South Charleston preps for festival and celebration

The kiddie tractor pull is always a popular feature of South Charleston’s Heritage Days Festival. It’s back on the schedule for this year’s event.

(Posted Sept. 1, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The last weekend in September will be a time for fellowship and fall fun in South Charleston.


The Madison Township Emergency Services Association will kick things off with fireworks on Sept. 24 following Southeastern High School’s home football game against Greeneview. The display will be launched from the former Old Colonial Stair site at the intersection of South Church Street and Route 41 South.

Heritage Days Festival

The South Charleston Heritage Commission will host its Heritage Days Festival Sept. 25-26 with activities and entertainment taking place in and around the historic train depot and log house at 147 W. Mound St.

Food is always a big part of the festival. Miller’s Ice Cream will be on site, and American Legion Post 176 will serve up their famous porkchops. Griddles & Cheese and Diamond Dogs are among the food trucks that will set up shop on the festival grounds. The South Charleston Education 150th Committee will sell gingerbread out of the log house.

Craft vendors will be set up both days of the festival. A 10×10-foot space rents for $35 for the weekend. Payments must be made in advance to reserve a space. Send a message via the festival’s Facebook page or send email to for details.

Two silent auctions are on the schedule, one for each day. Merchant gift cards, assorted items, and original pieces from the Jamestown Glass House near Williamsburg, Va., will be among the items up for bid. Glassmaker Kyle White donates the glassware in memory of his father who grew up in South Charleston.

First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston is organizing children’s games.

On Sept. 25, the festival starts with a parade at 10 a.m. Anyone who would like to participate must pre-register by contacting Patty Moore at (937) 206-5072 or (937) 462-7174.

This year’s parade grand marshals are Lois Artis and Phillip Calland. Both taught for many years in the Southeastern school system. Moore said organizers also hope to have three of the oldest living former students of the school system take part in the parade, as well.

“It’s Our Heritage Days way of celebrating the 150th year of education in South Charleston,” Moore said, referring to the South Charleston Education Sesquicentennial Celebration taking place in conjunction with the festival.

Response to the parade has been very good so far, Moore said. Entries include everything from a wagon pulled by Clydesdale horses to antique tractors, the high school marching band, youth athletic groups, and visiting festival queens. One category in which entries are low this year is classic cars, she noted.

“We want to thank Travis Vanover who bought the property we’ve always used to line up the parade. He has been very cooperative in allowing us to line up there again this year,” Moore said.

Following the parade, several live music acts will perform throughout the afternoon and evening, starting with David and Taffy Waugh and ending with Ty Cooper.

The fun continues on Sept. 26 with one of the highlights being the kiddie tractor pull, alway a big draw, said Sue Mattinson, Heritage Commission president.

Check “South Charleston Heritage Days Festival” on Facebook for updates and a full schedule of events once the festival dates draw near.

In a change from years past, the Heritage Commission is not providing chairs and asks that festival visitors bring their own.

The South Charleston Education 150th Committee is raffling off a custom-made quilt. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will take place during the Heritage Days Festival.

Celebrating 150 Years of Education

The South Charleston Education Sesquicentennial Celebration will take place Sept. 25-26 during the Heritage Days Festival. The celebration commemorates 150 consecutive years of public education in South Charleston. Proclamations honoring the milestone will be read at 3 p.m. Sept. 25.

In addition to selling fresh gingerbread, the celebration committee will sell t-shirts, sweatshirts and framed prints, all featuring the sesquicentennial logo. Other items for sale will include coasters and bowl cozies. The group’s booth will be located between the historic log cabin and train depot.

The group is raffling off a quilt and pillows, all custom-made. The quilt measures 60×74 inches. The pillows measure 16×16 inches. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Separate drawings will be held for each item. The drawings are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

Proceeds from the raffle and merchandise sales will go toward scholarships for Southeastern High School seniors, as well as to help other local causes.


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