Life’s Reflections: Let the Fun Begin At Darke County Fair

On my checklist for the Darke County Fair coverage I will be doing this year.include these items. Hope I'm not forgetting anything. (Linda Moody photo)

I’ve been enjoying seeing some of the goings-on at the Great Darke County Fair via social media thus far…In the meantime, I am getting my life re-arranged so that I am prepared for my duties out there starting today.

I opted this year and last year to skip the first weekend duties of fair coverage, but like last year, I will work today, tomorrow, and Thursday morning.

I always like to plan ahead because you never know what you are going to need while there. I am taking extra pens, the company camera, plus my own little picture-taker with extra batteries just in case something goes awry with the company one.

I think I am going to need tissues in case I sweat because I am hearing it may be very hot on the days I am planning on going. I will have my fair book, business cards, wipes in case of spills, a notebook and pens, and I will try not to forget to put on my knee brace and my ankle braces before I leave the house.

I am considered a sub-contractor with My County Link and hope to do the best I can while on the job out there. I agreed to take some of the assignments I have been covering for a while and am willing to add to my list if time allows.

I can’t wait to see the many friends I’ve made out there during this year’s visit.

Don’t be afraid to come up to me and introduce yourself or alert me to any story ideas. I am willing to help out.

Jamie, my son, will be with me, but he goes his separate ways when I’m on the job. He mostly likes to listen to the entertainment at the gazebo, which is fine with me.

Hopefully, everyone is having fun. I know I did, especially when I was much younger, even if I had to work there.

I am, however, going to take it easy on the food and drinks while there this year. For one thing, Jamie and I are dieting, and I’m afraid he will be tempted, but it is what it is.

Can’t wait, though, to meet and make new friends most of all.

Yes, it’s the Great Darke County Fair. Pray that all goes well. I am.

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families and friends of Toni Marie Shafer,  Madonna (Homan) Bemmett, Jack L. Hershey, Carolyn Christian Manning and Barbara Bowman.
Please pray for these people: Katie Young, Mike Mayse, Greg Moody, Kelly Jo Eikenberry (kidney transplant) and son Allen (donor), Larry Linder, Steve Waymire, Allison “Ally” Miller, Mary Lou Runner, Grace Boyd, Jason Stover Jr., Jeff Brocious, Jamie Knick, Dan Lockhart, Jenny Pitman, Nikole Baldridge, Chester Bryant, Melinda (Batten) Stacy, Michelle Young, Tommy Farmer, Margaret Hoening, Manual Macias, Kathy McNutt Dapore, Lester Beisner, Delores Beisner, Kermit Foureman, Chuck “C.W.” Cruze, Mark Lovejoy, Connie Buemi Hodson, Michelle Grottle Wright, Cheryl Slonaker Gilmore, Judy York, Donald Booker, Dennis Leeper, Connie Stachler, Randy Heck, Ronnie Norton, Marie Schlechty, Jeremy “Jerm” Burke, Bev Brumbaugh, Gary Eichler, David Pretzman, Clinton Randall, Linda Lore, Ralph Byrd, Doug Winger, Rusty Maloy, Debbie Mayse, Sonja and Dan Coppess, Jeanie Francis, Harvey Hinshaw, Bruce Kaiser, Amanda Mote, Gary Francis, Anthony and Theresa Grillot, Lee Everhart, Paul Gigandet, Doug Whittington, Tracy Pratt, Kinley Bernard, D’Arleen Waymire, Tish Hodson Shepherd, Zach Urbancic.
Also, Sharon Gamster, John Rimmer, Joan Keen, Carol Hemmerich, Sharon Hummel, Dave Hinshaw, Larry P. Fitzwater, Jim Thomas, Neal Gray, Michael Mowery, Kenny Edwards, Judie Hathaway, Della Burch, Ned and Brenda Wallace, Rick Marker, Randy Garrison,  Warren Menchhofer, Jannie Barrow, Kathy Gragorace, Danny Foster, Noella Combs, Becky Everhart, Becky Oliver, Jayden Martin, Stefani Priest, Steve Neff, James Enicks, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Linda Subler, Roger McEowen, Sally Burnett Ganger, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses.
Happy birthday:  
Aug. 22 to GraceLynn Harter, Jeff Hittle, Rena Slater, Darrin Fox, Debbie Liette, Maddicyn Brumbaugh, and Lisa Francis.  
Aug. 23 to Connie Faller Kunk and Steve Faller.
Aug. 24 to Derek Hall, Jeff Bubeck, Amanda Rodeheffer Olson, Stoney Dynes, Nicholas Buckingham, Josh Partin, Larry Melling, Sheila Lenker and Lisa Sink.
Aug. 25 to Robert Bagwell, Mark Maloy, Patsy Clark, Shane Hall, Elaine Mueller, Kamran Stucky, Chrissy McCrary, Mandy Mangen, Nancy Bryant, Zach Androne, Jason Stover and Mike Stump.
Aug. 26 to Ian Brown, Ronnie Broering, Brandon Snyder, Darrell Leeper, Chad Robinson and Shirley Mowery
Aug. 27 to Karen Miller Mote, Connie Ungericht Marker, Debbie Cunningham Barga, Denyse Turner Brumbaugh, Richard Stump, Doug Klinsing and Isabella Bowman.  
Aug. 28 to Rick Birt, John Peters, twins T.A. and Roger Anthony, Heinrick Post, Myron Stammen, PaulEtte Hartzell, John Snyder of Ansonia, Sue House, Kyle Wuebker and Lyv Badger.
Happy anniversary to  Missy and Gordon Schmitz on Aug. 24; Ted and Jona Liette on Aug. 25; and Scott and Kim Ward and Harry and Rosemarie Ellison, all on Aug. 26.

Think about it: “People seldom become famous for what they say until after they are famous for what they’ve done.” — Cullen Hightower