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The countdown is on. In just one week, the official summer fun season will begin. And this year, there are abundant opportunities to ride the Ferris wheels, sing to your favorite band, and get your fingers good and sticky from cotton candy.



As the heat index rises, so do the chances to meet your friends and neighbors and celebrate all that is good about this area. There are historical observations, car shows, ice cream socials and boating events galore to be found in just a short drive from home. And of course, thereís food. The smells of everything from barbecued ribs to pork rinds will fill the air through the summer, inviting folks to come outdoors and enjoy.



To assure you donít miss your favorite activity, weíre providing you a helpful list of dates and events to help plan your summer. Pick your favorites, lather on the sunscreen, and enjoy.



May



May 31: Labor Day parade, Lima



May 31: Labor Day parade, Ottawa



May 31: Mount Victory Memorial Day Petroliana Swap Meet and Antique Car Show



June



June 3 to 5: Mendon Firecracker Festival, Mendon



June 3 to 6: Jackson Center Community Days, Jackson Center



June 4 to 6: St. Gerard Festival, Lima



June 4 and 5: Hamler Country Fest, Hamler



June 5 and 6: One Wonderful Experience, Van Wert



June 11 to 12: Harrod Pork Rind Festival, Harrod



June 11 to 13: Healing Field, Lima



June 11 to 13: Botkins Carousel, Botkins



June 12: SummerFest 2010, Ottawa



June 17 to 20: Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee, Fort Recovery



June 17 to 19: Ohio State H.O.G. Rally, Lima



June 19: Juneteenth, Lima



June 19 and 20: St. Mary Catholic Church Social, Leipsic



June 24 to 26: Spencerville Summerfest, Spencerville



June 25 to 27: Maria Stein Country Fest, Maria Stein



June 26: Bluffton Festival of Wheels, Bluffton



June 26: Soap Box Derby, Lima



June 26 and 27: Gene Autry Days, Kenton



June 26: Westminster Firemanís Jamboree, Westminster



July



July 1 to 4: Old Fashioned Farmer Days, Van Wert



July 2 and 3: New Knoxvilleís Independence Day Celebration, New Knoxville



July 2 and 3: Liberty Days, Fort Loramie



July 2 to 4: Freedom Days Picnic, Celina



July 2 to 4: St. Henry Community Picnic, St. Henry



July 3 and 4: St. Joe Festival, Wapakoneta



July 4: Star Spangled Spectacular, Lima



July 8 to 10: Country Concert, Fort Loramie



July 9 and 10: Firemanís Jamboree, Cridersville



July 9 to 11: Tree Town Festival, Forest



July 14 to 18: Summer Moon Festival, Wapakoneta



July 16 and 17: Northwest Ohio Rib Cook Off, Lima



July 16 to 18: Immaculate Conception Church Festival, Celina



July 18: Immaculate Conception Parish Festival, Ottoville



July 23 to 25: Lake Festival, Celina



July 23 to 25: Wetzelland 2010, Wetzel



July 24: Firemanís Picnic, New Bremen



July 30 and 31: NTPA Grand National Tractor Pulls, Fort Recovery



July 31: Coldwater Community Picnic, Coldwater



August



Aug. 5 to 7: Square Fair, Lima



Aug. 5 to 7: Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale



Aug. 8 to 15: St. Marys Summer Artfest, St. Marys



Aug. 13 to 15: Flag City Balloonfest, Findlay



Aug. 14 and 15: St. Marys SummerFest, St. Marys



Aug. 20 to 22: Bremenfest, New Bremen



Aug. 28 and 29: Celina Governors Cup Regatta/North American Championships



September



Sept. 3 and 4: Glandorf Park Fest, Glandorf



Sept. 5: Ottoville Park Carnival, Ottoville



Sept. 12 and 13: Kalida Pioneer Days, Kalida



Sept. 17 to 19: Delphos Old Fashioned Canal Days, Delphos



Sept. 18: Ada Harvest and Herb Festival, Ada



Sept. 18: Turtle Races, Ottoville



Be sure to check out 360 Fridays throughout the summer for more on these events. If your event didnít appear today, email details to kkincaid@limanews.com.





County fairs



June 22 to 27: Putnam County Fair, Ottawa



July 13 to 18: Logan County Fair, Bellefontaine



July 25 to 31: Shelby County Fair, Sidney



Aug. 1 to 7: Auglaize County Fair, Wapakoneta



Aug. 13 to 19: Mercer County Fair, Celina



Aug. 20 to 28: Allen County Fair, Lima



Sept. 1 to 6: Hancock County Fair, Findlay



Sept. 1 to 8: Van Wert County Fair, Van Wert



Sept. 7 to 12: Hardin County Fair, Kenton





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