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Hilliard's annual Heritage Day slated Oct. 12 at Weaver Park

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Hilliard residents can observe the lifestyle of pioneers Saturday, Oct. 12, during Heritage Day at the historical village at Weaver Park, 4100 Columbia St.

The annual autumn event features exhibitions in blacksmithing, chair caning, basket weaving, butter churning, wood carving and other typical late 19th-century activities.

"We're excited about the event this year as it has expanded and we have several new activities," said Christy Clark, executive director of Destination Hilliard.

New activities include pumpkin-carving competitions and a contest for the best edible use for a pumpkin, Clark said.

A corn-husking contest and a judging for best pioneer attire also will be part of the festivities. For a list of contest rules and cash prizes, visit franklincountyohiohistory.org.

As for exhibits, docents from the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society will provide tours of historical buildings in the village and an Abraham Lincoln impersonator will present at Heritage Day.

Other exhibits include a Chesapeake and Ohio caboose display about the life of train conductors, an original train station built in 1891 and a barn exhibiting farm implements from 1870.

Ham and bean soup will be served and apple butter will be available for purchase.

Heritage Day is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historical village, which is adjacent to the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

"We think it's a great illustration of the history and heritage of Hilliard," Clark said.

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