The 43rd annual Fredonia Farm Festival promises crafts, art, food and fun for the whole family.
This year's festival will not only celebrate the area's natural heritage, but also has a new and exciting entertainment schedule to complement the gifted craft vendors.
The Farm Festival will be held Friday through Sunday in Barker Common.
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There will be a farmers’ market featured each day of the Fredonia Farm Festival along with crafts, music, food and more.
Before the festival officially kicks off, a screening of "The Wizard of Oz" will begin at dusk tonight in Barker Common.
Farm Festival Director Melissa Thompson said she was excited for this weekend's events.
"New this year is the power wheels obstacle course which the Mason's Safety I.D. program is running for us. There will be a bridge and rumble strips and a little duck crossing and kids will need to bring their helmets," she said.
She also mentioned old favorites like the hula hoop competition, the corn husking competition and the pie, cookie and coloring contests on Saturday.
"We auction off the cookies and pies after the contest and the proceeds go toward a scholarship for a Fredonia student going into agriculture," she explained.
Thompson said the Earth Quakers are an act not to miss on Friday.
"They are four Amish guys who play rock music covers. They put on a big show and they will be at our main stage on Day Street in front of the post office," she added.
On Sunday in addition to the traditional parade will be a performance by Big Wheelie an the Hub Caps, a national recording act known throughout the U.S. and Canada as the greatest greaser band in the land. Their music ranges throughout the 1950's and 1960's and is enjoyed by people of all ages.
"We will have 140 crafters, 20 concessions, music onstage and roving throughout the day, balloons, Casper the Clown, the kiddie tractor pull is really popular and the fireman's hose race," Thompson added.
For more information go to the festival's website at www.fredoniafarmfestival.com.
A schedule of the weekend's events is as follows:
Grand Opening Ceremony 9 a.m.
Farmers Market 9 a.m.- dusk
Craft, artist and food vendors 10 a.m. to dusk
First United Methodist church
Homemade pies and sloppy Joes at United Methodist Church 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Creek Bend Band (gazebo) noon-3 p.m.
Fireman's Hose Races (center street) 6-8 p.m.
Children's Tractor Pull (gazebo) 6-7 p.m. Sponsored by Larson-Timko Funeral Home
Rustic Ramblers (gazebo) 5-7 p.m. Sponsored by "James B. Thompson"
The Earth Quakers (Main Stage) 7- 10 p.m.
Farmers Market 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Craft, artist and food vendors 10 a.m.-dusk
Homemade pies and delicious sloppy Joes at United Methodist Church 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Children's Pet Show - By the "Sirius Dog School" 10 a.m.- noon
The Monkey Organ Grinders (roving) 10 a.m.- noon
Mark Bailen and The Blackjack's (gazebo) 10 a.m.- noon
Sparky's House Of Safety (Church St) noon- 4 p.m.
Power Wheel Obstacle Course - By The Masonic Lodge Identification Program (Day St.) 1-5 p.m.
Cracker Jack Farms Stage Coach Rides (Day St.) noon- 4 p.m.
WDOE Remote (information booth) 1-4 P.M.
Masonic Lodge Safety Identification Program -5 p.m.
Ian Hill and Matt Downey Guitar duo/Children Entertainment (Gazebo) 1-2 p.m.
Hula hoop contest (gazebo) 3 p.m.
Corn husking competition (gazebo) 4 p.m.
Fowlers Taffy Pulling Show (Church St) 5 p.m.
22nd Time Quartet (gazebo) 4-6 p.m.
Pie contest, Youth cookie contest, Coloring contest (gazebo) 5:30 p.m.
Pie and Cookie Auction 6 p.m.
Terry Buchwald (main stage) 7-10 p.m.
Farmers Market 9 a.m.- noon
Craft, artist and food vendors 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Antique Car Show Hosted by "Mark Forbes and the Lakeshore Street Rod" (Day Street) 9 a.m.- noon
23 Skidoo (roving) 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Casper The Clown (roving) noon- 4 p.m.
Cracker Jack Farms Stage Coach Rides (Day street) noon- 4 p.m.
Grand Parade 1 p.m.
Big Wheelie and The Hubcaps (Main Stage) 4-6 p.m.