South Charleston: Gingerbread Festival


Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Berkhofer

Entrants in a gingerbread-eating contest go face first into the confection at the South Charleston Heritage Commission’s Gingerbread Festival, held Sept. 28.

Pamela Neveu, a member of the Civil War reenactors group, explains the fine art of “hair jewelry,” also known as “mourning jewelry.”
The Springfield Dulcimer Society plays on the front porch of the South Charleston Heritage Commission’s log house during the annual Gingerbread Festival.

Phillip Wright stirs the ham and bean soup, a traditional

goodie of the South Charleston Gingerbread Festival

made by Heritage Commission President George Berkhofer.

Larry Marple, a South Charleston Heritage Commission trustee, portrays President Theodore Roosevelt.
Marple/Roosevelt’s "supporters"
Two members of the 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry reenactors group scope out the festivities from the porch of tthe South Charleston Heritage commission’s log house.
Several vendors set up shop each year at the Gingerbread Festival.
Items for sale at the Gingerbread Festival included Colonial-style glass, hand blown by South Charleston Heritage Commission member Kyle White, a journeyman glass blower at Colonial Jamestown. Proceeds from the glassware sales went to the Heritage Commission.
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