CHESTERVILLE — The 43rd Heritage Day brought together the village and surrounding township to celebrate their friendship and catch up with neighbors on a warm Saturday.
“It is perfect weather for this,” said Heritage House Bed and Breakfast owner Jeff Stuttler about the sunny day.
The day began with a “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” at sun-up as vehicles pulled in for the tractor and car show at the school grounds.
There were a record number of vendors in the yard by the Methodist church. Chesterville residents Curt and Becky Vallen said there are more vendors every year and new activities like the bingo table.
Thirty entries marched in the parade at noon, while townspeople and residents from around the county lined the sidewalk to view the cars, band, politicians and tractors in the procession. After the parade, the church dining hall filled with people eager to try the homemade noodles, sandwiches, salads and pies.
Visitors strolled around among the craft vendors and looked into the township hall to check out the collection of antiques and art displayed. The afternoon ended with a pie auction and spaghetti dinner held by the local Masons.
The Vallens encouraged everyone to see Doc Chester’s Medicine Show that evening.
“It’s a show that always includes comedy, some songs and lots of fun,” Becky said.
Much of the heritage and charm of Chesterville is in the old homes that date to the early 1800s, the Methodist Church built in 1861 and the Chesterville Township Town Hall dated 1867.
The Touring Ohio .com website has a history of Chesterville, which was considered for the Morrow County seat in the 1840s.