Mark’s Musings – Oct. 8, 2014

| October 7, 2014
Mark Fortune

Mark Fortune

The 163rd Coshocton County Fair is in the books with a grand time had by all. The weather – except for one day – was nearly ideal – albeit a bit warm for some of the livestock and fairgoers alike. But cool evenings allowed for grandstand events to be enjoyed without the winter jacket, gloves and hats that sometimes adorn local fairgoers. The junior and senior fair board members, volunteers, parking help, ticket takers, the Warsaw Lions with their golf carts on steroids to help those in need, and much, much more all led to a very successful fair. It truly takes a community to make the county fair possible and nowhere was this more evident than at Thursday evening’s junior fair auction that wrapped up the fair.

A tribute to long-time auctioneer Herb Peddicord started the evening and it wrapped up with an emotional Kyle Daugherty telling buyers that he would give 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of his hog to Roy Mast, a longtime employee of Daugherty Farms. Mast was seriously injured in the bull riding event on Sunday night at the fair. Mast continues to make improvements. But the night did not stop there. After the auctioneer’s gavel came down proclaiming the hog sold to Jeff Drennen Dealerships, buyers were given the opportunity to make an add-on donation to Mast. Nearly $8,000 was raised in the effort. As Greg Rice said from the auction block, “Would you want to live anywhere else?”

This community stands tall when it counts.

Ahhh, the Browns. This year’s team seems to have all the hallmarks of a Kardiac Kids second coming so to speak. According to news sources, the Browns comeback is the largest deficit overcome by a Browns team, ever. That is incredible and only time will tell how good this team really is. Or that second game against the Steelers might tell us something.

The Buckeyes are now ranked number 15 in the AP top 25 and USA Today polls. The top six teams are all unbeaten at 5-0. Continued wins by Ohio State will keep them climbing as others lose a game here and there. Upsets abounded this past weekend as everyone that watches college football knows. The game against Michigan State looms largest on the schedule horizon. As the pundits say every year – if you’re going to lose a game, lose it early in the season. Win out from there and good things tend to happen. And the Buckeyes are only getting better.

Apple Butter Stirrin’ is around the corner, so to speak. Let’s hope for nice fall weather as the weekend of Oct. 17-19 brings the annual event at Roscoe Village, the Fall Foliage Tour and several other “fallish” related events. This weekend is the annual Parktober Fest at Warsaw – with chili aficionados and cooks vying for the title of best and other similar titles for their chili. Bring your spoons. Actually, I think they provide those.

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Mark Fortune, along with his wife Nancy, is the former owner and founder of The Coshocton County Beacon, the highest circulated newspaper in Coshocton County. He has over 40 years in the publishing business with sales, marketing, and journalism experience. After selling The Beacon to the AloNovus Corp., in January 2020, Mark has been a Business Development Strategist with the company. They publish a network of weekly news publications with almost a half million distribution weekly, a quarterly tourism magazine and a digital division. Mark enjoys history, and has a passion for genealogy, currently researching and discovering his Fortune ancestry. He and his wife Nancy live on a small farm outside of Coshocton.

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