The annual Roy Rogers Character Award was held at the Scioto County Welcome Center, marking the start of the annual Roy Rogers Festival in downtown Portsmouth.
Event organizers Rev. Tim Throckmorton and former Secretary of State Monty Lobb served as the masters of ceremonies for the event. Over the course of the event State Representatives Dr. Terry Johnson and State Senator Joe Uecker delivered greetings, remarks on the character of Rogers and what it means today.
“As I was driving in this morning, I was driving down Duck Run, thinking about the atmosphere of hard work, good old common sense and the values I grew up around as all of us did in this part of the country. What I thought of was the far reaching impact of those values, that mindset and the character that leaves this area and touches the world,” Throckmorton said. “We know that’s possible because of why we’re here today.”
Johnson said he and Throckmorton have recently been working on a project to keep area youth from succumbing to substance abuse.
“Tim has joined me in Columbus to put together a prevention effort. A lot of prevention efforts have been going on and that’s where we need to focus our attention. We need to set a proper example for our youth, we need to strengthen our families, we need to strengthen our faith and we need to come together as Americans,” Johnson said.
Johnson spoke to those in attendance about the need for more character in every aspect of our lives and the things we choose to take part in.
Uecker said he grew up in a large family and on Saturday mornings he and his brothers and sisters would sneak into the living room of their house to watch westerns including a lot of Rogers works.
“Those were easier times back then, because the good guys wore white hats and the bad guys wore black hats,” Uecker said.
Uecker said he considered it a privilege to be a part of the breakfast and honor those in the community.
Over the course of the event Jacob Lynn and Jacob LeBrun were presented the Youth Award Recipient and Mark Frazie was presented with the Adult Award Recipient.
Dodie Rogers, the daughter of Roy Rogers was in attendance at the breakfast and delivered a few remarks to those in attendance.
Upcoming events of the festival include, Friday, Aug. 5, Dealers room open, Tour to Roy’s boyhood home 10:30 a.m., Q & A with Stars in hospitality room 2 p.m., Dealers Room closed 5 p.m., Hospitality Room with food and entertainment 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 6, Dealers Room open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Breakfast with the Stars 8 a.m. until 9 a.m., Costume Contest 10 a.m. Dogwood Pass Western Show across Second Street in front of the Holiday Inn from 1 p.m. until. Grand Banquet with the Stars 7 p.m.
For more information about the festival and associated activities visit the Roy Rogers Festival page on Facebook.
The annual Roy Rogers Character Award Breakfast was recently held at the Scioto County Welcome Center.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter.