RIO GRANDE — Families looking for an affordable, fun autumn day trip need not look further than the 46th Bob Evans Farm Festival, Oct. 14-16 in Rio Grande, Ohio.
The Bob Evans Farm Festival features exciting entertainment and unique demonstrations the entire family will enjoy. Families can put away the electronics and step back to a simpler time on the Farm.
“We take great pride in putting on a quality, family event that stays true to our values and rich agricultural history,” said Clark Walker, farm manager of Bob Evans Farm. “Visitors can escape the daily grind of back-to-school activities, soccer games and carpools to slow down, turn back the clock and cherish time with each other on the Farm.”
Here are the top seven family attractions not to be missed at the Bob Evans Farm Festival:
Get lost in the Kid’s Corral – An interactive barnyard featuring a hay bale maze, game tent, kiddie barrel train, and corn pile is sure to keep kids busy for hours. Families will also enjoy the lead horseback rides and wagon rides at the Bob Evans Farm Festival.
Participate in a contest – Youth can test their strength and determination by signing up for the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull (11 am-1 pm). Or, enjoy team cow chip tossing, corn shelling contests and a pie eating contest. Registration for contests begins at 9 a.m., with the contests beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day.
Catch a live demonstration – From horseshoeing to milking cows and shearing sheep, families can enjoy lively demonstrations from the pioneer days.
Explore the historic Log Cabin Village – Families will appreciate the history of the log cabin village, which includes four cabins and a one-room schoolhouse that have all been reconstructed on the Bob Evans Farm.
Get “Down on the Farm” local food – Come hungry because the Bob Evans Farm Festival offers one-of-a-kind food, including bean soup, cornbread, apple dumplings, apple cider, kettle corn and other farm festival fare.
Tour the original Homestead – This is the home that Bob and Jewell Evans lived in for almost 20 years. The homestead has been converted into a museum where families can learn the history of the company, get inside their kitchen where it all began, and see memorabilia from the company’s past.
Enjoy live entertainment – Entertainment throughout the weekend will be provided by a variety of regional and national musical and entertainment acts, including Craig Morgan (general admission ticket price of $15 in advance/$20 the day of the show), Balsam Range, clogging shows and many more.
And, don’t forget to capture fall family photos at the Farm Festival. The rolling hills of southern Ohio make a beautiful backdrop. In addition, there are several photo opportunities set up throughout the Farm, which are sure to become a family tradition year-after-year. Families can share their memories on social media using the hashtag #BEFamily.
Farm Festival admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 6-18. Children five years old and under are free. For more information and for a full entertainment schedule, visit www.bobevans.com/aboutus/the-farm/farmfestival/.