Celebrating 50 years: Bob Evans Farm Festival returns Oct. 8-10


Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Ohio



RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Bob Evans Restaurants this week announced it will be celebrating the fall harvest season this year with the 50th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival on Friday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Bob Evans Farm in Rio Grande, Ohio.

According to a news release from organizers, “This signature event is held at the birthplace of the brand, where the original Bob Evans restaurant still stands today — paying homage to its history and roots in the farming community. This year’s 50th-anniversary celebration down on the farm will feature live musical performances, free, on-site camping and several other activities that allow guests to experience America’s Farm Fresh in a unique way.”

“Like so many families, we are looking forward to welcoming back our favorite event that’s deeply rooted in tradition,” said Bob Holtcamp, president and chief marketing officer for Bob Evans Restaurants. “We also are excited to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Bringing families together has always been at the heart of what we do and our farm festival helps us do this outside of our restaurants and in the very community where our brand was born.”

Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy live country music and bluegrass acts, including the legendary country music band, Exile; the award-winning bluegrass group, Dailey & Vincent; and long-time Farm Festival performers, Johnny Staats & The Delivery Boys and The Rarely Herd, among others.”

Performances from lumberjacks, chainsaw carvers, an opportunity to interact with Columbus Zoo animals (Sunday only), and farm demonstrations, including sheep shearing by Stanley Strode, horseshoeing by the Hocking College Equestrian Program, and pig races, will also be a part of the festival. More than 60 artisans will be in attendance to showcase and sell their work during the festival.

In addition, organizers stated the Farm Festival will include amusement park rides for all ages. All-day ride wristbands can be purchased for $10 for adults ages 13 and up and $5 for children 12 and under. Individual ride tickets can also be purchased for $1 each. A Kids’ Farmyard Fun area will feature face painting, a hay bale maze, game tent, kiddie train rides, and a corn pile.

Farm-fresh food will also be available.

The Bob Evans Farm is located on State Route 588 just off U.S. Route 35. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate and are $5 for adults and free for children five and under. On Friday, Oct. 8, all school and chartered buses will receive free admission.

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Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Ohio

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