Last days of summer (WITH GALLERY)
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Season’s last events draw crowds to Ashland, Coal Grove
Today is the first day of fall and the summer came to a close with two festivals bringing people out in our region over the past weekend.
In Ashland, the city celebrated Poage Landing Days, with the three-day festival hosting performances from Pam Tillis, regional musicians and the Cincinnati Circus Company, as well as vendors and many family activities.
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The event ran for three days on Winchester Avenue and drew a strong turnout throughout its duration.
While in Coal Grove on Saturday, Paul Porter Park was home to the return of Grovefest, a hard rock festival with more than a dozen bands.
It was the second year for the event.
While the season may be over, the arrival of fall does not mean a lack of activities for the public.
Here’s a look at several events planned for the county this week.
• On Thursday, it will be an event for a good cause, as Impact Prevention, comprised of youth from across the county, will conduct their annual Suicide Prevention Walk, starting at the Lawrence County Courthouse at 6 p.m.
• Beginning a busy Saturday, Ohio University Southern will host their first annual Family Day from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The free event, open to OU students, employees and families, current and previous, will feature activities for all ages, including free food, inflatables, pumpkin painting, corn hole, family-oriented contests and creative stations for tie-dye, along with music and dancing.
• The sixth annual Ohio River Wine & Art Festival will take place from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday at the TownPlace Suites by Mariott in Ironton. Tickets are available at www.irontonalive.com, the group’s aLive Facebook page and https://www.simpletix.com/e/ohio-river-wine-and-art-festival-tickets-112188.
• The second annual Ironton River Run, organized by local nonprofit Third and Center, will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Pre-registration for the event can be done at www.tristateracer.com and is $25. Participants can also register on site on the day of the event, beginning at 5 p.m., at a cost of $30.
• The Lawrence County Historic Society will host their annual Historic Walk at Woodland Cemetery in Ironton, running from 5-7 p.m. Re-enactors will tell the life story of the notables buried on the grounds. Event is free and open to the public.