N.L. festival a success

NEW LONDON - Roger Harner was the man of the hour at the 99th annual Firelands Labor Day Festival in New London this weekend. Not only was he the grand master of Saturday's Rotary-sponsored parade, but he also pushed the plunger that set off the 99,000 firecrackers Monday night before the fireworks display.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

NEW LONDON - Roger Harner was the man of the hour at the 99th annual Firelands Labor Day Festival in New London this weekend.

Not only was he the grand master of Saturday's Rotary-sponsored parade, but he also pushed the plunger that set off the 99,000 firecrackers Monday night before the fireworks display.

Harner, a 1954 graduate of New London High School, was honored for organizing the parade for 33 years and for his 50 years as a volunteer with the fire department, where he now serves as assistant fire chief.

The parade that Harner led featured bands, festival queens, horses, cars, fire trucks and floats with this year's theme of "New London the friendliest spot in Ohio."

The Hartland Center Church float won the Bob Hardy Memorial Trophy for best overall group, as well as best youth group. Pure Country Dancers and the Berlin Heights Basket Festival Queen and Court also came in first in their categories.

The newest event of the festival was the greased pig contest, that took place with the help of a pig from the Andy and Shelley Suvar farm. Winners were Raymond Goostree, Brad Henderson and Tanner Green.

In other events, Brandon Lang placed first for men and Colby Asmus for women in the 5-K run, and Allen Hale Jr., Kent Marsh and Allison Fleming were the top three winners in the always popular pie eating contest sponsored by LifeBanc and run by Clyde Hotchkiss.

Melissa Brinker's chili was judged best of the 12 entries, and there were 250 entries in the flower show. Susan Cutting's arrangement won best of show, Rylee Haswell won best of junior show, Diana Deppen won best of farmer's harvest, Joyce Tulk won best rose and Joan Hillenbrand won best horticultural display.

Other exhibitors included the New London Area Historical Society, Safety Awareness in Huron County, Firelands Ambulance Service, the New London Community Club, the New London Quilt Guild, Klingman's Taxidermy, S & S Farms Heating and Repair and A J's Hematite.

As usual, the high point of the weekend was Terry Granneman's fireworks display, and this year it was preceded by the 99,000 firecrackers in honor of the 99th year of the festival.

Granneman already is working with the village to make the 100th festival fireworks the best ever, and a fund-raising drive has already begun to help defray the cost of next year's extravaganza.

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Tammy R. (Anonymous)

" lololol... hahahaha !!! "

swiss ged (Anon...

swiss family ... wrote on Sep 5, 2007 11:12 AM:

" the festival was great , and as long as i was in New London .. i have to stop off and have the best pizza around at the New London pizza house !!!! the demo derby was great too , i saw the best demo derby , years ago at the erie county fair .. it was called volkswagon football , where they put a vw , on its top , and lined up the teams with their back ends facing each other .. with the vw in the middle , and the idea was to try to get the vw past a preset mark , or goal post !! it was terrific .. i would like to see something like that happen next year !!! great festival though !! "....... you are right , that girl in the picture is very funny !! but you said that she must be a good sport , i disagree , look into her eyes , she is brainless , and see those chubby cheeck? she's a pig , so she's not so much of a good sport , as she is a brainless , fat , New londoner !!! " to " seems to me".. what is your point .. yes i did say that i had alot of fun at the New London festival , and i also said that New London pizza house has the best pizza in the area !! but i still insist that New Londeners are brainless and fat !!! as far as i know , the owners of the pizza house were not born , or raised in that town .. i believe they are from Norwalk !!!New London is a great littl place , but it is what it is !! a bunch of cross bred , brainless , fat people .. it's kind of like going to the circus .. its entertaining , and they have good food there , but i wouldn't want to live there !!! " ok,ok....allison , that's a real nice picture of you on the top of the story !!! is all of hat design on your shirt made by your "bedazzler", or is that just left over scraps, of crap, that you woped off on your shirt, because you couldn't stuff all of it into your pie hole???? "

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