North Lewisburg prepares for big weekend


As the closest municipality to the event, North Lewisburg Village Council learned about plans for the upcoming Union County Covered Bridge Bluegrass Festival.
The festival takes place on, and around the Pottersburg Covered Bridge, 17141 Inskeep-Cratty Road, which is just outside the village and is connected to it by a multi-use trail. The event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23.
To coincide with the increased number of visitors in the area, North Lewisburg has planned a community-wide yard sale from Sept. 21-23.
Festival organizer Mardy Hanlon-Stolte addressed council at Tuesday night’s meeting about plans for the event.
The festival kicks off, unofficially, with a dinner on the bridge on Friday Sept. 21, an event which is already sold out.
“It’s quite lovely to dine on a rustic, covered bridge,” Hanlon-Stolte said.
The event officially begins with a breakfast on the bridge at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Throughout the day guided covered bridge tours, art and cooking demonstrations, a petting zoo and various children’s activities are offered.
On Sunday, Sept. 23, a community worship service will be held on the bridge led by members of the Marysville First United Methodist Church. Hanlon-Stolte described the service as “glorious.”
Similar activities to Saturday will be offered, culminating with an ice cream social on the bridge from 1-3 p.m.
Mayor Cheryl Hollingsworth updated the council members on the timeline for an upcoming village paving project. She said a kick-off meeting was held last week and the week-long project should take place by the end of the month.
Hollingsworth said village employees would place notices on the homes of residents on affected streets, alerting them when parking in the area would be impacted. Any vehicles parked on the streets when the paving is performed would be towed, she said.
The work is funded by an Ohio Public Works Commission grant for $300,000 which is being added to local matching funds of $54,000, according to the mayor. She said the local portion of the funds is being covered by an interest-free, 20-year loan.
The streets which will be paved in the coming weeks are Townsend Street, South Sycamore (south of Townsend), Curtis Drive, Dooley Drive, West Elm Street, Lincoln Place, Winder Street and Young Street.
In other business, council:
-Approved a handful of transfers, including moving $10,000 to help cover an upcoming annual audit. The total cost of the audit is $12,000.
-Set Beggars Night for Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m.

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