Inspired by the last factory in North America still making washboards every day, which calls Logan, Ohio home, a one-of-a-kind celebration of America’s Appalachian culture and heritage takes place June 12-14 during the 14th annual Washboard Music Festival. Located in southeast Ohio’s spectacular Hocking Hills, the festival starts Thursday with a special kickoff concert and auction from 6-10 p.m., and runs Friday and Saturday from Noon-11 p.m. Held in downtown Logan, this extraordinary FREE festival features ongoing live music, parades, free kids rides, a beer garden and a wide variety of festival-style foods. A complete list of bands and events is available at washboardmusicfestival.com.
More than a dozen washboard and related bands will offer an incredible lineup of live entertainment, starting with the kickoff concert featuring the wildly popular Arnett Howard and the Creole Funk Band. Local artists will also display and sell a wide variety of folk and fine art, crafts and washboard-inspired instruments. The popular “Washer Women” will be on hand to demonstrate how washboards are used for laundry.
Families will enjoy Children’s Fair, a unique and free kid-friendly area, featuring amusement rides, face painting, petting zoo and a train that circles the festival. Saturday festivities include a parade at 5 p.m. and a morning lineup of antique tractors and hit & miss engines. Another major highlight of the festival is the free tours of the 115-year-old Columbus Washboard Company, the only washboard factory in the United States still producing washboards on a daily basis. Here, visitors will see the World’s Largest Washboard. Free tours of the factory are also offered year ‘round.
Located 40 miles southeast of Columbus, Ohio, Hocking Hills offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make every day feel like Saturday, with plenty of Admission: FREE activities. The region boasts a wide variety of affordable lodging, from camping, cabins and cottages to hotels and inns. In addition to hiking trails, parks and forests, the Hocking Hills is the zipline capital of the Midwest, with 50 ziplines being offered via three distinct guide services. Unique gift and antique shops, canoeing, horseback riding, golf, spas and more add to the allure of the Hocking Hills as the perfect place to unplug. Complete traveler information is available www.ExploreHockingHills.com or 1-800-Hocking (800-462-5464).