Wilson County Promotions is proud to announce that Charles and Ramona Haskins will be the recipients of the 2013 Mike Baker Friend and Supporter of the Fair Award on Tuesday evening, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. prior to the “Great Give-A-Way” in the Motorsports Arena of the Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon. 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 Mr. Mike Baker, long time chairman of the Fair’s Great Give-A-Way Committee.
Charles and Ramona Haskins along with their family are the owners of Lebanon Chemical located at 533 West Baddour Parkway in Lebanon. The business has operating since 1967, over 45 years. The couple can be found working in the business every day. Most days you can find Ramona working in the kitchen preparing a delicious lunch. Charles and Ramona started out owning a small grocery store on Coles Ferry Pike. Then they operated Haskins Service Station on North 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 have been a long time sponsor of the Great Give-A-Way. They were also instrumental in getting two of the buildings placed in Fiddlers Grove, Mr. Luther’s Blacksmith Shop (who was Ramona’s father) and the Smokehouse, which is the building that James E. Ward cured his famous hams (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 Farris Wheel that night, but she married him anyway on Nov. 24, 1951.