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Four girls will compete this year for the title of Pioneer Queen for the 151st Pioneer Days. The queen candidates are Raegan Gerdeman, Elyse Romes, Meredyth Horstman, and Katelyn Roof. Good luck ladies!!!

Raegan Gerdeman

Raegan is the daughter of Ken and Julie Gerdeman. Her school activities include cheerleading, show choir, musical, foreign language club, Cats Who Care, Office Aid, and National Honor Society. Her community /church activities include Vacation Bible School Volunteer at St. Michael’s Parish. Raegan’s goals include attending a four-year college majoring in early childhood education.

Elyse Romes

Elyse is the daughter of Kerri and BJ Romes. Her school activities include cheerleading, volleyball, and softball. Her communities include drawing, club volleyball, and wake surfing at the lake. Elyse’s goals include attending Owens Community College and playing volleyball. She then plans to attend Life University and become a chiropractor.

Meredyth Horstman

Meredyth is the daughter of Shelly Horstman and the late Alvin Horstman. Her school activities include cheerleading, Cats Who Care, and FFA. Her hobbies include dance. Meredyth’s goals include attending college for Sonography.

Katelyn Roof

Katelyn is the daughter of Tom and Jenni Roof. Her school activities include volleyball, Cats Who Care, foreign language club, and baseball statistician. Her community/church activities include Mass Server at St. Michael’s Church, CYO basketball, and blood donator at the school blood drive. Her hobbies include spending time with friends and family. Katelyn’s goals include obtaining a successful job in the medical field.




The Pioneer Days Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the Kalida Pioneer Days parade theme contest. Pictured with this year’s Pioneer Committee members is winner Evie Slusser, daughter of BJ and Lindsay Slusser. The theme chosen is: “Our guess at the future is a reflection of what we find important now.”  Pioneer Days in Kalida is Ohio’s Oldest Festival and is “Always the Weekend After Labor Day”. Please visit the Pioneer Days website or Facebook page for details and information.