It’s official—Chris and Tammy Olson, the third generation owners and operators of Olson Feed Service, have been selected as the King and Queen of the 2015 Ridge and Valley Rally.
Each year, the Seneca Community Club selects community members as the Rally Royalty based on their commitment and involvement in the community.
Chris Olson was born and raised in Seneca. He and Tammy (nee Ziemer) met at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. They have been married for 27 years, the last 23 years spent living in Seneca where they raised their two children. Their son Benjamin, 26, serves in the military and is currently stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. Their daughter Abigail, 24, works for Touchstone Mental Health in Minnesota and is currently working on her Master’s degree.
Tammy currently serves on the Seneca Education Foundation Board of Directors and Chris served as the Seneca Fire Department Chief for 16 years.
“We are both interested in our community,” Tammy said. “And it’s fun to live where people know you, your parents, your children, and your dog’s name.”
The closeness of such a community is something she thinks cannot be over-rated, noting that small close-knit communities are quick to come together, supporting each other in the good times and bad.
“When my husband had a heart attack at the age of 47, we came home to a mowed yard and healthy food,” Tammy said. “We were taken care of.”
The town is well located, she feels.
“We are far enough from cities that we don’t have their issues, but we are close enough to visit,” Tammy quipped.
The community is one she and her husband are happy to be a part of.
The Olsons will appear in the parade for the 22nd Annual Seneca Ridge and Valley Rally this weekend on Saturday, July 11 at 11 p.m.
The parade is followed by food, an antique tractor pull, pie auction, games, music and more at the Seneca Town Hall.