Ironton-area residents part of Bob Evans fest

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2005

Steve Payne of Willow Wood and George and Linda Fuller of Pedro will participate in the traditional arts and farm demonstrations offered at the 35th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival in Rio Grande, Ohio, Oct. 14 through Oct. 16.

Payne will lead the horses that turn the mill in the traditional sorghum-making area.

He has been a participant at the festival for 28 years.

Email newsletter signup

The Fullers also participate making sorghum, as well as operating the wagon rides for visitors.

They will mark their fourth year providing activities at the festival.

More than 100 traditional craftspeople will be on hand at the festival to demonstrate and sell a wide variety of items, many made with tools and techniques nearly forgotten today.

Crafts on display include weaving, soap making, wooden toys, leaded and stained glass, spinning, leatherwork, blacksmithing, basketry and other demonstrations and items.

With 30,000 people expected to visit during the three-day festival, the Bob Evans Farm Festival has been called "a weekend of fun for friends and family of all ages."

In addition to the crafts, the festival features musical entertainment, farm demonstrations, contests and children’s activities.

Demonstrations and activities include country, gospel, jazz and bluegrass music; cloggers and line dancers; an equine-mounted drill team; a lumberjack show; tractor square dancing; feed sack races; a corn shelling contest and other unique events.

Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages six to twelve and free for those ages five and under.

School groups are admitted free. Primitive tent and RV camping for the weekend is available at the farm.

For information about the festival, visitors may call (800) 994-FARM or visit the Web site at