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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 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 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 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


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


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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