GREENVILLE - Donald Moorman has been working every day at the Snack Shack this week during the Great Darke County Fair.
You might think that’s not so unusual, but Moorman is 91 years old.
He and the concession’s owner for 25 years, Jeanette Ulsh, have been to three fairs this year. They have set up at the Great Darke County Fair every year since 2006. And, there are two more festivals to do: A car show in Sidney and the Bradford Pumpkin Show.
They also do a tractor show in Rushville, Indiana.
“They [the tractor shows] kill us,” he said. “We sell 1,000 sandwiches a day.”
Ulsh sold the Snack Shack to Monica Hunt four years ago, but, according to Moorman, Hunt won’t let them go.
However, he indicated it would be his last year on the fair circuit.
The Snack Shop, he said, sells tenderloins, chop steak, hamburger, chicken, hot dogs, mixed vegetables and fries to festival-goers.
“Just about anything,” added Moorman, who celebrated his birthday on Aug. 5.
What’s his job at the fair?
“As little as possible,” he said. “This wears me out. I’m not a fair person. I don’t look around much. I get six or seven hours in here and have had enough for a day. We set up every morning, get it ready and work until 2 or 3.”
Moorman retired in 1981 after working and selling cars and driving to auctions for Chrysler Corp.
He said he grew up in the New Weston and North Star areas and lived in Ansonia until he moved to Greenville and resided there until 1965 when he moved to Sidney, his residence of 25 years.
“Now, I’m back here again,” he said.
Moorman, who served in the 5th Air Force from 1942-46 and was stationed in the South Pacific, goes to Florida in the winter from October through April.
He is the father of five children: Donnie (passed), Diane Diller, Sheila Whiting, Debra Bunch and David. There are 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.