An estimated 3,500 people lined the streets of Owensville to enjoy the 158th Annual Clermont County Fair Owensville Firemen’s parade July 22.
The annual parade, which is organized each year by the Stonelick Township Firefighter’s Association, kicked off the fair and attracted more than 100 participants.
Owensville resident Diane Carlier, who lives along Main Street, said that every year the parade marches in front of their house and they make it a family event.
“We and the kids really love it,” he said. “Especially the very loud county fire trucks and all of the many emergency service response vehicles.”
The grand marshal of this year’s parade was life-long Clermont County resident and county official historian Richard Crawford, who is the only person to have been chosen twice for this honor in the parade’s history. He was grand marshal once before in the early 1990′s.
Almost every parade participant tossed candy into the street for children to scramble around after.
Seven-year-old New Richmond resident Corey Hunt, who had a full bag of candy by parade's end, said that the parade was awesome.
"Wow, the noise, the horses, and all those floats are amazing, but just look at what I am going home with today," he said while enthusiastically holding up his bag of collected candy.
Jamie Williams, the president of the Stonelick Township Firefighter's Association, said that the parade is a great time for people, especially kids, to play, make noise, have fun, and just be kids.
After the parade, the fair was officially opened by Clermont County Agricultural Society President Bea Faul, Vice-president William Scharber, Clermont County Board of Commissioners president Bob Proud, State Representative Joe Uecker, and Congresswoman Jean Schmidt.
After a few brief remarks, Congresswoman Schmidt presented Bea Faul with an American flag that had flown over the Capitol building in Washington.
In her opening remarks, Bea Faul said that Clermont County has the best fair in the state and that the members of the agricultural society are excited and thrilled to welcome everyone to this year's tradition of the fair.
Scharber added that the fair week is an outstanding week to get to know people in the community, see old friends, make new ones, and especially, a way of celebrating the young people who take on the responsibility of raising, nurturing, and then showing animals.
"We want everyone to come to the fair this week, bring the family to the many scheduled events, and have a great time - that is what it's all about," he said.