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Heritage area brings back classics

Madeline Roche • Aug 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Members of the Heritage Society brought back classics this year at the Huron County Fair. 

Among other things, the Heritage area includes a wood carvers building, a blacksmith, The Heritage House and gardens, a sawmill, tractors, a bakery, Rader’s Old Fashion Ice Cream and the old school house.

In the wood carvers building, there are several types of handmade items.

Rich Hartung, of Norwalk, has been involved in wood carving since 1995.

“It’s relaxing,” he said, adding, “It’s fun to see what you can make out of wood.”

He doesn’t sell his projects and said he views woodworking as a hobby.

There’s also a heritage building, which includes a honey booth, a silent auction, representatives from the North Fairfield Museum, Rags to Rugs, quilting and Master Gardners, among others.

Richard Sprague, of Ashland, owns a farm with beekeeping and sells honey at the fair.

“We have quite a bit of honey this year,” he said.

Another booth in the heritage building is run by Sue Runals, of Sullivan. She sells homemade hats and cups and mugs.

Runals said she got started in the business seven years ago.

“There’s such a great atmosphere at the fair,” she said.

At the next table, there’s a family of quilters.

Maralyn Long, of Monroeville showed off a detailed quilt she made.

Long has been coming to the fair since 1954 when her husband was involved in FFA.

She said she got started in hand-quilting through a friend in 1987.

“We keep it in the family,” Long’s daughter said about their quilting.

In the same building there are a variety of free packages of seeds for fairgoers to take home. 

These are provided through Master Gardeners, an extension of Ohio State University, after donations of seeds from Walmart and Rural King.

Master Gardeners is an organization that teaches and encourages gardening.

Members volunteer time and work in the community, contributing to areas such as the Heritage Gardens and gardens on Main Street and at Christie Lane. 

They also educate students and provide trees for local second graders. 

Kathy Phillips, who has been volunteering with Master Gardeners for 10 years, said they don’t claim to know everything but trust the university and learn where to find the information they need and encourage gardening. 

“It’s a great organization,” said Cathy Weber, who is volunteering for her second year.

“Time flies when you’re gardening. Everybody’s nice and we share with each other,” Vicki Nutter said. She has been a part of Master Gardeners for about seven years. 

Nutter said since those involved share the common interest of gardening, they get along.

The heritage area has several events planned for fair week. 

There will be square dancing 7:30 p.m. on Friday, a barn dance at 6 p.m. on Saturday and everyday activities in the “Big Barn” from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The heritage area’s school house will have speakers on Wednesday at 2:30 and 3:30, several at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. on Thursday and a speaker at 1 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Speakers at the school include a representative and senator from Congress and superintendents. 

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