GREENVILLE - Eve Cusac and Bob Seale were married Saturday afternoon at the Great Darke County Fair in the poultry barn between a couple of shows.
Performing the ceremony was Pastor Johnathon Newman of the Koinos Christian Fellowship in Troy.
The out-of-county couple, having known each other for 30 years, used to show horses together, but went separate ways like most people do.
“I divorced 10 years ago and Bob’s wife died four years,” she said. “His nephew set up a Facebook page to look for me.”
It worked. The couple started dating three years ago.
“It’s like we picked up where we left off as good friends,” the new bride said. “One day we were driving somewhere and I said we really ought to get married. He lit up and said the Darke County Fair.”
The Great Darke County Fair is just one of the places they show their birds, but it was also the closest.
The new Mrs. Seale is a retired teacher, and now is a substitute teacher, and she was just hired to be a field supervisor for art education at Wright State University on a part-time basis. Her husband is manager of a restaurant called “Roosters.”
“We raise and show silkies,” said the bride, who judged at the recent 4-H county judging at the Moose Lodge in Greenville. “We show open poultry all over. We just got into it.”
Their farm is called The Stars of Featherly Hills, and it’s where they breed, raise and show Serema and Silkie chickens. It was established in September 2011.
They have 40-some birds and each one has its own name. The couple has even more names to give to additional birds should they acquire them.
Names include Cluck Norris, Feather Locklear, Gwyneth Poultry, Stevie Chicks, Sissy Spachick, Peep Rose, Brad Pipp and Mike Peepwood.
The silkie she carried as a bouquet was Lauren Bockcall, after the actress who died recently.
“I had already decided on her for my bouquet before she died,” the bride said.
The Seales are going to be spending their honeymoon, also at the Great Darke County Fair.
“We’ll be showing poultry all week,” she said. “We love the fair and love showing chickens.”
Among those in the audience was Lizzie Hart carrying two white crested birds, Prince and Aurora, dressed specifically for the occasion. Also witnessing the ceremony were the couple’s family and friends as well as many fair-goers.