In the hills of Southeastern Ohio, you can hear the sounds of country music, carnival rides, and happy people every year in July. It started as a small homecoming for a little town, and 110 years later, it is the oldest continuously running festival in Ohio. The Ohio Hills Folk Festival began as the Quaker City Homecoming, but has grown into so much more.
This year, the Ohio Hills Folk Festival will be held July 9-12 in Quaker City. While Quaker City is usually a quiet little community, it comes alive for those four days. And, it has something for everyone! Each day, there is free musical entertainment at the music tent and the park pavilion, the Quilt Show at the Christian Church, Milk House display, flea market, Craft Hall, the Country Store and old time picture of Quaker City. Also, there is always FREE PARKING and FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE. The Festival Kitchen will be dishing out delicious home cooked food and baked items each day in the firehouse, while the Quaker City Volunteer Firemen will be selling their famous Belt Buster sandwiches. You'll also want to stop by the Country Store for a scoop of homemade ice cream and the Rudy Bundy-Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus exhibit.
Wednesday will be a busy opening day at the festival. Most venues open at noon. If you're a baker, bring your best pie or cake and enter the Pie and Cake Contest at the music tent. Then stick around for Audrey's Fiddle Students for entertainment at the music tent. The Firemen's Queen will be crowned on Wednesday evening and then prepare to be delighted by the wonderful floats and costumed children in the Kiddie Parade. The evening will end with carnival rides provided by Calliope Amusements and music by Joe Williams & Deep Water at the music tent and Forever Young at the park pavilion.
Thursday is kids' day at the festival. The day begins with the childrens' bicycle race. Registration begins at 9:30 in front of The Old Bank Merchantile.
Magician Eric Myers will be performing his magic show at the music tent twice during the afternoon. In between the magic show performances, children will be able to make ice cream in a bag and make newspaper crafts at the craft hall. The day round out with several exciting events. The Pet Show and the Frog Jumping Contest will take place at the park pavilion.
Musical entertainment by the Chordial Chorus, The Loves, Four Flats, Stop Nine Boys, and Sudden Impact round out the evening.
Events being early on Friday morning with a rummage sale at the Quaker City United Methodist Church. Loretta Wilson and Donna Armstrong will be demonstrating rag rug making at the craft hall. If you're a tractor lover, you'll want to check out the Tractor Show at Walton Field. During the afternoon, the Tri-County Dulcimer Society and the Get Along Gang play at the music tent. The evening really picks us with the start of the annual Mile Long Parade, following the crowning of the Ohio Hills Folk Festival Queen on the festival stage at Lingo's corner. Musical entertainment for the evening is the National Pike Pickers, Lock-N-Load, and Adam Roe.
Saturday is a jam packed final day for the Ohio Hills Folk Festival. Tractor owners will want to join the Tractor Cruise, which lines up at Walton Field. The tractors will join the Queen's Parade later on Saturday afternoon. Runners and walkers will want to participate in the annual O.H.F.F. 5K race, beginning on Fair Street. Car enthusiasts will want to enter their hot rods in the car show on Broadway Street. The kids' games on Saturday morning will provide a fun time for the little ones and should be followed by riding carnival rides at the matinee. Festival Queens from all parts of Ohio will visit Quaker City and speak about their festivals on the stage at Lingo's corner prior to the Queen's parade. For some good down home fun don't forget to purchase your ticket and T-shirt for the annual Rubber Duck Regatta.
Entertainment for Saturday includes Dulcimer music by Mike and Marlene Oliver, The Quaker City Song written by Dale Hill, Jason Garczyk with accordion music, Yurco Boys, Adam Roe and Unforgiven, Banjo and Fiddle Contest, New Town Cloggers, Deep Down Country with square dance call John Barker, Dance Express, and Cabin Fever. The festival will conclude with a free fireworks show at 10 p.m.
For more information, visit www.ohiohillsfolkfestival.com.