"Home of the World Famous Barbecue Chicken"
Parade Marshal




Tom and Shila (Dapore) Magoto are very pleased and honored to be selected as Parade Marshals for the 2016 Poultry Days parade.

Tom and Shila were both born and raised in Versailles. They were high school sweet-hearts graduating from Versailles High School and then Miami University, Tom with a BA in Psychology and Shila with a BS in Elementary Education. They were married in 1972, the same year that Tom began his 42 year career with State Farm Insurance starting a scratch agency in Versailles. Tom ran a very successful agency and qualified for many industry awards and travel excursions with State Farm. He was also a past president of the Miami Valley Association of Life Underwriters. Through State Farm he started the Versailles Bike Rodeo which has been continued by Versailles Emergency Services and has promoted bike safety and provided hundreds of bike helmets for children as well as adults. Tom also coached summer Girls’ Softball for 14 years and then T-Ball and Little League for over 10 years. He served many years on the Poultry Day’s board and was chairman in 1991. Tom has also been involved with many church and community organizations including St. Denis Knights of Columbus as Fraternal Chairman for ten years, past president of the Heritage Park Board and currently serves on the Ruth and Emerson Booher Advised Fund Board. He directed and helped sponsor the Community Service program that gave Bibles to newlyweds and Birth Plates for newborns. Tom has belonged to many groups including Versailles Chamber of Commerce, Versailles Lions Club, Versailles Eagles, Versailles Area Historical Society, Versailles Music and Athletic Boosters and Versailles and Miami Alumni Clubs to name a few.

Shila taught in the Greenville and Russia school districts before concentrating on raising the family and then becoming Office Manager for Tom in the insurance agency. She was a Girl Scout leader for 15 years, leading two troops at a time for several years. She served on the Downtown Restoration Committee and was one of the founding members of the Versailles Handcrafters and a member of Coterie Club. She currently participates in the Mat-making for the homeless ministry with the ladies at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Tom and Shila are the proud parents of five children: Wendolyn and Kevin Groff, Mocksville, NC, Amanda and Brian Egan, Los Angeles, CA, Kimberly and Josh Brooks, Versailles, John and Denise Magoto, Denver, CO and Brian Magoto, Charleston, SC. They are blessed with nine grandchildren: Logan, Makenna, Xaiden and Kiahna Groff, Graham Egan and Adia, Kierce, Nigel and Xavier Brooks.

Since their retirement from State Farm in November of 2014 Tom and Shila enjoy their winter home in The Villages FL, going to the Grandkid’s activities, traveling and visiting the out-of-state kids and families, and walking their black lab Gypsy.

Tom says “Invite all your friends and relatives to celebrate Poultry Days this year and help the Committee set a new record for chicken dinner sales!”

Year:   Honorary Parade Marshal:   Year:   Honorary Parade Marshal:
1958-1972   ..............................   1994   Bill and Kate Custenborder
1973 Lt. Col. James Condon 1995 Ed and Phyllis Collins
1974 .............................. 1996 Al and Vickie Hetrick
1975 .............................. 1997 John "Red" and Alice Elson
1976 Ed Hart 1998 Ken and Tess Subler
1977 Ed Hart 1999 Stew and Marge Prakel
1978 Don Wayne 2000 Harry and Dola Brown
1979 Barbara Kerr 2001 Purcell & Louise Grilliot, Dave Magoto
1980 Sam Graves 2002 Richard L. and Doris Ware
1981 Gill Whitney 2003 Jim and Esther Eiting
1982 Reverend Fr. Lawrence Jaekle 2004 John and Marybel Weaver
1983 Dr. Williard (Doc) Barga 2005 Gus and Norma Barga
1984 Leo and Helen Gunckel 2006 Bill Harman
1985 Clarence and Esther Pitsenbarger 2007 Dick and Pat Gigandet
1986 Orlan and Dorothy Oliver 2008 Fred and Roberta Condon
1987 Chalmer and Edman Martin 2009 Bill and Barb Ahrens
1988 Lucille and Chet McClurg 2010 Jimmy Baltes
1989 Mike and Zem Johns 2011 Basil and Annabel Subler
1990 Riley and Jeanne Brandon 2012
Tom Donnelly
1991 Virginia Trttschuh
Jim & Carolyn Phelan
Ralph "Red" and Sally Mescher
Harold & Deb Pohl
1993 Clarence and Rita Poeppelman
Bob & Kathy Frey
  • Postal Address

    PO Box 108, Versailles, OH 45380-0108

  • Festival Location

    459 S. Center St Versailles, OH 45380

  • Email

    General Information: Chairman

    Webmaster: Webmaster

Our Mission

Versailles Poultry Days is a volunteer based organization dedicated to serving Versailles, Ohio by supporting community projects and activities that improve quality of life and create an inviting environment for people of all ages.

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