Historic spans will be celebrated Saturday
Visitors from across Ohio and the Midwest will travel to Union County Saturday, Sept. 6 for the inaugural Union County Covered Bridge Festival.
The event is an opportunity for history buffs to take a step back in time by touring the county's seven historic bridges, six of which are covered structures.
In addition to Marysville, the county seat, activities are planned in the communities of Milford Center, North Lewisburg, Plain City and Unionville Center.
"We have had numerous calls already," said Christy Clark, director of the Union County Visitors & Convention Bureau. "We have had an influx of people coming into the chamber office and many phone calls. I anticipate a flurry of activity next week. I think we're going to be slammed."
Clark said the historic bridges are the county's No. 1 tourist attraction and interest has been widespread.
"We're getting calls from all over," she said. "We have had calls from Cleveland, Illinois, Indiana, all over the Midwest. There is a covered bridge association and some of our members are tied into that and they are promoting it within that circle and are spreading the word all around."
Here's a look at the schedule of events for Saturday's festival:
Bus tours will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $5 per person. The tours will depart Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 233 W. Sixth St., every half hour.
Bridges of Union County, a free historic presentation, will take place at Veterans Memorial Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A covered bridge art display will be presented at Veterans Memorial Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Live entertainment will be presented on the Union County Courthouse lawn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Union County Historical Society and log cabin, 246 W. Sixth St., will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to noon.
A Farmer's Market will be held on Court Street from 8 a.m. to noon.
Festifair, an arts & crafts event, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Historic Uptown Marysville Business District.
An exhibit and signing by artist Bill Miller will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Marysville Public Library, 231 S. Plum St.
A bridge building display will also take place at the library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A quilt display and spinning demonstration will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 55 W. State St.
An old-fashioned "Fireman's Soccer" contest will take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Fairbanks Elementary School, 153 E. State St.
A homemade food and comfort stop will be available at the Milford Center United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A souvenir shop will be open at Liberty Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A special post cancellation stamp will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at the U.S. Post Office on State Street.
A pancake breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the North Lewisburg Municipal Building.
A "Junk Jaunt" will be held all day Saturday in the village of North Lewisburg.
The historic log cabin at the corner of Maple and Audas Streets will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A "Picnic on the Bridge" boxed luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Pottersburg Bridge.
A rummage/bake sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Lewisburg Municipal Building.
An Antique Car Rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Erie Street across from the Village Park.
An art display by Patty Bollock Brown will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the open lot on East Street.
Hayrides will take place from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., departing from the village garage on East Street.
A homemade chicken and noodle dinner will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the North Lewisburg United Methodist Church.
Covered Bridge Bingo will be played from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the North Lewisburg Municipal Building.
A pancake breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge at Chillicothe & Main Streets.
A book signing by David Simmons and Miriam Wood will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Main Street Treasures, 150 W. Main St.
Postcard trading will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Plain City Historical Society, 111 W. Main St.
An historic bridge and covered bridge paintings by Bob Wilson will be on display at the Plain City Historical Society all day Saturday.
A comfort stop, lemonade stand and souvenir shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Plain City Historical Society.
A special postal cancellation stamp will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the open lot on East Street.
Indian artifacts will be on display from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the United Methodist Church.
A homemade chicken and noodles dinner and comfort stop will be established at the United Methodist Church from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
A special postal cancellation stamp will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Unionville Center post office.
Tickets for the Union County Covered Bridge Festival bus tours can be purchased in advance from the Union County Chamber of Commerce, 227 E. Fifth St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday though Friday. Tickets are $5 per route or $8 for both routes. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. Bus tour tickets can also be purchased the day of the event at Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 233 W. Sixth St.
Complimentary self-guided tour guides, for those who prefer to drive the routes themselves, can be obtained at any of the community souvenir locations. Self-guided tour CDs to play while taking the tour, are available for $10.
Various souvenirs, including post cards, collector calendars, afghans, T-shirts, canvas bags and self-guided tour CDs will be available at the Union County Courthouse and Festifair in Marysville, the Plain City Historical Society and Liberty Park in Milford Center.