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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 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 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 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


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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