LIMA — One of the city’s largest events is happening Wednesday at Faurot Park — Star Spangled Spectacular. Organizers have worked hard in preparing an over-the-top event for the 25th year.
“The fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. It will be a spectacular display. This is the 25th anniversary and they are coming up with some additional add-ons to the fireworks. Some of those will be surprises, obviously, some of them are going to amaze folks, we’re going to actually choreograph the music to the fireworks, so that will be a little bit different based on the 25th anniversary,” said Rick Stolly event chairman. “The fireworks will be simulcast on WIMT, the T-102 station and I think they will start at 9:30 to 10:30 simulcast time.”
The festivities kick off with the Freedom 5K and fun run. A 10K run has been added this year.
A freedom fun bicycle ride starts at 11 a.m. A trivia game is played during specific stops along the route to Heritage Park and back. Names will go into a hat and after the event a name will be pulled for a new bicycle for the winner.
“It’s about a three or four mile ride,” said Stolly.
The shuttle buses start at 1 p.m. from St. Rita’s bringing people to Faurot Park.
“People who come and get involved say they didn’t realize it was so easy to get in and get out and enjoy the day. A lot of people want to sit out on the fringes and watch, but they don’t get that bowl experience with the fireworks and of course the music and all the things that come with being down at the bowl,” said Stolly.
The kids fishing derby starts at 1 p.m. at bear pit. At the conclusion, kids will trade their cane pole in for a new rod and reel.
There are a record number of vendors this year with different foods for all to enjoy. The food booths open at 1 p.m.
Mechanical rides will start at 3 p.m. and go to 9 p.m.
“Those are all free. We have about seven or eight mechanical rides, a nice selection of rides,” said Stolly.
There will be a baseball all-star game played, Lima Locos game at Simmons Field and veterans car show.
The second annual Kewpee hamburger-eating contest begins at 5 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion stage. Last year’s champion, Cory Lee, of Spencerville, will be competing against 10 to 11 others.
The entertainment starts at 6 p.m. with Brother Believe Me taking the stage. The Lima Area Concert Band will perform at 8 p.m. at the main stage, with flag distribution at that time.
“Hopefully it’s an enjoyable, beautiful day for people to get a chance to get out and kind of celebrate what has become known as one of the best holidays in the city here,” said Stolly. “We’re looking forward to a great event, that’s for sure.”
Sponsors are City of Lima, Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center, Superior Credit Union, Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships and Your Hometown Stations.
Other celebrations in the area:
Ada: Lima Symphony Orchestra performs a Patriotic Pops concert from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the sculpture mall east of McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St., Ada. If there is rain, the concert moves to the King Horn Center.
Celina: Freedom Days will be from 4-11 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lakeshore Drive, Celina. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Delphos: Kiwanis July 4th celebration runs from 5:30 to midnight Tuesday and 6-10 p.m. Wednesday at Stadium Park, 1101 Jefferson St., Delphos. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Findlay: Independence Day fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, 1017 E. Sandusky St., Findlay.
Lakeview: Indian Lake Beach Spectacular & Fireworks Show, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 7 at Old Field Beach, state Route 235 N., Lakeview.
New Knoxville: 5-11:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at New Knoxville Community Park, New Knoxville. Fireworks begin at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Ottawa: Faith Baptist Church is holding a “God and Country Night,” at 9 p.m. Tuesday on the north lawn of the church located at 8115 E. Main St. (U.S. Route 224), Ottawa. A patriotic concert begins at 9 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. The program will be aired live on WTGN radio 97.7 FM.
Van Wert: Holiday at Home events begin with a concert today at 7 p.m. at Fountain Park with the Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra. On Wednesday, events include a 7 a.m. Van Wert VFW pancake and sausage breakfast; a 7:30 a.m. firecracker bike tour; 11 a.m. patriotic parade down Main Street Van Wert County Historical Society’s craft, food and fun from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the museum grounds, 602 N. Washington St.; and fireworks at dusk at Van Wert High School.
Wapakoneta: 61st annual St. Joe Fourth of July Festival runs from 4-9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, 1001 Fairview Drive.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.