The Coshocton County Beacon April 3, 2019 - Page 28

Royalty crowned at dairy banquet By Mark Fortune Mark Fortune | Beacon One of the highlights of the annual Coshocton County Dairy Service Unit banquet and annual meeting is the crowning of the Coshocton County Dairy King, Queen and Princess. Receiving their crowns at the banquet held Friday evening, March 29 at the Career Center: from left, Allie Norman, 2019 Coshocton County Dairy Queen; Drew Tumblin, 2019 Coshocton County Dairy King; and 2019 Coshocton County Dairy Princess Dilyn Tumblin. COSHOCTON – More than one hundred people attend- ed the annual Coshocton County Dairy Service Unit Banquet and annual Meeting held at the Coshocton County Career Center on Friday evening, March 29. Th e meal of Swiss steak, cheesy potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, beverages and brownie sundaes - with or without nuts - and a cherry on top started the eve- ning of celebrating the folks that provide the product that allows us to enjoy milk, cheese, ice cream and many other nutritious goodies. Marilyn Wyler and the friendly folks at the Fresno United Methodist Church provided the meal. And of course, no dairy banquet would be complete without cheese that was provided by Pearl Valley Cheese. Following the meal President Kevin Lowe intro- duced special guests in attendance and dairy achieve- ment awards were presented to the 2018 Coshocton County Fair Dairy Showmen: Dalton Cunningham, Grace Huff , Lane Huff , Hayden Kitchenman, Brett Kinzel, Shilol Kinzel, Addison Lahmers, Grant Lahmers, Kamryn McGinnis, Alexznadria Norman, Belle Norman, Ashlyn Tumblin, Dilyn Tumblin, Drew Tumblin, Taryn Tumblin and Sydney Zinkon. Comments were also provided by David Marrison, Agricultural & Natural Resources Extension Edu- cator - Coshocton County. Marrison talked about his background and upbringing on a dairy farm in Ashtabula County and read a story that was penned by he and his two sisters titled, “All We Need to Know We Learned on our Dad’s Dairy Farm.” Mike Jacob of the Farm Service Agency told those in attendance that the new farm bill has some positive provisions for the dairy industry and that things are heading in the right direction. Chuck Ellis talked briefl y about the dairy industry and the challenges facing dairy farmers particularly with the manufacturers of alternative “milks” - stat- ing that milk from a cow has been proven to be more nutritious than any other sources. Ellis thanked those that are in the industry for their hard work. In a special surprise moment, vice president of the dairy service unit Bill Daugherty presented Secretary / Treasurer Maureen Pritchard Sturtz with a gift bag of goodies for her many years of work serving the dairy unit of Coshocton County, saying, “I don’t know what we would do without Maureen.” Th ose in attendance gave her a standing ovation. Following the special presentations and speakers the new 2019 royalty was crowned by the current dairy king, queen and princess. Allie Norman is the 2019 Coshocton County Dairy Queen, Drew Tumblin is the 2019 Coshocton County Dairy King and Dilyn Tum- blin is the 2019 Coshocton County Dairy Princess. SEE BANQUET ON PAGE 29 Being Frank About Fatherhood A litt le bit of time goes a long way Noah Gallagher | Contributed COSHOCTON - Th is story is a true story and takes place on a hot summer afternoon. My wife, son and I were killing some time before we had to leave the house to go meet my parents for lunch for my son's birthday. Joey, my son, was super excited because he loves spending time with his grandparents and his family. At this time he was in his room watching television and playing with some toys. I told him to put his socks and shoes on and come outside and put his bike helmet on. Th is of course made Joey extremely excited because he LOVES being outside and riding his bike. As I went outside I grabbed a wrench from the tool drawer in our kitchen. I made it outside before Joey did and got his bike. As I was picking up Joey's bike, Joey came out of the door and said, “What are you doing touching my bike?” I responded with, “You will just have to wait and see.” I pulled the wrench out of my pocket and bent over his bike. At this point Joey saw that I had the wrench in my hand and I was starting to do something to his bike. “What are you doing to my bike daddy? Why do you have the wrench in your hand?” At this point I can hear Joey starting to panic in his voice. “Daddy you better not be removing my training wheels!!! You know that I can't ride my bike without the training wheels daddy!!!” I said, “Yes Joey, I am removing your training wheels. I am going to teach you to ride your bike without them.” “But you know I can't ride without my training wheels. YOU'RE TRYING TO KILL ME!!!” screamed Joey. “You just have to trust me on this Joey, I am not going to do anything that is going to hurt you or kill you.” Joey then looked at his mom who had 28 THE BEACON come outside to see what was going on and said, “You're not going to let daddy take my training wheels off are you?” My wife looked at Joey and said with a grin, “Yes daddy is taking your training wheels off and daddy will NOT let anything bad happen to you.” Th is calmed Joey down quite a bit and made him realize that his mother and I were not going to do anything to hurt him or kill him. I took Joey out to the sidewalk and explained what I wanted him to do. He was to sit on his bike and push his bike along using his feet. I said, “It's just like you are running and sitting on your bike at the same time. When you get some speed, lift your feet up off the ground but don't put them on the peddles. Th is allows you to feel what it is like to balance your bike without your training wheels and have your feet down to catch yourself when you feel like you are going to fall.” Joey did this up and down our sidewalk which is about 50-75 yards for about 2-3 minutes. I then had him put his feet on the peddles and I ran along side him holding onto his seat as he peddled. Th is allowed him to feel what it was like to propel his bike for- ward using his peddles. I can remember as a young child, my father running along side of me and holding onto the seat as a peddled and then letting go when I go going too quick for him to run next to me. Th is was the same thing that I did to Joey. When he got the bike moving to quick for me I let go. Th e fi rst time he panicked and quit peddling the bike and put his feet down. I went and talked to him and let him know that the key to balancing his bike is to keep his peddles moving. I again got him started and was running next to him holding onto his seat. I let him go and he zoomed the length of the sidewalk. He rode by his mother who was recording all of this on her phone. As he zoomed by my wife he hollered, “Look mommy I'm really riding my bike. Th is is AWESOME!!!!” I then showed him that to get his bike going he just needs to push his feet along the ground to get his bike moving. When he gets his speed up all he has to do is put his feet up on the peddles and start to peddle. Joey had this skill mastered in about 5 minutes. Now I would say that Joey is a master at riding his bike and DOES NOT need training wheels. It took him and I working together a total of 10 minutes from the time I walked out the door to the time he was zooming up and down the sidewalk on his bike with no help and no training wheels. I share this story to remind us as adults that all it takes is a little bit of time. A little bit of time to teach our child how to ride his/her bike. A little bit of time to play a board game with our children in the evening. A little bit of time to read our children a good night story. If we as parents take a little bit of time each day to spend time with our children, our children will learn many things. By taking a little bit of time we show our children they are important to us and that we love and care for them. I know Joey likes it when he gets a new toy, but he enjoys it so much more when daddy takes a little bit of time and hangs out with him. Hanging out with my son can be things as simple as having a Nerf gun battle, playing a board game with him, or just chilling with him and talking about his school day. A little bit of time is all our children want us to do. So lets take a little bit of time each day to show our children they mean the world to us, and it will make a world of a diff erence in our world. Editor’s note: Noah Gallagher is a volunteer with the Co- shocton County Fatherhood Initiative. APRIL 3, 2019