WORTH THE DRIVE: Bob Evans family farm the picturesque setting of huge weekend festival

If you’ve never had a chance to visit the actual Bob Evans farm, this weekend is your chance.

The 49th annual Bob Evans Farm Festival is set for this weekend, Oct. 11-13, on the farm in Rio Grande in Southeast Ohio.

Nearly 30,000 visitors from 20 states are expected to attend the festival in celebration of the harvest.


Visitors can enjoy bean soup, cornbread, kettle corn, apple dumplings, apple cider and other Farm Festival fare. There will be more than 100 artisans showcasing their work for purchase and opportunities to participate in a number of fun contests.

Other highlights include: Saturday night fireworks, clogging shows, racing pigs, Team Zoom Border Collies, a Great Lakes Timber Show, chainsaw carving, axe throwing, log rolling, as well as sheep shearing, horseshoe pitching, cow milking, and horseshoeing demonstrations.

Kids entertainment also includes a hay bale maze, game tent, rides, face painting and more. Those looking to compete can try cow chip tossing, chicken scratch, corn shelling, feed sack races, team egg toss, pie eating, donut eating and stick horse races and children can test their strength at the kids' pedal tractor pull.

The Columbus Zoo will be on site with animals as well.

Country and bluegrass music will play all weekend long with bands including Special Consensus, Jason Michael Carroll, the Cleverlys and long-time festival performers The Rarely Herd. “The Voice” finalist Cody Wickline also will perform.

The nationally-touring exhibition, Honor the Service & Sacrifice of All Who Answer Our Nation's Call features life-sized portraits of 23 fallen Marines and Navy Corpsman of Lima Company, painted by acclaimed artist Anita Miller.


The original Bob Evans Restaurant is open during the festival.

The farm was once home to Bob Evans, the company founder, and his wife Jewell for nearly 20 years. When they bought the farm in 1953, Bob and a group of eight family members and friends had been making sausage for local groceries and meat markets.

Bob and Jewel Evans raised their six children in the large, brick farmhouse known as the Homestead. The Homestead is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1825, it served as a stagecoach stop and an inn in its early years. Today, the Homestead serves as a company museum and historical center.




11:30 a.m. — Open Rail

1:30 p.m. — 18 Strings

3 p.m. — Quilt of Valor Presentation

3:30 p.m. — Special Consensus


11:30 a.m. — The Hobbs Sisters

1:30 p.m. — Cody Wickline (finalist on The Voice)

3 p.m. — Quilt of Valor Presentation

3:30 p.m. — Jason Michael Carroll 

9:30 p.m. — Rockets Over Rio Fireworks Display provided by the Village of Rio Grande


10:00 a.m. — Kyle & Brittany Schaeffer Music Ministry & Congregational Singing

11:00 a.m. — Worship Service by Bob Powell

12:30 p.m. — The Rarely Herd

2:00 p.m. — Carson Peters & Iron Mountain

3:30 p.m. — The Cleverlys



11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. — Voices of Ohio

10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. — Taps in Motion


10:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m., 3  p.m., 4 p.m. — Taps in Motion Cloggers 

12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. — Columbus Zoo

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m. — Cow milking, sheep shearing and farm animals on view

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday

10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday only (weather permitting)

2 p.m.




When: Oct. 11-13, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 791 Farmview Road, Bidwell

Admission: $5 for adults; 5 and under are free

Day Rides: $5 ages 12/under; $10 ages 13/over

All buses (chartered/school) free on Friday

More info: Website

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