Zoar Festival honors 19th century wheat harvesting

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ZOAR, Ohio – The Zoar Harvest Festival, Aug. 3-4, will commemorate the summer wheat harvest done by the 19th century German Zoar Separatists who founded Zoar Village in 1817.

The festival will include an antique show, folk art crafts and tours of restored museum buildings. There will also be a contest featuring contemporary works done of the village. The Tuscarawas County Art Guild will have a show of the works of its members in a tent at Fourth and Foltz streets.

A display of steam power farm equipment by the Tuscarawas Pioneer Power Association will be held both days in place of the former car show. It will feature working farm machines of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Entertainment will be at several venues around the 1817 village. There will be dancing and singing at the Budweiser brew tent. Country singer Peter Corey is featured on both days, with an oldies band, Class of ’57, the first night. A polka band, led by Ray Polantz, will perform Aug. 4.

More entertainment. Other featured entertainment includes music in the 1853 church each hour. There will be marionettes, a pair of storytellers and a fiddler at the Garden House for children.

The Gobstoppers, a folk music trio, will play each afternoon at the schoolhouse. German singers will perform outside the Zoar Hotel Aug. 4.

There will be more than 60 antique dealers at the north end of the village.

There will be sheep herding demonstrations and a wagon ride for children.

Aug. 4, 3 p.m., there will be a re-enactment of 19th century Zoar separatists bringing the last load of grain from the fields.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 3, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Aug. 4.

Admission is $6 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Children under 5 are free.

The village is located on state Route 212, three miles southeast of Exit 93, Interstate 77, south of Canton.

For more information call 800-874-4336 or visit www.zca.org.

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