Founders’ Day celebrated in Bethel

July 3rd, 2009    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: News

The Burke Park Log Cabin Committee held the third annual Founders’ Day Celebration June 27-28.

Committee chairman Ron Shouse said that this year’s event, held in Bethel’s Burke Park, proved to be one of the organization’s best fund-raising efforts yet.

“We did really well on the cake and pie auction - it was the best we’ve done in three years,” Shouse said. “Our success had a lot to do with the efforts of a group of local people who came out and really helped us.”

Grassy Run members Jackie Kelch, of Mt. Carmel and Luke Todd, of Moscow practice their tomahawk throwing at Bethel
Shouse said that the auction raised more than $1,000 to be used for the restoration and maintenance of the historic Acord and blacksmith cabins, which are located in Burke Park.

One of the purposes of the Founders' Day Celebration is to pass on the history of the area.

The Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee and Clan Desdin historical reenactors participated again this year, setting up their 1700s encampment and teaching visitors about early pioneer life as it was lived in southern Ohio.

Shouse said that there were many people interested in the historical aspects of the celebration.

"We had Grassy Run members giving tours of the cabins and talking about cabin life and why we're maintaining them," Shouse said. "This is what keeps us going. We want to give something back, to give the kids an education about those cabins and our local history."

There were antique tractors on display, and there were old fashioned games for the children.

Saturday's activities started with a frog-jumping contest, and there was a pie eating contest, husband calling, and a watermelon eating contest.

There were also rag doll and tin punch activities for the kids.

The Cincinnati Zoo and Raptors, Inc. gave demonstrations with live animals.

This year's event was sponsored by Duke Energy, clermont County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Grassy Run Historical Arts Committee, and the Clermont Historical Society.

For more information about the Burke Park Cabins or the Founders' Day Celebration, call Ron Shouse at (513) 734-1119.
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