Ladies attending the Holmes County Fair will have an opportunity to join the 600 women who have received kisses from the Jolly Roger. He is a widower from Walnut Creek who believes that every great lady deserves a kiss — and aims to bestow kisses on more great ladies than any other man in Ohio.
He’ll be at the Holmes County Public Library’s booth from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, August 4, 6, and 8. Every lady receiving a kiss will be asked to make a small donation to the Friends of the Library, which supports the library district’s operation and activities.
The Jolly Roger has given kisses to Amish and English ladies throughout the area, including: female residents and staff of the Walnut Hills Retirement Community, ladies attending Millersburg’s Girls Night Out, bank tellers, store cashiers, waitresses, and a policewoman.
Although he offers bronze, silver, gold, and platinum kisses, most ladies get the daily special — an Hershey chocolate kiss. With each kiss, a lady receives a card stating: “Every great lady deserves a kiss.” The Jolly Roger notes that his address and telephone number are printed on the back of the card and suggests that ladies contact him whenever they need another kiss.
The Jolly Roger is Roger Hippsley, a resident of the Walnut Hills Retirement Community. He explains that he began giving kisses following the death of his wife in 2010. “Without a wife to kiss, I’ve focused my attention on every other great lady I meet,”
He’s looking forward to meeting those great ladies coming to the Holmes County Fair.“I’ll be giving out kisses until my lips chafe,” he joked,”but I’ve bought lots of lip balm.”