Williamstown Ice Cream Social weathers summer heat

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Lynn Graham, with her daughter Addie Graham, 9, of Marietta, said she and her family come over to support Williamstown every year.

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mid-Ohio Valley is known for its sense of community, and the people did not disappoint for Williamstown’s 74th annual Ice Cream Social on Friday.

“I was a little worried about the weather but it is looking like we are having a good turnout,” said Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Mike Voshel.

Voshel said in the 74 years, they have never had to cancel the social.

“This year we have taken some extra precautions, though, due to the heat wave, and are offering the women’s club building as a cooling station for anyone who needs it,” Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department President Patrick Smith said.

Those in attendance who have been attending for many years said the only changes made have been which side of the park the social is held on.

Photo by Madeline Scarborough Tomlinson Park was crowded with groups of people enjoying the 74th annual Ice Cream Social on Friday.

“This is just an old-fashioned ice cream social,” Smith said.

“Over the years we have changed a thing or two and diversified, but it’s just an ice cream social to benefit the fire department. This helps to repair or replace our equipment,” he said.

“The best thing about the social is that you see people you don’t see often,” Smith said.

Deputy Chief Paul Jordan said every few years a number of Williamstown High School classes have reunions as part of the social, which makes the attendance at the social go up and down over the years in relation to the size of the classes.

“I lived in West Virginia for 83 years, graduating from Summersville High School myself, and both my children are from Williamstown,” said Barbara Casto, who was in from Texas for her 65-year reunion.

“My son, who also lives in Texas, has come up for his 45-year reunion, and we just couldn’t miss the Ice Cream Social,” she said.

Casto said she enjoys talking with friends she sees at the event.

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com