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.
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