Vienna marks Home Day

VIENNA – Three years ago, an annual summer event that drew families to the township center returned.

Vienna marked its annual Home Day festival this past weekend with horse rides, cemetery tours, a parade, old fashioned games, vintage car show, foods and displays.

Pam Klinger, one of the event organizers, said the Home Day was started in 1911 and then stopped in 1967.

“A few years ago we heard many people saying we need to hold Home Day again. That was 2011, and we decided to start it up on the 100th anniversary of when it first started,” Klinger said.

She said the event is all about the community with organizations, churches, clubs and the schools getting involved.

The parade’s grand marshal this year was the Korean War veterans.

The local tractor club displayed tractors made in Vienna in the mid 1800s.

“Many of the older residents wanted it to start again because they remembered it from before,” Klinger said of the event starting up again in 2011.

The festival touts that everything must be made by a township resident or organization.

Those in attendance enjoyed a variety of food, including a pie-making contest.

The cemetery was a main attraction of the day.

Lauren Worona of Willow and Urn Cemetery Conservation was providing information on self-guided cemetery tours.

Christine Novicky of the Vienna Historical Society said the township trustees contracted Worona to do a long-needed preservation of the township’s cemeteries.

Worona has been working with the society since 2009 to document, research, clean, repair and preserve gravemarkers.

Novicky said the society sponsors preservation days and between 2009 and 2013 created and led tours to raise awareness and funds for cemetery preservation.

Worona said the first phase of the project will focus on the old section of the cemetery and includes straightening obelisks that are at great risk of breaking and are currently hazards to visitors.

Novicky said the work and repairs to the gravestones will help preserve the township’s historical assets.

Worona is also repairing the eagle statue atop the Vienna Soldiers and Sailors Monument in preparation for the statue’s 125th birthday in 2014. The statue is at the corner of Routes 82 and 193.

Trustee Chairman Phil Pegg said the eagle has a crack in it and the obelisks need straightened.

Work has been done by the historical society to reset markers this summer at the Dunlap and Doud cemeteries and the Vienna Cemetery where Worona will work on the larger stones.

Worona plans to also update cemetery records and maps and repairs cracked gravestones at Dunlap and Doud.