MILLERSPORT- Millersport Road was jammed with traffic Aug. 29 as throngs of people turned out for the 66th annual Millersport Sweet Corn Festival parade. Hundreds of locals took advantage of the beautiful evening to watch the local tradition. The Millersport Lions Club, which sponsors the festival, was honored to welcome Henry and Elizabeth Shover of Millersport as the 2012 Grand Marshals. According to the festival’s web site, this honor was in recognition of the Shovers’ unwavering dedication for more than 40 years to both the Sweet Corn Festival and the Millersport Lions Club where they have served in key leadership positions, chaired numerous community projects and helped make a difference in the lives of many through the Red Cross Blood Drives and the assistance provided by the Lions’ Christmas and Catastrophe Fund.
The Sweet Corn Festival took place Aug. 28 to Sept. 1.
Congratulations to this year’s queens and court. Briana Keyes was named 2012 Sweet Corn Festival queen. Keyes is daughter of Jeff and Lisa Keyes of Buckeye Lake, Ohio. She attends Millersport High School where she is active in many academic, athletic, and musicians’ clubs. She has served as class secretary the past three years, been a Top Scholar, an academic letterman, on the Honor Roll, and Student of the Month. Keyes enjoys volunteering for food drives, toy drives, blood drives, and teaching children water safety techniques. She plans to attend Morehead State University in the fall of 2013 to become a large/food animal veterinarian.
First runner-up was Kristin Allman, daughter of Robert and Mary Beth Allman of Pataskala. She attends Watkins Memorial High School where she is active in many music programs, National Honor Society, student tutoring, Quiz Bowl and In the Know participant, Ambassadors Program and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is an honor roll student who plans to attend college in the fall of 2013 to pursue a degree in physical therapy.
Second runner-up was Eilis Kelly, daughter of Michele Kelly of Baltimore. She attends Liberty Union High School where she is active in the FFA, Teen Institute, Prom Promise, Literary Guild, Spanish/Foreign Language Club, Marching Band, Concert Band, and Percussion Ensemble. She is a 4-H Club member who volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church as a camp counselor, tutors at Medill Elementary School, maintains the historic gardens at Johnson Park and works with the Parks and Recreation Department improving park facilities. Eilis plans to attend Ohio University to major in fashion design with a minor in business in the fall of 2013.