Star Spangled Spectacular postponed to Labor Day weekend


Freedom 5K Run/Walk continuing as scheduled

By Lance Mihm - lmihm@civitasmedia.com



Samantha McLean competes in a past 5K.


Freedom 5K Run/Walk continuing as scheduled

By Lance Mihm

lmihm@civitasmedia.com

Runners begin the Freedom 5K during a past year’s event.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/07/web1_5kRunWalk-001.jpgRunners begin the Freedom 5K during a past year’s event.
Samantha McLean competes in a past 5K.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/07/web1_5kRunWalk-008.jpgSamantha McLean competes in a past 5K.

LIMA — For the first time in its 22-year history, the Star Spangled Spectacular will not take place on Independence Day.

The annual event that draws several thousand people annually to the city was postponed until Sept. 5, Labor Day weekend, due to torrential rainfall in June that left Faurot Park a soggy mess.

Star Spangled Spectacular organizing committee chairman Bill Clinger said the committee spent about 36 hours looking for an alternative site or considering a scaled-down version of the event.

“We couldn’t find an alternative location that worked in such a short turn-around,” Clinger said. “People have grown to expect a certain experience, and because of the conditions of the park, we can’t deliver that.”

The Freedom 5K Run/Walk that was scheduled to accompany the event will go on as planned. Run coordinator John Walters said more than 1,000 people have already signed up for the event. Registrations continue the day of the race from 7 to 8:45 a.m. with a start time of 9 a.m.

Clinger said the committee will be working on the Labor Day event soon, and announcements will be forthcoming.

Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409
Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409

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