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The 30th Annual Harmar Days Ends On A Successful Note

By: Stanley Jefferson Email
By: Stanley Jefferson Email
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UPDATE: 7-28-13 6:54PM

2013 was a major milestone for Harmar Days.

Marietta celebrated its 30th anniversary and it's bringing pride to the entire community.

"I like the idea that you get to see a lot of people you don't see a long time and interact with all the businesses here and and I just think it's a lot of fun," says Cathy Schmidt.

"This is a great way to promote the area and the local merchants. Car show up here is a lot of fun, got some beautiful cars up here and the bridge, we rode our jet skis up," added Tab Thompson.

Bringing in locals and many out of towners, Harmar Days draws large crowds and in turn, is a big boost for the local economy.

"I think that the turning of the bridge and also the railroad museum is some of the highlights and of course the vendors that are here add to that," replied Sara Chichester.

"I think the tourism, I think people coming in from out of town, a lot of visitors came from out of town," Rose Cossett said.

People at the Historic Harmar Bridge Company are encouraging others to come see what Marietta's westside have to offer.

"Drop by and visit the shops and the stores, the restaurants once a month, every other week or something, just drop by or something because it's a great neighborhood, we got good businesses and we're happy to entertain you anytime," says Historic Harmar Bridge Company Vice President, Chuck Swaney.

During the last day, people got to see classic cars, purchase items from local vendors and check out the historic bridge and railroad cars.

It's a memorable experience for many.

"Getting to visit with people, it's like the county fair except that it's on the westside and it's always just enjoyable," added Chichester.

The Historic Harmar Bridge Company will also be hosting the Harmar Railroad Days.

It's scheduled to take place on the second weekend in September.
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UPDATE: 7-27-13 6:59PM

One local organization's name change along with a parade were among the festivities at Harmar Days Saturday morning.

People made their way across the Harmar Bridge to hear the announcement of ReStore Marietta becoming a Main Street Community.

They will now be known as Marietta Main Street.

There was also a parade in the Harmar Village.

"What Main Street brings is a grasp roots movement that again allows everybody the opportunity to participate, there's a lot of affection for Marietta, across the state, across the region and this will coalesce all of the movement into one program," says Heritage Ohio Executive Director, Joyce Barrett.

The city of Marietta has a very good reason why they wanted to become a part of the Main Street Community.

"Because we don't have Main Street in our name and Main Street is a national program and it gives us credibility so other Main Streets across America can also recognize us and know that we have made this accomplishment," added Main Street Marietta Executive Director, Jean Farmer.

People attending Harmar Days also got to see a ceremonial turning of the historic bridge which was hand cranked.

Sunday will be your last chance to get a taste of Marietta's history at the event.
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A familiar local event is celebrating a true milestone this year on Marietta's westside.

The Historic Harmar Bridge Company is putting on its 30th annual Harmar Days this weekend.

It will feature a variety of events for the entire community to enjoy.

There will be a karaoke, live entertainment and of course, taking a walk on the historic Harmar Bridge.

All proceeds will help the museum care and maintain the railroad cars.

"It gives an opportunity to see a little bit of history of actually Marietta's history. We have a two block brick street out there, it's one of the few brick streets left in Marietta, Ohio, some beautiful stores and we'll have lots of people over here that have been enjoying Harmar Days for 30 years," says Historic Harmar Bridge Company Vice President, Chuck Swaney.

Last year, the Historic Harmar Bridge Company has raised about $3,000.

They expect to exceed that amount at this year's event.

For more information on Harmar Days or how to donate, please contact Historic Harmar Bridge Company Vice President, Chuck Swaney at 740-215-4663.


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