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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.

Past Honary Parade Marshals 
Year: Honorary Parade Marshal: Year: Honorary Parade Marshal:
2017 Larry & Joan Roll 2016 Tom & Shila Magoto 
2015 Bob & Kathy Frey 2014 Harold & Deb Pohl
2013 Jim & Carolyn Phelan 2012 Tom Donnelly
2011 Basil & Annabel Subler 2010 Jimmy Baltes
2009 Bill & Barb Ahrens 2008 Fred & Roberta Condon
2007 Dick & Pat Gigandet 2006 Bill Harman
2005 Gus & Norma Barga 2004 John & Marybel Weaver
2003 Jim & Esther Eiting 2002 Richard L. &Doris Ware
2001 Purcell & Louise Grilliot, Dave Magoto 2000 Harry & Dola Brown
1999 Stew & Marge Prakel 1998 Ken & Tess Subler
1997 John "Red" & Alice Elson 1996 Al & Vickie Hetrick
1995 Ed & Phyllis Collins 1994 Bill & Kate Custenborder
1993 Clarence & Rita Poeppelman 1992 Ralph "Red" & Sally Mescher
1991 Virginia Trttschuh 1990 Riley & Jeanne Brandon
1989 Mike & Zem Johns 1988 Lucille & Chet McClurg
1987 Chalmer & Edman Martin 1986 Orlan & Dorothy Oliver
1985 Clarence & Esther Pitsenbarger 1984 Leo & Helen Gunckel
1983 Dr. Williard (Doc) Barga 1982 Reverend Fr. Lawrence Jaekle
1981 Gill Whitney 1980 Sam Graves
1979 Barbara Kerr 1978 Don Wayne
1977 Ed Hart 1976 Ed Hart
1975 .............................. 1974 ..............................
1973 Lt. Col. James Condon    
  • Postal Address

    PO Box 108, Versailles, OH 45380-0108

  • Festival Location

    459 S. Center St Versailles, OH 45380

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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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