On behalf of the Preble County Historical Society, I want to thank the Preble County community for its response to our Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 5. The event is a huge volunteer commitment and we are so happy that the community responded with such enthusiastic participation. Over 40 volunteers celebrated with over 3,000 participants throughout the day and evening! It was a great turnout and celebration!
So many community organizations also helped make the day possible and we particularly want to thank our sponsors – those organizations that provided financial resources to make the day so successful. Reid Hospital and Health Care Services, our sole diamond sponsor, provided funding for the magnificent fireworks display put on by American Fireworks Company. Platinum sponsors included Henny Penny and Thumb Up Productions/The Worley Boys. Gold sponsors include LawnPlus, Otterbein Senior Life Style Choices/Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhoods, Mike & Judy Raymond, and Rodney Cobb Chevrolet Buick GMC. Silver sponsors included Jones Complete Carpet Care, Michael Murphy Insurance, the Preble County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Preble County Development Partnership, the Preble County Medical Center, Remagen, Dr. and Mrs. David F. Sikora, Somerville National Bank, Summit Chiropractic, TimkenSteel, and Wetzel Auto. Bronze sponsors included Eaton Hometown Furniture, Wm. Nelson & Janet L. Hardin, Craig Hewitt, DDS, Lowman Heating and Air, McDonalds, The Eaton Place Restaurant, Twin Valley Bank, and the West Alexandria Lions Club. Dragonfly sponsors include Bullen Tech, Jim Hildebolt, LCNB, Tom & Karen McQuiston, and Seth D. Schlotterbeck.
The Register-Herald partners with PCHS to co-sponsor the Preble County Historical Society’s Sara Swartsel Hall of Honor. The paper’s participation makes the Annual Hall of Honor booklet and the plaques recognizing the inductees possible. PCHS honors this partnership immensely.
Many organizations participated in the day’s events, and we want to thank them for their participation. Cub Scout Pack 206 of Miamisburg presented the raising the flag ceremony that opened the day’s festivities. Food vendors Buckeye Jake’s, Ullery’s Ice Cream, and Johnston Family Foods provided nourishment for the attendees. The Eaton Community Band and the Eaton Community Chorus provided musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. The Historical Society volunteers staffed the historic buildings and the exhibit hall to provide more educational opportunities.
Special thanks also go to the participants in the evening’s festivities at The Amphitheater which started with an elegant three-part rendition of the National Anthem, sung by Sophia, Tess, and Grace Murphy, daughters of Shawn and Elizabeth Murphy. Inductees into the Sara Swartsel Hall of Honor, sponsored by the Preble County Historical Society and The Register-Herald, were announced and honored, and we thank the family members of those we honored who were able to attend and those who were not for their assistance in honoring their loved ones. Justin Bryan and Chris Mowen started the musical portion of the evening, followed by the Worley Boys with great performances by both groups.
Additional thanks go to Riverdog Pro Sound, American Fireworks Company, Preble County Sheriff’s Deputies, West Alexandria Fire Department, Rebel Saints Face Paints and Body Art, and over 40 volunteers who have helped to make this event so successful!
Please join us for our July 18 event at The Amphitheater with Preble County Idol Regional Finals at 3 p.m. (free admission) followed by “Ticket to Ride – A Beatles Tribute Band” Concert at 7 p.m. ($10 per person admission at the gate.)
Tim Lane, Board President
Preble County Historical Society