Piping hot beans on a piping hot day

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
A heat index of 100 degrees did not stop hundreds of people from coming out to Westgate Park on June 22 to experience one of the oldest festivals in the state: the Historic Hilltop Bean Dinner Festival. Hosted by the Hilltop Business Association, the seven-hour event featured artist booths, bounce houses, large misting fans, live musical entertainment, meet-and-greets with local politicians running for office, and a smorgasbord of food including the famous “secret recipe beans” that keep individuals coming back for more each year. Shown here making sure that the hungry masses were able to fill their bellies on those famous “secret recipe beans” are volunteers Mary Titus (left) and Victoria Johnson (right). The self-proclaimed “Queen Beans” have been volunteering at the event for several years alongside their fellow Grove City Rotarians. Those who were in charge of cooking and stirring the bean soup were able to rotate with other volunteers so they could all get a break from the heat.
Jack Schultz, a 1972 graduate of West High School, poses with the cowboy cutout that was on display at the West High School Alumni Association booth.
Driving Guitars drummer Tommy Smith jams out with his fellow band members Dave Hessler and Tom Beogher (not pictured). The band is described as an instrumental bass, drums, and guitar act and they provided the live musical entertainment in the late morning and early afternoon.
Sisters Remmy Ferguson (left) and A.J. Nelson (right) show off the painted rocks they made at the small art booth hosted by the United Methodist Westside Parish.
Carol Choup and her son, Nico, 9, pass out free tomato plants cultivated from the Highland Youth Garden. Choup is the administration coordinator for the non-profit organization that gives children the opportunity to learn and grow through gardening.
Nikolai Jennings, 8, gets a bit of relief from the heat thanks to this small misting fan.
Columbus Police Detective Todd Jones helps ready the hot dogs for the hungry public.
Sunny, a therapy dog with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, gets some pets from local resident Makenzie Petersen, 13.
Galloway woodworker John Kaufman showcases a few of his hand-crafted pegboards for sale at the festival. Kaufman has been making pegboards – a majority of which are custom designed – for the past year. For more information on his art, visit his Facebook page at PBJwoodworks.
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