*This story first appeared in The Budget’s June 6, 2018, Local Edition.
By Josh Yoder
The Holmes County Trail is a treasure not many communities have the opportunity to share. Keeping it in good repair is a never-ending job that takes funding. To raise those needed funds, a benefit is set for this Saturday, June 9. The Rails-to-Trails Benefit Auction and Road Apple 5k will begin at Hipp’s Depot, located off State Route 39, west of Millersburg.
“The trail provides safe and scenic transportation and recreational opportunities for both members of our own community and visitors as well,” said Jen Halverson, director of the Holmes County Park District.
With much usage of the 22-mile corridor of natural beauty, wear and tear on the pavement are as natural as the four seasons. Proceeds from Saturday’s event will combine with secured grant money to maintain the asphalt surface in order for the trail to provide smooth travel.
In October 2017, the trail completed the 7.5-mile Glenmont-to-Brinkhaven addition to the original 15 miles of pavement between Fredericksburg and Killbuck.
“This year, we’ll be doing a repair project from the Depot to the south end of Millersburg, fixing ruts and issues from high-traffic deterioration,” Halver- son said. “We’ll be grinding it up and putting down new asphalt and chip-and-seal.”
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with the 2-mile fitness walk and the Road Apple 5K race commencing at 7:30 and 7:45, respectively. The cost for 5K registration is $30, while the fitness walk is $20. First, second and third place medals will be awarded per age group at 8:45.
Breakfast sandwiches, fruit, donuts, cream sticks, orange juice and coffee will also be served at 7. The auction will begin at 9 with miscellaneous crafts, garden tools and other donated items, followed by quilts and furniture such as a bedroom suite, hutches, a desk, table and chairs, cedar chest plus other items donated by local craftsmen. The silent auction will also be going on from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
At 10:30 a.m., outdoor items will hit the auction block. Items include a Play Mor swing set, Hustler walk-behind mower with 48-inch deck, BCS 718 6HP Honda with 18-inch tiller, BCS 45-inch sickle bar attachment, buggies, surreys, lawn furniture and a 19-inch CL Clipper.
A grandfather clock, Holmes County Trail Commemorative items and other specialty items will be sold at noon with the big-ticket log cabin sale to follow at 12:30 p.m.
Barbeque chicken, pulled pork sandwiches, corn dogs, noodles, salads, pie and ice cream will be on the lunch menu, while bread and pies will be available at the bake sale.
The drawing for the Pony Raffle will take place at 1:30, with E-Z Entry Cart and Bio-plastic harness being sold following the drawing.