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Festival of the Hills approaching

Area exhibitors, crafters, musicians and history buffs will come together with thousands of spectators in less than two weeks for the 15th Annual Festival of the Hills.

Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Area exhibitors, crafters, musicians and history buffs will come together with thousands of spectators in less than two weeks for the 15th Annual Festival of the Hills.

The two-day event begins with children’s activities and musical acts Saturday, Sept. 8, said Dott Mayne, festival chair.

The festival – held at Ohio University Southern Campus – runs until 4 p.m. Saturday and continues 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.

"This festival promises to be one of the best in our 15-year history," Mrs. Mayne said.

Free pony rides and popcorn, a petting zoo and entertainment for children 12 and under kicks off Kids Day at 10 a.m. Sept. 8.

There will also be applebutter making and craft displays throughout the festival. Boy Scouts will be on litter patrol, while well-known Tri-state clown "Peppy" will entertain. OUSC will be giving trolley rides and visitors can enjoy a look-see at the festival’s historic Conestoga wagon.

There is plenty to keep Lawrence Countians and families from neighboring states occupied throughout the weekend, Mrs. Mayne said.

Among other activities to enjoy: Civil War historian Judge Frank McCown explaining his historic exhibits; an Afro-American postage stamp exhibit in the Academic Building; children’s stories, courtesy of Briggs Lawrence County Public Library; OUSC science professor "Mr. Wizard;" an old-fashioned Appalachian Church service; and the usual beans and cornbread.

The specific schedule will be:

Saturday, Sept. 8

– 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Kids Day.

– 10 a.m., Mr. Wizard, on stage outside.

– 11 a.m., Walk Around Show outside.

– 11:30 a.m., Emily Fitzpatrick, on stage outside.

– Noon, Storytelling, Cheryl Blankenship from Briggs Library, patio outside.

– 12:30 p.m., Bobby Maynard, on stage outside.

– 1:30 p.m., Mr. Wizard, on stage outside.

– 2 p.m., Emily Fitzpatrick, outside on stage.

– 3 p.m. Bobby Maynard, on stage outside.

 

Sunday, Sept. 9

– 11 a.m., Church Service, Dave Lucas and Ray Wilson, Baptist church singers Crossing Jordan, on stage outside.

– Noon, Advance IV quartet, on stage outside.

– 12:30 p.m., Emily Fitzpatrick, on stage outside.

– 1 p.m., Wiley Dew, on stage outside.

– 1:45 p.m., Emily Fitzpatrick, on state outside.

– 2:30 p.m., Crossing Jordan, Baptist gospel quartet on stage outside.

– 3 p.m., Porter Creek Cloggers, outside.

 

Free Pony Rides

– Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 1-3:30 p.m., for children 12 and under.

 

Trolley Rides

– $1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.