DHI Media Staff Report

VAN WERT — Friday, Aug. 29 has been designated Veterans Day at the Van Wert County Fair. The day is being sponsored by the county Veterans Service Organization as well as every other veteran’s organization in the county. All activities will be held at the Entertainment Test on the west side of of the Commercial Building.

Free admission to the fair on that day from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. for every veteran and his or her spouse. According to Veterans Service Officer Barry Johns, ther program will begin at 10:45 a.m. with a combined Color Detail from the Service Organizations leaving the Bayleat Street Gate. After the colors are posted, Dennis Kimmet, President of the Veterans Service Commissionm will be our Master of Ceremonies, and our guest speaker will be Tim Espich from the Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS). Espich has been with the Ohio Department of Veterans Services since it was founded in 2008, and is the Chief Operating Officer. Free ham & bean soup with cornbread will be served after the program while it lasts.

The Veterans Service Office will be moved to the fairground for the day and will be open from 10a.m. - 3 p.m. to answer questions about VA benefits.

Kim Hughes from the Van Wert County Recorder’s Office will also be available to answer any questions about the importance of recording discharges as well as other services available through her office.

All veterans are invited to stop in to say hello to everyone and to enjoy a bowl of ham and beans with cornbread.