May 6, 2019 - The 25th Annual Harrison Coal & Reclamation Historical Park will be held May 11, 2019 at Sally Buffalo Park’s Wallace Lodge 100 College Wayor 43000 Industrial Park Road, Cadiz.
Doors will open at 5 p.m., dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and the auction will start around 8 p.m.
Dinner followed by keynote speaker Steve Hook. Hook will speak and do a PowerPoint presentation about the life and times of Central Ohio Coal Company’s “Big Muskie,” the worlds largest dragline ever built. 2019 marks the 59th anniversary of the dedication of Big Muskie on May 22, 1969.
Hook is a retired Central Ohio Coal Company engineer, and is the current Morgan County, Ohio engineer. Hook logged 33 years with aep, virtially all of it at Central Ohio Coal Company, where he held stints as reclamation engineer, engineering superintendent, and operations superintendent before his retirement. He has been Morgan County engineer since 2005, and is responsible for maintaining over 342 miles of roads and 210 bridges.
“Even when I was working at the mine, I always thought I would like to be county engineer,” he said. “Working at Central Ohio Coal Company was great training. … I was involved with the mine’s haul roads and I dealt with state and federal agencies, just like I’m doing today.”
Hook and his wife Michelle live in Morgan County.
The auctioneer this year is Steve Birney, who has done this once before. Birney has been associated with Harrison Co. Farm Bureau and 4-H all his life.
Some items to auctioned are a hand crafted American flag made of wood designed to hang on a wall, crafted by local chainsaw artist Jeff Roscoe, of JR Creations, and a chainsaw sculpture of a bear with hard hat & miners light donated by local chainsaw artist Dan Kidd, of Conotton Creek Woodworks.
For those planning some get away time, attraction and sports related tickets that will be auctioned off for Dollywood, Grease at the Benedum Center, Amish Country Theater, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Columbus Crew, Akron Rubber Ducks, Cincinnati Reds, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Cleveland Monsters, COSI, and Washington Wild Things.
Other items to be auctioned off are coal related framed photos including two of Big Muskie, a variety of pictures, baskets from Harrison County’s three wineries, Hanna Coal Magazines, coal mining glasses, patches, Cleveland Browns memorabilia, a voucher for one night stay and food for Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort, a 16×16 R&F Coal decal, scale models, t-shirts, Clark Gable postcards signed by Gable’s son and stepdaughter, and more. Donations of other goods to be auctioned off are accepted.
The dinner is a buffet style dinner that includes fried chicken, beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, green beans, salad, desert and drinks.
Tickets can also be purchased at the Harrison County Visitors Center, 143 South Main St Cadiz, OH, Tuesday to Saturday from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.