BSDC October 2003 News

By Roger Higgins

Greetings, Happy Autumn! Where did the time go? The club still has some events coming up.  We had two drives in September and I am giving the information for the last two drives of the season. We have had a great time so far, and I am sure it will continue. Our next drive is October the 18th. This drive is hosted by John and Sarah Hunter. It's time for the Corn Husking weekend in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. I have a letter from John and Sarah in reference to their drive.  The State and National Corn Husking Contest will be held October the 18th and 19th, 2003, at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. You may arrive on Friday night the 17th if you would like to. Camping is available on the fairgrounds with hookups for water and electricity. There are several motels nearby, Comfort Inn @ 1-800-228-5150, Amerihost Inn @ 1-800-434-5800, and Day's Motel @ 419-294-5161. The Black Swamp Driving Club will have the vehicles displayed, and the horses will be stabled in the 4-H horse barn. You may drive at your leisure throughout the Fairgrounds.
Saturday night we will be making Mulligan Stew in an iron kettle with meat furnished. Please bring some veggies, etc., for the stew and another dish such as munchies or dessert if you wish. Coffee and rolls will be provided each morning. Food stands will be set-up on the grounds the entire weekend as well as many great craft booths. Various activities, demonstrations, and contests will also be taking place for the enjoyment of all your family. There will be a church service on Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the log cabin by the entrance to the fairgrounds, and breakfast is served in the dining hall. NOW, just pray for some good weather and we will be all set. For more information, call John and Sarah Hunter at 419-396-6746. Hope to see you then!  Thanks John and Sarah for the letter, it gives us a better idea of what is happening there. I also have some directions to this event as follows: State Route 53 is the magic road.  It takes you right past the fairground.  You can get there by exiting off of SR 23 and going South towards town. The fair grounds
will be on your left.  You can also pick up SR 53 off of SR 30 and go north, but you will have to go into Upper Sandusky to do this. We always have a great time at the Corn Huskers. 
      The next drive is hosted by Mark and Marla Newman, on October the 26th. Here is the info on their drive.
         Directions coming from the North (Findlay) follow 68S through
         Arlington.  The first road after the school called Waterloo or Twp. Rd.
         32, turn right or west.  Proceed for approx. 2 miles to the second road
         to the LEFT, Twp. Rd. 66.  Turn left (South) onto Twp. Rd. 66.  We are
         the first log home on the left (19855). 
I did receive an update about a bridge being out, I believe these directions will get you there around the detour. I will report any updates when I receive them. For more info on the drive call 419-365-1613.
Then, to wrap-up the year, we are having the Annual Banquet. This event will be held on November the 8th at the Schnipke Inn, in Ottawa, Ohio.  Social Hour will be from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. with relish tray and drinks, dinner will start at 6:00. Dinner is served buffet style, entrees will consist of Roast Beef, Swiss Steak, and Chicken. The cost is $11.00 for adults, the cost for children is adjusted by age. Payment is due at the door. The cost includes the tip. Please note, The committee is trying to establish a count of people, so they can give the Inn an estimate on how many will be attending. Please call Connie and Gary Gillfillan at 419-675-3257, or Ann and Joe Bell at 419-694-2085, and let them know how many reservations your party will need. This year we will be having an auction. We all really enjoy the auction. Mary Elliott is the chairperson. There will be door prizes as well. Mary requests that each family bring something for the auction. What a great way to wrap-up the year.
   It doesn't seem possible that the drives are coming to an end. Its a great time to start planning for next year. That's  right, we will be submitting the 2004 drives at the January meeting. With the busy holiday season right around the corner, its a good time to start thing about things for next year. If anyone has anything they would like to put in the next article, please let me know. This is all I have for this month.   Enjoy!