Fair events: Senator celebrates 200, soak the mayor for charity

Staff report

Ohio State Senator Larry Obhof will be attending the Bellville Street Fair to help commemorate the village’s 200 storied history.

On Sept. 19, the state legislator will present Bellville with a proclamation celebrating its founding.

The short ceremony will take place on Saturday of the Bellville Fair on the stage in front of Village Hall at approximately 6:30 p.m. just prior to the evening’s entertainment, Mike Albert “Elvis Tribute” and the Big “E” Band.

Bellville was plotted in 1815 by Robert Bell, Sr. He had a vision of a village on a plain to the south of the Clear Fork Creek, which was cleared by a tornado.

The village was given the gift of water power and a native American trail that connected the Ohio River to Lake Erie. Bell felt that industrious pioneer families would soon settle here to create a community.

With the help of the state the village will recognize 200 years of a great community at the 165th Bellville Fair.

Also during the fair, Bellville Mayor Darrell Banks is giving all the chance to bean him with a water balloon for charity.

The event will take place Sept. 16 following the Fair Queen Contest and Clear Fork High School Band’s concert.

The water balloon toss fundraiser is located in front of Village Hall. The proceeds will go to the United Way of Richland County.

United Way can then designate the funds to the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center, the Clear Fork Valley Unit of the Salvation Army or the Butler Nutrition Center. Let’s let the Mayor have it, while we help these four organizations that do so much for our community.

Staff report