LIMA — It is all about kicking back with a beer while enjoying live music, all while helping a good cause.
That sums up the motivation behind Bud Bash, an outdoor music event held Sunday at Lima Harley-Davidson. Now in its third year, the event, sponsored by Anheuser Busch, has brought a variety of country music performers to Allen County, with Aaron Lewis performing as the headliner this year.
“In 2015, we partnered up with Anheuser-Busch of Lima, or Budweiser, to bring Bud Bash to Lima to raise money for the Folds of Honor,” event organizer Tara Joyce said. “They provide scholarships to families of wounded and fallen soldiers, and we know several people locally who have been the recipients of the scholarships, so we know it is working.”
Folds of Honor received $20,000 toward its scholarship fund during the event Sunday, with opening performers Rick Robinson, Shelby County Line and Kaitlyn Schmit all performing for free to help support the charity.
However, beyond its benevolent aims, the bash also served to bring people together to simply have a good time, according to Joyce, drawing in 2,000 to 3,000 people each year.
“We wanted to bring something fun and clean to Lima, Ohio,” she said. “People always complain that there’s not much to do, and we wanted to put something out there to give people a reason to go out and be among other people, while also helping a great charity.”
Jason Crisenbery, 37, of Lima, was glad to be able to attend, citing the music and laid back atmosphere as what drew him to the event.
“It’s like a backyard barbecue,” he said. “There’s no pressure here.”
A trio of friends traveled from Findlay to enjoy the concert. For Terra Vera, 38, Julie Fox-Crom, 58, and Cindy Freeman, 60, getting a chance to see Lewis, a performer they’ve seen before, was a big draw.
“We heard Aaron Lewis was going to be here, so we said, ‘Let’s go see Aaron Lewis,’” Vera said. “I like that it’s pretty laid back.”
“We wanted to check out some of the early bands, too,” Freeman said.
“We’re a fan of beer and a fan of Harleys,” Fox-Crom said.