Simon named NVFD Queen
Wanda English Burnett
To celebrate the Napoleon Volunteer Fire
Departments 125 years of operation a queen contest was held
Friday night at their annual picnic. This was a contest that had
been held for three years back in the 60s, but was discontinued,
according to Lila Neal of Osgood, who was emcee for the event and
also a past queen.
Tanaha Simon, daughter of Mike and Janice Simon of Osgood, took
the honor of 2010 Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department Queen as she
wowed the judges not only with her beauty, but brilliance.
The second runner up was Stephanie Broadus, daughter of John and
Alisha Broadus of Rexville; and first runner up went to Alissa Stolze,
daughter of Loren and Terri Stolze of Osgood. The queen received
$250, first runner up getting $100 and second runner up taking home
$50. Also, each girl received a complimentary bag with a variety
of products provided by Avon, Mary Kay and Short Cuts Beauty Salon
The Jackson Street Academy graciously opened their doors for the
girls to get ready and Jeremiah Wilson of Bull Frog DJ Service provided
the music for the stage show. The crown was donated by the City
of Greensburg. Other contributions went towards the girls' sashes
and roses. The judges were Marylou Davis, Sally Morris, and Melea
Gault, who all had pageantry in their backgrounds.
Other girls vying for the queen title were: Tatijana Marsee, daughter
of Tonya and Mark Marsee of Milan; Julie Hoffrogge, daughter of
Don and Diane Hoffrogge of Dillsboro; Brittany Jeffries, daughter
of Mark and Diane Jeffries of Olean; Heather Linville, daughter
of Chris and Tammy Linville of Osgood; and Shanna Cromer, daughter
of Tammy Cromer of Holton.
The girls were judged on their short interview, casual wear, evening
wear, and answering an impromptu question the night of the event.
There was a larger than usual crowd at the firemens
festival according to organizers. People stood in line for the firemens
famous deep fried chicken and the anticipation of a great evening
complete with music from Rusty Bladen.
The Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department has been in operation since
September 5, 1885, according to Neal, who said the first firemen
formed a bucket brigade to fight fires and Andrew Meyers bell
was used as a fire alarm. They had 21 charter members. Later they
were able to buy a protector which cost $40.25 and had
a wooden tongue that was pulled with either the firemen or horses.
They purchased lanterns in 1886 for the unit, which cost $1.00 each.
Neal said the festival was held then with the famous mock turtle
soup being served from the recipe of Anna Siebert. They would make
about 100 gallons.
Today they serve about four times that much with the same great
recipe and have expanded the event to two days.
One of the organizers of the pageant, Karen Rohlfing, noted the
queen contest just could make a comeback, not only for the special
year, but every year. Were having a meeting about it
this week, she told the Osgood Journal.
Businesses and organizations who graciously sponsored the event
included the Napoleon State Bank, Ripley County Community Foundation,
Neals Funeral Home, Osgood Kiwanis, the Town of Napoleon and
the Napoleon Tavern.
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Tanaha Simon, center, took the NVFD 2010 Queen title at
the festival last Friday, July 16. First runner up went
to Alissa Stolze, pictured right, with Stephanie Broadus,
left, taking the second runner up title. The girls each
received money, a gift, sash, and the title. The queen additionally
received a bouquet of flowers and the crown.