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Seville Historical Society is asking people to spend some time in its jail this weekend

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Seville Mayor Carol Carter will be one of a handful of volunteers going to “jail” Saturday to benefit the Seville Historical Society and local charities. ASHLEY FOX / GAZETTE

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They willingly are going to jail Saturday. In conjunction with the village’s bicentennial this year, Seville Historical Society members asked residents and local elected officials to participate in the Hokey Pokey fundraiser — from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — for two hours.

The goal is to raise $200 per person and $1,000 for the day, Mayor Carol Carter said.

The Seville Jail was moved to 70 W. Main St. in 1995. Before that, the two-cell jail sat next to the railroad tracks downtown, near the depot.

It’s estimated that in the 1940s, the village stopped using the small structure, which was largely was reserved for vagrants and drunks to be held overnight.

The two cells each have metal beds. There is a pipe that was once connected to a stove in the middle of the structure.

Today the jail is used for display and is open during historical society tours.

There are two options to participle in the Hokey Pokey:

  • Jailed volunteers will be given a paper to keep track of bail money. Once the inmate collects $200, he or she will be allowed to leave after posing for a fun picture.

Of the $200 raised per person, half will be donated to the society and the other half to a local charity of the inmate’s choice. If more than $200 is brought in, organizers and the volunteer inmate will decide how it will be distributed.

  • For others interested in taking a picture in the jail, the society is offering a citizen’s arrest program.

Residents may take a friend or family member to the event to be “booked into jail” for a donation of $5. While there, the “perpetrator” can pay $5 to be released.

Historical society officials said they have done fundraisers in the past, but this is the first year for the Hokey Pokey.

The society will accept volunteer inmates until 2 p.m. Saturday. No registration is required.

For more information on the Seville Historical Society, call (330) 416-8794.

Contact reporter Ashley Fox at (330) 721-4048 or afox@medina-gazette.com.



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