RV Park Social slams home summer

| August 5, 2013

WARSAW- Chicken halves – sold out. Ducks for the duck race, sold out. Homemade ice cream, sold out. One could say that a combination of gorgeous weather, community pride, and support lent itself to a very successful social at the River View Park this past weekend. About the only thing with any discomfort were the dunk tank participants with a breeze and not quite August temperatures.

Jesse Fischer, president of the River View Community Park Board, said of the event, “There are cars parked in places that I have not seen them parked here before. This is one of the most tremendous crowds I can ever remember us having here. A lot of that is attributable to the weather, a lot of that is attributable to the baseball tournament; we had nine teams from as far away as Cleveland here today. But for the most part I would say it is what people know they can expect when they get here, and that’s the food, the fun and the fellowship.

It’s perfect weather, people eat, and they hang around visiting, having a good time. We’re very, very  pleased with how things have turned out here today.

Proceeds from the event benefit the River View Community Park in Warsaw and are used for general maintenance and upkeep of the grounds.

People are here helping because they believe in the park. “I really appreciate their dedication, their volunteerism and their belief in order to have a better quality of life having a community park like we do is an integral part of that,” Fischer said. “Them coming out and helping us only benefits the whole community.

He also was thankful for the help of the firefighters.

“The Walhonding Valley Volunteer Firefighters are the single largest organization that comes in and helps us,” Fischer said. “They barbecue the chicken – Chet pulled in at 4 a.m., and the rest of the guys pulled in shortly after that to get the charcoal started. They cooked 720 chicken halves.”

Prior to the watermelon eating contest – that had a record number of kids involved – the Walhonding Rube Band entertained the crowd followed by Chestnut Ridge. In the watermelon eating contest, in the 7 to 12 age category, Sophia Darling was first, Bailey Bowman, second and Cruz Mobley third. Thirteen and up was Kadden Mobley first, Rya Kron second and Abby Burchett third. Six and under results are on the front page of the Beacon.

Duck number 104 won the duck race – with ducks dating back to 1991. Despite their age, the fowl frolicked and fancied their way down the creek.

Fischer said, “It’s all about the volunteer effort and involvement. I’m glad my peers help, and I hope my kids continue that involvement. We couldn’t do this without the volunteers.”

“We’re just so very appreciative of people willing to take time out of their Sunday to come here and fellowship with everyone and to support the park, to support a good cause and to enjoy the day. It’s just really a great thing to see.”

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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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