Ironmaster Days wraps up today

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 26, 2004

Today may be the last day of the 7th Annual Ironmaster Days, but events will linger long in Irontonians' minds - both as a reminder of bygone days and a promise of a hopeful future.

Before Mayor John Elam presented the Ironmaster Day honoree - businessman Joe Unger - he stressed the importance of citizens coming together to celebrate a rich past.

"A past filled with determination - that same determination will take us into a proud future," Elam said, "As mayor, I'm proud of this community and the citizens getting involved to support our local economy."

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Ironton Business Association President Pat Murphy said, "In the tradition of the Ironmasters, there are many opportunities to work together and improve our city."

Andrea Seward attended Saturday's festivities and got the extra bonus of seeing and listening to her aunt, Susan Taylor, bring the National Anthem alive with her talented voice.

Taylor has sung at Ironmaster Days for several years. "We're thrilled to have Susan," Murphy said.

Bonnie Unger said she is proud her son won the honoree title. "I wouldn't have missed this for anything."

Bonnie Bachtel of Athens, Ga., came home to visit her family, but it was sheer coincidence she had the opportunity to see her brother, Joe, receive Ironmaster honors.

Unger himself said he was honored to be chosen by his peers. "I love this town," he said.

Saturday's antique tractor show brought numerous people from near and far. Kenneth Tinsley of Cross Lanes, W.Va., and his son, James, brought more than 17 restored antique engines.

This is their second year's attendance.

"We really enjoy coming here because of the people. It's a great place to visit," James said.