Ohio Hills Folk Festival kicks off its 114th year

QUAKER CITY, Ohio — The 114th Annual Ohio Hills Folk Festival, Ohio’s oldest continuously running festival, begins Wednesday.

Whether you’ve never been to the festival before or you have been going for years, organizers say the festival has something for you to enjoy. The event features music, crafts, rides, parades, food and much more. For both young and old, the festival provides a down home-style good time.

This year’s festival runs today through Saturday in Quaker City, which is usually a quiet little village tucked in the hills of southeastern Ohio. For this week, though, it becomes a fun-filled destination for people from miles around.

Today a pie eating contest will start at 2 p.m. Two bands, Barnyard Express and All It Takes, will offer free music in the afternoon. The Quaker City Fireman’s Queen will be crowned at 6 p.m., and The Kiddie Parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Carnival rides will be open from 6-11 p.m., and evening entertainment will be provided by Almost Famous and Randy Roe and friends.

Thursday is kids’ day at the festival. It begins with the Kid’s Bike Race at 10 a.m. From 1-3 p.m. kids can make ice cream in a bag and enjoy other fun activities in the music tent. Thursday evening will hold the children’s pet show and a frog jumping contest, located at the city park.

Friday will feature the tractor show in Walton Field, and music will be played in the music tent all day and evening. At 6 p.m. the 2018 Ohio Hills Folk Festival queen, prince and princess will be crowned on the festival stage at the Lingo corner. Friday night will hold the newly renamed Phillip Carpenter Memorial Mile Long Parade, named after the Ohio Hills Folk Festival president, former village mayor and lifelong resident who recently died.

The final day Saturday begins with the 5k/10k run/walk. The Tractor Cruise in Walton Field, a rummage sale to support the Quaker City United Methodist Church and the annual car show at its new location on Fair Street will run through the morning. Children can participate in the Kid’s Games and the Banjo and Fiddle Contest will fill the afternoon. During the evening, the streets will be filled with beauty as festival queens from across Ohio gather for the annual Queen’s Parade. The night and the festival will conclude at 10 p.m. as the sky lights up with the annual Fireworks Show.

For more information on the festival, call 740-679-2704.

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