Fair gets underway with traditional Owensville Firemens’ Parade

An estimated 3,500 people lined the streets of Owensville to enjoy the 158th Annual Clermont County Fair Owensville Firemen’s parade July 22.

The annual parade, which is organized each year by the Stonelick Township Firefighter’s Association, kicked off the fair and attracted more than 100 participants.

Owensville resident Diane Carlier, who lives along Main Street, said that every year the parade marches in front of their house and they make it a family event.

“We and the kids really love it,” he said. “Especially the very loud county fire trucks and all of the many emergency service response vehicles.”

The grand marshal of this year’s parade was life-long Clermont County resident and county official historian Richard Crawford, who is the only person to have been chosen twice for this honor in the parade’s history. He was grand marshal once before in the early 1990’s.