Herman Kolb receives his monetary prize for being the oldest person at the Great Darke County Fair on Monday morning from, the left , Dave Singer of the Darke County Agricultural Society and Jennifer and Gregory Peck from Gregory Peck Sound Service, sponsors of the award.

Kolb oldest at Darke County Fair

Herman Kolb of Rossburg was the Great Darke County Fair’s oldest person Monday morning, an annual tradition at the festival. The 107-year-old came to the fairgrounds with his daughter, Elaine Kolb, who lives in Columbus.

She said her father has competed before, being one of the oldest winners in 2019.

Her was born Nov. 24, 1913, and had lived in Oxford, Ohio, before moving to Rossburg in 1957.

A lifelong farmer, he came to this area for his wife, Elaine, who is 101. They had met at a dance at LeSourdesville Lake through mutual friends.
He bought the rural Rossburg farm in 1967.

“I farmed all my life; mostly general farming, specializing in purebred livestock…sheep and hogs as well as Border collies,” he said in an earlier interview. “I did all of my own work around the farm and rented out farming ground.”
He did this for as long as he could and for as long as his health held up.

“I had to,” said Kolb, a lifetime member of Farm Bureau. “We had 178 acres, here and on the next place.”
He no longer has the livestock and dogs.

During his farming years, he  judged a lot of sheep shows, including in Darke County, which he did for three consecutive years. He also judged in Preble and Butler counties.

“At one time I had 80 ewes and at one time had a purebred Southdown flock,” he said. “I sure miss that.”
Kolb, a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cincinnati Reds, he lives on the old Robert Ross farm. Ross, he said, was one of the founders of Rossburg.

When he was younger, he was in 4-H and was a 4-H leader for 10 years. He was also on the county livestock judging team years ago.

“I encouraged kids to get purebred livestock and we’d sweep the county fair,” he said.

He no longer drives but indicated he used to drive four horses at a time.

“That was great stuff. I drove skid loaders, tractors, combines..all of them,” he said in that earlier interview. “I still have a couple of the tractors.”
His advice then for seniors in their golden years was “Stay out of trouble, mind your own business and don’t go into debt,” he said. “Debt is a terrible thing to climb out of. I have never had a credit card in my life. I didn’t buy anything I couldn’t pay for.”

For being named the oldest visitor to the fair Monday, he received a monetary award from its sponsors the Darke County Agricultural Society and Gregory Peck Sound.

He didn’t get excited apparently, because daughter Elaine said all he said afterwards was, “It’s just another fair.”

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.

Previous  Kesha Abernathy Jett of Greenville (38)

Get Daily Updates

[mc4wp_form id="228"]
The Darke County Now Logo with White Font

News, Media and Information for Darke County, Ohio.

News, Media, and Information for Darke County, Ohio.

Service Request

Useful Links

More Info