MISS ONION DAYS: Onion Days fest still going strong

WOLF LAKE ­— The festival that started 40 years ago in Wolf Lake celebrates its traditions in this year’s anniversary celebration. Included on that list events is the Miss Onion Days contest. Every year, young women from the area compete in the quest to be crowned, “Miss Onion Days.” The competition is simple. Cans are set out and carried by the girls in the contest. They collect pennies that count as votes. The collected donations goes toward Onion Days. At the end, all the money is collected, counted, and the young lady with the most votes wins.The girls have cans located at either the Marathon in Merriam or the Marathon in Wolf Lake. During Onion Days the cans will be located in the park building, and the girls will be making rounds throughout the events. This year there are four young women entered into the competition. They are:Ana’Alicia Fetters is a 17 year old graduate of Columbia City High School, and is the daughter of Chris and Angie Fetters of Merriam. She plans to attend the University of Northwest Ohio, and would like to become a performance technician. Her hobbies include drawing, reading, softball and watching dirt racing.Michaela Golden will be a senior at Central Noble High School. She is involved in many activities, including show choir, marching band, drumline, theatre, venture crew, cub scouts and she is a basketball manager. When she graduates, she would like to go to college and become a music teacher. Kyleigh Kilgore will be a sophomore at Central Noble High School. She enjoys cheerleading and spending time with her friends. She has lived in Wolf Lake most of her life, and says she has always enjoyed Onion Days. She would like to become a registered nurse after high school.Alexandria Leitch will be a junior at Central Noble High School. She enjoys softball and outdoor activities. She also loves drawing and other types of art.The town of Wolf Lake is the oldest town in Noble County. Onion Days got its name due to the amount of onion fields in Wolf Lake back in the early 1900’s.The townspeople would work the months of June and July harvesting all of the onion fields. The onions were hauled by horse and buggy to the train depot that was located in Kimmel. At the end of the harvest, the people of Wolf Lake held a celebration. In 1972, the first official Onion Days festival took place.In the past the festival has featured an onion ring booth, onion burgers and an onion growing contest. The Onion Days Festival will Aug. 1-4 in Wolf Lake.