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.
WHAT TO EXPECT
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.
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.
11:30 a.m. — Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express
1:30 p.m. — Love Canon
3:30 p.m. — The Rarely Herd
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
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
10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. — Taps in Motion Cloggers
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
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