Friday, June 4, 2021

Poultry Days is Back!

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Ohio has lifted restrictions and Versailles is proud to offer what might be the first festival after COVID.  Known for overcoming fires and floods the village has weathered a pandemic and is ready to welcome visitors.  Poultry Days will be celebrated June 11-13th with a theme of "A Village of Champions, Honoring Those Who Make Us Great!"  This theme is particularly appropriate given the many everyday “champions” who have stood out over the past year.

Poultry Days is famous for our chicken.  Our goal is to deliver hot, fresh and delicious dinners with as short of a wait as possible.  To do this several changes have been made including adding a fifth chicken assembly line during peak times.  With these additional volunteers as many as 3,000 dinners will be served per hour.  The number of cookers has been increased from 7 to a peak of 10.  These beautiful silver machines produce 220 dinners every 90 minutes.  Cooking will begin before sunrise and that delicious smell will float throughout the village.

More Chicken Faster!  38,000 fresh never frozen chicken halves ensuring there will be plenty of World Famous barbecue dinners available.  The drive thru and walk thru chicken lines are located at 459 S. Center St. and will serve individual dinners.  These lines open at 3:30 Friday, 11:30 Saturday and 11:00 Sunday.  Tickets will be for sale in both lines.    

Mike and Sandy McClurg have been selected as Honorary Parade Marshals for the Grand Parade which will be held at 11:00am on June 12th.  The flag raising ceremony will be 1pm on June 12th and include members of the Versailles High School Band.  The Antique Car parade will be held at 2:30 on June 13th.  Registration for the Antique Car Parade and Display will begin at 10:am at the corner of S. Center and Euclid Streets.

Remember live entertainment?  The Social Tent will offer live entertainment all weekend including Tricky Dick & The Cover Ups, SNAFU, The Hammer Jockeys, Kaitlyn Schmit & The Move, Eight Ball, and Mustang Sally.  The Social Tent will offer beverages from The Winery at Versailles, MillerCoors, Anheuser-Busch and Moeller Brew Barn.  In addition to chicken the festival will have festival food, the Music Booster Food tent and that Famous VAPPA Lemonade.

Amusement rides, games, pony rides, and much more.  Yolo will organize the 5k Run/Walk with registration extending to the morning of the event.  Ultimate Frisbee players will return to Versailles with a one-day tournament on June 12th.  The Versailles FFA will offer an Agriculture Awareness and Promotion Tent on Saturday and Sunday. Other activities include “Sons of the Legion” Cornhole Tournament, Lions Club Chuck-a-luck, FREE Kiddie Tractor Pulls, Vendors Flower Show, K of C Bingo, Cake & Egg Show, Art & Photography Show, and of course Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days.  NEW this year is a FREE Chicken Eating Contest.  

Poultry Days thanks everyone for their continued support.  Visit for the full festival schedule and event details.  Get live festival updates by following Poultry Days on Facebook.  All chicken questions should be sent to  General questions about the festival can be sent to   

Volunteer Fair & Petting Zoo is June First Friday

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Idle-Hour Ranch will be at the Park National Bank First Friday Volunteer Fair & Petting Zoo.
GREENVILLE – The Park National Bank First Friday Volunteer Fair & Petting Zoo is coming to historic downtown Greenville on Friday, June 4, 6-9 p.m. This is a great opportunity to bring your family and enjoy everything that our downtown community has to offer – fun, food and shopping.

The Volunteer Fair features several non-profit organizations. Learn who is really making our community great. These organizations will share what they do and some of them may even have opportunities for you to join them in their mission and become a volunteer. Each booth will be offering a family friendly activity.

If that isn’t enough, the fun will continue in front of the Darke County Courthouse with a Petting Zoo. Idle-Hour Ranch will be bringing some of their animals and kids of all ages will get to experience a little bit of farm life in a beautiful downtown setting.

The fun doesn’t end there. GNB Banking Centers will be cooking out and offering free food to visitors.

In addition to all of this fun, several musicians have expressed an interest in sharing their talents during the Park national Bank First Friday Volunteer Fair & Petting Zoo. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy a little music while you take in the sights.

While that may seem a lot for a First Friday event, there is more. Enjoy shopping at our downtown businesses. Many will be open late and are planning special activities. To find a list of all the activities/specials taking place during the event, please visit Main Street Greenville’s website or their Facebook page.

If you have a volunteer organization and would like to be part of the Park National Bank First Friday Volunteer Fair & Petting Zoo, visit and print off an application and email to or drop off or mail to Main Street Greenville, 421 S. Broadway, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Main Street Greenville is also looking for musicians that would like to share their talents during this First Friday event. Send a demo and requirements to or call 937-548-4998 for more information.

First Friday events aim to bring people downtown during evening hours to enjoy activities, demonstrations, food and music in a beautiful historic setting. The monthly event is presented by Main Street Greenville – a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more, visit their Facebook page. You can contact them at 937-548-4998 or

Library to host Summer Reading Program for children

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Greenville Public Library’s Children’s Librarian, Joanna Brown, is pictured with a few of the prizes up for grabs during this year’s Summer Reading Program.

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Public Library is excited to announce our Summer Reading Program is back!

This year’s program won’t include any in-person events, but kids can still read for the chance to win a wide variety of age-appropriate prizes!

Parents can register their children online at our website,, or by stopping in at the library beginning June 1. You will receive a reading log so you can track your reading. Each reading sheet will cover the entire program, so there’s no need to turn in a sheet every week!

This year’s program will run from June 1 until July 31, and is open to all children ages 0-18. To be eligible for the grand prize, all you have to do is complete your reading sheet and turn it in no later than August 13. Prize winners will be contacted after this date.

The library’s hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For any questions, call us at (937) 548-3915.


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Make Music Day, an international celebration of the Summer Solstice, expands to Darke County on June 21. Darke County Center for the Arts has joined other groups in communities around the globe to coordinate an event where anyone can experience the joy of performing music, and where everyone is invited to participate. Begun in France in 1982 where it has become a national holiday, the “Fete De La Musique” created a music festival featuring free music being performed almost everywhere, with those performing being anyone who wanted to sing or play an instrument regardless of experience or recognized talent. Fourteen years ago, the festival crossed the Atlantic with the debut of Make Music New York, and has since spread to more than 80 communities across the United States resulting in 5,383 free concerts being performed in 1,862 locations on June 21, 2019. Last year when the COVID pandemic made public gatherings impossible, Make Music Day featured more than 1600 virtual and socially-distanced events across the U.S.

DCCA is seeking musicians and instrumentalists to participate in Make Music Darke County on June 21 in sites throughout the community. Solo acts or combos of all skill levels are welcome to sign up for a performance slot; church choirs, vocal quartets, and marching bands as well as groups of office staffs and employees of businesses who would enjoy making music together are invited to perform. If you and/or your group would like to participate in this worldwide festival, send a description of your music, how many people are in your group, your preferred time and location to perform (if you have a preference) along with any samples you may have of your work to Venues are currently being sought where performances will be staged from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 20 minute intervals

Darke County Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization whose mission is to present and promote performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. To keep this celebration of music free for everyone, donations in support of Make Music Day are also being solicited, and can be sent to Make Music Day Darke County, DCCA, P. O. Box 718, Greenville, OH 45331. More details will be announced soon. For more information, call DCCA at 937-547-0908.

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DCP welcomes Bear’s Mill and New Staff

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Sophie Nieport, Thom Hammaker, Terry Clark
Darke County Parks is pleased to announce that on April 1st, National Historic Site, Bear’s Mill officially became part of the Darke County Park District. With the addition of Bear’s Mill, Darke County Parks welcomes two new staff members, Thom Hammaker and Sophie Nieport. These two staff members will be apprentices to the Master Miller, Terry Clark, at the Historic Bears Mill. They will also be maintaining the mill and grounds. 

Thom Hammaker has been an experienced journeyman carpenter for 7.5 years. He is married to Kandace Hammaker and has three children. He says he feels he has a special connection with the mill because his late grandfather, Bill Wilson, would take him canoeing on the Greenville Creek, taking out at Bear’s Mill where they would then visit.

Sophie Nieport lives on a farm outside of Ansonia with her husband Scott Nieport and son Jacob O’Connor. She worked as a Registered Sanitarian for the Darke County Health Department for 10 years, then was the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Shelby Soil & Water Conservation District in Sidney for 2 years. She says she is thrilled to be working for the Darke County Parks and understands being an apprentice to Terry Clark is a once in a lifetime opportunity and will enjoy every minute of it!

Both Thom and Sophie will be learning the ins and outs of the mill from Terry Clark. Terry and his wife Julie purchased the mill in 1979 and after months of hard work, the mill was reopened. Terry mastered milling and the couple made the mill an attractive tourist and local attraction by adding the gallery, enhancing the store, replacing the siding and preserving the mill to the beautiful condition you see today. Terry and Julie sold the mill to the Friends of the Bears Mill 501C3 in 2013 through a grant provided by the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC).  Darke County Parks and the Friends of the Bears Mill have collaborated together for over a year and a half to have the ownership of the Mill transferred to Darke County Parks.  It was approved for transfer by the OPWC and Probate Judge Jason Aslinger.  “We are very excited to have one of the last working water mills east of the Mississippi River” stated Parks Director Roger Van Frank. “We look forward to having the mill opened for extended hours and special groups joining us.”

For more information on the Mill and hours of operations and special requests please contact the Park District at or

New Madison United Methodist 5K Run/Walk

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The New Madison United Methodist 5K run/walk is Sat. June 5. Kids fun run begins at 8:30, 5K begins at 9:00. You may register at or by going to the Darke County Wellness Challenge website at The event is located at 149 N. Main St, New Madison OH. This is a pet friendly event.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County’s 15th Annual Duck Derby & Duck-N-Run 5K is being held on June 17th, 2021 at Tawawa Park in Sidney.  This fundraiser is open to the public, and individuals and businesses are encouraged to participate.  This annual event is a fun and exciting way to support children within our local communities.  By “adopting” a Duck Derby rubber duck for $5 each or 6 for $25, you not only have a chance to win the $1,000 Cash Grand Prize and 30 other prizes, but you will make a positive impact supporting mentoring programs. We will also be continuing the opportunity to adopt Defender of Potential Ducks for $25 each.  The Defender of Potential Duck drawing is limited to only 250 tickets, offers better odds of winning, and one lucky person will be the winner of a $500 cash jackpot. Don’t miss your opportunity for a chance to win over 30 fabulous prizes!

The Defender of Potential Duck winner will be drawn at 7:30pm, with the regular Duck Derby immediately following in Tawawa Park’s Mosquito Creek.  Don’t miss out on the chance to see thousands of rubber ducks launched into the creek and see if your duck is the winner of one of 30 great prizes.  This year’s prizes include the $1,000 Cash Grand, Two 3-day tickets to 2021 Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes compliments of Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru., Four Tickets to Kings Island compliments of Kings Island, Mini-Photoshoot with Claire Larger compliments of Claire Larger & a canvas picture compliments of Agape Distribution, $100 Ohio State Parks Gift Card and two fishing licenses compliments of Jennifer Henke and Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru, Handmade bowl compliments of WEH Wood Art & Brooklinen Robe compliments of Agape Distribution and a head scratcher, two salt room session coupons compliments of Moonflower Aromatherapy. $100 Walmart Gift Card compliments of Gillespie Construction. Two tickets to Jake Owen concert & $20 gift certificate to JT’s Brew & Grill compliments of JT’s Brew & Grill. Two Snow Trails Ski Resort Tickets. Two tickets to Thrill to Grill compliments of Versailles Winery. Cleveland Package: Great Lakes Science Center 1-day pass, $10 Mitchells Ice Cream compliments of Mitchell’s Ice Cream. Two Ultimate taste Tickets compliments of Versailles Winery. &50 Gift Card to Submarine House compliments of Submarine House. Do Good Gift Bag (T-shirt, water bottle, $25 gift card) compliments of Do Good restaurant. $40 Stairway to Wellness Gift card compliments of Stairway to Wellness. Two $30 Double M Diner Gift Cards compliments of Double M Diner. High Grounds gift basket compliments of High Grounds Café. Merle Norman Gift Basket compliments of Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio. $50 Allison Custom Jewelry gift certificate compliments of Allison’s Jewelry. Two Trail Ride coupons compliments of Mormon Valley Farms. $25 Sure Shot Tap House gift card compliments of Sure Shot Tap House. $25 Beanz Buttercream Bakery compliments of Beanz Buttercream Bakery. $25 Montage gift card compliments of Montage Café. Four tickets to Akron Rubber Ducks compliments of Akron Rubber Ducks. $25 Merchant House Gift Card compliments of Merchant House. Brethren House Floral Décor and a 425 Amazon gift card compliments of Brethren Retirement Community. $25 Drive-In gift certificate compliments of Sidney Auto Vue Drive-In. Three 18’ Teaford’s Pizza & Subs coupon compliments of Teaford’s Pizza & Subs. $15 Winners Meats gift card and one game of bowling compliments of Winner’s Meats and Bel-Mar Lanes. $20 Smokin Jo’s gift certificate compliments of Smokin Jo’s. The Whistle Stop pizza coupon compliments of The Whistle Stop. The Duck-N-Run 5K is part of the Shelby County 5K Tour.  Pre-registration for the 5K must be received by Monday, June 7th.  On the day of the event, 5K registration will begin at 7pm at Tawawa Park’s Geib Pavilion, and the evening race is set to start at 8:15pm.  In the event of inclement of weather or COVID-19 restrictions that prevent us from being able to have the Duck Derby, we will conduct the drawing for winners virtually. 

If you’re looking for an affordable way to promote your business and help an organization that supports youth in our community, various sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $200 to $750.  Door prize donations and general monetary gifts are greatly appreciated as well.  If you would like to take advantage of sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Big Brothers Big Sisters office prior to Monday, June 7th, 2021.

If you are wanting to adopt a duck you can visit our website at You can also adopt ducks from Meyer’s Garage & Drive Thru in Newport, board members, local community festivals, and the agency office located at 121 E. North Street in Sidney. Don’t miss your opportunity for a chance to win over 30 fabulous prizes! For a complete listing of prize packages, sponsorship opportunities, online duck adoptions, online 5K registrations, and more information, go to or call 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622.  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way member agency.  Proceeds from the event will benefit our local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency which matches at-risk children with volunteer role models.  These volunteers are screened thoroughly and meet with children at least two times per month offering guidance, support, and positive role-modeling.  The concept of services by Big Brothers Big Sisters is to get community members to open up their lives to a young child within their own community.  It does not take a great deal of time, money, or talent; the volunteers just need to care about children.

Community members who feel they don’t want to make a commitment of volunteering can help the agency in other ways.  The agency is always looking for cost-saving ideas for activities that volunteers can do with their matched Littles.  In the past, companies and individuals have donated tickets to local events, sporting events, or hosted a special outing for the Big Brothers Big Sisters group.

Poultry Day’s Art and Photography Show

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Daydream Creative Services will sponsor and run this year’s Art and Photography Show.  Registration is Wednesday, June 9th and Thursday, June 10th from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Multipurpose/Wrestling Building located at 459 S. Center St., Versailles.  The show is open to students and adults, amateurs and professionals, and not limited to Versailles residents.  1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be awarded in each art category; 2-D, 3-D, Poultry, and Photography.  Best of Show Prizes will be awarded in Student, Amateur and Professional Divisions.

Art and photography from area artists will be on display at the festival June 11-13th. There is no

fee to participate, and there are cash prizes.  For more information on categories, guidelines and prizes go to Please.  Direct questions to Morgan Turpen Rose at 937-564-4645 or

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