CROSS PLAINS — A barbarian trained in the arts of war joins with thieves in a quest to solve the riddle of steel and find the sorcerer responsible for the genocide of his people. This famous theme of Robert E. Howard’s “Conan the Barbarian” is the source of Cross Plains’ 11th annual Barbarian Festival next weekend.

The roaring of motorcycles and the happy glees of children will fill the summer air in Cross Plains for the fun-for-all festival on Saturday, June 13, in the new location of the large lot next to Dollar General on Highway 206, north of Highway 36 in Cross Plains.

People of all ages will be busy with several activities including craft and food booths, games and rides, a petting zoo, car show, tractor show, talent contest, live music and many other fun activities.

For motorcycle aficionados, the Heart of Texas Hot Son Riders from Brownwood, part of the Christian Motorcycle Association will do a blessing of bikes at 1 p.m.

Available for youngsters will be a 911 Simulator and ID kits provided by the Callahan County Sheriff’s Department. A variety of booths designed for children will also be on hand.

The live music to be featured at the festival is no stranger of the Barbarian Festival. The band, “Class of 57,” has entertained crowds for the past several festivals and plays country and rock music. Talent show contestants will also perform on the stage throughout the day.

The tractor show will feature several local area residents’ antique tractors. Along with the tractor show, is the car show featuring antique cars, also from local area residents.

The booths scattered throughout the festival will feature craft-sellers, antiques and collectibles dealers, charitable organizations accepting donations and food sellers.

The festival which is traditionally held the second Saturday of June, is held during Robert Howard Days, the celebration of the author who lived most of his life in Cross Plains.

For more information on the Barbarian Festival, visit the Web site www.barbarianfestival.net.