2009-08-01 / Editorials & Letters

Milestone year for Keener Classic


On Saturday, Sept. 5, we will host the Annual Ken Keener Classic 5-K Run through the streets of Millersport and along South Bank and Summerland Beach Roads. It has become such an important part of the Sweet Corn Festival and we appreciate the homeowners and businesses along the race route for being tolerant and supportive of having the roadways closed during the race.

For the past two decades this race has been a dependable fundraising project that benefits the Millersport High School Track Program. The Millersport Lions Club from the very first race has earmarked all net proceeds to benefit the athletes that compete on the MHS outstanding track and field teams. We appreciate the corporate sponsors, the Millersport Mayor and Council, the Walnut Township Trustees, the Millersport Fire Department, Millersport Police Dept., the Fairfield County Sheriff Office and the many volunteers that make the race possible each and every year.

This year's race is a milestone. The proceeds will benefit a track program that will finally compete on new facilities comparable with those of neighboring school districts. Congratulations to Coaches Ken Keener and Steve Pierce for keeping that dream alive ever since the first 5-K Run. If you are not a race competitor, please come out on Sept. 5 at 9:00 a.m. to support the competitors, the festival, and the Millersport High School Track Teams.

Also take a few minutes out of your busy schedule in August to stop by Millersport High School to check out the new all weather track and field event sites. They are impressive. Then swing by Weldon's Ice Cream Co. on Canal Drive and purchase a pot of beautiful corn plants being sold by Gavin Geiger to promote the festival and benefit the new track.

Ron Keller General Chairman Sweet Corn Festival, Inc.

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