Union City comes alive at festival


UNION CITY, Ohio/Indiana — No one can say there wasn’t any entertainment at State Line Heritage Days this year. There seemed to be plenty….for the whole family.

There were three stages with live entertainment, including a melodrama, “The Great Recipe Ripoff,” daily by the Randy Players; blow-ups for children; car shows and truck and tractor shows; tractor pulls; kiddie tractor pull; performances by various dance teams; face-painting; and vendors and concessionaires galore.

A Blessing of the Bikes, a first for the festival, was conducted Saturday night, with the Rev. Brian Jenkins of Calvary Assembly of God Church officiating. Four motorcycles were blessed, according to Chris Hernandez, whose idea it was to have such an event. Hernandez also is in charge of open air market and tractor pulls at Railroad Park. He was another owner of a bike that was blessed while others included Ed and Marilyn Bateman and Jim and Cristi Walker, all of Union City.

The three stages were located at Artisan Crossing [the newest location], the Big Tent on Broadway and at Railroad Park, and all three areas appeared packed most of the time.

The Historic Depot and The Hub on North Columbia were also busy with activity throughout the weekend, as was the Union City, Ohio, police, fire and rescue location. Union City Library also held a book sale each day.

Other offerings were a cornhole tournament and various baby and pet contests

The Bulldogs closed the festival late Saturday night.

“We had a nice crowd for the Bulldogs,” said Event Chair Jana Bruggeman. “They had a woman saxophone player and the crowd really liked her. The humidity dropped a bit and we had no rain or clouds.”

She also noted that the tractor pull activity was another event that attracted a good crowd.

“School started Wednesday and attendance was down a bit Wednesday and Thursday because of that, I think,” Bruggeman said. “But people were there Friday and Saturday and having a good time.”

Winner of the golf cart, she reported, was Tina Baker, a beauty salon owner and hairstylist.

“She wasn’t there but someone called her and she came up to pick up her golf cart,” the chairman said.



















By Linda Moody

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