Broughton wildlife area to host festival

Photo courtesy of the Broughton Foundation Yoga at the Broughton Nature Preserve will be part of the festivities at the first-ever Broughton’s Farm Fest.

MARIETTA — Final preparations are under way for a new festival to be held Saturday and Sunday at the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area off Ohio 821 in Marietta.

Some of the events are a 5K race, disc golf tournament, music concert featuring local bands Natural Flavor and Backporch Alibi, a Marietta Brewing Company beer garden, food vendors, arts and crafts, yoga, zumba and pound classes and a country store. There will be glow-in-the-dark disc golf for $5 per person on Friday, but the bulk of the event is over thee weekend.

James Harward, a Devola resident and recent transplant from Washington state, is the organizer of the event, an avid disc golfer and member of the Disc Golf Collective. The idea to have the two-day outdoor celebration came after working with George Broughton, owner of the land, to redesign the disc golf course.

“It needed to be upgraded and the guys have really done a good job with it,” Broughton said.

The event is hopefully one of many, if Broughton has anything to say about it. Updates to the park include the Devola Multi-Use Trail, mountain bike paths and a community building planned for 2019.

Photo Provided Backporch Alibi will perform at Broughton’s Farm Fest Saturday evening.

“The park gets a lot of use but there are still people who don’t realize we’re out here,” Broughton said. “This event will showcase the park and also be a way to get public comment on some ideas we might be overlooking.”

Vendors and information tables, as well as food and activities will be set up throughout the park. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday with a 5K to highlight the paths and trails, music Saturday evening and a disc golf tournament on Sunday.

Corporate sponsors of the events are Peoples Bank and Peoples Insurance. Additional sponsors include Par Mar Stores, Huck’s Farm Market, Doug Lowe Excavation, Duffy’s Design, Artex Oil Company, John Halliday, Broughton Commercial Properties, Marietta Brewing Company, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, The Disc Golf Sports Center, Terry and Brandon Fulks, Haas Septic & Portable Toilet Services Inc. and Marietta Adventure Company.

“We were overwhelmed with the support from our local businesses and individuals that obviously believe in their community,” Harward said. “We thank them for their efforts to make the Devola Multi-Use Trail and the Broughton Nature And Wildlife Education Area continue to improve for the benefit of the public to enjoy its beauty.”

Harward added that he would like this event to be one that continues every year.

More information about the event can be found by searching Broughton’s Farm Fest on Facebook.

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If You Go…

* What: Broughton’s Farm Fest, 619 State Route 821, Marietta.

* When: Glow-in-the-dark disc golf signs up Friday at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday starts with 5K signups at 9 a.m., wraps up at midnight following music concert; PDGA sanctioned C-Tier Disc Golf Tournament starting at 2 p.m. Saturday and second round on Sunday at 10 a.m.

* Cost: $5 adults 18 and over; children free.

* Details: Beer garden, face painting, petting zoo, arts, crafts and food vendors, line dancing, yoga and zumba, music from Natural Flavor and Back Porch Alibi.

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