OTTAWA — Noah Warnecke and Morgan Kamphaus were crowned Putnam County Fair king and queen Monday night, and those who attended events in the grandstand in Ottawa were entertained with a veterans’ tribute and marching band spectacular.
The fair runs through Saturday at the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Ottawa.
Kamphaus, 16, of Leipsic, will be a senior this fall at Leipsic High School.
“I have been in 4-H for nine years and am showing goats in the fair this year,” Kamphaus said.
Warnecke, 18, Glandorf, graduated this spring from Ottawa-Glandorf High School. He will work at Production Products Inc., Columbus Grove.
“It is an amazing experience to win fair king. I have shown pigs in the fair, am on Junior Fair Board and am a camp counselor,” Warnecke said.
A veterans’ tribute was in the grandstands, where all of the Putnam County American Legions, Amvets and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts participated as fair-goers watched. Continental American Legion posted the colors, and Kalida High School performed the National Anthem and call to colors. Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy was the featured speaker.
“We come together as one people to honor the brave men and women who served our country on the front lines and paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Kennedy said.
Voice of Faith sang the Pledge of Allegiance, and Miss Poppy Ellianna Warren, representing Ottawa’s American Legion, placed a wreath to honor fallen veterans. The 66 names of Putnam County veterans who have died were read by Bob Kroeger, veterans affairs commander for Putnam and Hancock counties’ American Legion; Gary Baxter, Columbus Grove American Legion member; and Kristy Powell, Putnam County Disabled Veterans veterans affairs.
“This is our way of honoring all who have served and those who have passed away,” Kroeger said.
Marching bands from Columbus Grove, Continental, Fort Jennings, Kalida, Leipsic, Miller City, Ottawa-Glandorf and Ottoville entertained the crowd during a marching band spectacular.
Dennis Schroeder, band show co-chair, said his dad, Al Schroeder, started the show in the late 1970s. Al was Putnam County Fair director in 1965, and Schroeder’s sister, Cathy Diller, played the flute in Ottawa-Glandorf High School band, graduating in 1979. Al knew the area band directors and approached them about bringing a marching band show to the Putnam County Fair.
“It’s important to have this at the fair every year to showcase the youth. When my sister was in school, the marching band would go to state and win the competition, and the other bands also placed,” Schroeder said.
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