Diane Winters, the Little Brown Jug outrider and parade marshal for the past 34 years, will be honored as the 2015 “Lady Pace Honoree” during the grand circuit meet at the Delaware County Fair.
Winters has led every Jug field in the post parade since Niatross in 1980 after replacing her cousin, Marilyn Evans, who served as the parade marshal for 15 years.
Besides the Delaware grand circuit meet, Winters also worked as an outrider for the Red Mile, Ohio Stair Fair and other Ohio county fairs.
A native of Delaware, Winters has been a member of the Delaware County Agricultural Society board of directors since 1991 and served as board president in 1995. She also has been the driving force behind the All-Horse Parade since its inception 30 years ago. The All-Horse Parade, is the biggest all-horse parade east of the Mississippi River.
Winters will be honored in a winner’s circle ceremony after a division of the Ohio Breeders Championship for 3-year-old filly pacers on Jug Day.
The 2015 grand circuit meet at the Delaware County Fairgrounds will feature five days of racing, concluding with the 70th edition of the Little Brown Jug on Thursday, Sept. 24.
For more information or to order tickets, visit www.littlebrownjug.com.
Information for this story was provided by the Delaware County Fair.