Created on Monday, 08 July 2013 Written by JOEL E. MAST
Recent rains took a break Sunday, clearing the way for a bright opening to the 2013 Logan County Fair.
ABOVE: Darcy Tontonoz sings the national anthem during Sunday’s opening ceremonies for the 2013 Logan County Fair, which continues through Saturday. BELOW: Jack Woods, left, claps for another Vietnam veteran while Junior Fair Board President Jessica Skidmore affixes a pin to his shirt collar during Sunday’s opening ceremonies at the Logan County Fair, which continues through Saturday. FRONT PAGE: Attendees release balloons at Sunday’s opening ceremonies for the 2013 Logan County Fair. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | JOEL E. MAST)
The ceremony focused on the sacrifices made by local residents who served during the Vietnam War.
Jeff Kauffman, district commander for the American Legion, spoke of those who served and continue to serve today.
Not all veterans end up at the battlefront, he said, but all serve an important role from drill sergeants who molded boys into soldiers to those who served on supply ships or train foreign troops.
Larry Lance, himself a veteran who served during the Vietnam Conflict, read a list of local veterans, and each one present was given a lapel pin.
Bill Guthrie was among the two dozen or so veterans in attendance. Vietnam was the last of three wars he participated in.
His military service started during World War II and continued through the Korean War and into the Vietnam War.
Darcy Tontonoz sang the national anthem, Battle Hymn of the Republic and God Bless America during which audience members released helium-filled balloons. She sang Amazing Grace to close out the opening event.
The Logan County Honor Guard took care to raise the U.S. flag and then the State of Ohio’s flag.
The Logan County Fair Board also honored the Bellefontaine Examiner, Thompson Electric and WPKO/WBLL for years of service to the fair.
The fair runs through Saturday.