LIMA — Community members looking to get a glimpse of the diverse talents of local youth needn’t look further than the Allen County Fair. Between the band show, cheerleading competition and the baton and flag competition, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy live performances while showing your school spirit.
The band show, which is strictly for entertainment and not a judged event, will be held Friday at the grandstand. A total of 12 area bands are signed up to offer a preview of their 2017 season. This year, Bluffton High School will serve as the host band, and the event is sponsored by Kewpee Hamburgers. And once again, the very first performance will feature the OSU Alumni Band.
“You just stop out and support your local schools,” said Tina Hershberger, fair activities manager. “And a lot of bands perform their halftime shows that will be at the football games.”
The cheerleading competition, which is sponsored by Reineke Family Dealership, will be held Monday at the grandstand. For this judged event, there are 12 squads competing in three divisions: High school, junior high and a “youth midget football” division. The top three squads in each division will have the honor of taking home a trophy — in addition to one full year of bragging rights.
“It draws a good crowd,” Hershberger said. “You got your families and your grandparents that come out and watch the kids.”
Last but not least, the baton and flag competition is slated for 9 a.m. Aug. 26 at the grandstand. The event is sponsored by Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races and Rebel Run. For 2017, nine schools will be competing, but only the top two will walk away with awards.