The third annual Athens Harvest Festival and Bluegrass Jamboree took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Lake Snowden Park near Albany. The festival featured live bluegrass, children’s bouncey attractions, games, arts and crafts vendors, a regional farmers market, food and beer, along with the trademark giant hay-bale pyramid. At The NEWS’ press-time Sunday, the festival was still going on, with fireworks set for after dark. While last year’s festival experienced heavy rain on Friday evening, this year’s edition had relatively good weather (as of Sunday’s Athens NEWS press-time). Photos by Matthew Black and Terry Smith.
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Blue Moon Soup performs Saturday at the 2018 Athens Harvest Festival and Bluegrass Jamboree.
Harvest Festival attendees took advantage of a variety of seating options while enjoying the music Saturday.
Friday evening at the Harvest Festival, two girls stand atop the giant hay-bale pyramid on the festival site.
John and Megan Bowers of Columbus watch live music with their son Will Saturday at the Athens Harvest Festival and Bluegrass Jamboree at Lake Snowden Park.
The Coal Cave Hollow Boys perform Friday evening at the Athens Harvest Festival and Bluegrass Jamboree.
Jonathan Moody of Moscow, Ohio, practices for the corn-hole tournament Saturday at the Harvest Festival.
Blue Moon Soup performs Saturday at the Athens Harvest Festival and Bluegrass Jamboree.
Blue Moon Soup performs at the 2018 Athens Harvest Festival and Bluegrass Jamboree.
One of the odd sights to appreciate at the Athens Harvest Festival Friday evening.
Roland LeMay of Athens plays on the slide at the Athens Harvest Festival Saturday.