By Tara Figurski
The Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival is recognizing Nancy and Malcolm Spangler, 36-year residents who were active in the festival’s history.
The Spanglers have been named the senior queen and king of this year’s festival.
Reynoldsburg Festival Inc. committee member Mike Motz said Nancy Spangler was a Tomato Festival board member and secretary for several years and Malcolm Spangler worked with the tomato products every year and helped set with set up.
“Nancy was also in charge of the tomato products exhibit every year that she was active in the festival,” Motz said.
Robin Baker serves as chairman of the senior queen and king selection committee. She said the committee selects the queen and king, but members hope eventually to start taking nominations.
“The senior king and queen has been chosen for their long time community commitment within Reynoldsburg,” she said. “The last couple of years, it has been someone that has a long-term commitment with the festival.”
The couple was involved with the Tomato Festival for about 12 years, Nancy Spangler said. They stopped volunteering with the festival after Reynoldsburg Festivals Inc. began running the festival in 2009.
“The festival was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun at the same time,” she said. “You really worried all year long, planned all year long. The first night the festival opened it was a relief.”
When festival committee member Mary Hudson contacted her to let her know they were chosen queen and king, Nancy Spangler said was shocked.
“I thought they wanted me to volunteer to do something,” she said. “I was just surprised. I know it will be fun.”
Malcolm Spangler was also surprised to receive the call letting him know that he had been selected king.
“I was overwhelmed because I had seen all of the kings and queens in the past,” he said. “I never thought that I would be one.”
This year’s Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival will be held Aug. 16-17 at Huber Park.