Festival fun, fabulous day


2015 Tobacco & Heritage Festival draws thousands

By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Photo by Chris Cooper Members of the “James Gang” robbed the bank in Russellville Saturday morning… well actually reenactors pretended to rob it as hundreds of spectators turned out to watch the historic event.


Photo submitted Hunter Morgan enjoyed riding the Dream Rider’s horses during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival.


Photo by Chris Cooper Amy Ross (left) and Shelley Head (right) help serve at the annual Russellville Rotary Pancake Breakfast held festival parade morning.


Photo by Chris Cooper Enjoying watching the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.


Photo by Chris Cooper Members of the Russellville Rural Fire Department rode on their beautiful float during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.


Photo by Chris Cooper Tobacco & Heritage Festival Queen Chelsey Hopkins waves at those looking on at the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.


Photo by Chris Cooper Logan County High School Marching Band


Photo by Chris Cooper Russellville High School Marching Band


Photo by Chris Cooper Shriner clowns made people laugh while driving through the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.


Photo by Chris Cooper Members of Logan County Gymnastics rode a beautiful float during the Tobacco & Heritage parade.


Photo by Chris Cooper Sirens made for some scared faces of kids watching the parade Saturday.


Photo by Chris Cooper This dad and his cute “sheep” rode a float during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.


Photo by Chris Cooper Jon Keith Smith rode on of his family’s tractors through the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.


Photo by Chris Cooper A miniature pony and rider were part of the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.


Photo by Chris Cooper Everyone knows the parade is over when the horses come down the street.


Photo by Chris Cooper Mom helps her son tie his balloon to his wrist at the Tobacco & Heritage Festival.


Literally thousands came out to enjoy the 2015 Logan County Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade Saturday, Oct. 10 in Russellville. The weather was perfect, with the sun peeking out from around the clouds just in time to warm the day for the festivities.

The day began with the Russellville Rotary’s Annual Pancake Breakfast, followed up by the historic bank robbery, which drew hundreds lining the streets to get a glimpse of reenactors riding up to the bank on horseback in full regalia. Afterwards, people lined the streets from south Main to Bethel to watch the festival parade.

In the parade this year were both the Logan County and Russellville Marching bands, floats by a few businesses including Logan County Gymnastics and State Farm, beauty contestant winners on wagons, several cars and trucks, the Shriner clowns, Logan County Humane Society’s new transport truck, sports teams of all ages, cheerleaders, tumblers, tractors, fire trucks, police cruisers, dignitaries and horses.

There were numerous activities after the parade that kept people busy throughout the day and night. From bounces and horseback rides to crafts, food vendors, music and karaoke, there was a plethora of things to do.

The Logan County Chamber of Commerce heads up the festival, however, the business and industry supporter couldn’t put on the county’s biggest yearly event without the help of many volunteers who work throughout the year in preparation. Members of the festival committee, as well as this year’s parade chairs, Paige Dockins and Krystal Gunderson work diligently to bring the community the best even possible. Also Richard Estes is one of the festivals long serving volunteers who is responsible for lining up and organizing all entries. This is Logan County Chamber Assistant Amanda Baker’s second festival, and she is a valuable asset to the event.

“We are very happy at how all the festivities played out,” said Ryan Craig, Executive Director for the Logan County Chamber of Commerce. “It was wonderful weather and for my first year at the Chamber, I was very pleased.”

Craig estimates between 24,000 and 25,000 in attendance Saturday. He added there were so many people some of the food vendors ran out of food earlier than previous years.

“So many people help put this event on each year, and without their support and the support of the community, the festival would not be the success it is,” Craig ended.

Photo by Chris Cooper Members of the “James Gang” robbed the bank in Russellville Saturday morning… well actually reenactors pretended to rob it as hundreds of spectators turned out to watch the historic event.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1699.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Members of the “James Gang” robbed the bank in Russellville Saturday morning… well actually reenactors pretended to rob it as hundreds of spectators turned out to watch the historic event.

Photo submitted Hunter Morgan enjoyed riding the Dream Rider’s horses during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_11222166_10207941274270209_5432478408180233511_n.jpgPhoto submitted Hunter Morgan enjoyed riding the Dream Rider’s horses during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival.

Photo by Chris Cooper Amy Ross (left) and Shelley Head (right) help serve at the annual Russellville Rotary Pancake Breakfast held festival parade morning.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1690.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Amy Ross (left) and Shelley Head (right) help serve at the annual Russellville Rotary Pancake Breakfast held festival parade morning.

Photo by Chris Cooper Enjoying watching the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1709.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Enjoying watching the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.

Photo by Chris Cooper Members of the Russellville Rural Fire Department rode on their beautiful float during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1711.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Members of the Russellville Rural Fire Department rode on their beautiful float during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.

Photo by Chris Cooper Tobacco & Heritage Festival Queen Chelsey Hopkins waves at those looking on at the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1716.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Tobacco & Heritage Festival Queen Chelsey Hopkins waves at those looking on at the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.

Photo by Chris Cooper Logan County High School Marching Band
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1725.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Logan County High School Marching Band

Photo by Chris Cooper Russellville High School Marching Band
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1738.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Russellville High School Marching Band

Photo by Chris Cooper Shriner clowns made people laugh while driving through the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1745.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Shriner clowns made people laugh while driving through the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.

Photo by Chris Cooper Members of Logan County Gymnastics rode a beautiful float during the Tobacco & Heritage parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1719.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Members of Logan County Gymnastics rode a beautiful float during the Tobacco & Heritage parade.

Photo by Chris Cooper Sirens made for some scared faces of kids watching the parade Saturday.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1722.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Sirens made for some scared faces of kids watching the parade Saturday.

Photo by Chris Cooper This dad and his cute “sheep” rode a float during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1739.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper This dad and his cute “sheep” rode a float during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.

Photo by Chris Cooper Jon Keith Smith rode on of his family’s tractors through the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1714.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Jon Keith Smith rode on of his family’s tractors through the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.

Photo by Chris Cooper A miniature pony and rider were part of the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1747.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper A miniature pony and rider were part of the Tobacco & Heritage Festival parade.

Photo by Chris Cooper Everyone knows the parade is over when the horses come down the street.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1749.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Everyone knows the parade is over when the horses come down the street.

Photo by Chris Cooper Mom helps her son tie his balloon to his wrist at the Tobacco & Heritage Festival.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_IMG_1755.jpgPhoto by Chris Cooper Mom helps her son tie his balloon to his wrist at the Tobacco & Heritage Festival.
2015 Tobacco & Heritage Festival draws thousands

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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