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Ottoville wraps up 2013 NOVFA Convention PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, June 16, 2013 11:35 PM

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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DELPHOS — Hundreds of firefighters, rescue personnel and their families flocked to the Village of Ottoville this past weekend for games and fun during the 139th Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Firemen’s Convention.

Nearly 600 firefighters representing 92 departments registered for the event.

Ottoville Fire Chief Dan Honigford felt good about his department’s freshman host of the vent.

“I thought the weekend went very well,” Honigford said Sunday evening. “In fact, it surpassed our expectations. We got a lot of compliments from the public and business owners.”

Honigford said the weekend was a lot of work but very rewarding.

“A lot goes in to hosting a convention, especially because it was our first time,” he said. “Now we know we can do it and if a neighboring department wants to host it, we can help.”

The Ottoville department received assistance from Delphos, who has hosted the event numerous times.

“We got a notebook from Delphos of what to do to get ready for the convention and we added to it,” Honigford said. “I think it will be helpful to others if they want to use it.”

The convention came on the heels of a nasty storm Wednesday evening, something Honigford and his crew watched carefully.

The Fort Jennings Musketeer Marching Band was one of several providing  musical entertainment during the NOVFA Parade in Ottoville Saturday afternoon. (Delphos Herald/Alex Woodring)“We were worried about the storm and possible damage,” he said. “We were glad when it was over and we could put out our signs and move on to getting ready.”

The weather for the event turned out to be perfect.

“The weather cooperated and we had great weather for the games and the parade on Saturday,” he added. “It was also good for our campers. We had primitive camping and 80 campers came in and stayed at the north edge of town.”

Leipsic Fire Department won the Fireman’s Games and Wakeman Fire Department won the Waterball Contest with Fort Jennings coming in second. Delphos’ Queen Corinne Metzger won the title of 2013 NOVFA Queen against 19 other conestants during the annual pageant. This is the first time a Delphos queen has won the title since 1968.

Following the business meeting on Saturday morning, Northwood Fire Department was tapped to host the convention in 2014.

 

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