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Bakersville Homecoming celebrates 66th year

| August 11, 2016

Bud Hawk Arena in BakersvilleCOSHOCTON – This year marks the 66th year for the Bakersville Homecoming. This annual event is filled with good old-fashioned fun and includes four tractor pulls throughout the weekend.

The homecoming kicks off on Friday, Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. with a chicken barbecue by the Bakersville Volunteer Fire Department.

“Our chicken barbecue is always really popular,” said Larry Stahl, who helps organize the antique tractor pull. “We usually sell out really fast, usually by 7 p.m.”

While enjoying your chicken barbecue, head on over to Bud Hawk Arena for the 33rd annual antique tractor pull at 5 p.m. for tractors made in 1957 and older.

“Some of these antique tractors have been passed down for three or four generations,” said Stahl. “We’re a farming community and for the most part, the tractors we pull are the tractors we use for farming.”

On Friday only, visit the Country Store which is a fundraiser for the local Quest Club, a community-minded organization in Bakersville.

“My mother was a part of the Quest Club, so it will always be very special to me,” said Stahl.

Children can purchase a balloon at the country store for $0.50 and win a prize based on the number inside the balloon.

The entertainment for Friday night will be “Wacky’s Country Experience” which will perform from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

The activities continue Saturday, Aug. 13 with breakfast served at 7 a.m. A morning tractor pull begins at 9:30 a.m. with classes 5,000, 8,500, 12,500 flat hitches only. There will also be an open house at the fire department from noon to 2 p.m. and a kiddie tractor pull at 1 p.m. Entertainment will be from 6 – 9 p.m. with DJ Gina.

The event wraps up Sunday, Aug. 14 with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jay Miller from Salem Evans Creek Church. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Don’t miss the last tractor pull of the event, which will be at 1 p.m. with classes 7,000 – 10,500.

“The people in this community make this event special every year,” said Stahl. “I feel very fortunate to live in this community. We are a small community and we still have a lot of the same families that have been here for many years. We’re still a very religious community, go to church on Sundays, and we all know everybody.”

The event is hosted by the Bakersville Volunteer Fire Department and the Bakersville Community Park. All proceeds will benefit these two organizations.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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