BARNESVILLE - The 40th annual Belmont County Rubberneck Tour, a free "drive-it-yourself" tour, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
The first stop on the tour is the Jefferis Farm, 61830 Bailey Rd., Barnesville. The home of TJ and Tammy Jefferis sits right in the middle of their 108-acre cow and goat farm. The farm is locally well-known as the old Bailey Farm. Purchased by the Jefferis about six years ago, the farm now operates with a new barn. The 5,500 sq. ft. home was completed in April 2010, is handicap accessible and consists of a large garage and a 30 ft. by 30 ft. pavilion. Their son, Jeff, owner of Woody's Landscaping, landscaped the area.
The Jefferis have been backgrounding cattle for 20 years, buying them from local livestock auctions and then vaccinating and getting them healthy and ready to go to feed lots. They sell most of the cattle over the internet through Bluegrass Stockyards in Lexington, Ky. Last year, they sold 477 head of cattle. The new barn contains new scales to weigh their cattle and a new feeding system.
Also at stop number one, visit the pavilion for lunch and enjoy a famous steak sandwich sold by the Ohio Valley Cattleman Association, and see items on display from Woody's Landscaping and the Belmont County Farm Bureau. The OSU Extension Master Gardeners will have a display and educational fact sheets. Jeff Bettinger from Natural Resources Conservation Service will also be on site with a presentation on grazing management.
As you enter Bailey Rd., notice the Belmont County Children's Home Cemetery on the left. All of the burials in this cemetery were children from the nearby Belmont County Children's Home, which existed from 1880-1981. It was demolished in 1990.
Stop number two on the tour is the Passmore Farm, 61245 Sandy Ridge Rd., Barnesville. The Passmore Farm sits on 110 acres of beautiful countryside. Tom and Gail Passmore, along with their children, Brooke and Zack, moved to the farm in 2006. The barn was built in 1872 and the house was built in 1873, with many updates made throughout the years.
During the Rubberneck Tour, many items of interest will be on display, including three old trucks - a 1950 Chevy, 1965 Ford and 1963 Impala - and five Allis-Chalmers tractors. Tom still uses some old equipment on the farm today such as horse-drawn equipment, sickle bar mowers, manure spreader discs and buggies. There will also be Haflingers in a gated area available for petting.
The public is cautioned that the lane from the main road to the farm is very narrow. Please use care while driving and walking.
Also at stop number two, enjoy a rain simulator demonstration from the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District and stop by the Great Energy Wall display from South Central Power Company. The model airplane club will set up across from the arena and will have several models on display. Also in the neighborhood is the Stillwater Meetinghouse of Barnesville, built in 1878. The building is used regularly as a house of worship by a group of Quakers comprising Stillwater Monthly Meeting. From Rt. 147 (Main Street) on the east side of town, turn onto Roosevelt Rd. The Meetinghouse is about a quarter mile at the intersection of Roosevelt and Sandy Ridge Roads.
Stop number three on the Rubberneck Tour is Braido Memorials, 40801 Bethesda-Belmont Rd., Bethesda. Located just outside of Bethesda, Braido Memorials is a full service, family owned monument business approaching its 25 year anniversary. Owner Joel Braido will have displays of monuments, markers, vases and more in the showroom and monument shop. Exclusive artist Keith Moore will create hand etched memories reflecting the life and times of loved ones. While there, stroll through the vintage Sinclair Station located on site. Complete with vintage gas pumps, signs and classic cars, this display will bring back good memories of an era where you were warmly greeted by familiar faces and full service.
Also at this stop, check out the display by Sandy Saffield and Cheryl Skinner from the Belmont County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society. They will have historical books available, such as historical books on Belmont County, a historical chart, headstone inscriptions and genealogy books.
The Rubberneck Tour is sponsored by the Belmont County Tourism Council, OSU Extension, and Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District.