|Allen Co. fair dinner ushers in 2013 royalty|
|Friday, August 09, 2013 12:09 AM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
Grimm welcomed everyone and presented an overview of the 163rd county fair set for Aug. 16-24.
Along with hundreds of 4-H and FFA members participating in dozens of events, the grandstand will offer the annual Kewpee Showcase of Bands at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16; Austin Mahone and Bridgit Mendler in concert at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 17; Josh Turner and Thompson Square at 8 p.m. on Aug. 19; the Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Aug. 19; the Cheerleading Competition at 7 p.m. Aug. 20; harness racing at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22; the Truck Tug at 7 p.m. Aug. 23; and the truck, Tractor Semi Sled Pull at 5 p.m. Aug. 24.
There will be three brand new grounds attractions including Tiger Talks, an entertaining and educational look at eight Bengal tigers; The Flying Pages, a family high wire act; and The Dazzling Mills Family, a group of three talented jugglers, unicyclists and acrobats from Marion.
Grimm said they have also freshened up and increased the musical talent this year. Performing on the Plaza Stage will be Nashville Crush, Appalachian Trail, Fisch Styx and Hypnotix.
Grimm closed by thanking all the sponsors.
“Without our sponsors, we’d still have a fair, it just wouldn’t be the quality it is,” Grimm said. “Our sponsors give us that special touch so we can reach out with better programming and entertainment.”
The 2013 Allen County Fair King and Queen are James Schaad and Makenzie Skinner.
Schaad is the son of Brian and Melanie Kershner and the late Dennis Schaad. He will be a senior at Spencerville High School and is involved in band, FFA. Allen Lima Leaders, Buckeye Boys State, baseball, golf, church youth group, Spanish Club, Science Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). heis the current Junior Fairboard President, 4-H Camp counselor and has taken many special-interest project to the fair. He plans to attend The Ohio State-Lima Campus and transition to the Columbus campus.
Skinner is the daughter of Tim and Carrie Skinner and will be a senior at Bath High School. She is a current member of student council, SADD, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Varity B Club and the varsity swim team. She is a member of the Junior Fairboard and has taken many special-interest projects to the fair. She is a 4-H Camp counselor and an Ohio state 4-H Ambassador. She plans to attend Eckerd College in Florida, majoring in marine biology and psychology.
Haley Calvelage, daughter of Jim and Betsy Calvelage, was one of three recipients of the Allen County Agricultural Society Scholarships. Calvelage is a graduate of Spencerville High School and attends The Ohio State University ATI, majoring in Livestock Science. She is a member of the Delphos Livestock 4-H Club.