UPDATE 7/28/2014 11:00 AM
A three day festival rooted in history was held in Marietta over the weekend.
Twenty-seven years and going strong, Harmar Days celebrates the city's history.
Local shop owners and vendors from across the county brought their business to the streets, all to preserve one of the city's oldest monuments.
"We need to convince federal representatives that we need about two million dollars so that our bike bath can come across from Marietta down to Belpre and into Athens. It's very important to me. It's my home," says Chuck Swaney, a Harmar business owner and organizer of Harmar Days.
Harmar Bridge opened at the dawn of the Civil War, way back in 1861.
During the next 50 years it was rebuilt and restored four times.
Keeping busy in Marietta.
This weekend is the Harmar Days Street Festival.
Events start Friday at 6 p.m. with a picnic in Harmar and karaoke until 9 p.m.
Organizers say around 200 to 300 people usually line the streets Saturday and Sunday, with live music all day, crafts and more on the west side.
"So it's a good old fashioned street fair, we will have all types of crafters and vendors. Maple Street will be closed you can come out for food and entertainment and good old family fun," says festival organizer Chuck Swaney.
Sunday there will be a car show along the water.
And they will be turning the Harmar Railroad Bridge Saturday and Sunday at noon.
The whole event raises money to help with the long term preservation and restoration of the railroad bridge.
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