LIMA — The band show, cheer show, and baton and flag show will be at the grandstand again this year, bringing all-new entertainment.
“The shows have always been at the fair,” said Tina Hershberger. “They’re a way for schools to participate in the community and for the community to participate with the schools. Families come out and watch their kids perform; people who don’t even know any of the kids personally still enjoy seeing the talent. These bands and teams work all summer to prepare these shows, and at the fair, their communities can be there to shower the beginning of their fall season with support.”
The marching band show will open the fair this year. The band show is sponsored by Kewpee Hamburgers.
“There will be 12 high school bands from the surrounding counties,” said Hershberger, head of the event. “It’s a noncompetitive show for the area marching bands to participate in and present their halftime shows to the public. The host band this year is Delphos St. John’s, who will perform first, starting with the National Anthem.”
The cheerleading competition is Aug. 22. The competition is sponsored by Reineke Family Dealership and 92.1 The Frog.
“There will be 13 cheerleading squads in total,” said Hershberger, co-director of the competition with Michelle Kirian. “And there will be three divisions in the competition: high school, junior high, and groups from the American Youth Football and Cheer Organization. At the show’s conclusion, there will be awards for each division.”
Finally, the baton and flag corps competition will be Aug. 25. The event is sponsored by Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races.
“There will be 10 different schools participating, from Class A and B size schools,” said Deb Schroeder, director of the event. “There will be flag corps and features, twirlers, majorettes, rifles, dance twirl teams and dance lines.”
The competitions and events have showcased area students’ talent for a long time.
“These shows started 30 years ago,” Schroeder said. “The events let kids get out and show what they’ve been practicing all summer in preparation for the fall season. Some of the kids in baton and flag corps even perform competitively on weekends, outside of school. At the fair, they get to show the community what they can do.”