On hand for the presentation of the prize money for Oldest person at the fair on Monday were , front row, from left, 2022 Junior Fair King Brayden Hicks; 2-22 Junior Fair Queen Mariah Kreusch; Darke County Fair Manager Laura Ahrens; Virginia O'Dell, the recipient; and Gregory Peck; and back row, Fair Board Directors Dudley Lipps and Jim Zumbrink.

103-year-old O’Dell oldest person at fair

GREENVILLE—Virginia (McCabe) O’Dell has won numerous awards for her flowers and showed Holsteins when in 4-H at the Great Darke County Fair, but she out-did herself Monday when she was named Oldest Fair-Goer.

The 103-year-old woman smiled as she graciously accepted her monetary award of $100, presented to her by the Darke County Agricultural Society and Gregory Peck Sound System on Senior Citizens Day at the fair on Monday.

Born March 22, 1919, she and her husband, the late Robert O’Dell owned Producers Livestock for many years until they retired.

They were the parents of two sons, Larry and the late Ronald O’Dell. She has six grandchildren and quite a few great-grandchildren.

A resident of the Brethren retirement Community for the last six months, she moved  there from her rural home. Bringing her to the fair on Monday were her daughter-in-law Judy O’Dell and granddaughter Kelly Sanning.

Virginia, who attended New Madison High School, said her favorite flowers are coleuses, roses and African Violets, and some of her flowers. In fact, her granddaughter Teri Ann Kline of Greenville brought some of the centenarian’s flowers to the show this year.

Virginia attends the Fort Jefferson Church every Sunday; is president of the Senior  Citizens and plays cards with the senior citizens at the Moose every Tuesday; and she works crossword puzzles.

There were several who signed up for the contest on Monday at the fair, but Virginia was the only one over the age of 100.

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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