Holly Huber and Donna Galloway judged the annual giant sunflower grow-off Saturday at the Leipsic festival. (Putnam Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)
Holly Huber and Donna Galloway judged the annual giant sunflower grow-off Saturday at the Leipsic festival. (Putnam Sentinel/Anne Coburn-Griffis)
LEIPSIC - The Leipsic festival brought on the sunshine Saturday morning. The latest in Putnam County's series of community celebrations filled Buckeye Park with inflatable rides, exotic animals, ponies, and people.

A farmers market offered harvested produce, handbags and fried pies to folks who worked up an appetite playing games, especially the smaller visitors who could toss rings, ping-pong balls and bean bags to win prizes.

The northeast shelter houses offered a Future Farmers of America crop show right next door to the Family Career and Community Leaders of America "Cupcake Wars" baking competition. Just outside the shelters, the annual giant sunflower contest was won by Haylie Stuber who grew the tallest plant that topped at 161 inches. Adam Lammers grew the sunflower with the biggest head. That blossom measured 21 inches across.

The festival continued Sunday with activities at The Meadows of Leipsic. The Bavarian Showtime band played for a dancing crowd on the back lawn while faces were painted and fall wreaths were made indoors. Bob and Donny, two Percheron horses from Van Wert, led leisurely carriage rides around the grounds.