Fair, fall, football, baseball and some chicken wings

| October 7, 2021

By the time most of you have an opportunity to read this column, the 170th annual Coshocton County Fair will be winding down with maybe a stray Stromboli or pygmy goat rambling across the fairgrounds. A gorgeous Saturday certainly provided fairgoers with a great day to enjoy the fair, food and socializing with friends and family.

We need to take a moment to thank all of those that made the fair “go.” The senior fair board, the junior fair board, all the volunteers, organizations and businesses that contribute to the success of the Coshocton County Fair. To many, it might seem that the fair “just happens.” It surely does not. It takes a tremendous number of hours and energy to make our fair go. If you get the opportunity, please take a moment to say “thank you” to a senior or junior fair board member, volunteer or a business that contributes to the fair.

The Buckeyes have climbed back into the top 10 in the college football rankings – sitting at number seven – and will have the opportunity to bust into the final four playoff with a matchup with Penn State coming later this month and of course, the showdown with TTUN in November. The schedule increases in difficulty which should line up well with the improvement made by the team over the past couple of games.

West coast baseball fans are surely rooting for a Dodgers wildcard win over the Cardinals which would have them up against the division winning Giants in the best of five series in the National League. The long-standing rivalry of the Yankees and Red Sox took center stage this week with the one game wildcard game to “earn” the right to play the Tampa Bay Rays in the next round. While there a few newcomers to this year’s baseball playoffs, the teams from the past several years continue to show up – Houston, Tampa Bay, LA and others. I would like to see the Brewers against either the Yankees or Boston in the World Series. Probably won’t happen but you never know!

As we move headlong into October, we can look forward with anticipation to the annual Apple Butter Stirrin’ in Roscoe Village and the beauty of autumn in Coshocton County. As farmers begin picking corn and soybeans, let’s all keep an eye out for tractors and combines on the roads and instead of being impatient about a slow-moving vehicle, let’s be glad we have food on our tables – thanks to our farmers. As everyone now knows, counting on our food supply to always be available is not quite what it used to be. Did anyone ever consider that something like chicken wings would be difficult to put on the table?

I only hope that this does not have implications for Thanksgiving and turkey! Oh, those are drumsticks, not wings. And not the ice cream type either. Apologies for that almost scare. I really haven’t had that much fair food – yet. Have a great week everyone!

Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; www.fortunes4advocare.com. I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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