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Little Brown Jug Mementos Destroyed

September 24, 1998

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) _ For more than 30 years, participants in the Little Brown Jug received miniature jugs as mementos of the harness race.

This year the owners, drivers and sponsors will have to wait for their gifts from Thursday’s race.

The 285 miniatures were destroyed in a fire that gutted four downtown businesses Tuesday night in Delaware, about 25 miles north of Columbus.

They were found in the rubble of the New Image Sign Co. An electronics store, deli and barbershop also were damaged.

``We couldn’t tell where our business started and another ended,″ said New Image co-owner Kim Doolin as she fingered $25 in soggy, blackened bills that were found in her shop. ``There’s nothing left. Our computers are melted together.″

The race is held during the Delaware County Fair each year. Doolin and co-owner Melissa Blagg said they look forward to each fair because of the volume of business it brings. ``It’s our Christmas in September,″ Doolin said.

The mementos bear the name of the race winner and usually are given at a victory party the next day. Fair Manager Bill Lowe said Thursday the miniature jugs will be mailed once they are replaced.

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