Wilson County Promotions announced Sunday Charles and Ramona Haskins are the recipients of the 2013 Mike Baker Friend and Supporter of the Fair Award.
The award will be given Tuesday at 8 p.m. prior to the “Great Giveaway” in the Motorsports Arena of the Ward Agricultural Center.
This annual award recognizes business people in Wilson County who have gone above and beyond in their support of the annual Wilson County Fair. It is given in memory of Mike Baker, longtime chairman of the fair’s Great Giveaway Committee.
Charles and Ramona Haskins, along with their family, are the owners of Lebanon Chemical at 533 West Baddour Parkway in Lebanon. The business has operated since 1967, more than 45 years. The couple can be found working in the business every day.
Most days, Ramona can be found working in the kitchen preparing lunch. Charles and Ramona started out owning a small grocery store on Coles Ferry Pike. Then they operated Haskins Service Station on N. Cumberland Street just off the square for 16 years, starting Lebanon Chemical during that same time in a little building in the back.
Over the years, they have supported many programs, clubs and local charitable events and continue to do so. They have four children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. They are members of Highland Heights Church of Christ.
Charles and Ramona have supported the Wilson County Fair for many years and are a longtime sponsor of the Great Giveaway. They were also instrumental in getting two of the buildings placed in Fiddlers Grove, including Luther’s Blacksmith Shop (who was Ramona’s father) and the Smokehouse, which is the building where James E. Ward cured his famous hams. It’s located on the Haskin’s Farm on Phelan Drive.
Charles and Ramona actually met at the Wilson County Fair in 1951 on Coles Ferry Pike. He got sick on the ferris wheel that night, but she married him anyway on Nov. 24, 1951.