The Peonly Festival Grand Parade highlighted a busy day of festival activities on Saturday as Queen Jubilee XXXIX Chelsea Hancock and her court led the way. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
The Peonly Festival Grand Parade highlighted a busy day of festival activities on Saturday as Queen Jubilee XXXIX Chelsea Hancock and her court led the way. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
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Peony Festival 39 is over. The area around Fountain Park is quiet. You would never guess Friday night that Papa Doo Run Run had lots of folks out of their seats dancing to the 50’s and 60’s tunes, while beautiful cars were on display on Main St. for the Car Show. The park was packed with the work of various artists to enjoy, thanks to Main Street Van Wert, the Optimist Club and ArtRageous. Crafters were displaying their handiwork for sale, and there was no shortage of great food.
The fun continued through Saturday with the 5k Peony Pace, thanks to the YMCA, and Camp Clay hosted the Fishing Derby, with prizes supplied by Thatcher Insurance. Several businesses supported the bounce houses enjoyed by the little ones, and this year the Peony Festival Committee welcomed the Girls Scouts as its newest partner, supplying games for kids to enjoy. Those faithful to the Grand Parade had some great looking units. Grand Marshal Larry Wendel was carried through the parade on a Jaguar. Then after the parade, those that made their way back to the park had a great time dancing to the piano stylings of Blair Carman.
Of course, there were many who worked to ensure the safety of the event. The Van Wert Police Department controls traffic and works to ensure everyone’s safety. Sue Heppeard and the Van Wert Parks Department work hard all year long to provide beautiful parks so that the Peony Festival can be held. The area businesses that sponsor the Peony Festival make it possible to other events at no cost. The news media always provide wonderful support for festival news items. And, the Van Wert County Foundation and Paul Hoverman so generously provide the funds and work to have the parade music and the Friday night band. The Peony Festival Committee, including: Barb East, Trudy Webster, Karen Shively, Tom and Esther Robeson, Sonia Mazur, Gary Showalter, Helen Wisener, Ann Marshall, Adam Reis, Kylie Mills, and Zoe Longstreth should be commended for their hard work.