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Indian Mound Festival – The Plains, Ohio

The Indian Mound Festival is a family friendly festival with food and craft vendors, and entertainment that includes live music and animal shows. Visitors can take a wagon ride tour to see some of the mounds.

2024 DATE: October 4-6, 2024
Location: The Plains Community Park
65 Connett Rd
The Plains, Ohio 45780
Website: https://www.facebook.com/ThePlainsIndianMound/

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This post documents my experience on October 6, 2023.

Festival History and Structure

Photo courtesy of Wiki article.

Long ago, when the Adena people lived and farmed in this area then called Wolf Plains, they built at least 22 burial mounds like the one seen above.

The Indian Mound Festival celebrates this history…

…with a festival located at The Plains Community Park.

And, since they can’t bring the mounds to the festival, the festival is kind enough to bring festival goers to the mounds with an hourly Mound Tour Hay Rides that lasts about 20 minutes.

Also present was a booth by the Friends of The Plains Mounds

…who provided history about the mounds and various artifacts found in the area.

Their purpose is to preserve these mounds, as many have already been destroyed by farming and development.

Entertainment

While there is a main stage on the grounds, entertainment comes in various forms.

On Friday night, for example, there was a drum circle scheduled to honor those who built the mounds. Other days had a magic show, karaoke and live music.

Emaline Duquette, who was going to perform on Saturday, sang from the announcement trailer on Friday to give festival goers a sample of what to expect later that weekend.

I did get to see the car show while I was there…

…and I had a few favorites.

I also love cars that decorate.

Food

A food court area had a nice selection of dishes…

…all sorts of deep fried goodies, hot dogs, tenderloin sandwiches, wraps, and BBQ…

Tasty Indonesia

…various Indonesian dishes…

…and freshly made donuts.

There was a nearby sitting area for visitors to enjoy their food.

Vendors

Vendors made up the biggest area of the festival…

…with autumnal decor and creatures made of resin…

…impressive art made of both wood and stained glass…

…assorted jewelry, artistic tiles and coasters…

…and plenty of assorted stuff for the kids.

There were even homemade jam and pickles, the latter which had a 100 year old recipe.

How could I resist?