MILLERSPORT– It wasn’t a good year for the Millersport Lions Sweet Corn Festival— it was a great one! “We had a great, great festival,” said Dan Booze, assistant marketing chairman. He said the weather cooperated and he estimated more than 100,000 people passed through the gates during the Labor Day weekend.
Booze said more than 100,000 ears of corn were consumed and this was one of the few years people were actually worried about running out of corn, but fortunately there was plenty of sweet corn for ever yone. Plent y of dough nuts were sold, too, he said.
Booze said there were 17 high school bands in the Wednesday evening parade. “ We appreciate the community support,” he said. “This is such a great community event.”
Carol Kitzmiller was the 2014 parade Grand Marshal. This very busy volunteer was recognized for her longtime and generous support for the Sweet Corn Festival, her active involvement in the American Legion Post Auxiliary, Hospital Twig 13, the Walnut Township Local School District, her generosity to numerous charitable organizations and her love and promotion of Buckeye Lake and Millersport. Johanna Whetstone, daughter of Dr. Jim and Julie Whetstone of Millersport, is the 2014 Sweet Corn Festival queen. Whetstone attends Millersport High School where she is captain of the varsity volleyball team, member of the National Honor Society, Quiz Team, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Illumination select show choir, marching band, pep band, an Academic Letter recipient and a Top Scholar. Whetstone is also a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Ambassador, active in the Millersport United Methodist Church as a worship leader and Bible School crew leader, acted in major roles in the local theatre, an American Red Cross Blood Drive worker and donor. She loves singing, songwriting, piano, acting and volleyball and plans to follow in the family tradition to pursue a medical degree and become a physician in an emergency room.
For the court, Olivia Allen, daughter of Chris and Mindy Allen of Hebron, is first runnerup. She attends Lakewood High School where she is an Academic Letterman, cheerleader, plays soccer, participates in the Big Buddies Program and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Allen is a member of the Hebron United Methodist Church serving as a nursery aide and volunteers at the annual Hebron Music Festival and the Easter Egg Hunt. She plays the piano for local nursing homes during Christmas, longtime 4-H member that is currently serving as club secretary and participates in several Breast Cancer Fundraisers including the Susan Komen Race for the Cure and the Triathlon for Hope. Allen enjoys piano, camping, swimming and adventure racing. She plans to attend Otterbein College to pursue a degree in nursing and remain active in her church, community and family.
Taylor Oxley, daughter of Allen and Kim Oxley of Thornville, is second runner-up. She attends Fairfield Union High School where is active in FFA as Vice President, Key Club, Student Council, Teen Institute, Small Engine Team, Livestock Judging Team, Girls Basketball Team Captain, French Club, and Prom Committee. Oxley is also a Scholar Athlete, State FFA Degree Recipient, Honor Roll, Academic Letterman. Oxley is a member of the Millersport Covenant Church, a food pantry volunteer, blood drive worker, statistician and time clock operator for little league basketball and volleyball. She has worked the past five years in her mother’s restaurant (Hometown Hotdogs) as a waitress, cook, trainer, dishwasher and night manager. Oxley enjoys FFA, being with friends and family and showing steers and plans to attend college and pursue a career as a Midwife.