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Parade Marshal

2017 Honorary Parade Marshals Larry and Joan Roll.

Larry and Joan (Bulcher) Roll consider it an honor to be selected as Parade Marshals for the 2017 Poultry Days Parade. Versailles Poultry Days has always been a part of their lives. Both were born and raised in the Versailles area and are graduates of Versailles High School.

Larry grew up on the turkey farm started by his parents, Wayne and Lois Roll, in 1945. He returned to Versailles following graduation from Miami University in 1969 to join his parents and his brother Jim as co-owner and manager at Roll Turkey Farm. After graduation he also served in the US Army Reserves. Larry was on the board of directors of the Ohio Poultry Association and represented Ohio to the National Turkey Federation for several years.

Joan graduated from Miami with a BS in Education in 1970 and later earned a Masters in Education from Wright State University. She taught English at Covington High School for one year and then began substitute teaching while starting a family. In 1984, she took a position as library media specialist with Ansonia Schools until 1994 when she took a similar position at Versailles Schools. While at Versailles, Joan was instrumental in automating the libraries in three school buildings, and then in 2010 helping to consolidate all books from four buildings into the library at the new Versailles School before retiring in 2011. While working, she was a member of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association.

Through the years Larry has dedicated time to many boards and committees in the Versailles community. Those organizations include director and president of the Versailles Swimming Pool, Versailles Development Association board of directors, Little League baseball coach and Versailles Athletic Boosters. Additionally, Larry was a member of the Versailles Poultry Days committee for many years serving as chairman in 1988 and then as president of Heritage Park board. Following retirement from Roll Turkey Farm in 2004, Larry was as an EMT on the Versailles Life Squad and spent nine years as a substitute teacher in Darke County Schools. He served on the Wayne Health Care board of directors and was chairman of that board in 2015. He is a member of Lions, Eagles, K of C, and American Legion. In recent years he has made four Mission trips to Haiti. Currently, he is a director on the board of the Wyandot Mutual Insurance Company. Larry now enjoys time with family, golfing, gardening, refinishing furniture, traveling, and exercising at the YMCA.


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

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    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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