Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Velma Campbell Selected as 2015 Darke County Fair Parade Marshall

The Directors for The Great Darke County Fair are pleased to announce that Velma Campbell has been selected as the 2015 Parade Marshall.

Velma was elected in August of 1998 for a 1-year term. The Fairboard expanded to 11 members in 1999 and Velma was re-elected in August of 1999 for a full 3-year term, making 1999 her first full Fair as a Board Member. Her philosophy then and still remains “Working to make the BEST Fair even Better”.

During her tenure as a Board Member, Velma held the following officer positions. 2000-2001; Vice-President (2-years), 2003-2006; President (4-years), 2007-2008; Treasurer (2-years). Velma either Chaired or assisted with the following departments and committees. Cheerleading Contest/16 years (she was involved with the cheerleading contest from its beginning at the 1991 Fair); Domestic Arts/16 years; Swine Department/13 years (assisted 1 year); Gazebo Entertainment/10 years (assisted 1 year); Grandstand Ticket Takers & Ushers/7 years; Trash/4 years; Concert/Sunday Show/1 year (assisted 6 years); Junior Fair Committee/11 years; Hospitality Committee/4 years (assisted 8 years); Sanitation/Restroom Committee/2 years (assisted 6 years); Senior Citizens/Veterans Department/2 years (assisted 1 year); Capital Improvement Committee/1 year (assisted 1 year); Grant Committee/5 years (assisted 8 years); Religious Building Department/ – 1 year; Fair Premium Book Committee/2 years.

Velma also assisted with the Audit & Budget Committee/8 years; Parade Committees/1 year; Band Show/1 year; Vendor Privileges/1 year; Building & Grounds Rental & Equipment Maintenance Committee/1 year; Promotional Advertising Committee/ 2 years; Concessions/Vendor Committee/ 3 years; Security & Safety Committee/1 year; Dairy Cattle Department/5 years; Sheep Department/1 year; Dog Department/1 year; South Camping Department/1 year; Flower/Fine Arts Departments/6 years; Speed Department/9 years; Vocational Education Committee/1 year; Sponsor Committee/8 years; Parade Committee/2 years; Transportation Committee/1 year and Parking Committee/1 year.

On January 4, 2006 The Ohio Department of Agriculture presented Velma the Outstanding Fair Supporter award for District 2 which includes eleven counties in Ohio. This award is given for exceptional service provided to the fair.

Velma and husband Dave have been married for sixty years and have 3 children, Doug (deceased), Brenda Manning and Greg. They have 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Velma retired from the Ansonia Local School system after being an educator for 26 years.

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