8/8/2017 5:00:00 PM Pig Iron Day a big success Classic vehicles, pork sandwiches, family fun prevail once again
Those buyers and receivers participating in the plaque auction at the Jackson Pig Iron Day were (from the left): Megan Malone, Jackson City Auditor Brett Reed, Kim Jones (Lewis Drug), Ancil Cross (Cross & Sons Farm Equipment), Doug Hayburn (Southern Ohio Monument), and Ashley Fannin and her son Mason. (Telegram Photos By Red Thompson, Jr.)
Ancil Cross won the Best-of-Show Award with his 1957 Chevy Bel Air in the Wheels of Steel Car Show held Saturday in conjunction with Pig Iron Day in Jackson.
The weather was nearly perfect, the food was tasty and the vehicles looked pristine as the 2017 Pig Iron Day unfolded at Jackson's Manpower Park Saturday, Aug. 5. The annual event is sponsored by the Jackson Firefighters Association as a fundraiser and as a community service.
As always, the pulled-pork sandwiches were enjoyed by many and were served up by members of the Firefighters Association and Jackson Area Kiwanis Club. There were also hot dogs for sale and 1,000 free pig iron bars available for souvenirs. The pig iron bars are a link to the past when the pig iron industry was a major employer in Jackson and Jackson County.
One of the day's highlights came when auctioneer Ed Henderson sold 16 commemorative pig iron plaques to the highest bidders, some of them dedicated to past iron furnaces. Henderson also sold a barrel manufactured at and donated by the Speyside Bourbon Cooperage plant in Jackson. The barrel was sold to Jackson City Auditor Brett Reed for $700.
Among those buying or acquiring plaques were: Megan Malone (Lillian Jones Museum), Kim Jones (Lewis Drug Store), Ancil Cross (Cross & Sons Farm Equipment), Doug Hayburn (Southern Ohio Monument), Ashley Fannin (Corner Cafe), Mike Gambino and Tim Ousley. Some of the bidders bought more than one item.
There were also many winners in the Wheels of Steel Car Show conducted by the Appalachia Old Car Club, as Ancil Cross won the Best-of-Show Award for his 1957 Chevy Bel Air. His entry was the top in the show, which had more than 150 entries including various divisions and categories.
There were many activities throughout the day including quality musical entertainment from Jason "Pudge" Gillum and Ben Davis, Jr., as they entertained the crowd with country music tunes. There were games for kids including inflatables, and there was a live remote conducted by The Radio's Mindy Barry on WCJO Radio (97.7 FM).
Jackson Fire Chief Dave Channell thanked everyone for attending and participating in this annual event. There is another event sponsored by the department in the form of a Hog Roast, Bean Dinner and Car Show planned for Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Manpower Park in Jackson.