VERSAILLES — Poultry Days has released theme art this week for their 65th annual Poultry Days. The 2016 theme is “A Salute to the American Farmer” recognizing the hard working farmers and agricultural businesses that keep our poultry and agriculture tradition alive.
In celebration of its 65th anniversary, the Poultry Days Board of Directors extends an invitation to all past Poultry Days Miss Chicks, Little Miss Poultry Days and Poultry Days Festival Chairmen to participate in the Grand Parade, which will be held June 11 at 11 a.m.
“We would be honored by your presence,” said board directors. “Floats have been organized and we only need your presence! Please RSVP by May 1 to: Versailles Poultry Days, PO Box 108, Versailles, OH 45380 or [email protected] Please include your updated address and email. The day of the festival meet the Versailles Fire Department at the corner of Steffin and East Main streets by 10:30 a.m. and they will direct you to the staging area. The Poultry Days festival has enjoyed 65 years of success due to your efforts. Please allow us to show our appreciation.”
Poultry Days is working to assemble information on past festivals; thus, are looking for pictures of the following Miss Chicks from their crowning festival: 1953 Linda Weherley of Arcanum, 1956 Judy Reeser of Bradford, 1957 Janie Sharp of Minster, 1958 Karen Earhart of Ludlow Falls, 1961 Pat Rudy of Covington, 1963 Diane Thompson of Franklin-Monroe, 1965 Jane Ernst of Fort Loramie, 1979 Dana McKibben of Franklin-Monroe, 1985 Jody Lutz of Franklin-Monroe, and 1994 Carrie Armstrong of Versailles.
“We are also looking for copies of the 1953, 1955 and 1958 Poultry Days programs, and lastly, we are looking for any information regarding honorary parade marshals for 1958-1972, 1974 or 1975,” they said. “If you can share any of this information or other pre-1970 Poultry Days photographs, please contact Eric Stachler at [email protected] or (419)233-0159.”
The 65th annual festival will be held June 10-12 in Versailles Ohio. One of Ohio’s oldest festivals, this event celebrates the area’s poultry producing history as well as its sense of community. The board welcomes everyone to come enjoy the festival. Registration information for the parade and other festival events will be posted as available at www.versaillespoultrydays.com
Poultry Days Inc., is a volunteer based, non-profit organization based in Versailles, which has conducted an annual festival celebrating the area’s history in the Poultry industry since 1952. The festival is held at 459 S. Center St., Versailles, the second full weekend in June since 1952. The group supports community projects and activities that improve the quality of life. For more information on the festival, go to www.versaillespoultrydays.com or email [email protected] Mailing address of P.O. Box 108, Versailles, Ohio 45380-0108.