Mark calendars for South Charleston Heritage Days Festival

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(Posted Sept. 5, 2019)

South Charleston Heritage Days Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 27

Fireworks following football game (approximately 10 p.m. at 140 S. Church St.)

Saturday, Sept. 28

10 a.m.–Parade

Live music line-up (with standup comedy between acts):

11:30 a.m.–Dave & Taffy Waugh

1 p.m.–Steve Ball

2:30 p.m.–Ty Cooper

4 p.m.–American Landscape

6 p.m.–The Foundation

8 p.m.–Wyatt McCubbin

Sunday, Sept. 29

10:30 a.m.–Community church service

Noon–Pizza eating contest

Noon–Bingo

1 p.m.–Kiddie tractor pull

4 p.m.–Festival closes

Saturday’s and Sunday’s events take place at and around 147 W. Mound St., South Charleston. A silent auction, children’s activities, vendors, and food trucks are planned for both days.

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

South Charleston will be bursting with community spirit the last weekend of September. On the schedule: a homecoming football game, fireworks, and festival.

Madison Township Emergency Medical Services is sponsoring fireworks on Sept. 27 at 140 S. Church St. following Southeastern High School’s home football game against Triad. The display should start at about 10 p.m.

On Sept. 28-29, the South Charleston Heritage Commission is putting on its annual Heritage Days festival at and around the historic train depot and log house at 147 W. Mound St.

Saturday’s festivities kick off with a parade. Resident Barbara Junk Patton is this year’s grand marshal.

“Barbara is a walking history book of the village. She is a very knowledgeable local historian whose family has been a big part of South Charleston,” said Patty Moore, parade organizer.

Moore said the parade is shaping up to be a good one. Among the entries already signed up are tractors, fire trucks, a mobile calliope, lots of horses including a team of draft horses, people dressed in period costumes, the Ohio Wheelmen on tall tricycles, and the high school football team and cheerleaders.

Six live music acts, almost all of which have South Charleston connections, will play from late Saturday morning into the evening in the music tent. They include solo artists, duos and bands performing everything from rock, country and folk tunes to songs from the Civil War era.

“We’re doing something new this year. Between music acts, we have several stand-up comedians,” said Kim Breeze, festival organizer. “It’s a little something else to enjoy and another opportunity to showcase area talent.”

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Clark County Humane Society is offering microchipping at a reduced rate. They also will have adoptable dogs on hand.

Sunday’s activities start at 10:30 a.m. with a community church service. Also scheduled are a kiddie tractor pull, pizza eating contest and bingo.

“The pedal pull is a hoot,” said Sue Mattinson, Heritage Commission president. “Those little kids really work up a storm to see who wins.”

On Saturday and Sunday, food trucks will dish out all sorts of goodies: ice cream, barbecue, Texas tenderloins, fries, porkchops, hot dogs, walking tacos and more. The Heritage Commission’s famous bean soup and cornbread also are on the menu. A beer truck will operate throughout the festival.

Also taking place both days is a silent auction, children’s activities, and vendors selling baked goods, home goods, crafts, jewelry, direct sale products and more.

Proceeds from the Heritage Days Festival go toward the upkeep of South Charleston’s historic train depot, log house and opera house. This year, the log house got a new roof.

For more about vendor space, the parade, volunteering or any other aspect of the festival, visit “South Charleston Heritage Days Festival” on Facebook or email scheritagedays@gmail.com.

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