RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Despite a year of corporate changes, the Bob Evans Farm Festival is set to return, being held Oct. 13-15.
Clark Walker has been the manager of Bob Evans Farms for approximately 18 months, since the passing of longtime manager Ray McKinniss. Since that time, the company was sold, the fate of the farm has been strongly debated, and rumors have spread throughout the community as to what the future holds for a landmark of Gallia County. Beginning his work as manager of the farm has not always been a smooth ride for Walker.
“Farm Fest is happening this year for sure,” stated Walker. “And we are excited about the future of the farm, and Farm Fest. We hope for it to continue for many years.”
With new ownership comes new changes to the longstanding festival, which is celebrating its’ 47th year. Regular attendees will be right at home among the crafters, lumberjack exhibits, and livestock.
“The traditions of Farm Fest will all be there,” Walker explained.
He went on to tell about some of the new changes that are coming for Farm Fest, some of which the public will not discover until Oct. 13.
“We’re excited for what is coming up, we hope it reaches out to younger generations while still maintaining the essence of Farm Fest,” said Walker.
Some of these changes will be minor, barely noticeable to the general public. Others still could be on the face of the event.
As Walker put it: “We want to see the community support Bob Evans and the Farm, particularly by coming the Farm Fest and having a good time.”
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