DR’s Schenk honored at banquet as Friend of 4-H

DR’s Schenk honored at banquet as Friend of 4-H

Image Credit: Dave Mast

Since the mid-1970s, Mike Schenk’s name has been a continual marker of time in the Wooster Daily Record.

His name is as synonymous as anyone’s when people think of the newspaper.

Yet few recognize Schenk because he always has his trusty camera up, taking photographs. However, his ongoing commitment to the Holmes County Fair and the youth who raise and show animals at the livestock sale hasn’t gone unnoticed.

At the recent 4-H Volunteer Recognition Banquet at Harvest Ridge, Schenk was honored with the Holmes County Friend in 4-H Award for the support he has provided through the lens of his camera.

Schenk has been a presence at the fair for decades, promoting everything the youth of Holmes County has done through his photography.

“Without a doubt we have all seen this amazing and talented man, but we really never get a chance to see his face because of the large camera he uses to capture everyone’s special fair memories,” said Brianna VanSickle, junior fair board member.

Schenk is the father of two boys, Aaron and Seth, and he has five grandchildren. Sadly, his longtime wife and best friend Jeanne passed away Sept. 13, 2021, after a bout with cancer.

Schenk began his career at The Daily Record on a part-time basis, fresh off his graduation from The College of Wooster in 1973. Schenk, who graduated from COW with a history major and a secondary teaching certificate, quickly found his niche behind the lens and became a full-timer with The Daily Record in 1975.

For nearly the past five decades, Schenk has been seen traveling the area, specifically at the Holmes County Fair, where he sat through countless sales, carnival activities, showmanship performances and more to provide photographs that present the Holmes County Fair and the young people with the credit they deserve.

Schenk has devoted many hours to photographing, developing and identifying 4-H youth over the years, and it is because of that commitment he was presented with the honor.

“Thank you for putting your history degree to work and capturing so many fair memories,” VanSickle said to Schenk at the presentation. “We are so glad you could be here tonight to accept this award on behalf of Holmes County 4-H. Thank you for being our friend all of these years, and we hope you continue to capture our special fair moments for years to come.”

VanSickle said that in talking with Schenk, he wasn’t sure exactly how many years and how many photos he has taken, but he is certain it is more than 30 years’ worth of photos at the fair, and he is currently taking pictures of his third generation of 4-Hers.