A celebration of Appalachian roots and history will take place on October 13 in Otway.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the 2018 Otway Covered Bridge Festival will be welcoming visitors and vendors alike who share an appreciation for centuries old skills and craftsmanship. Sponsored by the Otway Historical Society, with participation by The Friends of Scioto Brush Creek who will have a display, the festival will feature live entertainment, crafts, various vendors and a flea market, in addition to the dozens of quilts on display.
“We will have a blacksmith on site, Dave Riley, who will be working steel, making various items. He is an artist. He fashioned a knife from a bolt from the covered bridge,” said Otway Historical Society and Otway Covered Bridge President Herb Irwin. “We’re going to have a professional Chainsaw Artist, Tom Brown, who will be doing some carving, and teaching some of those skills pertaining to lumber, which was a big part of Otway,” Irwin said.
“The bridge will be lined with handmade quilts, over 200 feet on both sides of the bridge itself. There will be a competition on the quilts, and some may be up for sale. Quilting is a big part of our festival.”
Irwin stated that Steve Free will be headlining the festival, with other musicians also scheduled to perform. “There will be music at the festival. Our very own Steve Free will be performing at 12:00 p.m., and a variety of other local singers and musicians will be performing throughout the day,” said Irwin. “At the shelter house we will be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, and our biggest attractions, brown beans and cornbread, and fried bologna sandwiches.”
“All funds collected during the festival will go towards maintaining the grounds of the covered bridge, lawn mowing, weed eating, and other supplies. This way the bridge is always available for use for family reunions, weddings, parties, and other public needs,” said Irwin.
Those interested in taking part in the 2018 Otway Covered Bridge Festival by setting up a booth can do so.
“If vendors would like to sell their crafts, or any flea marketers would like to set up, they are more than welcome to come and set up early. The cost is $10 for a 10×10 square to sell their wares,” said Irwin.
In addition to festival proceeds, the historical society will be selling 2018 commemorative Otway Covered Bridge ornaments to raise maintenance funds and to offer visitors a piece of home to carry with them.
“It’s great for those who live far away from home and can’t make it back to see the bridge,” said Irwin. “It’s nice to be able to offer that.”
The ornament will be on sale for $8 during the festival. For those who are unable to attend, ornaments can be purchased by sending $12, $8 for ornament and $4 for shipping, to Otway Historical Society, P.O. Box 38, Otway, Ohio 45657 with mailing address and phone number included.
The Otway Historical Society hopes to see a large crowd in attendance during the festival, and urges everyone to attend. “My hope is that everyone that comes to the festival has a great time,” said Irwin. “There’s so much going on that there’s something for everyone.”
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932