Meigs Heritage Festival a home run


By Lindsay Kriz - lkriz@civitasmedia.com



Participants of the Ohio State Harmonica Championships perform pieces before the beginnig of the event.


Danny Gajovski, of North Benton, Ohio, came in first place during harmonica competition.


A little girl dances while performers play before the harmonica competition Saturday afternoon.


The Classic Car Show was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with at least 30 cars in attendance. Awards were handed out at 3:35.


Meigs’ Finest was awarded to Raymond J. Smith, of Pomeroy, and Carolyn Smith, 91, of Columbus, Ohio. Both assured the audience that they were not related. The pair won the award for being the oldest visitors in attendance during the harmonica competition.


The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Base Ball Team uses the same board that was used during 1869 games.


1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings take a break between innings during Saturday afternoon’s game against local participants.


The Red Stockings play outfield during an inning at Saturday afternoon’s game.


A home run for the Red Stockings! Even though they made a hit, 1869 rules required that men act like gentlemen, and any swearing may have cost a fine.


Another home run for the Red Stockings. Gloves were not used in 1869, and hence were not used during Saturday’s game.


Umpire Larry Phillips introduces Saturday’s two teams. The Red Stockings and the Eagles, which was comprised of local volunteers.


REEDSVILLE — Meigs Heritage Festival, presented by the Chester Shade Historical Association and held Saturday, July 18, proved a big success.

People from all across the region came for food and fun at Eastern Local Schools.

A part of the entertainment included a Civil War Base Ball game with the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Eastern Eagles, which was comprised of local volunteers and athletes. Admission for Saturday’s game was only 25 cents, which is the amount it would’ve cost for admission in 1869. According to the latest inflation data, the value of 25 cents in 1869 is equivalent to roughly $5 in 2015.

It is in this setting that the game was played as faithfully as possible to 1869 rules and customs that include bare-handed fielding, and uniforms and equipment made as accurately as possible to the standards of the era.

Vintage baseball was played with rules used during the Civil War.

An Ohio State Harmonica Competition saw competitors playing myriad songs for the title of champion, which ultimately went to Danny Gajovski, of North Benton, Ohio.

A car show also took place outside the middle school, with older and newer cars each vying for top picks. The winners are as follows:

The Top 15 are: Jerry Hill, with a 1955 Chevy Bel Air, Gene Whaley, with a 1958 350 Chevy, Kevin Horthhorn, with a 1936 Dodge Truck, Paul Crumb, with a 1969 Chevy Camaro, Mike and Marie Johnson, with a 1931 Ford Roadster, Larry Collins, with a 1969 Plymouth 340, Calvin Wilson, with a 1950 Chevy Truck, Clint and Aimee Harthorne, with a 1965 Plymouth Valiant, Janet Hively, with a 1970 Chrysler Newport, Greg Russell, with a 1968 Plymouth GTX, David Hively, with a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire, Dave and Terry Shane, 1985 Pontiac Fiero, Dick and Charlotte Wamsley, with 1966 Corvette, Hanna Batten, with a 1981 Chevy Camino and Jay Jones, with a 1966 Chevy Chevelle. The D.J. Choice was Steve Buskirk with a 1963 VW Beetle, Kids’ Choice was Mike and Jerry Hart with a 1957 Bel Air, Sheriff’s Choice was Mary Mansfield, with a 1965 Mercury Comet, Commissioners’ Choice was Stanley Houks, with a 1968 Chevy Camaro SS, Judges’ Choice was Jeffrey Hill, with a 1969 Ford Mustang, Doctors’ Choice was Danny Brown, with a 1950 Pontiac Silver Streak, Fireman’s Choice was Roger and Rita Cook, with a 1972 Chevy C-10, Entertainer’s Choice was Mike Walker, with a 1968 Chevy Chevelle, Best Motorcycle was Greg King, with a 2002 Harley Springer, Car Club Attendance came from the New Haven Road Angels and lastly, the Best of Show went to Gerry Hupp, with a 1958 Jaguar XK150.

Lastly, the evening saw performances from the Nashville Songwriters Show Case. The featured performers were Ira Dean, formerly of Trick Pony, Chris Wallin and Alison Rose from Nashville, Tenn.

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Participants of the Ohio State Harmonica Championships perform pieces before the beginnig of the event.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_IMG_1003-001.jpgParticipants of the Ohio State Harmonica Championships perform pieces before the beginnig of the event.

Danny Gajovski, of North Benton, Ohio, came in first place during harmonica competition.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_IMG_1002-001.jpgDanny Gajovski, of North Benton, Ohio, came in first place during harmonica competition.

A little girl dances while performers play before the harmonica competition Saturday afternoon.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_IMG_0986-001.jpgA little girl dances while performers play before the harmonica competition Saturday afternoon.

The Classic Car Show was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with at least 30 cars in attendance. Awards were handed out at 3:35.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_IMG_0982-001.jpgThe Classic Car Show was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with at least 30 cars in attendance. Awards were handed out at 3:35.

Meigs’ Finest was awarded to Raymond J. Smith, of Pomeroy, and Carolyn Smith, 91, of Columbus, Ohio. Both assured the audience that they were not related. The pair won the award for being the oldest visitors in attendance during the harmonica competition.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_IMG_0989-001.jpgMeigs’ Finest was awarded to Raymond J. Smith, of Pomeroy, and Carolyn Smith, 91, of Columbus, Ohio. Both assured the audience that they were not related. The pair won the award for being the oldest visitors in attendance during the harmonica competition.

The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Base Ball Team uses the same board that was used during 1869 games.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_IMG_0980-001.jpgThe 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Base Ball Team uses the same board that was used during 1869 games.

1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings take a break between innings during Saturday afternoon’s game against local participants.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_DSC01111.jpg1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings take a break between innings during Saturday afternoon’s game against local participants.

The Red Stockings play outfield during an inning at Saturday afternoon’s game.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_DSC01099.jpgThe Red Stockings play outfield during an inning at Saturday afternoon’s game.

A home run for the Red Stockings! Even though they made a hit, 1869 rules required that men act like gentlemen, and any swearing may have cost a fine.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_DSC01114.jpgA home run for the Red Stockings! Even though they made a hit, 1869 rules required that men act like gentlemen, and any swearing may have cost a fine.

Another home run for the Red Stockings. Gloves were not used in 1869, and hence were not used during Saturday’s game.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_DSC01093.jpgAnother home run for the Red Stockings. Gloves were not used in 1869, and hence were not used during Saturday’s game.

Umpire Larry Phillips introduces Saturday’s two teams. The Red Stockings and the Eagles, which was comprised of local volunteers.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_DSC01089.jpgUmpire Larry Phillips introduces Saturday’s two teams. The Red Stockings and the Eagles, which was comprised of local volunteers.

By Lindsay Kriz

lkriz@civitasmedia.com

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