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam, file) (TERRY GILLIAM/AP)

WANT TO GO?

When: Oct. 12-14, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 791 Farmview Road, Bidwell

Admission: $5 for adults; 5 and under are free 

Day Rides: $5 ages 12/under; $10 ages 13/over 

All busses (chartered/school) free on Friday

More info: Event listing | Website

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