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QUAKER CITY -- July 6th marks the official beginning of the 113th Ohio Hills Folk Festival. What started out in 1904 as a small community homecoming has matured into Ohio's oldest, continuously running festival. Young or old, the OHFF has something for you!
This year, the Ohio Hills Folk Festival will be held July 6-8. Quaker City is usually a quiet little community in the hills of southeastern Ohio, but for these three days it becomes a fun-filled destination. Each day, there is free entertainment at the music tent and the park pavilion, the quilt show at the Central Christian Church, Milk House display, flea market, craft hall, the Country Store and old time pictures of Quaker City.
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 an exhibit on the history of baseball in Quaker City.
Pre-festival activities are planned for Wednesday beginning with the acceptance of entries for the art show and quilt show at 1 p.m.. Entries for the art show can be dropped off at the Quaker City Village Council room. Quilt Show entries may be dropped off at the Central Christian Church from 1-7 p.m. At the Quaker City Park pavilion, registration for the pet show begins at 5 p.m., with the event beginning at 5:30 p.m. The pet show will be followed by the frog jumping contest. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the contest begins at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $1.
Thursday will be a busy opening day at the festival. Most venues open at noon. Thursday is kids' day at the festival. The day begins with the childrens' bicycle race. Registration begins at 9:30a.m. in front of The Old Bank Merchantile and is $1. Magician Eric Myers will be performing his magic show at the music tent twice during the afternoon at 1 and 2:30. In between the magic show performances, children will be able to make ice cream in a bag.
If you're a baker, bring your best pie or cake and enter the Pie and Cake Contest at the music tent. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., with the contest beginning at 11 a.m..
The Firemen's Queen will be crowned on Thursday evening at 5 p.m., followed by the wonderful floats and costumed children in the Kiddie Parade at 6 p.m. (registration begins at 5 p.m. at Quaker City Apartments on East Broadway Street).
A second parade, the Fireman's Parade, begins at 7 p..m., with registration beginning at 6 p.m. on East Main Street.
The evening will end with carnival rides and music. Randy Roe and Friends will be at the park pavilion for square dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Musical entertainment by the Chordial Chorus, The Loves Brothers & Popular Demand, The Wheeling Avenue Stompers and Sudden Impact round out the evening.
Events begin early on Friday morning with the craft show and quilt show.
If you're a tractor lover, you'll want to check out the Tractor Show at Walton Field from 1 4 p.m.
The Wool Spinning Guild will put on an exhibition at the Craft Hall from 1-2 p.m.
During the afternoon, the Tri-County Dulcimer Society will have hammered and mountain dulcimers and more in the music tent at 1 p.m.
At 4 p.m., the Get Along Gang play at the music tent. The evening really picks us with the crowning of the 2017 Ohio Hills Folk Festival Queen on the festival stage at Lingo's corner at 6 p.m., preceding the start of the annual Mile Long Parade at 7 p.m.
Musical entertainment for the evening is Joe Williams & Deep Water, Adam Roe, and Sudden Impact and Pete Carpenter and Family.
Saturday is a jam packed final day for the Ohio Hills Folk Festival.
The day kicks off with the OHFF 5K/10K Run and 5K walk. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the race gun firing at 8 a.m.
Tractor owners will want to join the Tractor Cruise, which lines up at Walton Field with registration beginning at 8 a.m.. The tractors will join the Queen's Parade later on Saturday afternoon. Car enthusiast will want to enter their sweet rides in the car show on Broadway Street.
The kids' games on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. will provide a fun time for the little ones and should be followed by riding carnival rides at the matinee from 1-4 p.m.
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 at 3 p.m.
For some good down home fun don't forget to purchase your ticket and T-shirt for the 11th annual Rubber Duck Regatta held at 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment for Saturday includes a Mountain Dulcimer Workshop by Mark Oliver, Banjo and Fiddle Contest, Yurco Boys, Adam Roe and Unforgiven, New Town Cloggers, Deep Down Country with square dance call John Barker, and Cabin Fever with clog dancers. Dance Express will perform on the Lingo's corner at 7:30 p.m.
The festival will conclude with a free fireworks show at 10 p.m.
So ya'll come on down to the Ohio Hills Folk Festival from July 6-8 in Quaker City, located south of Interstate 70, 20 miles east of Cambridge, Ohio and 35 miles west of Wheeling, W.Va..
For more information, dates and times of events, please check out the Ohio Hills Folk Festival Facebook page.