Still time to get in on some Heritage Days fun


(Posted Sept. 26, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison editor

South Charleston’s Heritage Days, hosted by the South Charleston Heritage Commission, continues today (Sept. 26) in and around the historic DT&I train depot and log cabin on Mound Street. Vendors, children’s games, a kiddie tractor pull, raffles, a silent auction, and food are among the attractions today. In conjunction with the festival, the South Charleston Education 150th Committee is celebrating the 150th anniversary of public education in the village. Here are scenes from Day One of the festival (Sept. 25).

Check out that look of determination! Shine Thompson, 2, rears back for a throw at the ring toss. This year was her family’s first time participating in Heritage Days, and they made the most of it, according to her dad, Art. Besides the kids’ games and food, the Thompsons enjoyed being a part of the parade. Art’s father, Steve Thompson, towed a trailer-turned-float with his 1977 Oliver tractor with the family and the town dog, Blackie, aboard.
Members of the South Charleston Education 150th Committee man a booth of sesquicentennial merchandise, ranging from logo pillows and framed art to t-shirts and a handmade quilt: (from left) Jennifer Berschet Klee (who made the quilt), Don Brue, Donna Bonsell and Tim Bonsell. This year marks the 150th consecutive year of public education in South Charleston. Jennifer, Don and Donna are members of the Class of 1971. Proceeds from merchandise sales and donations will go to scholarships for graduating Southeastern High School seniors. Plans are in the works to bury a time capsule full of memorabilia from this year’s celebration.
Gene Rousculp, an associate member of South Charleston American Legion Post 176, seasons a grill full of the Post’s famous porkchops, one of several food options offered at the Heritage Days festival.
Sue Mattinson (left), president of the Heritage Commission, hands over a signed copy of “Edward Edwards: The Man Who Built South Charleston, Ohio” to happy customer Betsy Dean of Springfield whose husband grew up in the South Charleston area. Mattinson wrote the book about the village’s prolific architect. All proceeds from the book’s sale go to the Heritage Commission.
A.J. Clem (left) and Jackson Clem (front) hunt for gems at the Black Hills Mining Co. station as their dad, Dave, looks on. They ran bags of sand through screens in a sluice to discover hidden treasures.


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