The 31st annual Indian Mound Festival in The Plains will kick off on Friday, marking the beginning of a slew of fall events in Athens County.

The festival — held at The Plains Community Park on Connett Road — remembers the area’s Native American heritage while providing activities for the whole family.

Returning this year will be hayride mound tours of the group of Adena mounds in The Plains. The tours will be given throughout the three-day festival.

The festival will begin on Friday at 5 p.m. with a car cruise-in at The Plains Elementary School. Contestants in the brave, princess and queen pageants will also be introduced.

More than 35 craft vendors will be on hand throughout the weekend, along with food vendors.

New this year will be the incorporation of Weekleyville Pumpkin Farms, which will be selling pumpkins and hosting children’s pumpkin games. As The Messenger previously reported, the farm had hosted the Athens Pumpkin Festival for the past two years at the Athens County Fairgrounds. That festival is on hiatus this year and Weekleyville will have a presence at the Indian Mound Festival instead.

The event gets into full swing on Saturday with live entertainment, pony rides, atlatl throwing, flint napping, inflatables, children’s games, a kiddie tractor pull, and more.

On Sunday, a parade will be held at 2 p.m. in The Plains. The royalty will be crowned following the parade at 2:45 p.m.

Festival hours are Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Twitter @SaraBmessenger.

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