Rita Tarvin Rocket win streak reaches five G-Men ascend to 4-0 in SBAAC National Division with win at Williamsburg Jays soar to 3-1 with win at North Adams Young Lady Jays improving as season progresses Mary J Yockey Callie J Maynard Windle Blanton Daisy D Nevels RULH HS students visit Jungle Jims Aberdeen Council has busy end of the year River Village Christmas celebration begins SR 41 now open Gast’s three-point shower drowns the Tigers Lady Rockets capture wins over Ripley, Batavia Keplinger signs with Shawnee State Warriors down the Devils, fall to the Greyhounds Broncos edge out Williamsburg, 53-50 Carol S Newman John E Short RULH Elementary names ‘Go Green’ Students RE/MAX Local Experts opens in Williamsburg RULH wraps up ‘No Shave November’ fundraiser Eleven indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Donald C Vance John C Morris Rebecca E Simpson Hot start sets pace for Broncos’ 85-40 win over CNE G-Men get off to 1-1 start Lady Rockets start off season with tough string of road games Basketball Special: 2017-18 Katherine J Wolfe Virginia J Germann Rev Commadora Manning Mona K Kirker Ohio Rural Heritage Association donates to Food Pantry RULH FCCLA attends meeting in D.C. RULH MS students try ‘Tabletop Twitter’ Ripley Village Christmas update Bonita Planck Carol J Wagner Christopher O Richey Sr Five new members to enter WBHS Athletic Hall of Fame Blue Jays ready to soar under Woodward Fischer named to OPSWA All-Ohio First Team of football all-stars High school girls’ hoop action kicks off in Brown County Formation of new joint Fire & EMS District discussed RULH students learn about ‘Global Food’ Personal financial management class at RULH High School Dale G Ferriel John E Slack Nicholas A Arthur Bonnie J Roush Charles E Faul Phyllis A Mills Carl L Watson Marc W Bolce Robert R Moore Robert K King June R Williams William T Ishmael Sr Deborah J Napier High school hoop action begins Fayetteville SAY Girls Wing Soccer Team finishes season among state’s Final Four Devils visit Georgetown for OHSAA Foundation Games Grandfather charged in boy’s death ‘Real Money’ at RULH Middle School Ripley High School celebrates Veterans Day Reward increases for information leading to conviction in Stykes’ murder Ripley Village Christmas update Kenneth M McKinley Vilvens signs with Mount St. Joseph SBAAC awards girls tennis all-stars Layman inducted into Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame SBAAC hands out awards to First Team girls’ soccer all-stars John D Marks Aberdeen Police Department receives ‘Shop With a Cop’ donation Benefit to take place Nov. 17 for Grace Copple St. Michael students take part in Community Soup Supper Voters return Worley to the bench Ruby A Ratliff Donna J Moore Stella M Glasscock Ellen L Gelter Alverda T Guillermin Justin N Beach EHS dedicates ‘Kiser Court’ SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, winning teams Sizer earns SBAAC American Division Volleyball Player of Year honors for 3rd straight year Broncos to host Blue Jays for OHSAA ‘Jimmy Young’ Foundation Game, Nov. 17 Vern W Kidd Jr Brown County Election Results – 2017 Michael D Hines Raymond W Napier Leslie E Boyle Gary L Barber RULH NHS welcomes new inductees K-9 Units and handlers visit RULH High School EMS members honored for service Road work on Ripley streets to begin

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://ripleybee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_Festival-Logo-Multi-Color.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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