Saturday, August 31, 2002

Old Timers Day Festival today

By The Cincinnati Enquirer

        RABBIT HASH — The 23rd annual Old Timers Day Festival will be held from noon until 11 p.m. today in the tiny crossroads of Rabbit Hash.

        Everyone is invited to the town General Store for food, music and other activities.

        From creamed pull candy to cornmeal to sarsaparilla root beer, food at the festival will be plentiful.

        Kids can enjoy a tractor parade and games.

        Bluegrass and western swing bands will provide entertainment.

        Gunpowder Creek will perform at noon, followed by the Rabbit Hash String Band; Nashville, Tenn., singer/songwriter Anna Scala; a drum circle; Jake Speed and the Freddies; Cynical Mountain Boys; and Side Cars.

        “We just want to invite people to come, have a good time and sit by the river to listen to music,” said Mary Ellen Pesek, an employee at the General Store.

        Last year during the festival, Rabbit Hash mourned the death of its “mayor,” Goofy the dog, with a New Orleans-style wake.

        The town has yet to replace its deceased mayor, Ms. Pesek said.

        For now, the vice mayor, “Clifford the wood carver,” presides over the town, Ms. Pesek said.


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