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Looking for a great way to celebrate July 4th? Whether your taste runs from eating your way through the holiday to participating in a high-spirited softball tournament, thereís plenty to do in the area. And, most counties have a fireworks display not to be missed. Check these listings, as well as a full run-down in Sundayís entertainment section of The Lima News, for holiday fun.


Star Spangled Spectacular kicks off with a Freedom 5k Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Thursday at Faurot Park. Othe events include volleyball and kickball tournaments, Lima Locos game, entertainment, roving characters, and performances by Nashville Crush, the Lima Area Concert Band, and the Lima Symphony Orchestra. Fireworks at 10 p.m.


Summerfest continues through Sunday throughout Spencerville. Today itís the lawnmower pull, and entertainment by Minor Blues and Hipnotix. On Saturday, a car show, and 4-mile run precede the 6:30 p.m. parade. Fireworks at 10 p.m. On Sunday, duck races at 3 p.m. close the festival.


The Four Deuces Car Club will host a Cruise-in-the-Park, starting at 10 a.m. July 4 in the Pandora Park. Awards at 3:30 p.m. Also, hot food and chicken barbecue, crafts, vendors, 50/50 raffle and bake sale. Proceeds benefit the Pandora Youth Baseball and Softball.


The Delphos Kiwanis Club will host an Independence Day celebration starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday and all day Thursday in Stadium Park. Entertainment includes food, rides, fishing derby and softball tournaments. Fireworks start at 10 p.m. Thursday.


The St. Joseph Fourth of July Festival begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds. Among the activities that day is a tractor and truck pull, Freedom Train, and beer garden. On Thursday, 11 a.m. activities include the opening of the Freedom Train, and military honors. Also that day, a cruise-in, 3 p.m. parade, and a 7 p.m. Christian concert with Attaboy. Fireworks begin at 10:15 p.m.

Van Wert

Old-Fashioned Farmer Days kick off Thursday and run through July 7 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. Features include antique tractors and machinery, crafts, flea markets, tractor pulls, entertainment and food.

Also in Van Wert, Holiday at Home will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday at various locations throughout Van Wert. The day begins with a patriotic parade down Main Street, followed by tours, arts and crafts and activities. Fireworks begin at dusk in Smiley Park.

And, the 17th annual Firecracker Century Bike Tour starts at 7:30 a.m. Thursday from Jubilee Park in Van Wert. Routes of 18, 32 and 62-miles have been mapped out.


Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Thursday at the Hardin County Fairgrounds, 14134 Fairground Road, Kenton.


Fireworks at 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay. The Flag City July 4th Parade starts at 11 a.m. Thursday and runs down Main Street from Marathon to the Hancock County War Memorial.

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