Harlem Township Days Vendors, Games, and Field

August 20 - 21, 2011

Harlem Township Days 2011, Vendors and Field


Like prior years, the east end of the community park was filled with shiny and some not so shiny antique tractors and machinery and a few putt-putting sounds. The tractor area staff had a comfortable tent set up where they could talk to interested people in the shade and also helped a lot with information and "traffic directing." In the tractor events, the Peoples Choice Machinery Award for the tractor show was won by Bob Longshore of Sunbury. The tractor tug pull, both classes, was won by George Holbrook of Johnstown. The slow race was won by eighty-four year old Harlem township resident, Norm Evans. The wagon backing contest was won by Forest Hale of Galena.


Four of the local churches, Northeast Christian, Church of the Savior UMC, Center Village Christian, and Harlem Church of Christ in Christian Union had booths set up around the field and offered visitors water, cookies, suckers, and conversation.

Two County level service organizations were set up near the southeast corner of the field – Recovery and Prevention Resources of Delaware and Morrow County and Keep Delaware County Beautiful Recycling.

Three members of the SCCA, Sports Car Club of America, had their race cars on display on the south side of the track. Harlem fireman, Brooks Church, won the viewer’s choice award for car show and received a Jegs gift certificate.

The Harlem Guys and Gals 4-H had a booth with small animals, bunnies, chickens, and a goat for children to look at and pet. They also had an old-fashioned fish pond where children could try their luck and were rewarded with a treat tied onto the end of the line when they reeled in.

Charlie Evers, shingle maker, demonstrated the olden-days art of making roofing (or siding) shingles at his booth beside the 4-H tent. By the end of the weekend there was quite a pile of wood chips on the ground.

A surprise Harlem Township Days participant was the New Albany Historical Society who set up a display with the gorgeous quilt they've made that shows Plain Township in the old days. In the next space over, the period-dressed members of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society offered items for sale and information.

The southwest corner of the park was filled by the Rosecrans Civil War re-enacting unit with their authentic camp set up complete with cooking fires, tents and cannons. On both days the unit offered historical presentations about subjects such as Johnny Clem, the drummer boy of Shiloh, munitions, etc. to those interested. And, as during the Bicentennial celebration, the unit delighted everyone with several firings of their cannons. But it was a hot two days in those wool uniforms!

Boy Scout Troop 347 had their own camp set up in the middle of the west end of the field. There was quite a contrast between the Boy Scout tents and the Rosecrans tents. The boys also had a climbing activity set up for a while.

The Harlem Township Civic Association had an information booth set up near the food court. The Community Activities Committee occupied the concession stand and sold attractive Kelly Green shirts with a gold Harlem Township logo.


In the children's Cake Walk at noon on Saturday every one was a winner. There were 35 to 45 children participating in the event. The other children's games, hula hoop contest and bowling for little kids, were not as well attended. No results were turned in for the Kid’s Pedal Pull.

In the Corn Hole competition on Sunday, Andy Spillman successfully defended his title as Bicentennial singles champion with a repeat performance. The doubles competition was won by Allen and Bob Boudinot. Winners of both events received $25.00 prizes.


There were plenty of booths with items for people to look at and buy – everything from soaps to modern-made arrowheads and there were plenty of things to eat. One of the big challenges for the event organizers came on Friday night – trying to get Miller's Old-fashioned Ice Cream truck and trailer into the corner location of the food court when the Harlem Methodist Church pie booth and Brad's Barbeque were already in place on both sides. Eventually it worked.

Food vendors who participated in Harlem Township Days were: Paradise Lemonade, Harlem Road UMC pies, Miller's Old-fashioned Ice Cream (huge portions!), Brad’s Barbeque (wonderful ribs!), Radabaugh Concessions, Scarlett's Tavern and Mercantile, Mike Johnson's Kettle Corn, and Boy Scout Troop 347 Water and Pop.

Vendors who participated were: U-Haul International, Mulch First, Virgil's Jerky, Payton's Primitives, Sweet Bee Soaps, Belinda's Crocheted Jewelry, Millar Lawn Ornaments, Maxx Workshop, Woodcarvers Cora Hursey and Dave Thomas, Bunnies and Books, Ruth Fell, Living Earth Art Glass, Katie & Gayle's Honey and Applebutter, Schoolhouse Jams and Jellies, Mex-City Salsa, Lisa & Jo's Leatherworking, Sue's Baskets, Tupperware Consultant, Darrel Ralph Designs and knife-sharpening, Joe & Mara Zitko, Barbara Nied's Jewelry, Harlem Road Christian Pre-School and Daycare, Fancy Dancey Faces, and Sunbury Chiropractic Center.

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