LIMA — Pushing a stroller with one daughter inside and another daughter nearby, April Boyer made her way through the vendors and exhibits at Square Fair 2009 on Friday afternoon.
Boyer had just left the kids painting area where her 4-year-old daughter, Alana, completed a painting and received her own face drawing.
“It gives us a chance to get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful weather,” Boyer said.
As a mother, Boyer now goes to Square Fair for her children, but admits she misses the entertainment in the evening especially this year’s much-anticipated performance by .38 Special.
Still, she enjoys the day, including the food vendors where almonds are her favorite, she said.
One of the popular foods some say is a must at Square Fair is funnel cakes and elephant ears. Cheryl George has been at Square Fair since 1991 selling those favorite foods. She said sweets are a big seller, especially after dinner.
“We’re a night food. That’s our busiest time,” she said.
George expects long lines in the evening and she’s prepared to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth, she said.
Shaquena Glover of Lima also loves the food, especially the funnel cakes. She also enjoys seeing the different artwork and listening to music, especially Jazz.
“I’m going to spend the whole weekend here,” Glover said.
Walter Cockerell of Wheeler Woodworking was selling hand-made jewelry boxes and pencil holders made mostly out of Walnut, Red Cedar and Red Oak. He was selling for Charles Wheeler of Wheeler Woodworking in Elida who does it as a hobby more than anything.
One of the popular items they sell is a military flag holder, he said.
“This is made here in America and it’s made by someone who appreciates his own work,” he said.
Wheeler takes special care from the start beginning by handpicking his owns trees he’s going to use for his projects, Cockerell said.
Nearby was Jared Bishop, the owner of Hippy Potter in Wapakoneta, ready to make bowls, cups and other pottery out of clay. Mugs go for $12. Large bowls for $35.
Bishop has attended other shows but this was his first time at Square Fair selling the pottery that is microwave and dishwasher safe.
“More than anything, I just want to get my name out there and make a few sales in the process,” he said.
Another food vendor, Mike Wu of China Rainbow in Cincinnati was trying to sell Chinese food for the first time at Square Fair. He didn’t know what to expect but was hoping for the best.
“I hope to get busy,” he said.
One of the artists trying to sell his work was George Kocar of Bay Village. Kocar’s artwork features skull painting and humorous characters such as cats and dogs. He’s been an artist a long time but has been hitting the art festival scene the past three years trying to sell paintings.
“I’ve been painting over 35 years,” Kocar said.
He expects to sell 20 to 30 paintings that range in price from $35 for a simple, smaller painting to $1,000 for a larger painting. His display is popular among people who stop just to see what he’s come up with.
Square Fair President Diane Peterson said the event was going well with the biggest crowd expected Saturday night for .38 Special, a popular rock band.
“There’s a lot of buzz out there for .38 Special. They’re rarely in concert for free,” Peterson said.
She urges people to arrive a few hours early to be set when the band opens at 9:30 p.m. and promises even if they get there a little early they won’t just sit around.
“There’s a lot to do before 9:30 p.m. They will not just be standing around. There’s a lot of things they can do,” she said.
What: Square Fair 2009
Where: Lima’s Town Square, downtown
Cost: $1 per person
9 a.m.: DeHaven’s 5K Square Fair Run (register at 8 a.m.)
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Cut-A-Thon, 57 W. Town Square. $10 donations.
12 and 3 p.m.: Spaz & Friends, Brew House Stage
Noon: Grand Lake Theatrix CTS’s Kidz Drama Klub, Family Stage on South Main
12:45 p.m.: Jeanne’s Dance Studio, Family Stage on South Main
1 p.m.: Square Fair Poker Run. (register at 11 a.m.) from east of main stage.
1, 4 and 6 p.m.: Will Freed Trio, Brew House Stage
1:30 and 3:45 p.m.: Cantate Youth Chorale, Family Stage on South Main
2 and 5 p.m.: Lloyd Stout, Brew House Stage
2:15 p.m.: Rhythm in Motion Dance Center, Family Stage on South Main
3, 5:15 and 6:45 p.m.: Jessie and James and Mutts Gone Nuts, Family Stage on South Main
4:30 p.m.: Arts Center School of Music and Dance, Family Stage on South Main
6 p.m.: Lyn’s Academy of Dance, Family Stage on South Main
7 p.m.: Gary Stennett Band, Center Stage
7:45 p.m.: Dave Liles Band, Center Stage
9:30 p.m.: 38 Special, Center Stage
11 p.m.: Fireworks from downtown rooftops
All Day: Food vendors, Farmer’s Market, crafts, informational displays