Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Heritage Festival coming this weekend

After a one-year hiatus, Ripley will be holding a summer festival.

The Ohio Rural Heritage Festival will be taking place on Friday and Saturday, complete with a parade, concerts, and the ever popular baby pageant.

The event is free to attend and nearly 40 vendors will be on display, selling goods or providing educational material.

While festival organizers sought to emulate some of the successes of the Ohio Tobacco Festival, the organizers also made a big push for more educational displays and more community involvement.

“We want to promote our heritage,” said Kristel Salisbury-Titus, president of the Ripley Lions Club and a volunteer festival organizer. “We want to be able to say we’re giving back to the community. That’s the focus of the heritage festival. We want to be able to say that our heritage is that we give back to the community. That’s the reason our festival will be educational.”

One of the educational features is a 20×10 fish tank from the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, better known as ORSANCO. As part of a program called Life Below the Waterline, ORSANCO sends a freshwater aquarium filled with fish and other aquatic life, in an effort to show Ohio River Valley residents what lives below their most important freshwater resource.

“They’re an educational outlet that we’re utilizing so that we can let people know what’s going on beyond just the water we see on the top,” Salisbury-Titus said. “We want to pass clean water on to kids. It’s part of our heritage. If you don’t have clean water, you don’t have much quality of life.”

Sticking to the educational aspect, Ned Lodwick has been selected to be the Grand Marshal.

Even before the start of the festival, the Rural Heritage Association is keeping true to their community ideals. Salisbury-Titus confirmed that a portion of funds raised recently for the festival was donated to the Kennard and Barrios families in response to the deadly flooding in Stringtown that took the lives of three people.

“We as a group wanted to give back to the community,” Salisbury-Titus said.

Just nine months ago, the Ohio Rural Heritage Festival was just an idea discussed from some in the village. But through the hard work of many volunteers, Rural Heritage Association president Jo Ann Morgan Otto, vice-president Kim Stacy, treasurer Ronda Pendland, and secretary Kathy Lewis, the festival is on schedule and full speed ahead for Friday’s debut.

“If I could say anything, it’s a team effort of a group of concerned citizens of Ripley who want to provide a festival and return to the community the realization of our heritage,” Salisbury-Titus said. “That’s what we want to do.”

Below is a look at the schedule for the 2015 Ohio Rural Heritage Festival, which includes two performances by Hot Rod and Fast Lane.

Friday:

4 p.m. – Lineup for the parade at RULH Elementary School

6 p.m. – Parade will begin down U.S. 52 westbound.

Ripley Fire and EMS Public Safety Display will be on upper Main Street following the parade

8-11 p.m. – Hot Rod and the Fast Lane performing on the main stage

10 p.m. – Daily Raffle Draw will occur

Saturday:

7 a.m. – Registration for the 5K race, sponsored by the Ripley Fire Department

8 a.m. – Start of 5K race

8 a.m. – Check in for Car and Truck Show on Main St.

8-12 p.m. – Car and Truck Show.

9 a.m. – Vendors open

9 a.m. – Baby Show registration on Front Street, $10 fee per entry.

9 a.m. – Cherry St. Park, St. Michaels will be having children’s games, bouncy castle for children

10 a.m. – Baby Show begins on main stage

12 p.m. – Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, registration on Cherry Street

12 p.m. – Quilt Show at the library meeting room

12 p.m. – Pizza eating contest at the main stage on Front Street – Sponsored by Fancy’s Famous Pizza. $5 registration fee

1 p.m. – Kids Pedal Tractor Pull begins

1 p.m. – Cow Pie Bingo at Cherry Street Park. The RULH High School cheerleaders will be administering the game.

1 p.m. – RULH Jr. High School cheerleaders demonstration on the main stage on Front Street

1 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament registration

1 pm – Horseshoe Tournament registration

2 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament begins

2 p.m. – Kids Talent Show on main stage on Front St.

3 p.m. – Horseshoe Tournament begins

4 p.m. – Good Time Cloggers perform on main stage

5 p.m. – Duck Race begins, $5 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Ripley Lions Club pavilion prior to 5 p.m.

5 p.m. – Ben Pedigo performs on main stage on Front Street

8-11 p.m. – Hot Rod and the Fast Lane on main stage on Front Street

Daily Raffle Drawing throughout the day

11 p.m. – Vendors and Festival closes

The Ohio Rural Heritage Festival begins on Friday, with a focus on entertainment, community, and education.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Festival-Logo-Multi-Color1.jpgThe Ohio Rural Heritage Festival begins on Friday, with a focus on entertainment, community, and education.

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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