CENTERBURG - Farmer Doug Mulpas was elected as the 2017 Oldtime Farming Festival Marshal by the members of the Festival. The 1974 graduate of Centerburg has lived in the area since he was 6 years old. Following graduation, he went to work with his dad at Columbia Gas, then worked at Delaware Bus Company, followed by Flxible. His dad started buying land, which allowed Doug to leave his job to farm full time when he was around 19 or 20. He now farms about 1300 or 1400 acres in corn, beans and some wheat. He said he is “so glad the Lord led me into farming.”
Doug is married to Beth (Burson) from Westerville and they have a large, combined family. It includes son Ryan Townley, his wife Amber and four children, Austin, Reese, Larkin and Joey; daughter Rachel Ward, her husband Josh and their son Ethan; son Shane Mulpas and his daughter Charlee; and daughter Grace Mulpas.
The family enjoys the Oldtime Farming Festival. Grace, a high school sophomore, enters the photo contest; Austin does the arm wrestling tournament; Austin, Reese and Larkin like the Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull and the Bubble Gum Bubble Blowing Blowout; and Charlee enjoys the Cake Walk.
Marshal Doug Mulpas and members of his family will be riding on the Oldtime Farming Festival float in the Hartford Village Day parade at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9; in the Oldtime Farming Festival parade at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16; and in the Tractor Parade at the Festival on Sunday, September 17, at 3:30 p.m.
Beginning with the first Oldtime Farming Festival Parade, the Parade Marshals were 1995 Harold Cordle, 1996 Ed Johnson, 1997 Don Fuller family, 1998 Cabot Rea, and 1999 Centerburg Public Librarians Mary Stopher, Jan Hendrickson and Mishelle Durbin. In 2000 the title was changed to Festival Marshal and the ones who have served are 2000 Frank Griffith, 2001 Susie Oswalt and Wilbur Buxton, 2002 Wally Thomen, 2003 Ced Coonfare, 2004 Don McCracken, 2005 Bill Saunders, 2006 Dr. William Emlich, 2007 Dessell White, 2008 Chuck and Carol Link, 2009 Ken Crego, 2010 Gail Morey, 2011 Fred Wade, 2012 Gary White, 2013 Jim Eckhart, 2014 Harold Cochran, 2015 Russell Smith and 2016 Jim Sherman.
The 2017 Oldtime Farming Festival Marshal Doug Mulpas and his wife Beth rode on the Oldtime Farming Festival float in the USA Days Festival Parade on Saturday, June 24, with many members of their family. Shown above are some of the Mulpas family: from left are, top row, grandson Ethan Ward, daughter Rachel Ward, daughter Grace Mulpas, grandson Joey Townley, wife Beth and the reigning marshal, Doug; and, second row, granddaughter Larkin Townley, granddaughter Reese Townley, granddaughter Charlee Mulpas and grandson Austin Townley. Photo submitted