Gingerbread Festival changes name and expands to two days

(Posted July 2, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

South Charleston’s annual Gingerbread Festival has a new name and will span two days instead of one.

Now called Heritage Days, the festival is slated for Sept. 27-28. As in the past, activities will take place in and around the historic DT&I Train Depot and Log House Museum on Mound Street. The South Charleston Heritage Commission orga-nizes the event.

“We had room to grow and expand to Saturday and Sunday,” said Rick Burton, commission president. The name change serves as a preview to next year’s celebra-tion of South Charleston’s bicentennial, he added.

The festival will still feature ginger-bread goodies, the commission’s famous ham and beans, and the somewhat newer tradition of bologna sandwiches, along with live music, vendors and a tractor show.

“Something new is a parade, which we’re planning for early evening on Saturday,” Burton said. “Last year, we brought in the tractor show and it went over well. Maybe we can get the tractors in the parade.”

He said the commission also is working to get more organizations involved with all aspects of the festival, from food to music to activities. They are approaching Scout groups, churches, school booster clubs and other groups.

“We’re going to try to keep it as local as possible,” Burton said.

Even with the expansion, the basic premise of the festival remains the same: to provide a welcoming, hometown atmosphere in which people can enjoy good food while catching up with one another.

“Hot, cold, rainy or perfect—people like to eat and they like to visit,” Burton said.

For more information or to become involved with Heritage Days, contact Rick Burton at (937) 462-7417.

The South Charleston Heritage Com-mission is an all-volunteer group that sponsors a variety of fun and educational activities. Proceeds from events go to the upkeep of the commission’s historic properties, including the train depot, log house and opera house. The commission also maintains an archive of documents, photographs and objects pertaining to South Charleston’s history. For details, go to

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