Fair Results – Deserving participants win awards

by | Aug 31, 2021 | Darke County News, Results, The Great Darke County Fair

Among those receiving awards in the shop, crop and horticulture department, are, from left, Caeden Fritz, grand in shop; Jeremiah Wagner, grand in crop; Jayden Groff, reserve in shop; and Vance Wetzel, grand in horticulture. Also winning but not shown are Carrie Rhoades, reserve in crop, and A.J. Waymire, reserve in horticulture.

The Great Darke County Fair 2021

GREENVILLE – Various awards were traditionally presented just prior to the start of the annual Parade of Champions in front of the Grandstand at the Great Darke County Fair Thursday morning.

Named Outstanding 4-H Boy and Girl this year were Justin Heitkamp, son of Brian and Mechelle Heitkamp, and Raylea Richards, daughter of Dennis and Jennifer Richards. Presenting them their trophies was Rhonda Williams of the Darke County Extension Service.

The Outstanding Boy and Girl was sponsored by Homan Insurance.

The Ben Overholser Memorial Foundation presented two $5,000 scholarships to Taylor Stachler, a graduate of Mississinawa Valley High School, and to Laura Wuebker, a senior at Versailles High School and the 2021 Great Darke County’s Fair Queen. On hand to present the scholarships were Ben Overholser’s widow, Gail, and son Josh, as well as foundation member Russ Badgett.

Gail announced that there were 30 applications for this year’s scholarships. Her husband passed away May 23 this year after a courageous battle with cancer.

Ben was a 1981 graduate of Greenville High School and was active in 4-H. He began working his senior year at Superior Implement and Supply Co. (SISCO), and in 2005, he fulfilled his dream when he and his wife purchased the company. It was noted Ben loved to give back by supporting FFA and junior fair programs in Darke County. He was also a proud supporter of livestock sales and was frequently a platinum level buyer.

The Ben Overholser Memorial Foundation provides scholarships to Darke County FFA and 4-H members among other local charitable causes.

Other members of the foundation in addition to his wife and son, are Russ Badgett, Regan Bowman and Sam Custer.
Numerous FFA members were also presented with awards prior to the parade, including the shop, crop and horticulture high-point earners.

Results in those classes are: (shop) Caeden Fritz of Mississinawa Valley, grand prize, and Jayden Groff of Versailles, reserve; (crop) Jeremiah Wagner of Versailles, grand, and Carrie Rhoades of Ansonia, reserve; and (horticulture) Vance Wetzel of Arcanum, grand, and A.J. Waymire of Mississinawa Valley, reserve.

While Taylor Stachler was away at college, her sister, Kennedy, second from left, accepted in her absence the $5,000 Ben Overholser Memorial Foundation scholarship at the fair Thursday morning. Also shown, from left, are Josh Overholser, Gail Overholser and Russ Badgett, members of the foundation.
The Ben Overholser Memorial Foundation members presented Laura Wuebker with another $5,000 scholarship. Laura, the 2021 fair queen, is shown with Josh and Gail Overholser and Russ Badgett.
Shown during the presentation of the Outstanding 4-H Boy and Girl trophies for this year are, from left, recipient Justin Heitkamp; Kyle Homan of Homan Insurance, sponsor of the award; Jennifer Richards, mother of the Outstanding 4-H Girl Raylea Richards, who is away at college; and Rhonda Williams of the Darke County OSU Extension Service.

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

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