Robert E. Lafary, Jr., 65, of Versailles passed away at 11:50pm, Saturday, April 29, 2017 at his home. He was born at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville on October 29, 1951 the son of Robert and Donna Jo Bonfer Lafary. He was married to Kris Ford on March 24, 1990 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Donna Jo Lafary of Versailles; one son Rob Lafary of Versailles; two daughters Amy Jo Lafary of Champaign, Illinois, and Faith Renee Lafary of Versailles; one sister Lisa (Butch) Allee of Versailles; nephews Dustin and Dane Allee, his niece Shannon (Allee) Benham and his great-nieces Emma, Allee, Ella, and Ava. He is also survived by numerous individuals who considered him a father figure or simply referred to him as “Uncle Bobby.” Mr. Lafary was a 1969 graduate of South Ripley High School and a 1971 graduate of Northwood University. Bob spent his career as a professional musician and more specifically a professional drummer. He founded his first band the Steppin Stones as a teenager and in recent years headed the Bob Lafary Trio, playing several venues in the tri-state area. Away from music, he previously managed numerous hotels and restaurants throughout Southern Indiana, is a former employee and coach in the South Ripley Community School Corporation and was a licensed IHSAA baseball and softball umpire. Bob was an inductee of the Southeast Indiana Musicians Hall of Fame and he also attended the Versailles Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the South Ripley Music Boosters to aid in their goal of purchasing new drums for the band or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
Indianapolis, IN—The State Fair may be canceled, but there is a new event scheduled to take place during that time. Yesterday, The Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event center announced on social media The Fairgrounds Fun Park coming to Indianapolis this summer. The Fairgrounds Fun Park presented by Indiana 811 will occur from July 31 through September 7 in Indianapolis at the Fairgrounds. The event will feature rides, games, and Midway Food. Early bird tickets are available by clicking here. After many complaints on social media about the State Fair being canceled and this event happening at that same time, organizers responded by stating, “the Indiana State Fair is a complex event that attracts over 850,000 guests, including vendors, exhibitors, sponsors, performers and more, spread throughout a 200+ acre campus. Due to this complexity and the impact of COVID-19 on our event, the 2020 State Fair was canceled in June. We are thankful that our partners at North American Midway Entertainment have found a way to provide a simplified event at our facility this summer. The Fairgrounds Fun Park will be a completely new experience, with rides, games, and food stands lining our iconic Main Street.”
Share Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO August 11, 2020 The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that Charlie Parker, the new President of the Racehorse Owners’ Association (ROA), will join the company Board of Directors.Parker will replace former ROA President, Nicholas Cooper, as one of the two member nominated directors appointed collectively by the ROA, Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and National Trainers Federation (NTF).He will begin a three-year term as BHA Director on 1 July, joining Luca Cumani who joined the BHA Board in October 2019.Commenting on the new position, Parker said:“I am delighted to be joining the board of the BHA on behalf of the Horsemen’s Group. We face huge challenges across our industry which must be tackled together if we are to ensure the sport we all love can recover from the current crisis and grow into a more robust model in the future.”The BHA Chair, Annamarie Phelps, added “Charlie will be a valuable addition to our team of Directors and I look forward to working alongside him, our colleagues nominated by racecourses, and the independent members of our Board.“I’d like to thank Nicholas for his contribution to the BHA Board in what has been a challenging period for racing.” Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020