KALIDA — Kalida will be busy for the village’s annual Pioneer Days celebration which happens every year the weekend after Labor Day. The celebration opened Thursday and closes out the summer with a variety of activities.
“This is a homecoming of sorts and a lot of people come back to meet old classmates and friends and enjoy the weekend,” said Bill Rieman, event organizer.
The weekend is packed with entertainment, activities and food for the community to enjoy.
“We always have a lot of free things for the kids including face painting, kiddie tractor pull, just lots of things for the kids going on,” said Rieman.
Durant Amusements will have rides along the midway for the children. Wristbands may be purchased on the midway for the rides.
New this year is the Freestyle Connection BMX Show, which will be just off the square.
“They are out of Michigan and they will be doing six free shows, three on Saturday and three on Sunday. Along with that we will be giving away a BMX bike which has a $275 value. Anybody that attends will be able to register for that. You must be present to win. The winner will be picked on Sunday at 4:15 p.m.,” said Rieman.
There will be free entertainment as well. Josh Melton, a country singer originally from Findlay will perform at 9 p.m. Friday; party band Tricky Dick and the Cover Ups will perform Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and the Village Idiots will take the stage on Sunday after the parade.
The car show begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, with cars parked around the streets by the fire station and the parade takes place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and features approximately 300 units.
“All of the money stays in the community. The Lions and the firemen sponsor the festival and then local organizations do different things, like the Boy Scouts do the breakfast and St. Michael’s has a hamburger stand. The Lions use their money and invest it in the local parks, and, of course, the firemen continue to upgrade their equipment,” said Rieman.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.