August 2002 Newsletter

By Fred Thompson

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Here are a couple of pictures from the Kenton 4th of July Parade.  The
picture on the left shows Gary Gillfillan driving Garth hitched to his
auto top surrey.  Sitting beside Gary is Gerald Rasey with Connie
Gillfillan and Mary Elliott in the back.  The picture on the right shows
Fred Ferguson relaxing while Chad Hazelton drives Fred's Haflingers
Chester and Lilly.  The "Pit Crew" in the back are Jason and Erin Lehman
and Jamie and Hope Slusher.  Pictures are the compliments of Lisa

   Hi everyone.  Here we are in the month of August.  Usually August is the month that is "stinkin" hot, but it's going to have to work for it to beat the first of July.  Wow, that was a hot one.   Most of the time I have a hard time sitting down long enough to write this report.  With this July heat, I'm not going to complain about sitting in the air conditioning, typing away.

   Now, while I have my mind about me, (and this could change at any moment) I would like to apologize to the Bell.  Last month while waiting until the last moment.  I rushed the Bells into getting me info on their picnic in Wharton.  They responded in lighting speed to help me get my report done on time.  So what did I do to thank them, I left out the most important part of the information, THE DATE.  I also want to thank Angie Hohenbrink for catching it and correcting this on the web.  This lady does not get enough credit for what she does.  She not only has to keep the web page updated, but she has to proof read my stuff too. Sorry if I caused any inconvenience.

   Now with that out of the way, we can talk about our drives in the past.  June 16th found us in the mist of the Henry County Draft Horse Club Fun Show.  The Hohenbrinks combined their drive with this fun show this year.  This was an enjoyable twist to our normal type of drives. The weather couldn't have been better for all the activities associated with the Fun Show plus the regular drive.  There were about 20 BSDC members showed up for the festivities with 5 turnouts joining in for the fun and competition.  All in all, everyone had a great time.

   Our next drive was at Kenton, Ohio for the Kenton Fourth of July Parade.  The Gillfillan once again hosted this event.  For as hot as the weather was there were 34 members that braved the heat.  There were 4 turnouts with three of them going in the parade.  For the ones that went in the parade, I'm sure they noticed an unusual substance on the street.  It seems that the day before the parade a truck was going through Kenton. I'm not sure of the details but some how his tailgate jarred open and scattered chicken innards down the street. If that wasn't bad enough by its self, cars keep driving and sliding through this mess.  If you remember any thing about that day it was HOT HOT HOT.  Without too much imagination, you can imagine the smell.  Thanks to the city street workers, they got the mess cleaned up.  The substance?  Lime, they had to spread lime on the street to help soak up the goo and I sure it helped keep the flies away and the smell down.

   Now looking forward, our only drive this month will be held August 25th at Sandy and Larry Young's Place. The potluck dinner will be at 1:00 with drinks furnished.  The drive around the countryside will be after the meal.  We'll be looking for some of that homemade ice cream to complete the day again this year. There are some traditions that shouldn't be broken, and this is one of them.  Seems it just wouldn't be right without it.  What flavor are we gonna try this year?  Something exotic or traditional?

 To find Larry and Sandy's place, take State Route 19 and 100 southeast out of Bucyrus.  Route 100 will split from Route 19 about l mile out of Bucyrus and go south. Go about l mile down Route 100 and you should be there.  The address is 1758 State Route 100.  For more details call the Young's at 419/562-4712.  Those with horse trailers enter the gate to the field at Diebler Road.  If you are not bringing a rig you can park up by the house. Signs should be out to help you.

   September 8th will find us at Malabar Farms again this year.  Mary Elliot will host this drive again and said that it will be pretty much like last year.  Mary will be furnishing hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks for the 1:00 potluck.  The big difference over last year is that Mary couldn't get the tent but will have the Pugh Cabin instead.  To get to Malabar Farm: Take SR 30 east through Mansfield to a small town called Mifflin.  Turn south on 603.  This takes you right to Malabar Farm.
Watch for the signs.

   I'm going to jump a little further into September.  Like September 15th to be exact.  I would like to mention the drive hosted by the Murray's.  I'll have all the details in the Corral next month.  This is just so you will mark your calendar.  This will be a combined drive with the Western Reserve Driving Club.  This may be one you won't want to miss.

   Let keep our equine friend in mind during these hot, muggy days. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water and some shade to help them keep as cool and as comfortable as possible.  Don't forget the fly spray.  Those pesky little critters are a real annoyance to the horses at this time of year.


August 7         Keith Neale
August 8        Gene Pore
August 10      Taylor Courchaine
August 11      Mary-Ellen Toth
August 18      Larry Young
August 19      Jessica Yaney
August 28      Gerri Scarbro
September 11 Fred Thompson
September 18 Phyllis Schreiner
September 22 Bernetta Huston
September 23 Ruth Joseph
September 29 Peggy Graham


*Aug 25   Drive hosted by the Young's
*Sept. 8 Drive at Malabar Farm, hosted by Mary Elliott
*Sept 15         Drive hosted by the Murray's at Melmore
  Oct 4 Carriage Auction at Topeka, Ind.
*Oct 12 -13  Cornhuskers with the Hunters
*Oct 27        Drive hosted by the Newmans
*Nov. 16 Annual Banquet and Meeting at Schnipke Inn in Ottawa, Ohio
* Denotes a club sponsored event