8/7/2012 3:38:00 PM Featuring food, music, cars and more, Pig Iron Day termed a success
Photo By Pete Wilson
Pictured are buyers of the commemorative Pig Iron plaques auctioned at the 19th Annual Pig Iron Day Saturday, August 4, at Manpower Park in Jackson. From the left, are: Mike Gambino, Margie Hayburn (representing Cross and Sons Farm Equipment), Michael Perkins (representing Jackson County commissioner candidate Paul Haller), Patrick Ball of Patrick Ball Auctions, Doug Hayburn of Southern Ohio Monuments, Northview Elementary Principal Melissa Ball, State Representative Ryan Smith, and Bill Ridgeway (in memory of his late father, Eddie Ridgeway).
Organizers pronounced the 19th Annual Pig Iron Day at Manpower Park in Jackson a big success this past Saturday, August 4.
"We had a big crowd, beautiful weather, and a good day," Jackson Firefighters Association representative David Channell commented as volunteers were packing up and cleaning up late Saturday afternoon.
Manpower Park was buzzing with a variety of activities and attractions, including bargain-priced food and free beverages, free live entertainment, activities for kids, and a big car show.
There were long and steady lines of customers for the low-cost food fare, which featured roast pork sandwiches, bratwurst, 50-cent hot-dogs, soup beans and cornbread, and free soda pop and water.
Channell reported all the food was sold, including 300 pork sandwiches, 50 hot-dogs and 150 bratwurst sandwiches, 110 pounds of beans, and 900 corn muffins.
The high sales will translate into a successful fundraising day for the Jackson Firefighters Association and its partner, the Kiwanis Club of the Jackson Area, which provided much needed volunteers for the mammoth food-service detail. The fundraising potential was maximized because volunteers provided free labor while a long list of community-minded sponsors made donations to cover the cost of food and other attractions and services.
Channell says the firefighters are currently raising money for a four-seat all-terrain vehicle, which he says would prove valuable on brush fires and rescue calls in off-the-road areas and also in times of bad weather and when traveling conditions are hazardous or difficult.
Another fundraising source came from the sale of commemorative plaques, which were provided by OSCO Industries of Jackson and sold at a live auction conducted by local auctioneer Patrick Ball.
Buyers of the commemorative Pig Iron Plaques were: Southern Ohio Monuments, which bought three; Cross and Sons Farm Equipment, Paul Haller for Jackson County Commissioner, Patrick Ball Auctions, State Representative Ryan Smith, Bill Ridgeway in memory of his father, Eddie Ridgeway; Mike Gambino, and Northview Elementary Principal Melissa Ball. All together, $1,260 was raised on the sale of the plaques.
The final plaque, as always, was reserved for the Lillian Jones Museum in Jackson.
Cross and Sons Farm Equipment added another $375 to the bank by purchasing a summer gift package, which included a table, folding chairs and table, which was donated by Southern Ohio Monuments and owner Doug Hayburn.
Free musical entertainment was provided by The Red Brush Band, Jon Hensler and Erica Danver, The Misfits and Tri Nu. Music began with Hensler singing a highly spirited version of God Bless America at 11 a.m. Except for a break for the plaque auction, the musicians performed continuously until late in the afternoon.
Children were occupied by inflatables and also a climbing wall, which was provided and manned by the Ohio National Guard.
The day began with a Little Baton Competition emceed by Butch Aldrich. The top individual winners in the Feature category were Kylee Castle, Abigail Hopper and Kali Sickles, all of the Jacksonettes; and Emily Jewell of the Show Dolls.
There were 95 vehicles in the Wheels of Steel Car Show conducted by the Appalachia Old Car Club with Ron Sickles of Wellston winning the coveted Best Of Show honors.
Pig Iron Day was established 19 years ago as a way to provide an enjoyable summertime, family-oriented event for the community while also paying tribute to the importance of the pig iron industry in Jackson's history.
In keeping with tradition, Jackson Historical Society members Robert Ervin and Stewart Brenneman were present to hand out 1,000 commemorative pig iron bars to mark the occasion. These were also provided by OSCO Industries of Jackson.