VCNB Day To Feature Nineteenth Century Fun

Our bank was born less than two years after the Civil war ended. At the time, the country was still recovering from war and the town of McArthur was a booming place that needed a bank. As it turns out, two banks opened that same year. The Vinton County Bank opened in January 1867 and the bank of Will, Brown and Company opened shortly after. The following year, the two banks merged to form one, keeping the name of the first bank while adopting the leadership of the second.

It’s a story we have told a lot this year as Vinton County National Bank has celebrated its 150th anniversary throughout 2017.

In a few weeks, we’ll have our biggest celebration in our hometown over the 4th of July weekend. We have partnered with the Vinton County High School Athletic Boosters to help them with their annual 4th of July celebration. In doing so, we’re sponsoring a concert by Nashville recording artist Jason Michael Carroll, sponsoring a big hot rod and vintage car show and a host of other things. There will be an open house at the bank and we’ll be offering free wagon rides with John Hutchinson following the parade where we are the grand marshals! Thanks to the Boosters for allowing us this honor!

On Sunday we’re doing something extra special. The Boosters were kind enough to make this Vinton County National Bank Day at the Festival. While they’re having tournament games, vendors and food, we’ll be doing something a little different by embracing our post-Civil War roots. Here’s what we’ve got going on starting at 1 p.m.:

Ohio village muffins19th Century Ball Games – Have you ever thought about how baseball was originally played? The Ohio Village Muffins Men’s Baseball Team and the Ohio Village Diamonds Women’s Team will put on a good show as they play bankers and other community members in nineteenth century style games! The ladies play in skirts and the gentlemen play in long sleeve wool shirts! They didn’t have mitts or protective gear back then and they played by much different rules than we have today! An announcer explains the rules and etiquette and helps spectators understand what’s going on! The ladies play at 1 p.m. and the gentlemen at 3 p.m.

CusterReenactors and Music – Have you ever wanted to meet a President? Ohio’s Premier Abraham Lincoln impersonator will be joining us to talk with folks and pose for pictures. We also have Ohio native General George Armstrong Custer coming for the day and a reenactor who will set up camp, talk with folks about the life of a soldier, do some demonstrations and pose for pictures. Finally, Ohio musician Steve Ball will join us for the day. He and his wife play Civil War era music on period instruments. They do a beautiful job and will surely provide some good entertainment for us all.

Giveaways – The first 150 kids to arrive that day will receive a commemorative 150th piggy bank. One of those banks will contain $25 to help one lucky youngster jump start their savings! We’ll also have some giveaways for adults.

Travis West and OSU Extension will be there to offer old fashioned games for kids and the Vinton County High School Athletic Boosters will be selling ice cream sundaes in addition to all the other fun activities and food the Boosters are planning!

Bring some sunscreen, a lawn chair and a few bucks if you want to buy lunch or snacks. We’ll take care of the entertainment! Visitors will also have access to restrooms inside the high school as well as a shady spot under our big tent to relax and enjoy the day. Want to know about other things happening that weekend? Click here to learn more about what we’re doing and check out the full festival schedule below!

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VCNB Celebrates 150 Years

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VCNB began life in McArthur, Ohio as Vinton County National Bank. We have been in the same location for 150 years, except for a few months when we moved out to construct a new building in 1925. Today, the VCNB Financial Family has grown to be far larger than our founder Daniel Will probably ever imagined possible.

In 1867, a bank was founded to serve the citizens of Vinton County, providing a safe place to keep deposits and a reliable source for borrowing money. Today that bank is preparing to celebrate a milestone anniversary. Vinton County National Bank is 150 years old!

There aren’t a lot of businesses in this nation that can boast such a long and storied history. We have survived twenty-eight Presidents, recessions and depressions, war and peace. We were here for the construction of the Statue of Liberty, the rise of the automobile and the fall of the Berlin Wall. We are known for being early adopters of technology from the Xerox copier and the earliest computers to the most advanced technology the 21st century offers the world of banking.

Through it all we have worked to be good neighbors, to be a responsible corporate citizen and to always remember where we came from. This year, we’re also going to have some fun while we celebrate our 150th anniversary all year long!

While we haven’t been in some of our communities for 150 years, we want all of our offices to join in the fun by having an anniversary event in 2017. We also will be offering special promotions throughout the year.

Our biggest event though will be at our first office in McArthur. We will partner with the Vinton County Athletic Boosters to help with their 4th of July Celebration. We are still working on the details but we will be bringing a great entry to the parade, will host an open house at the bank, will sponsor entertainment for the festival and host a fun day with the Ohio Village Muffins. If you haven’t heard of the Muffins, check them out here.

They play baseball with mid-nineteenth century rules, uniforms and equipment. We’ll have them here to play baseball and softball games against our bankers and other community members. That day will feature some other nineteenth century fun including old fashioned games for the kids, food, music and more.

To say that we are excited would be an understatement. We are elated for the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary.

Incidentally, our bank building in McArthur was constructed in 1925 and dedicated with an open house on Saturday, July 4, 1925. Our open house to commemorate the 150th will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017. We promise we didn’t plan it that way but we do think it’s a neat coincidence!

We will have a lot more details about our celebration in McArthur to release in the coming weeks and months. The celebration will begin with the parade on Friday, June 30 and will continue throughout the weekend. We hope you will mark your calendar and come for all the festivities.

We also are working on the events all our other offices are hosting or participating in this year. We will post details here and on Facebook as information becomes available. We also have a page on our website where you can learn about upcoming events, current specials and the bank. Be sure to bookmark the page and check back for new information!

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