Show arena hosts Morrow County Fair Parade
By Evelyn Long –
Although the weather had somewhat restricted them, the four Morrow County High School bands each gave impressive performances during the annual program generally called “Parade Day” at the Morrow County Fair.
For the second consecutive year the events normally held in front of the grandstand were forced inside the Show Arena due to heavy rains the night before the event.
The crowd was enthusiastic about all of the program which began with the four bands massed to play The National Anthem directed by the four band directors.
Emcee of the program was Russ Mayer, senior fair board director and chairman of the Parade Day events. Also helping was board director Kathy Eichorn.
Following individual performances by each of the bands, the director was given a $50 check from the Morrow County Republicans. These band performances were made on this day in memory of the late Jeri Waite, a Chesterville resident who had served as treasurer of the Morrow County Republicans for many years. He was also a central committeeman from Franklin Township.
Presenting the check to Tom DiNuoscio, director of the Cardington-Lincoln High School band was Dan Osborne, chairman of the Morrow County Republicans.
Accepting the check from Bill Short was Eileen Ruffing, director of the Highland High School Band. Tom Harden gave the check to Randy Mann, director of the Mount Gilead High School Band and Carolyn Beal presented the check to Chris Kaschube, director of the Northmor High School band.
Mayer introduced the Grand Marshals for this year parade. Glade Bachelder, a 27 year director of the Morrow County Fair Board, was recognized for his dedication to the board and to the fair. Appearing with him were his son, Tim; and his daughter Diandra Moore and grandsons Alec and Andrew. The other grand marshal, Sam Miller, a 15 year director on the board, retired last year after serving those years with the rabbit department. He was accompanied by his wife, Debbie. Both men thanked the board for the recognition.
Mayer introduced the 2012 Morrow County Senior Citizen of the Year, Bill Hershner, who was accompanied by his wife, Maxine.
Also introduced were the 2012 Morrow County Junior Fair King, Kyle Hack and queen, Amanda Bush and the court, Valerie Tolle, McKenzie Smith, Jordan Blanton, Reagan Neviska and Jason Zeigler.
The Senior Equestrian King, Clayton Fisher; Senior Equestrian queen, Katie Ritz; Junior Equestrian King, Hunter Creech and Junior Equestrian queen, Alexis Hinkle were introduced by Meyer.
Others introduced were: Morgan Beck, junior goat ambassador; Kyndall Williams, senior goat ambassador; Pork Industry Princesses, Kaylee Barker and Sami Bennett; Adam Gamble, Junior rabbit ambassador; Cassady Neviska, junior poultry ambassador; Reagan Neviska, senior poultry ambassador and Kelsey Reeder, Morrow County Beef Princess.
Senior Dairy Princess, Chelsea Trainer and Grace Walker, junior Dairy Princess were introduced as were Shannon Gallagher, David Morris and Mariam Morris, Bee Keeper Royalty.