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OTTOVILLE — The crowning of the king and queen at the 51st annual Ottoville Park Carnival will take place at a new time this year. The coronation ceremony is scheduled at noon on Aug. 31 instead of the traditional time of Sunday before the parade.

The 2012 Park Carnival King Zach Weber, son of Bob and Tina Weber, and Queen Rachel Beining, daughter of Jerry and Sue Beining, will transfer their crowns to the new royalty at the Opening Ceremony to be held on the big stage next to the municipal building.

This year, Ryan Kemper is the only candidate competing for the title of Ottoville Park Carnival king.

He is the son of Patrick and Shari Kemper. He is very involved in community and school activities. Some of the organizations he is a part of include the Immaculate Conception Youth (ICY) Group, Scholastic Bowl, golf, track, National Honor Society, Yearbook and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Because of Kemper’s love of music, he is also involved in Ottoville High School Band, musical, OMEA District III Choir, All-Ohio Youth Choir and Cardinal Chorale.

Several of his hobbies include serving as a technology aide for Ottoville Schools and repairing computers.

His future plans include attending college to major in computer science.

There are four queen candidates competing for the title of 2013 Ottoville Park Carnival Queen.

Melissa Burgei, daughter of Gary and Karen Burgei, is the first candidate. She is active in the Ottoville High School Band and flag corps. She also participates in FCCLA, National Honor Society and was active in student council. Outside of school, she is involved in the church as a member of the ICY Group and by serving on the Diocesean Youth Council.

She also enjoys taking dance lessons at PSD Stars by Erin and is employed by the Ottoville Hardware and Furniture Co.

After high school, Burgei plans on attending college at Rhodes State College in Lima, studying to be an occupational therapist assistant.

Kendra Eickholt is also participating in the 2013 Ottoville Park Carnival Queen contest. She is the daughter of Rick and Becky Eickholt and is involved with athletics at Ottoville High School as a member of the soccer and track teams. She is also involved with the Ottoville Blue Ribbon Winners 4-H Club.

Several of her other hobbies include playing club soccer for the Lima Arsenal and working with her animals. She also enjoys hanging out with friends.

In the future, Eickholt is interested in pursuing a career in business.

The third queen candidate is Kelsey Miller, daughter of Todd and Elaine Miller. Several of her musical interests include marching, concert and pep band. She also participates on the Ottoville High School track and volleyball teams. Participating in Scholastic Bowl, Girl Scouts and serving as the vice president of the National Honor Society also keep Miller very busy.

She is currently a summer volunteer at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima and is employed at Kangaroo Cave.

Her future plans are to major in biology/pre-optometry.

The final contender for the 2013 title is Danielle Trenkamp. She is the daughter of Robert “Rob” and Shelley Trenkamp. She is involved in a variety of activities including soccer, track, National Honor Society, FCCLA and 4-H. Scrapbooking and going to the lake are two of her hobbies.

After high school, Trenkmap plans to attend college majoring in biology with the goal of becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Any incoming senior attending Ottoville High School is eligible to participate in this contest. All of the candidates are self-nominated. The king and queen are selected by achieving the highest ticket sales for the big ticket raffle. The court for the 2012 Ottoville Park Carnival sold more than $7,000 worth of tickets. Tickets for the big ticket raffle cost $1 each or six can be purchased for $5. More than $2500 is given away during this raffle with the first-place winner walking away with $1,000.

The raffle winners will be drawn from the big stage at the Ottoville Park Carnival on Sept. 1 at approximately 11 p.m. during the performance by Jared Ashley.

Any juniors attending Ottoville High School interested in participating in the court for the 52nd annual Ottoville Park Carnival can contact Sherri Edelbrock at 419-453-2332 or Sheila Kortokrax at 419-453-3769. All interested candidates will be accepted.

For more information, contact Ottoville Park Carnival Committee Advertising and Marketing Chair Michelle Kortokrax at 419-234.7600 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




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