Food, entertainment, yard sales in Van Wert


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



Ribs being grilled at last year’s Van Wert Ribfest.

Ribs being grilled at last year’s Van Wert Ribfest.


The Lima News file

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Van Wert Ribfest

WHEN: 5 p.m. to midnight today, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday

WHERE: Van Wert County Fairgrounds, 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert

ADMISSION: Free admission and parking

Entertainment

Today

5 p.m. Backlit 419

6:30 p.m. Shelby County Line

9 p.m. Poets and Pirates (Kenny Chesney tribute band)

Saturday

4:30 p.m. Hot & Nasty

6:45 p.m. Moving in Stereo (Cars tribute band)

9 p.m. Breakout (Bon Jovi tribute band)

• The 127 Yard Sales, “The World’s Longest Yard Sales,” are today through Sunday. Sales will be set up the length of U.S. 127 through multiple states. In this area, major areas of activity include Van Wert and Celina. The Van Wert County Fairgrounds is directly on the route, and buildings on the grounds will house booths. Free admission and parking.

VAN WERT — For those looking for a one-stop destination for fun this weekend, the Van Wert County Fairgrounds is the place. There will be food, entertainment and yard sales happening in Van Wert with the Van Wert Ribfest and 127 Yard Sales.

It’s no coincidence that both events are occurring on the same weekend.

“We’ve planned it that way from the very beginning. And it does make a difference. We have a lot of people who do the yard sales and stay in the Van Wert area and they look for something a little different to do in the evening, and so it’s just a good event,” said Larry Lee, executive director of the Van Wert Convention and Visitors Bureau.

There are six rib vendors and six other food vendors, ensuring a variety of food. On Saturday there is a Wiffle ball tournament, cornhole tournament, a car show, a 4-H pig race, concerts and more.

The 127 Yard Sale has been around for about 30 years and comes right through Van Wert.

“We have been participating for about the last 10 years. It really brings thousands of people to our area. We’ve seen over the years just about every state represented. People say they’re finding unusual things, but it’s also the fun of just meeting people and having conversations, that really makes it exciting as well,” said Lee.

Ribs being grilled at last year’s Van Wert Ribfest.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/08/web1_van-wert-ribfest-DSC_0235.jpgRibs being grilled at last year’s Van Wert Ribfest. The Lima News file

By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Van Wert Ribfest

WHEN: 5 p.m. to midnight today, 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday

WHERE: Van Wert County Fairgrounds, 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert

ADMISSION: Free admission and parking

Entertainment

Today

5 p.m. Backlit 419

6:30 p.m. Shelby County Line

9 p.m. Poets and Pirates (Kenny Chesney tribute band)

Saturday

4:30 p.m. Hot & Nasty

6:45 p.m. Moving in Stereo (Cars tribute band)

9 p.m. Breakout (Bon Jovi tribute band)

• The 127 Yard Sales, “The World’s Longest Yard Sales,” are today through Sunday. Sales will be set up the length of U.S. 127 through multiple states. In this area, major areas of activity include Van Wert and Celina. The Van Wert County Fairgrounds is directly on the route, and buildings on the grounds will house booths. Free admission and parking.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

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