ABERDEEN, Ohio — For the first time in a long time, Aberdeen will see its court day event return this fall, all thanks to one individual.
Hope Hughes, resident of Aberdeen, says she is attempting, single-handedly, to bring court day back to the village with the approval of the Aberdeen Village Council. With her efforts so far, a date has already been set for late October to hold the event.
Believing Aberdeen to be lacking in activities, Hughes wanted to reignite the court day tradition, a tradition where buyers, sellers and traders set up shop for a day or two in a central location. It’s a tradition that’s slowly dying in small towns today. Hughes plans to have this event bring the community together, bring more business into the village and give people something to look forward to.
Jason Philips, mayor of Aberdeen, said it is great to see a member of the community who is not an elected official attempting to help the village and the community at large.
“It’s a good thing to have a young woman or man bring life back into the village,” Philips said.
Philips said couldn’t recall the last time the village held its court day event, though he knew it was a long time ago. The last time Hughes said she remembered Aberdeen having its court day was when Billie Eitel was still mayor—a time she determined was around 20 years ago.
Some of the events and booths that Hughes has confirmed will be at court day are lazer tag for kids, along with several other games for children, a baby show and, of course, food vendors. Hughes also mentioned some 45 vendors who have already submitted applications for her approval.
Despite organizing the event on her own, Hughes said the experience hasn’t been an extremely daunting one, and that her priority is arranging so that the event remains free from litter.
With all of the work she is putting into arrange court day, Hughes says she has high hopes for the event, and that the momentum of this year’s event will keep court day from fading back into dormancy in Aberdeen.
“I’m hoping that it’s good enough this year to keep it going next year,” Hughes said.
Hughes said the Aberdeen court day will begin on Oct. 21 and continue on to Oct. 22 at the Green Space near the 9/11 memorial in Aberdeen. Vendors who wish to set up for the event have until Sept. 30 to apply.
All information and applications for vendors can be accessed through the Aberdeen mayor’s office.