>GREENVILLE – Dennis Baker has been selected as the 2009 Great Darke County Fair Parade Marshall.
Baker was a 4-H member in Darke County for eight years and exhibited market hogs. He graduated from Bradford High School and The Ohio State University, earning a degree in Agriculture Education. As the 4-H Extension Agent in Darke County from 1971-1979, Baker organized the first Junior Fairboard, the first Junior Fair King Contest and initiated computer use at Junior Fair Livestock Sales. Serving as the Agriculture Extension Agent in Darke County from 1979-2002, Baker continued working closely with Junior Fair Livestock Sales, assisted in organizing producer organizations for beef, sheep, dairy and tobacco farmers and assisted with organization of the Darke County Farmland Preservation Board.
Baker has been very active in the community. He served as a member of the Bradford Board of Education for 16 years, was a member of the Darke Count/ MRDD Board, organized the Darke County Visitors Bureau and served on the board for eight years, and has also been past president of the Darke County Chamber of Commerce.
He continues to be involved in numerous activities in Darke County, including treasurer of the Darke County Community Improvement Corporation, chairman of Adams Township Zoning Board, treasurer of Bradford Community Improvement Corporation, member of Chamber Ambassadors, member of the Darke County Farmland Preservation Board and Land Trust with the Bradford Church of the Brethren.
Baker is married to Cathy and they have three daughters, Michelle Hedges, Deanna Harmon, and Angie Sloan. Dennis and Cathy are proud of their fur granddaughters, Kirsten, Marah, Paige, Skylar, and their grandson Treyton.
This will be the first year Baker will be able to watch the parade from the grandstand side of the track, as he has been announcing the annual Parade of Champions event since 1971. He is very thankful to be honored and appreciates the opportunity to be part of the Great Darke County Fair.
* [Reprinted from the August 16th edition of The Early Bird
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