GREENVILLE - Opening ceremonies for the 15th annual Farm Power of the Past’s annual reunion took place Thursday morning at the Darke County Fairgrounds.
Two area youth, 7-year-old Claire Rogers and her 5-year-old brother, Connor, children of Justin and Tammy Rogers and grandchildren of Dewaine Minnich, raised the American flag while Abby Harrison sang the National Anthem.
Terry Haworth, chaplain, said prayer, and Greenville Farm Power of the Past President Von Oswalt welcomed all to this year’s event.
“We want to welcome Vintage Garden Tractor Club of America, which is holding its Ohio regional meeting here,” Oswalt said. “We want to thank the board of directors and volunteers, our contractors [with security, electrical, etc.] and all those people who help put on this show. It makes our show better because of them. I also want to thank the fairboard, exhibitors and visitors.”
He also introduced Rick Brewer of Brewer Sound Service, who will be announcing throughout the weekend, and mentioned that Terry Haworth will be presenting something at [today’s] Memorial Show.
This year’s directors are Richard Bashore, Tim Copeland, Duane Edwards, Larry Fox, Roger Fox, Art Gaier, Janice Howell, Lester Linebaugh, Nancy Linebaugh, Don Marchal, Mike Monnier, Buzz Nealeigh, Marvin Oakes, Justin Rogers, Barbara Young, Bill Young and Oswalt. Senior advisers are Noel Carpenter, George Edger, Bud Glidewell, Don Livingston, Ernie Poeppelman and Richard Polei.
Other committee members are Rick Brewer, Doug Clemens, Darrell Fox, Derek Fox, Jarod Fox, Esther Gaier, Ed Gigandet, Jim Kauffman, Richard Marker, Dewaine Minnich, Kelly Zell, Dan Clemens, Don Fox, Terry Haworth, Daniel Soward and Chuck Zell.
The show continues through Sunday, with lots of activities, demonstrations and competitions planned.
Featured this year are Ford, Ferguson, Massey Harris, Massey Ferguson and Fairbanks Morse.
Next year’s show, Oswalt said, will feature Farmall/International Harvester tractors and equipment and International engines.