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As young Dorothy learned in the Wizard of Oz, there really is no place like home.



And nowhere is that more apparent than in this area this summer, where summer festivals are every day, every where.



If water action is your thing, head to Indian Lake or Grand Lake, where everything from fishing to boat racing will be happening this summer.



Do your interests lie more along the lines of hot motors? Then hit Van Wert or Mount Victory for old-fashioned working motors, or head to Wapakoneta for farm equipment. Or, stay in Lima and watch the motors race at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Or check out the non-motorized Soap Box racing down Limaís Derby Hill.



Enjoy challenging yourself? Make certain to hit the Savage Race at Mad River Mountain, or check out the bull riding at the Allen County Fair.



Does the smell of brats and vinegar fries do it for you? A variety of town festivals offer that, and more.



And if country music is your thing, enjoy Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean at Country Concert. Or hit Limaís Square Fair, or any of the county fairs going on in this area.



In short, pick your passion and make the short drive to enjoy your custom-made fun.



Remember, thereís no place like home.



May



May 19: St. Rose Parish Festival, Lima



May 19: 4 Wheel Jamboree, Lima



May 24 to 26: Buckeye Farm Antiques Annual Show, Wapakoneta



May 27: Memorial Day Parade, Lima



May 27: Memorial Day Garage Sales, Harrod



May 27: Memorial Day Parade, Lafayette



May 27: Memorial Day Parade, Alger



May 28 to June 2: Alumapalooza 4, Jackson Center



May 30: Petroliana Swap Meet/Antique Car Show, Mount Victory



May 30 to June 2: Community Days, Jackson Center



June



June 1: Perry Township Founderís Day, Lima



June 1 and 2: Jubilee Flower Show, Van Wert



June 1: Color Blaze 5K, Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima



June 7 and 8: PBR Professional Bull Riding, Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima



June 7 to 9: Botkins Carousel, Botkins



June 7 and 8: Relay for Life of Lima, Lima Campus, Lima



June 7 to 9: Pork Rind Heritage Festival, Harrod



June 7 to 9: Peony Festival, Van Wert



June 7 to 9: St. Gerard Festival, Lima



June 8 and 9: Mendon Firecracker Fest, Mendon



June 14: Bluffton Festival of Wheels, Bluffton



June 15: Turkeyfoot Benefit Crew Bass Tournament, Indian Lake



June 15: Summerfest in the Park, Ottawa



June 15: WrenStock, Wren



June 15: Rockford Community Days, Rockford



June 15: Savage Race, Mad River Mountain



June 19 to 22: International Harvester Red Power Round Up, Lima



June 21 to 23: Maria Stein Country Fest, Maria Stein



June 22: Soap Box Derby, Lima



June 22: Riverside Wine Festival, Findlay



June 22 and 23: 20th Annual Gene Autry Days, Kenton



June 26 to 28: Lincoln Highway Centennial Celebration, Van Wert



June 27 to 29: Spencerville Summerfest, Spencerville



June 27 to 30: Harvest Jubilee, Fort Recovery



June 28 to 30: Willshire Days, Willshire



June 29: Ohio National Championship Motorcycle Races, Lima



June 29: Bradfield Community Centerís 75th Anniversary, Lima



June 29: Summer Safety Festival, Lima



June 29 to 30: Independence Day Celebration, New Knoxville



July



July 3 and 4: Delphos Kiwanis July 4th Celebration, Delphos



July 3 and 4: St. Joseph 4th of July Festival, Wapakoneta



July 4: Star Spangled Spectacular, Lima



July 4 to 6: Old Fashioned Farmer Days, Van Wert



July 4: Holiday at Home, Van Wert



July 4 to 6: Flag City July 4th, Findlay



July 5 to 7: Freedom Days, Celina



July 11 to 13: Country Concert, Fort Loramie



July 12 to 14: Tree Town Festival, Forest



July 13 and 14: Railroad Heritage Weekend, Van Wert



July 15 to 19: 19th Annual Mazza Summer Conference, Findlay



July 17 to 21: Summer Moon Festival, Wapakoneta



July 19 to 21: Lambert Days, Ohio City



July 19 and 20: Delphos Car Show, Delphos



July 20: Night at the Museum, Kenton



July 20: Tri-State Rhythm and Rib Fest, Ottawa



July 26 and 27: NTPA Tractor Pulls, Fort Recovery



July 26 to 28: Annual Swap Meet, Wetzelland



July 26 to 28: Celina Lake Festival



August



Aug. 1 to 4: Highway 127 Yard Sale, along U.S. 127



Aug. 1 to 4: Northwest Ohio Antique Machinery Association Show, Findlay



Aug. 2 and 3: Square Fair, Lima



Aug. 2 and 3: Van Wert Rib Fest, Van Wert



Aug. 8 to 10: Lincoln Highway Yard Sales, along the Lincoln Highway



Aug. 9 and 10: Bremenfest, New Bremen



Aug. 9 to 11: Flag City Balloon Fest, Findlay



Aug. 9 to 11: St. Marys Summerfest, St. Marys



Aug. 16 and 17: Wren Homecoming, Wren



Aug. 24 and 25: Governorís Cup Regatta, St. Marys



Aug. 30 to Sept. 1: Maxís Flea Market and Water Dog Races, Lima



County Fairs



June 24 to 29: Putnam County Fair



July 8 to 13: Logan County Fair



July 24 to Aug. 4: Ohio State Fair



July 28 to Aug. 3: Auglaize County Fair



Aug. 9 to 15: Mercer County Fair



Aug. 16 to 24: Allen County Fair



Aug. 28 to Sept. 2: Hancock County Fair



Aug. 28 to Sept. 2: Van Wert County Fair



Sept. 3 to 8: Hardin County Fair


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