MARTINS FERRY – A festival for all and a celebration of local heroes, Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Betty Zane Days promise fun for all.
Nestled in the Martins Ferry River Valley, the Betty Zane Days Festival celebrates the life and deeds of Fort Henry Revolutionary War heroine, Betty Zane. Famous for her gunpowder run and credited with saving the lives of the people of Fort Henry during the siege of the fort in the final battle of the American Revolution, Betty Zane now rests in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Martins Ferry.
Each year, Martins Ferry VFD hosts the festival in honor of the heroine and in recognition of the local men and women who have so dutifully served the community through dedicated service to the fire department.
The main sponsor of the festival this year is Unified Bank. With deep roots in the community, Unified first opened its doors to Martins Ferry area residents in 1902. A long-time sponsor of the annual Fireman’s Water Battle, an exciting competition held annually at the event, Unified has decided to step up its support for the festival.
“Unified is proud to serve people in all the communities we represent, but Martins Ferry is our home, where we are headquartered,” said Scott Everson, president and CEO of Unified. “We consider it an honor to be able to assist our local fire department in providing such valuable service to our residents and to salute those who serve and have served to protect us.”
According to MFVFD Chief II Ron Hilton, the fun starts at 5 p.m. on August 3 with a 5K run/walk sponsored by the Martins Ferry High School Cross Country Team. Registration is at 4 p.m. The festivities continue until August 6 and the Fireman’s Water Fight will take place on South Fourth Street between the Ladder Company and Unified Bank on the Saturday immediately following the Fireman’s Parade. Musical entertainment will be offered every day of the festival.
“We want to express our gratitude to fellow MF VFD Event Organizers, Chief 1 Tom Kelly Jr., Captain Dave Maguire, Captain Justin Smith, Captain Zack Beck and Captain Taylor Fogle for all they have done to organize this festival and everything. they do it all year round with firefighters,” said Hilton, an event organizer himself.
Long considered among Ohio’s elite volunteer fire departments, the Martins Ferry Volunteer Fire Department has been protecting the lives and property of residents for 130 years. Four separate stations strategically located throughout the city allow rapid responses when needed. These stations are The Liberty (located on Center Street), The Alerts (located on North Zane Highway), The Hook and Ladder (located on South 4th Street) and The Vigilant (located on Pearl Street).