Harlem Township Days honors seniors
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Harlem Township Days is becoming an annual anchor event for the still largely rural southeastern Delaware County township.
With near perfect weather, the casual festival honored Harlem Township senior citizens during a 10 a.m. opening parade. The recognized seniors were those over 90 years of age, and the 80 to 90 crowd, all township residents for more than 50 years.
Several Big Walnut High School students were featured at Harlem Township Days this year. Sophomore Kyle Davis displayed his award winning science fair projects about sparrows set up in the Maintenance Building. Allison Dawson, Olivia Evans and Spencer Mohney performed in the Main Tent. And Forge Garrabrant had an area set up near the Fire Department for his Eagle Scout project to raise money to buy a defibrillator for the township.
For those interested in antiquities and Native Americans, Greg Peyton, flint-knapper, and Ralph Arms, Lenape story-teller, were at Harlem Township Days both days. They were joined on Sunday by Thomas Grooms, a prehistoric pottery specialist.
Also, Nationwide Insurance sponsored a Car Show that included classic cars, trucks and street rods; and the Ohio Village Muffins and Harlem Township’s home team played baseball 1860’s style – no gloves, no cleats, no cussing, and a few quirky rules like no sliding.
Other Harlem Township Days activities included a Tractor Pull; an Author Meet-and-Greet, a Cake Walk and Pedal Pull for Children; entertainment by juggler Matt Jergens, guitarist Steve Ball, Pete Conrad of the Traveling Beatleburys; educational presentations on the Civil War by members of the Rosecrans Unit; and dancing with John Wargowsky.
On the final day, a pancake breakfast was followed by a non-denominational church service presented by Pastor Bud; a tractor slow race and quick start contest; and entertainment by Sean Erickson, singer and songwriter.