GREENVILLE—Rich Applegate is carrying on a family tradition at the Great Darke County Fair. He and his wife, Holly, run the Polish sausage and big orange drink stand underneath the Grandstand.
His uncles, Jack Darland and Bill Troutwine, started the business in 1957.
Applegate continued with it in the 1970s when he was asked to come back when his parents, Sue and the late Carol Aplplegate of Urbana, managed the operation.
“As a kid, it was a lot of hard work,” said Rich.. “It was great being involved. They (his parents) let me loose at times to go out on the fairgrounds.”
What did he do with that spare time?
“I went to the arcade and I won stuffed animals. They don’t have the arcade anymore,” he said, pointing just down the way from where the stand is now. “I don’t see much of the fair anymore.”
He said his relatives originally started selling the orange drink and ham sandwiches and added the Polish sausage in the late 1960s.
According to Rich, he gets a lot of help from family and friends throughout fair week.
The Applegates live in Brookville, and are at the Darke County Fair every day.
“I’m a carpenter by trade,” he said, “And, I do estimates for home improvements.”
He graduated from Brookville High School in 1982 and has one daughter, Abigail, who was scheduled to work the last Saturday of the fair for the first time this year.
He plans to keep coming back with the family business to The Great Darke County Fair.
“We have a lot of family here,” he said.