2016-07-27 Otsego Knights 2016 Fall Sports Obtained via Flyer
2016-05-24 Otsego FFA & Applebutter Fest Remembrances Part II Contributed by Bernard Scott
The FFA operated the Fest trolleys into the middle to late 1990’s when the question of liability insurance to operate the trolleys came into question. The insurance premium was so large and troubling to secure that the FFA dropped the trolley operations and was invited to operate a parking lot. Last year, in 2015, they ran the entire Lot “C” on Sycamore Road. The Fest-owned, former Lucas County Fair, trolleys sat idle for a couple of years. The Fest chairman offered to sell the trolleys to the FFA Chapter. The FFA bought both trolleys and stored them at the Wood County Fair for several years. During the Fair, the Wood County Sheriff used them with antique farm tractors to transport senior citizens around the Fair for Senior Citizen Day. For the last 10-12 years, the trolleys have been stored at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation on Middleton Pike. For about 15 years, the FFA has loaned and staged the trolleys to the Grand Rapids and Tontogany Legion Posts to transport veterans in the Memorial Day parades. Most recently, they have been used at agricultural field days at the Agricultural Incubator. Last June, they were used at the huge “ Fulton County Breakfast on the Farm”. Last week, they helped provide additional covered seating for 250 5th Grade students during a “mock” ATV accident from Otsego and Eastwood Schools. That event has been conducted for the past 17 years at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation site by Otsego and Eastwood FFA Chapters. This week, the trolleys, decorated with patriotic banners, are headed again to the Memorial Day Parades / Programs in Grand Rapids and Tontogany.
2016-05-20 Otsego FFA & Applebutter Fest Remembrances Part I Contributed by Bernard Scott
The Otsego FFA Chapter and FFA Alumni and Friends will sponsor the September 18 Rhythm on the River event in celebration of the 35th year of Otsego FFA involvement in the Applebutter Fest. Besides the regular attendees on that afternoon, an extra effort invite will be made to the 120 FFA member families to attend.
In 1981, the Otsego FFA Chapter was asked to operate the Wood County Fair Trolleys to transport people from parking lots to the fest. The Otsego FFA had previously operated trolleys during 1970’s at the Wood County Fair hauling people around the midway for 10 cents per ride from 10 am until 11 pm daily using dealership-borrowed farm tractors.
The Applebutter Fest rented the Wood County Fair trolleys for the FFA to use in addition to renting the Lucas County Fair Trolleys. The FFA members used their own home farm tractors towing the trolleys. Later the Applebutter Fest bought the Lucas County Fair trolleys and stored them in a Lucas County farm barn 4 miles north of the river. The FFA charged 25 cents per each way trip and used it as a fundraiser.
At one time the FFA secured a smaller trolley from the Fulton County Fair and used it as an additional unit. Soon after the use of 5 trolleys, the FFA used two borrowed caged shotgun hay bale wagons with people sitting on hay bales during the ride. 7 trolleys were used at least one year. The FFA Advisor instructed the students driving their own tractors to use a lower gear and run the engine hard so people could hear them coming and they could control the speed with the throttle without having to use brakes. A couple of people thought the students were “hot rodding” with the somewhat high throttle! Another person looked down at the 3/4 “ hitch pin towing 40 people on the trolley at 10 mph and became concerned if the pin was large enough.
After several years of the 25 cent riding rate the demand increased so great the we raised the rate to 50 cents and the demand never lessened. One Fest lady attendee even wanted to buy the homemade painted wood 50-cent sign mounted on the trolley as a souvenir!
Stay tuned for Part II.....
2016-04-22 Otsego High School Supports Community Caring Day Via Celebrating Wood County Ohio Facebook Page
Otsego High School students are supporting the Otsego Food Pantry Community Caring Day (see news item here) by building a picnic table for the playground area. Their efforts are MUCH appreciated!
2016-03-05 Choral Department Presents "Once Upon a Mattress" Submitted by Debra Archambo
The Otsego Choral Department is proud to present this year’s musical,” Once Upon A Mattress”. The show is based upon the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, The Princess and the Pea. The production will be presented Thursday-Sunday, March 17-20 at the Otsego Performing Arts Center in Tontogany. Please mark your calendars.
Our story begins as Queen Aggravain, played by senior Kelsea Hanthorn, is attempting to block any young maiden from marrying her precious son, Prince Dauntless, portrayed by junior Adam Lewis. The Queen plans to have him remain single forever. A lively Princess, Princess Winnifred, played by senior Casey Barbour, comes to the Kingdom to win the Prince’s hand in marriage. She must pass the Sensitivity Test in order to win her prize. The law of the land states that no one can marry until the Prince is married. There are many young couples on the court anxiously awaiting the chance to marry. Foremost among them are Lady Larken, senior Annie Barnhart, and Sir Harry, junior Alex Krabill. The court also includes numerous Lords and Ladies cheering for Winnifred to win her Prince.
The Queen’s husband, King Sextamus, played by senior Derek Morgan is a fun and engaging man but unfortunately mute. His constant companion is the Jester, senior Tyler Weber, who interprets for him. The court boasts a Singing Minstrel, senior Nick McBride, and a designing Wizard, senior Brett Mikesell. The cast also includes 50 singing and dancing chorus members.
The Otsego Production is directed by Brien Sewell, choral director, who is assisted by Madge Brown and Amy Laukauf-Fitch. Choreographer is Tracy Wilson. The performances on Thursday, March 17, Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19 will begin at 7 pm. Sunday’s afternoon matinee will begin at 3 pm. Tickets will go on sale Thursday, March 3rd in the High School Office between the hours of 10 am-2 pm.