CENTERBURG — The Oldtime Farming Festival has announced the festival marshal for 2012 is Gary White.
A 1969 graduate of Centerburg High School and former student at OSU (two years), White is a full-time farmer who farms close to 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans and, occasionally, wheat.
The son of Don “Spud” and Corinne “Corky” White is married to Stacie and has two sons from a previous marriage, Logan (Sarah) and Kale. He has a sister, Arlene (Bob) Griffith of Centerburg, and two brothers, Duane (Pam) White of Centerburg and Brian (Joanie) White of Columbus.
Gary started working at Worthington Industries full-time in 1972, and began farming “next to full-time” with his dad the same year. The fall of ’72 was a wet one and the harvest wasn’t finished until January. Needless to say, Gary was not happy when he cleared a whopping $100 for the year. Spud urged him to stick it out one more year, 1973, which turned out to be a banner year. Gary worked both jobs for 10 years before devoting all his time and energy to farming.
Both boys are active in the farming operation. Stacie helps with paperwork and delivers “meals on wheels” to the workers. Fred Wade, Tom Dice and various other friends supply additional part-time help.
Gary is a member of the Knox County Agrology Club. For hobbies, he pulls his 4-wheel-drive “Just a Toy” truck in the Region II NTPA points run, collects arrowheads and Indian artifacts, and goes hunting for deer and morel mushrooms. He and Stacie also enjoy camping.
“Life has challenges, but the man upstairs has given me the strength to get through them,” says White. “I have been very fortunate, and owe my family, friends and acquaintances for the success I have today. I would like to thank the Oldtime Farming Festival members for this honor.”
The new marshal will be riding on the Oldtime Farming Festival float in the USA Days Festival parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, in Centerburg.
He will also appear in the Hartford Day parade in Croton on Saturday, Sept. 8. At the Oldtime Farming Festival, he will reign over the festival parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, and the parade of tractors in the park at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16.