The Oak Harbor Young Farmers Chapter was selected to host the 2008 Ohio Young Farmer Summer Tour. The event, held in western Ottawa County the weekend of July 25-27, travels around the State of Ohio to showcase agriculture and agri-businesses in various sections of the state.
Louis Damschroder, Mark Starkey and Noah Neiderhouse – local Young Farmer Chapter advisors, worked with a core committee of members to organize and find sponsors for the first-time event for Ottawa County.
Upon arrival, the group held a cookout and registration at Oak Harbor High School. Following the cookout, a tour of the school facilities and the school farm test and research plots was offered.
On July 26, the group was treated to a continental breakfast-conducted by Community Market IGA in Oak Harbor, and sponsored by the Oak Harbor/Penta FFA Chapter. Following the breakfast, they traveled to Croll Hay and Straw Farm, Moore Orchard and the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. After lunch at the high school provided by the Ottawa County Cattleman’s Association, they spent the afternoon visiting Pfeiffer Tank Supply near Graytown, Bench’s Cucumber Grading Station west of Genoa and Paul Blausey Farms, near Genoa.
Following a dinner of BBQ pork loins sponsored by the ADM Grain Division of Toledo and prepared by Tim Schimming at the high school, the group enjoyed swimming and other recreational activities.
On Sunday, they were treated to a continental breakfast sponsored by the Oak Harbor Young Farm Wives Chapter. They then toured Rothert Vegetable Farm located near Elmore, Bench’s Greenhouse and Farm Market, also near Elmore and Schedel Gardens. A BBQ chicken dinner sponsored by Druckenmiller Agency Ltd. and Hastings Mutual Insurance Company followed at the high school.
Banquet & special election
The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a special election for district board of supervisors in conjunction with the district’s 57th annual meeting Sept.24 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds.
Tickets for the barbecue chicken or pork chop meal may be purchased at the SWCD office at 240 W. Lake St., Unit B., Oak Harbor. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Mule Skinner Band.
Two board members will be elected into a three-year term of office. Candidates include Gerald Whipple, of Oak Harbor; Todd Winke, of Oak Harbor; and Jill Bench, of Elmore.
Voting will begin at 5:45 p.m. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m.