Apr 2, 2012

Home & Sport Show celebrates 50 years

Members of the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol salute the flag while Joelle York sings the National Anthem to kick off the Home & Sport Show. (Berry photo)

Sheriff Toby Spencer accepted a commendation from Representative Jim Buchy for 50 years of the Darke County Home & Sport Show. (Berry photo)

Justin Jordan, of the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol, presented plaques to Gaylen Blosser and Jerry Bunch for their work with this year’s show. (Berry photo)

GREENVILLE – The Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Darke County Home & Sport Show at this year’s event. According to Chaplain Doug Baker, Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol, the show began in either 1962 or 1963, shortly after the patrol was formed.
The patrol originally formed as the Civil Defense Unit in 1957 and several units were located throughout the county. Two years later, the group reformed as the Sheriff’s Auxiliary and in 1961 the auxiliary became the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol.
The patrol is solely funded by fundraisers and donations. The group also receives support through providing security at events like Eldora Speedway and the Darke County Fair. All of their equipment is paid for by the patrol. Zero tax dollars are used to support this group. The patrol recently spent approximately $18,000 on new radios. They also provide their own uniforms and maintain six cruisers.
To honor the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol, Representative Jim Buchy offered a commendation recognizing the patrol for their importance in the community and 50 years of the Darke County Home & Sport Show. Buchy said, “So many have been involved and so many have been for many years. We are blessed to have men and women to keep this the best place in the world.”
Sheriff Toby Spencer also commented on the work the patrol does. “I have the best staff in the world. I truly am a blessed man.” He continued, “Thank you for supporting my staff. Thank you for supporting the people supporting my staff.”
After several years of declining attendance and exhibitors at the Darke County Home & Sport Show, two individuals stepped up to show their support for the patrol and offered to help revitalize the event. Gaylen Blosser and Jerry Bunch donated their time to find vendors and entertainment for this year’s show. Over 50 exhibitors were present at this year’s event. Also, Spittin’ Image, a local group with a national following, The Classics and the Workshop Learning Center musicians and vocalists entertained during the event.
For their efforts, Blosser and Bunch were given plaques of appreciation by the Sheriff’s Patrol.


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