There is nothing quite like summer in ‘the Hills;’ Hocking Hills, that is. Everywhere you look, there are festivals, experiences to do and adventures to be had. One of the biggest draws for people in Hocking Hills is the number of music and arts festivals taking place throughout the summer into fall. One of the long-standing traditions in Logan each Father’s Day weekend is the Washboard Music Festival. Families get a chance to enjoy music, arts, entertainment, and more at this lively event with a long history.
History of Washboard
Ohio is a historical and geological wonderland with ancient caves, forests, and fascinating historical facts. One of the more interesting pieces of history in the hills is that Logan is still home to the Columbus Washboard Company, the only remaining washboard manufacturing company to this day in the United States. Rural America was home to a tradition of making music the center of family life and homes. With fewer resources, families pulled together what they could, which included a washboard, empty jug, sticks, and strings to make music together. From this came the modified washboard as an instrument. The rhythmic sounds of blues and Cajun music resounded across the hills and throughout Ohio, which still occurs to this day, celebrated with the festival every summer.
Join the Fun
Downtown Logan jumps and pops with electric energy every Father’s Day weekend with the annual celebration of the washboard. Logan hosts the festival of washboard-cum-instrument with live Jug bands, Dixieland groups, and music for all ages resounding across Hocking Hills. Community pride is strong with this amazing festival that packs in the entertainment from music, arts, crafts, local food, a tractor show, and a parade to engage the kids. Everyone is welcome to join the festivities.
Logan is part of Southeastern Ohio’s scenic, natural landscape with State Parks and outdoor activities galore. Every year, 4.5 million people visit the county. The festival brings people together from all over, drawing thousands of visitors every summer to enjoy music and food with local flavor. Take advantage of all the festival has to offer and stay in local chalets, treehouses, B&Bs, campgrounds, or other accommodations, and take time to explore the parks, zip-lining experiences, cave tours, and all Hocking Hills has to offer.
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