September Newsletter

 By Fred Thompson

   Hello everyone.  Welcome to September.  This is one of those months that effects people differently.  If you are a kid and are back to school-well, I won't ask your thoughts on the subject.  If you are one of those that love summer, you might be thinking your fun is about over.  For all you folks that love the fall, this is the beginning of a wonderful time of the year.  I guess that is what is nice about this part of the country were you have all four seasons.  There is something for everyone.  So you summer lovers get out there and enjoy what is left of it.  For the ones that enjoy the cooler temperatures, dig out those sweaters and be patient your turn is coming.  Not to leave out you snow bunnies, but I hope you have a very long wait.

   There is really nothing to report since Sandy and Larry Young's drive was too late for this report.  We do have plenty to look forward to in  the future.

   The Cooks will once again hosting the Oak Opening drive on September 10.  There will be a potluck held at 1:00.  Joyce and Mike will be
 furnishing the burgers and brats.  The directions to Oak Openings are as follows: Take State Route 64 west through Whitehouse to Jeffers Rd.  Turn right.  Go about 1\2 mile and you will come to the horse parking area on the left.  Just as a friendly reminder, don't forget your slow moving vehicle signs on the back of you turnout.

September 23-24 is the Longaberger Carriage Classic.  This event is held at THE HOMESTEAD, which is East of Newark about 14 miles on Route
16.  Remember that on Fri. you can be there as early as 9:00 a.m. with your turnouts.   The response has been excellent with 3 driving clubs responding.   As of this writing there has be 40 turnouts registered. Like last year some turnouts will be for display only.  With others turnouts for driving and demonstrations.  A new "twist" for this year will be an obstacle course that can be used though out the day.  The parade schedule this year will be 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 on Saturday and Sunday (I think) 11:00 and 2:00.  The parade route will be going down Main Street.  A special feature this year will be Bob Shaw telling the history of the Crawford Barn.  Bob is Bert Crawford's son-in-law.  Bert Crawford donated the barn and is the Grandson of Col. George Crawford. Of course the Colonel is the original owner of the barn and imported and sold draft horse out of this barn in the heydays of the draft horse era.  A friendly reminder: Have your health papers and Coggins test.

Gary Gillfillan asked me to remind everyone of the Heritage Days in  Kenton.  So let this be a reminder  that Heritage Days in Kenton will be held October 7-8.  This event will be hosted by Connie and Gary Gillfillan.  There will be free stable and camping for those who want to stay.  You may come in Friday  night if you wish.  Turnouts may be kept in the horse barn if you would like.  There will be a parade both days at 1:00 with period dress.  Saturday night there will be a potluck starting at 6:00 with an auction afterwards.  Any items donated for the auction will be appreciated.  Drinks will be furnished.   It will be held at the Yost farm beside the Hardin County Fairgrounds. It's located south of Kenton between State Route 31 and State Route 68.  Watch for the Fairground Rd.

Member Profile:  The Higgins Family

We are the Higgins family of Meeker, Ohio which is located 10 miles west of Marion or 16 miles of east of Kenton on state route 309.  We consist of Roger M. (SR), Darlene, and Roger W. (JR).

We have been members of the Black Swamp Driving Club for several years and Roger Sr. is now Vice- President.  I have been around horses most of my life which my Grandfather had a team and farmed with horses and Roger JR had saddle horses as well.

As of now we are currently "horseless" but we do still have the vehicles.  We have a two seated carriage, a one seated runabout buggy, a box wagon, a hitch wagon and covered wagon.  We have taken the covered wagon for exhibition to the Kentucky Horse Park, and to some of the clubs outing.

One of the highlights of our encounters was the Ohio Wagon Train, in which Roger SR was the President in 1976, the bicentennial year.  It was a weeklong journey in our covered wagon pulled by a team of draft horses.  Roger JR served as a scout for the train.  The wagon train consisted of 49 wagons, which toured different locations of the state.

We also enjoy equestrian events at the fairs, Winter Royal Fair in Toronto, Canada, The North American in Louisville, Ky., or any other event that sounds interesting.

Our niece Brandy Eckard also of Meeker is a member of the club and enjoys the meetings and drives when she can attend.

We enjoy being members of the Black Swamp Driving Club for the sharing of  Fellowship, the preservation of Historical Transportation and last but not least the "Good Food".


September 3         Art Miller
September 11  Fred Thompson
September 29  Peggy Graham

October 2  Gerald Racey
October 4  Angela Hohenbrink
October 25  Ann Bell
October 25 Mike Yaney
October 28  Becky zum Felde
October 30  Louise Kuhlman

November 2  Brandy Eckard
November 3  Gayla Yaney
November 15  Joe Bell

December 12  Paula Miller
December 18  Mark Newman
December 18  Rachel Franz
December 28  Sheryl Pore


*September 10. Drive at Oak Opening hosted by Mike Cook
September 23-24  Longaberger Carriage Classic, Dresden, Oh.
October 5-7. Topeka, Ind. Carriage Auction
*October 7-8..Heritage Days at Kenton, Oh hosted by the Gillfillans
October 11.. Mt. Hope Carriage Auction
*October 14-15 Corn Huskers hosted by the John and Sara Hunter
October 18-20 World Singles Champion at Gladstone, NJ
*October 29... Drive at Mark and Marla Newman
*November 18..Annual Banquet at Sauder's Barn Restaurant

* Denotes a BSDC sponsored activity