It was a usual Thursday at the Wyandot County Fair in 1941, but it was a day to be remembered in the heart and mind of Betty Corbin, who now is 88 years old.
The aromas of fair foods filled the air, rides offered screaming good fun for fairgoers and attendees meandered along the grounds off Ohio 53 in Upper Sandusky.
Fast forward 72 years and the Wharton resident still attends the annual Senior Citizens’ Day at the fair. On Thursday, Corbin recalled meeting her late husband at the fairgrounds when she was 16 years old.
“I had a fellow following me and he was bound that I was going to go with him. I was bound that I wasn’t,” Corbin joked. “I met my good friend by the Ferris wheel and I told her I was trying to get away from him. She told me to wait. Her cousins were in a wrestling show and they were coming over.”
Corbin recalled how her friend introduced her to the boys. Bert Corbin, who would become Betty’s husband on Jan. 15, 1944, said he knew how to keep the other boy away.
“He grabbed my hand and we got onto the Ferris wheel,” Betty Corbin said. “We started going together then.”
Bert Corbin joined the U.S. Army in January 1942. The couple exchanged wedding vows while he was home on furlough in 1944. They made many memories at the Wyandot County Fair, Betty Corbin said.
“We always would come,” she said. “We used to live on a farm. We had chester white hogs and two ponies.
“My kids were almost born at the fair,” Betty Corbin added.
Betty Corbin continues to attend every Senior Citizens’ Day at the fair in honor of her husband, who died about seven and a half years ago.
“It’s our anniversary day,” she said. “I’ve got to do this in his memory.”
By ALISSA PAOLELLA