Kalida Pioneer Days taking over streets


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



There will be plenty of games for the kids at Pioneer Days.


The Lima News file photo

Historical interpretations are also part of the festival fun.


The Lima News file photo

The parade is billed as the largest in Northwest Ohio.


The Lima News file photo

Festivalgoers never can tell what they’ll see in the parade.


The Lima News file photo

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Kalida Pioneer Days

WHEN: Today, Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Kalida

ADMISSION: Free

Today

6-10 p.m. 92.1 The Frog Morning Show with Dave and Victoria

6-10 p.m. Rides open

6-10 p.m. Bingo-hosted by St. Michael

6 p.m. Battle of the Businesses

6-7 p.m. Oasis Tent Open

6:30 p.m. Friday Night 4Miler

7-10 p.m. Ladies Night Out - Wine and Craft Beer

7:30 p.m. The Human Fuse

7:30 p.m. Drawing for $100 Shell Gas Card

7:30-9 p.m. Friday Night 4Miler Awards and After Party

9 p.m. -1 a.m. Live Band Marsha Brady Band

9:30 p.m. Drawing for $145 worth of groceries *Must be present to win

10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Black and White Cab service

10:30 p.m. The Human Fuse

10:30 p.m. Drawing for $100 Marathon Gas Card *Must be present to win

Saturday

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. Pioneer High School Volleyball Invitational

10 a.m. Pioneer Co-ed Outdoor Volleyball Tournament

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Antique Tractor and Truck Show

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Putnam County Historical Society Museum Open

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft show

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Giant Custom and Street Car Show

12 p.m. Rides open

12 p.m. Oasis Tent open

12-3 p.m. Toledo Zoo on display

12-4 p.m. Bingo

12-4 p.m. Photo Booth

12-4 p.m. Face Painting

1:30 p.m. Putnam County Historical Society meeting

2:30 Euchre Tournament

2:30 p.m. NKTPA Kiddie Tractor Pull

4:30 p.m. Mass with Father Mark at Historic St. Michael Catholic Church

6-10 p.m. Bingo

6-10 p.m. Oktoberfest Evening - Ted Lange Band

7 p.m. Queen Crowning

7:30 p.m. Buckeyes versus Sooners on Big Screen TV at Beertown

7:30 p.m. Drawing for $100 Shell Gas Card *Must be present to win

8 p.m. The Human Fuse

9:30-10 p.m. Live Band Smoke ‘N Guns

10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Black and White Cab Service

11 p.m. $500 attendance drawing *Must be present to win

11:15 The Human Fuse

Sunday

7:30 a.m. Mass with Father Mark at St. Michael Catholic Church

10:30 a.m. Mass with Father Mark at St. Michael Catholic Church

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Putnam County Historical Society Museum opens

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Putnam County Historical Society chicken barbecue at the museum

12 p.m. Oasis tent open

12-6 p.m. Parade Day Ride special $12 wristband

12:15 p.m. The Human Fuse

12:30 p.m. NFL Kickoff Party with Sportscaster Vince Koza at The Oasis

1 p.m. Kalida High School band performs

1:30 p.m. Northwest Ohio’s Largest Parade

2:30 p.m. Pioneer Days chicken wing challenge

3-7 p.m. Bingo

3:30 p.m. The Human Fuse

After Parade Village Idiots

4 p.m. Live auction

4:15 p.m. Drawing for bicycles

5 p.m. Free $500 attendance drawing *Must be present to win

5:30 p.m. The Human Fuse

6 p.m. Drawing for $100 Shell Gas card *Must be present to win

7 p.m. $5,000 Big Ticket Drawing *Need not be present to win

KALIDA — The 145th annual Kalida Pioneer Days is underway. The event is put on by two major sponsors, the Kalida Fire Department and Kalida Lions. Proceeds from Pioneer Days are all kept local through these two entities.

“We always try to tell everyone, there is something for everybody each day. We try to make it as family friendly as we can,” said Kyle Unverferth, publicity committee member.

A big act entertainment wise is coming back to Kalida Pioneer Days.

“We always try to bring in a big act and we’re bringing back Brian Miser, ‘The Human Fuse.’ He was here about five years ago. He will be shooting himself out of a cannon while on fire. He’s been with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. He will be performing several times Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That’s our big attraction this year,” said Kyle Unverferth, publicity committee member. “Also new this year we are bringing in a Toledo Zoo display. They will be bringing in some type of animals for the kids. That’s the first time we’ve ever had that.”

There are daily giveaways. A car show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and a parade begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

There will be rides for the kids to enjoy.

“Durant Amusements provides the rides. We have eight to 10 rides every year for the kids. They will run Thursday through Sunday. Wristbands are available,” said Unverferth.

There will be live entertainment daily. Tonight’s entertainment features the Marsha Brady Band out of Cincinnati and Saturday’s entertainment is Smoke ‘N Guns out of Nashville.

A group has developed a reputation for hamburgers.

“The St. Michael’s Holy Name, the men’s group there, they do burgers. Those are a big draw. They probably sell over 11,000 hamburgers throughout the weekend,” said Unverferth.

Of course it’s the volunteers that make the festival work.

“We do get a lot of outside help that aren’t members of the fire department or Lion’s group. Without them it definitely would not run as well,” said Unverferth.

There will be plenty of games for the kids at Pioneer Days.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_PioneerDays01_LEV-1.jpgThere will be plenty of games for the kids at Pioneer Days. The Lima News file photo
Historical interpretations are also part of the festival fun.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_kalida-5-1.jpgHistorical interpretations are also part of the festival fun. The Lima News file photo
The parade is billed as the largest in Northwest Ohio.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_kalida-3-1.jpgThe parade is billed as the largest in Northwest Ohio. The Lima News file photo
Festivalgoers never can tell what they’ll see in the parade.
http://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2017/09/web1_kalida-1-1.jpgFestivalgoers never can tell what they’ll see in the parade. The Lima News file photo

By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Kalida Pioneer Days

WHEN: Today, Saturday and Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Kalida

ADMISSION: Free

Today

6-10 p.m. 92.1 The Frog Morning Show with Dave and Victoria

6-10 p.m. Rides open

6-10 p.m. Bingo-hosted by St. Michael

6 p.m. Battle of the Businesses

6-7 p.m. Oasis Tent Open

6:30 p.m. Friday Night 4Miler

7-10 p.m. Ladies Night Out - Wine and Craft Beer

7:30 p.m. The Human Fuse

7:30 p.m. Drawing for $100 Shell Gas Card

7:30-9 p.m. Friday Night 4Miler Awards and After Party

9 p.m. -1 a.m. Live Band Marsha Brady Band

9:30 p.m. Drawing for $145 worth of groceries *Must be present to win

10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Black and White Cab service

10:30 p.m. The Human Fuse

10:30 p.m. Drawing for $100 Marathon Gas Card *Must be present to win

Saturday

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

9 a.m. Pioneer High School Volleyball Invitational

10 a.m. Pioneer Co-ed Outdoor Volleyball Tournament

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Antique Tractor and Truck Show

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Putnam County Historical Society Museum Open

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Craft show

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Giant Custom and Street Car Show

12 p.m. Rides open

12 p.m. Oasis Tent open

12-3 p.m. Toledo Zoo on display

12-4 p.m. Bingo

12-4 p.m. Photo Booth

12-4 p.m. Face Painting

1:30 p.m. Putnam County Historical Society meeting

2:30 Euchre Tournament

2:30 p.m. NKTPA Kiddie Tractor Pull

4:30 p.m. Mass with Father Mark at Historic St. Michael Catholic Church

6-10 p.m. Bingo

6-10 p.m. Oktoberfest Evening - Ted Lange Band

7 p.m. Queen Crowning

7:30 p.m. Buckeyes versus Sooners on Big Screen TV at Beertown

7:30 p.m. Drawing for $100 Shell Gas Card *Must be present to win

8 p.m. The Human Fuse

9:30-10 p.m. Live Band Smoke ‘N Guns

10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Black and White Cab Service

11 p.m. $500 attendance drawing *Must be present to win

11:15 The Human Fuse

Sunday

7:30 a.m. Mass with Father Mark at St. Michael Catholic Church

10:30 a.m. Mass with Father Mark at St. Michael Catholic Church

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Putnam County Historical Society Museum opens

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Putnam County Historical Society chicken barbecue at the museum

12 p.m. Oasis tent open

12-6 p.m. Parade Day Ride special $12 wristband

12:15 p.m. The Human Fuse

12:30 p.m. NFL Kickoff Party with Sportscaster Vince Koza at The Oasis

1 p.m. Kalida High School band performs

1:30 p.m. Northwest Ohio’s Largest Parade

2:30 p.m. Pioneer Days chicken wing challenge

3-7 p.m. Bingo

3:30 p.m. The Human Fuse

After Parade Village Idiots

4 p.m. Live auction

4:15 p.m. Drawing for bicycles

5 p.m. Free $500 attendance drawing *Must be present to win

5:30 p.m. The Human Fuse

6 p.m. Drawing for $100 Shell Gas card *Must be present to win

7 p.m. $5,000 Big Ticket Drawing *Need not be present to win

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511