|It rained, it snowed ... Canal Days 'weathers' it all|
|Monday, September 23, 2013 12:00 AM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS —A little rain, a little snow. That’s Ohio, right? Well, not exactly. After a gloomy, rainy Friday curbed events and attendance, Canal Days bounced back in a big way Saturday and Sunday.
Delphos native Paul Krendl performed two sold-out shows on Saturday in Jefferson Middle School Auditorium with his finale for both — making it snow.
“That was the most amazing thing,” Canal Days Core Committee member Diane Sterling said Sunday. “The story he told with it was also great. Everyone had really enjoyed the show.”
Events began on Thursday with a record attendance at the Toast to the City, only to have events on Friday canceled due to rain.
“Mother Nature kicked our butts on Friday but everyone came out Saturday and Sunday to support us,” Canal Days Chair Michael Mesker said.
This wasn’t Mesker’s first Canal Days, even as chair.
“This is my seventh year on the Core Committee and the second as chair. This is a well-oiled machine. Diane Sterling is the backbone of Canal Days and we’re just her little minions. She makes it all happen,” Mesker added.
As the close of the festival drew near on Sunday, there was little left by the way of food.
“We sold out 300 chicken dinners both Saturday and Sunday,” Donna Berger reported.
The Delphos Livestock 4-H Food Booth also sold out.
New events this year included the Little Miss/Junior Miss Pageant Saturday. Junior Miss was Malania Hershey with first runner-up Elle Gable and second runner-up Kennedy Sterling. Little Miss was Ellie Smith with first runner-up Chelsie Brotherwood and second runner-up Brooklyn Stone.
The Disc Golf Tournament was also added this year and saw 18 teams on the new course at Leisure Park. Chair Dana Sterling said if Saturday morning’s weather had been a little nicer they might have had additional teams.
“It was pretty cloudy so I’m sure some didn’t come out for the event,” Sterling added.
The Battle of the Businesses was moved to Saturday after Friday’s deluge of rain. Seventeen teams took to Main Street in hopes of winning the traveling trophy. Downtown Fitness took first with 123 points and the trophy will return to their storefront window for a second time. Pizza Hut was second with 99 points and First Financial Bank had 98 for third.
Other participants, in their order of placement, were: Kiwanis, Lakeview Farms 2, Unverferth Manuf., Mixx Audio Entertainment, Crouse Lumber/Hines Flooring Installation, Lakeview Farms 1, Toledo Molding & Die 1, K&M Tire, Vancrest, Toledo Molding & Die 2, Therapy Solutions, Westrich Furniture 1, Westrich Furniture 2 (last year’s champs) and Delphos Eagles.
The Grand Prize Drawing closes the event. This year’s $1,000 winner was Teresa Recker. See a full list of the winners in Wednesday’s Herald.
See page 3 for the Pet Parade winners; page 5 for the fishing derby and 5K winners; page 11 for Battle of the Businesses; and page 12 for Grand Parade winners.
Look for the Cheerleading Competition winners in Wednesday’s Herald.
Check out delphosherald.com for photo galleries from the weekend’s events.