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Backwoods Fest is still on this weekend

THORNVILLE – Kathy Launder is really lucky. The cofounder of Thornville’s popular Backwoods Fest said Sunday’s violent windstorm that knocked out power and uprooted trees did little damage to the festival grounds.

“We brought in eight boys and a wood chipper. The Backwoods Fest goes on,” said Launder. “It’s all cleaned up.” She said a couple of the lean-tos that are permanent fixtures on the festival grounds were blown over, and broken branches were everywhere, but there was no serious damage. “They’re sheds; they could’ve been in West Virginia by now,” said Launder of the lean-tos. “There were branches galore. We were totally blessed.” Unlike many areas around the lake, Launder said the power was back on by Monday morning, following the storm.

Launder said this is the festival’s 13th year and she expects at least 25,000 visitors, particularly since the festival is three days this year – Sept. 19 – 21. Hours Friday and Saturday are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult admission is $7, 10 and under are free, and parking is free.

Local visitors can turn right off Ohio 204 onto New Salem Road to avoid the Ohio 204 closure just before Zartman Road. Watch for High Point on the left. Turn left onto High Point Road and head east to the festival entrance at 8572 High Point Rd. Most visitors take Ohio 13 south from I-70.

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