CHESTER — The Ohio State Harmonica Champion will again this year be selected in competition to be held at the annual Chester-Shade Day, July 21, sponsored by the Chester Shade Historical Association.
The emphasis of the contest which attracts harmonica players from across the area is held to raise awareness about the historical instrument and preserve its importance for future generations. The harmonica has been carried in the pockets of children and adults as their companion during wars and peace.
The contest will be held under the tent on the Chester Commons beginning at 5 p.m. Registration for placement on the program begins at 4:30 p.m.
Prizes for the winners selected by a panel of judgesto be awarded are 1st place, $300; 2nd place, $150; 3rd place, $75; and 4th place $25.
Last year’s champion was Ivan Lindsey of Delaware who has competed for several years.
The competition for the championship has been held for many years at Chester-Shade Days. Following the competition a sing-along is held with all of the participants and their accompanists taking part.
Many other activities will be take place at the event including a pet show, a pie contest, a chain saw and cornhole contest, along with a variety of kids’ games and a gospel musi9c sing on the Commons.
The day will kickoff at 8 a.m. with a breakfast served by Mercy’s Mission.