Newlyweds mourn loss of wedding site; fire destroys Darke County swine barn

One couple lost something extra special Thursday night when the swine barn went up in flames at the Darke County Fairgrounds.

It’s not just another building on the grounds for Keona and Tyler Overholser — it’s where they started the rest of their lives together.

>> Photos: Darke County Fairgrounds barn fire

The Overholsers met at the pig barn in 2011 when both 4-H members were showing livestock.

“We started off just talking. He helped me through our test we usually have to take through the year,” Keona Overholser said.

Said Tyler Overholser: “I just remember thinking out cute she was.”

>> Cause of fire that destroys swine barn at Darke County Fairgrounds under investigation

The two soon started dating, and on May 12 the two got married at the same place they met, transforming the barn into a celebration space for more than 350 friends and family.

But the barn is no more after it was destroyed in a matter of minutes Thursday night.

Credit: Contributed by Ron Fiste

Credit: Contributed by Ron Fiste

“There’s no words to even explain what was going through my mind because there’s so many memories that we’ve had through that barn,” Keona Overholser said.

“The barn isn’t a barn to us. It was a place that brought so many people together,” Tyler Overholser said. “In the future when her and I have children it would have been so neat for her and I to be able to show our kids when they show (livestock) this was the place where your mom and dad got married.”

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While the two won’t ever be able to walk through the barn doors again, the fire didn’t destroy everything.

“It’s hard to look back on and see, but at least we have the photos and memories to go back on,” Keona Overholser said.

Greenville’s fire chief said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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