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LIMA — It’s the history of Lima, with maybe a ghost story tossed in, at the fifth annual Lima Lantern Tours, kicking off today downtown.

“This year we decided to change it up a bit, so we’ve added a few buildings,” said Aubrey Kaye, executive director of Downtown Lima, Inc. Stops this year will also include the Met Block, Town Square, and a two-story bowling alley.

“At each stop, we give some interesting history about the place, some folklore, and maybe some paranormal activity that has been observed there,” Kaye said. And for the kick-off weekend, there will be costumed characters at some of the stops.

Specifically, Mulligans seems to have a soft spot for the paranormal. And, Kaye has been part of some unexplained noises at the Ohio Theatre. “We were there with author James Willis, standing on the stage, and it sounded like under the stage there was a thumping noise. We went downstairs to see what it might be, and there was no way to get under the stage,” Kaye said.

But the focus is not on the paranormal.

In fact, horse-drawn tours through Woodlawn Cemetery focus strictly on Lima’s history, showing the final resting places of many of Lima’s founders.

Yet Kaye suggests not bringing young children on the downtown tours. “We say they are PG-13 because of some of the stories told. Just dress for the weather, and come on down to get a different look at Lima’s downtown.”

Tours are approximately two hours long. The tours with James Willis, author of Weird Ohio and founder of the Ghosts of Ohio Paranormal Research Group, are sold out.

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