Each year the Ohio County Fair Board celebrates the support of somebody who has been major supporters of the 4-H program.
This year there were two different presentations.
The first was a presentation to the family of Phil Weaver prior to the steer show on Thursday, June 29th.
Weaver was honored for years of service to the Ohio County 4-H as announcer throughout the fair.
Fair Board president Chris Gilb presented Phil’s wife Bev, son Adam, daughter-in-law Allison and grandson Case with a plaque as board member Jeff Price spoke of Weaver who passed away on October 24th, 2016 at the age of 66.
He was known as the voice of Ohio county fair for many years, said Price. His devotion to the 4-H program and willingness to volunteer at many other events is well documented and legendary. With deep appreciation for many years of service to the Ohio County 4H program, the fair board and the youth of Ohio County dedicate June 29th, 2017 as Phil Weaver Day.
In addition, to the stand being named the Phil Weaver Announcer’s stand. A plaque will be permanently placed in his memory.
Bev Weaver took to the microphone in and appreciation and said he loved the 4-H, the kids, and the animals. He was recently honored at the Dearborn County Fair Auction where he received the Sagamore of the Wabash (the state’s highest honor from the governor). She said somebody told her that Phil is in a better place but it is a better place here because of Phil.
He had served as Dearborn County Treasurer for 38 years and was bound to a wheelchair since he was 25 years old, following a car accident. He graduated from Aurora High School and then went on to Purdue University. He enjoyed farming and raising cattle. He served as the final Dearborn County Torch Bearer to celebrate the Indiana State Bicentennial.
Also honored this year were annual honorarium recipients Vincent and Karen Owen.
The couple operated a dairy farm for many years and each have worked for the Rising Sun school district.
Karen served 20 years as a 4-H leader and now serves as cooking editor for Taste of Homes. She served as secretary at the school.
Vince worked for 20 years with the annual Farm Bureau Pork Chop BBQ. He continues serving as a bus driver for the school.
Many parents and grandparents shared fond memories of the couple’s work. They usually started with I remember when followed by praise and glory.