The Baltimore Festival has again partnered with Peoples Bank. The 2020 Farmtown Heroes will be honored on the Jerry Ayers Stage immediately following the parade on Saturday, August 8th. This year’s Farmtown Heroes are:
Greg Grube is a 3rd generation farmer in Baltimore. Greg is a life-long resident and lives here with his wife Dawn Rene on the farm where they raised their two daughters, Misha and Jane.
Currently, Greg farms 1600 acres of grain, and in the past has raised hogs.
A proud Liberty Union Alum (Class of 1987), Greg has worked countless hours giving back to the community he loves.
Promoting the value and importance of farming has been a lifelong passion for Greg. He helps local organizations; the Liberty Union FFA Chapter, and Liberty Union Young Farmers by giving his time and experience.
He is the head adviser for the oldest 4-H club in Fairfield County, Thurston Future Farmers, where he served as an adviser for 32 years. He serves on the 4-H Legacy Board, Fairfield County Fair Sale Committee and is also the current Swine Superintendent of the Fairfield County Fair.
Greg is also a first responder, working for the Thurston Walnut Fire Department as a fireman and fire investigator.
His hobby of collecting antique Case tractors is yet another way he helps the community, participating in tractor drives with the Fairfield County Antique Tractor Club to raise funds for families in need and other organizations.
Rick Miller, age 72, and his wife Joanne, still live on the old homestead here in Baltimore as his father, grandfather, great grandfather, and even great great grandfather did over the past 100 years. They have raised two daughters, Julia and Janet, and the daughters have learned from their parents to give back to the community
Rick currently farms about 250 acres and has raised cattle, hogs, turkeys and chickens.
Rick is a graduate of OSU Agriculture Education. He spent 16 years as a Vo-Ag teacher in the county school system. He taught for 10 years at Liberty Union High School, and was very involved in FFA and all their functions.
Rick and Joanne have spent many hours helping out at the Baltimore Food Pantry. He travels the area picking up donated food from many grocery stores, bringing it to our food pantry.
He has been on the fire board for the past 20 years, as well as serving in other capacities.
Rick was very active in the local Lions Club, raising funds for various causes such as hauling the Lions Club funnel cake trailer from festival to festival.
Rick served our country as well. He was in the Army Military Intelligence and had a tour in Vietnam.
Thank you both for your service to our community!