Marvin Setty Richard G Waldron Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley

Winchester celebrates 200 years

On Friday, Aug. 28, Winchester, Ohio launched its Bicentennial Celebration marking the town’s 200th birthday.

Festival-goers were treated to an array of music, pageantry, fashions from yesteryear, and dramatic re-enactments of historical events.

The wide avenue of Main Street was lined with vendors, games, and a variety of food booths.

There was also a full slate of activities including a 5K Run and Walk, a Dunking Tank, a Pedal Tractor Pull, a Power Wheel Race, Wrestling matches, a Duck Dump, a Caramel Culinary Contest and Auction, 3-on-3 basketball, Cornhole tournaments, and on Sunday, a Grand Parade.

The parade on Sunday was one that had visitors amazed as everything from tractors, fire engines, horses, vintage cars, fire engines and rescue vehicles, floats from churches and other civic groups, lots of candy for youngsters, participants from infants to senior citizens, marching bands, and even the Mayberry squad car.

“Winchester sure knows how to put on a parade,” said the village’s Police Chief David Benjamin.

The United Methodist Church hosted a Quilt Show featuring the art of Winchester quilters, past and present. The church also housed a display of news articles, pictures, and memorabilia provided by local historian Florence Bryson.

“We worked hard to bring a sense of fun, community, and history to the planning of this celebration,” said festival organizer Patsy Roberts.

Several dignitaries including Congressman Brad Wenstrup, State Representative Terry Johnson, State Senator Joe Uecker, and Commissioner Steven Caraway were on hand for the opening ceremonies. Each brought commendations and congratulations from the Office of the Governor, the state legislature, and Adams County commissioners’ offices.

Miss Makayla Crawford, a sophomore at North Adams High School, was crowned Queen of the festival. Brooklyn Staggs and Gage Garrison were chosen as the festival’s Little Miss and Little Mister.

Grand Marshal Bill Foster said, “We couldn’t be more pleased with how the festival went. We had a smooth opening and everyone is having a good time.”

More highlights of the weekend event were the Bicentennial Salute to Fashion and the Ghost Ride through the Winchester Cemetery.

The fashion show featured 19th and 20th century clothing reproductions as well as vintage clothing from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, all originally worn by women from Winchester and surrounding areas.

The Ghost Ride, an outdoor drama depicting the people and events that formed the town’s history, was performed Saturday night.

As spectator-filled wagons rolled through the cemetery, local people dressed in period costumes stepped from behind the tombstones of their historic counterparts and recounted their contributions to the town’s history.

Good weather blessed the festivities all weekend as Winchester put on an event to remember for all ages.

Here is the Royalty from the 2015 Winchester Bicentennial Festival. From left, First runner up, Haley Porterfield, Festival Queen Makayla Crawford and Second runner up Kristian Alcorn.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Queens.jpgHere is the Royalty from the 2015 Winchester Bicentennial Festival. From left, First runner up, Haley Porterfield, Festival Queen Makayla Crawford and Second runner up Kristian Alcorn.

Last weekend was a celebration 200 years in the making in Winchester and one of the themes was a look back at fashion as this group of lovely models presents.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Fashion.jpgLast weekend was a celebration 200 years in the making in Winchester and one of the themes was a look back at fashion as this group of lovely models presents.

These dignitaries were part of the opening ceremonies at the Wincester Bicentennial Festival. From left, Bill Foster, Grand Marshal, Congressman Brad Winstrup, State Senator Joe Uecker, Representative Terry Johnson, and Adams County Commissioner Steven Caraway.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Dignitaries.jpgThese dignitaries were part of the opening ceremonies at the Wincester Bicentennial Festival. From left, Bill Foster, Grand Marshal, Congressman Brad Winstrup, State Senator Joe Uecker, Representative Terry Johnson, and Adams County Commissioner Steven Caraway.
Weekend festivities draw big crowds

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

Reach Patricia Beech at 937-544-2391 or at pbeech@civitasmedia.com.

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