Published: Thursday, 10 August 2017 08:35
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
Published: Tuesday, 01 August 2017 07:32
By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter
MOUNT VERNON - Rachel Miller and Sara Eash said they had a kind of vision for a cafe when they visited the building at 108 North Main Street one day in the winter of 2016.
Now that vision has realized in the form of the newly-renovated North Main Cafe, which, according to Miller, is set to open August 8 at 108 N. Main St., just across the street from the Y.M.C.A. of Mount Vernon. She said the cafe will seat about 50 people and will be open for breakfast and lunch.
The two friends and co-owners, both Mount Vernon residents, first visited the building on a "cold January evening," according to Eash.
"We opened up the back door and had to crawl over wood. It was so cold. I looked at Rachel and told her she was crazy," she said. "We came back the next day and it was like 'wow!' This is awesome."
Miller said they bought the building in February 2016 and work began in the fall of that year.
"I've been more interested in the coffee part. Sara's always been more interested in the food," Miller said. "We've dreamed about it. Talked about it. So we decided to join together and see where it takes us."
Miller said that, in addition to a variety of coffees, beverages and snacks, the cafe will offer breakfast items such as cinnamon swirl pancakes, baked oatmeal and a unique breakfast bowl with hashbrowns, eggs, sausage and a homemade cream. The lunch menu will include specially seasoned hamburgers made with fresh beef, paninis, sandwiches and a variety of salads made with homemade dressings. She added that the cafe will start out with 10 employees.
Rachel Miller, left, and Sara Eash are the co-owners of North Main Cafe at 108 North Main Street in Mount Vernon - KP Photo by Dylan McCament
Eash, who grew up Amish and is Mennonite, said the menu will reflect the kind of food that she and her family grew up eating.
Customers will be able to park in a new lot in front of the cafe. In May 2016, an historic building at 100 North Main St. was demolished. Miller said the parking lot is located where that building once stood. She said that the cafe itself is housed in a building that dates back to the early 1900s.
Both Miller and Eash said that family members have been very helpful in getting the business off the ground. Eash said her husband and Miller's husband have very been supportive of the venture.
Miller said that her father, Randy Wert, spent countless hours serving as a general contractor and helping to develop a general floor plan for the cafe. She added that family members will be helping with the day-to-day operations of the cafe.
Miller and Eash are first-time business owners. They both said they are excited and a little nervous about the opening.
Eash said that God brought things together for them "at the right time" and added that they hope to provide a pleasant atmosphere, a place where customers can come and enjoy a cup of coffee or breakfast or lunch.
Miller said she is curious to see how the original idea that she had for the cafe compares to the business after it has opened and is up and running.
There will be a soft opening on Friday by invitation only, according to Eash.
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