RACINE — Despite some wet and windy weather, the annual Racine’s Party in the Park event took place over the weekend without a hitch.
Friday evening saw young people enjoying amusement park rides, the opening of vendors and a beer garden and performances by the Dirt Poor Troubadors, 7 Bridges Road (a tribute band to the Eagles) and Blitzkrieg.
Saturday’s events began with a parade beginning at Southern High School. At 11:45 a.m. citizens and public servants alike gathered for a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Racine American Legion Post 602. At noon, along with vendors and rides opening up, the 11th annual Crusin’ Saturday Night Car Show began.
The Kiddie Tractor Pull took place at 2 p.m. to the tune of “pedal, pedal, pedal!” recently heard at the Meigs County Fair as well. The Light Weight class winner was Jack Glaze. The Middle Weight Class 1st Place was Landon Smith, 2nd Place was Jude Eberbach and 3rd Place Coen Roush. The Heavy Weight Class winner was Lauren Smith, 2nd Place was Andy Workman and 3rd Place was Wyatt Smith.
Tractor display and games also took place at 2 p.m. Paul Doeffinger took the stage at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m. the 2015 Queen Crowning took place. Kalynn Seymour of Racine took home the crown. Kalynn is the daughter of Cindy Seymour. She is the Southern High School Student Council President, a member of the National Honors Society and a Member of the SHS Yearbook Staff. She has also been her class president for two years. She plans on studying education in college and becoming a teacher. Kalynn has also been a member of the iBelieve Foundation for three years and has participated in many workshops for the Ohio Association of Student Councils. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, and volunteering. She also enjoys her job at McClure’s in Pomeroy. Her favorite aspect of living in Racine is the love and support she feels from all of the residents. She is beyond honored to have the opportunity to represent Racine as the 2015 Queen.
The candidates are selected by their peers at the end of their junior year at Southern High School. They participate in the 4th of July Parade Festivities (Racine and Middleport Parade) and then are asked to fill out an information form that each judge on the Queen Panel reviews. Among other things, this information form asks various questions about the candidate, her educational goals, as well as her vision for the Village of Racine. These documents are presented to the Queen Panel of Judges prior to an interview. Each candidate is interviewed individually by a panel of four to six judges. Judges include community members, Party-in-the Park Committee members, and the current reigning Queen. Each judge fills out an anonymous score card where the candidate is ranked on her information form and her interview. Scores are then tallied and the the results are sealed in an envelope until the Queen’s crowning the next day. A Queen and a Runner-Up are named at the Party in the Park festivities.
Runner up for the event was Brynn Harris of Racine. Brynn is the daughter of Paul and Kristine Harris. She participates in Southern Volleyball, National Honors Society, Student Council and the Future Farmers of American Organization. Brynn plans on joining the military, going to college and studying nursing. She is also a member of the Sacred Heart Church and enjoys walking dogs at the Dog Shelter.
The other queen candidates were Alison Deem, Jansen Wolfe and Madison Maynard. Also attending the event, and the parade earlier, was the 2014 Queen Bethany Theiss, 2013 Runner Up Jamie O’Brien and 2012 Queen Jennifer McCoy. Awards for Crusin’ Saturday Night Car Show took place at 5 p.m. as well. Look for the results in an upcoming edition. Lastly, the evening ended with three band performances by the Davisson Brothers Band, Outshyne and Chasin’ Crazy.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.