QUAKER CITY — July 11 marks the beginning of the 114th Ohio Hills Folk Festival, Ohio’s oldest continuously running festival!
Whether you’re a veteran festival attendee or have never been to the festival, whether you’re young or old, looking for crafts, music, carnival rides, parades, good food or just a good time to spend with friends, the Ohio Hills Folk Festival has something for everyone.
This year, the Ohio Hills Folk Festival will be held July 11-14 in Quaker City. Quaker City is usually a quiet little community in the hills of southeastern Ohio, but for four days this year it will become a fun-filled destination for kids of all ages.
Each day, there is free musical entertainment at the music tent and the park pavilion, the Quilt Show at the Christian Church, flea market, Craft Hall, the Country Store and old time pictures of Quaker City. Grab a scavenger hunt sheet in the craft hall and have fun exploring Quaker City. Also, there is always free parking and free evening shuttle service.
The Festival Kitchen will be dishing out home cooked food and baked items each day in the firehouse, while the Quaker City Volunteer Firemen will be selling their world famous Belt Buster sandwiches. Those attending will also want to stop by the Country Store for a scoop of homemade ice cream, the Rudy Bundy-Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus exhibit and the Quaker City Baseball Exhibit. Bill Armstrong has been working hard to adding to the old time mercantile feel of the store.
Wednesday kicks off the official opening, with a jammed packed day of events and entertainment Pie and Cake Contest at 2 p.m. Two bands offer music in the afternoon. First, is Barnyard Express, featuring members of the Short Crick Flatpickers. Next up, and new to the festival, is All It Takes, comprised of young local talents, Luke Taylor, Vince Taylor, Joel Detling, R.J. Detling and Logan Anderson. These boys will be playing country and rock favorites. The Kiddie Parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m., following the crowning of the Quaker City Firemen’s Queen on the festival stage at 6 p.m. Carnival rides run from 6-11 p.m. Evening entertainment is provided by Almost Famous and Randy Roe and friends.
Thursday is kids day at the festival. It starts out with the Kid’s Bike Race at 10 a.m. in front of the Old Bank Mercantile. From 1-3 p.m., kids can make ice cream in a bag and enjoy other fun activities in the Music Tent. In the evening, kids can show off their pets at the Pet Show and enjoy competing in the Frog Jumping contest, located in the city park. Entertainment for the day includes Dick Pavlov, Chordial Chorus, The Loves, Brothers, Popular Demand. New this year is Soaring Eagle karaoke and DJ at the park pavilion.
Friday is forecast to be a day of good times at the OHFF. Tractor enthusiasts will want to check out the tractor show in Walton Field. Music can be heard in the music tent and Park Pavilion throughout the day and evening. Acts include Tri-County Dulcimer Society, The Get Along Gang, Joe Williams and Deep Water, and Lock–n–Load. Adam Roe will be the featured artist at the Country Store. New to the festival this year are local boys Owen Buxton and Elijah Kuklica, playing the fiddle and mandolin. They will be entertaining with old time music in the music tent at 3 p.m. At 6 p.m. the 2017 Ohio Hills Folk Festival Queen, Prince and Princess will be crowned on the festival stage at Lingo corner.
The festival associate and the town of Quaker City lost a driving force when Ohio Hills Folk Festival President, former Mayor, and lifelong resident Phillip Carpenter passed away. In his honor and as a remembrance to his over 30 years of serving on the festival association, the Friday night parade has been renamed The Phillip Carpenter Memorial Mile Long Parade. Several area marching bands, including the Quaker City Clown Band, will be participating. This year the decorated Golf Cart/Side by theme is patriotic. So bust out your red, white, and blue and join the fun. Prizes given for best decorated entry. Floats horses, civic groups, and fire trucks will bring a smile to the faces of both young and old.
Saturday will cap off the 114th OHFF. Lace up your shoes for the 5k/10k Run/Walk to begin the day. The Tractor Cruise will begin early with the line up at Walton Field. Support the Quaker City United Methodist Church by purchasing some great items at their annual rummage sale. The annual car show will take place in a new location this year. You’ll find the hotrods off of Fair Street, near the Flea Market. Kids are encouraged to have fun at the Kids’ Games on Fair Street. Mike Oliver will be entertaining with dulcimer music, followed by a Mountain Dulcimer Workshop in the Music Tent. The Banjo and Fiddle Contest will also take place at the Music Tent. Musical entertainment throughout the day will be provided by Adam Roe and Unforgiven, Yurco Boys, New Town Cloggers, Deep Down Country and Cabin Fever. Dance Express will perform at the festival stage area. The town will be filled with beauty as Festival Queens from across Ohio visit the village and parade through the town during the annual Queen’s Parade. The evening concludes with two well loved events, the annual Duck Regatta followed by the Fireworks Show at 10 p.m.
So, mark the calendars, gas up the car, load up the family and head to Quaker City for the 114th Ohio Hills Folk Festival.