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Feast Of Flowering Moon Returns After Year Off

Presented By Rathkamp Financial

Fans listen to Ben True and the Basement Collective from the Main Stage on Paint Street at the 2018 Feast of the Flowering Moon. Dan Ramey/Litter Media

(CHILLICOTHE) – The Feast of the Flowering Moon returns this Memorial Day weekend with plenty of patron favorites along with some new attractions. The festival begins on Friday, May 28th and will continue through Sunday, May 30th in downtown Chillicothe and Yoctangee Park.

The festival celebrates the heritage of the area with Native American fancy-dancing and drummers performing near the bandstand in Yoctangee Park. These performances are brought to the community with assistance from the Ross-Chillicothe Convention & Visitors Bureau and G&J Pepsi. The performances will take place several times throughout each day.

A wide variety of family-friendly entertainment has been scheduled for the weekend. The RecW Main Stage welcomes the bands Six to Noon, The Wegians, and Seven Mile Bluegrass along with several other bands and acts performing throughout the weekend. There will be a carnival rides and games to enjoy, kayaking or canoeing on the lake provided by Waters Edge Canoe Livery, pony rides, Southern Ohio Axe Throwing will have their mobile unit setup, and Nellie Dog Pottery & Paints will be demonstrating on the pottery wheel. New attractions at the festival this year will be a Jeep Show on Friday evening, a Car Show/Cruise-In on Saturday afternoon, and the festival welcomes the Chillicothe Farmer’s Market on Sunday afternoon. Sunday will also feature a Ducky Derby where rubber ducks will race and ticket holders can win up to $500 in prizes. Additionally, there will be a wide variety of vendors setup and plenty of festival food for everyone.

“The festival committee is excited to welcome the community back after canceling last year due to the pandemic,” stated Gene Betts, President of the Board. “We are continuing to build community involvement and providing more for patrons to see and do while visiting the festival. There really is something for everyone at this year’s Feast of the Flowering Moon.”

Saturday will also feature a Memorial Day Service at 2:45pm at the Veterans Memorial Park. Following the service will be the Memorial Day Weekend Grand Parade at 4:30pm. The parade will route on Walnut Street, Second Street, along Paint Street before returning back into the park. A complete schedule of events can be viewed and downloaded by visiting the festival’s website at and copies will be available at the information tent during the festival.