Businesses battle at Pioneer Days


By Jennifer Peryam - jperyam@limanews.com



Teammates from PSI and Irwin Real Estate compete in the Battle of the Businesses competition Friday night in Kalida during Pioneer Days.

Teammates from PSI and Irwin Real Estate compete in the Battle of the Businesses competition Friday night in Kalida during Pioneer Days.


Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

Members of Tannis School of Dance, Kalida, performed for Pioneer Days attendees Friday night at the fire station.

Members of Tannis School of Dance, Kalida, performed for Pioneer Days attendees Friday night at the fire station.


Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

Pictured are Pioneer Days Battle of the Businesses competition winners from Huntington Bank, including front row, from left, Jay Siefker, Amanda Collins and Lindsey Miller, and back row, from left, Evelyn Burgei, Amber Miller and Sam Wagenhauser.


Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

Michael Riley, an employee of Old Skool Grill, Bellefontaine, cooks butterfly pork chops and peppers and onions during Friday night’s Pioneer Days.


Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

KALIDA — Employees of Kalida businesses competed Friday night in Battle of the Businesses competitions to earn bragging rights and to celebrate the opening of the weekend for Pioneer Days in Kalida.

The event, held in front of the Kalida Fire Station and sponsored by Kalida Area Chamber of Commerce, included four rounds of competitions, 18 teams and four to six employees per team.

The Huntington Bank team took first place in the competitions and won a trophy they signed at the bottom. The bank’s team previously won back in 2016. Second place went to Unverferth Manufacturing Team 3, and five teams tied for third place, including Unververth #1, Schimmoeller Construction, Progressive Stamping, Dick’s Steakhouse and Kalida Schools.

Lindsey Miller, a Huntington Bank employee for 12 years, said they were so excited to win.

“We talk about this competition all year and look at it as a team-building activity and are competitive,” Miller said.

Five games were played. One was “Cheese Head,” where team members wore a head covering with shaving cream on its surface. The object of the game was to throw cheese puffs in an attempt to stick on the head. Another game was “Dog Pound Delivery,” where teams carried milk bones from one paper plate bowl to another with hands behind their backs.

The other games were “Half Time Tipsey Waiter,” where participants spun around a baseball bat then attempted to carry a tray with five cups of water to a bucket. The last two competitions were “Who Do They Think Can Pass,” where team members threw nerf footballs through a hoop, and the other competition was “Big Ben Three Rivers Shootout,” where team members held a bucket to catch water and were scored on the amount collected.

Katie Unverferth, chamber director, said the competition brings the businesses together in a friendly competition and has been in existence for more than 20 years.

“The businesses in Kalida support Pioneer Days and come together to support the community. This is a way to build a stronger generation for now and the future,” Unverferth said.

Pioneer Days, sponsored by Kalida Lions Club, is in its 147th year and started out as the Putnam County Pioneer Association, according to Bill Rieman, publicity manager and Kalida Lions Club member.

“At that time the association wanted people to remember history, and there was a small festival that grew,” Rieman said.

In 1962, the Kalida Lions Club and Kalida Fire Department joined in and took over the festival part of the weekend. The Putnam County Pioneer Association became the Putnam County Historical Society. The society will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A chicken barbecue will be at the museum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

There will be free kids entertainment Saturday at Pioneer Park that will include from noon to 3 p.m. a jungle island zoo show and bicycle giveaway, from noon to 4 p.m. face painting, a photo booth and character meet and greet.

A car show with 300 vehicles will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ranging from trucks, 1950s cars, motorcycles, hot rods and sports cars. Entrants are from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

An antique tractor show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with John Deere and International Harvester tractors among others on display.

Durant Amusements will provide rides from noon to close Saturday for $20 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday for $12.

A BMX bike show will entertain Pioneer Days-goers at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and noon, 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

There are an estimated 30 food vendors selling carnival favorites such as polish sausage, bratwurst, tenderloins, Italian sausage, burgers and corn dogs.

Saturday bands include “Tricky Dick & The Cover Ups” from Cleveland from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. under the Big Tent and “Another Round Band Reunion” from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. The band “The Village Idiots” will perform at Pioneer Park after the parade Sunday. A beer tent called “Oasis Tent” will be behind the fire station from noon to 1 a.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. There also is a beer tent called “Beer Town” that will open during the band performances.

Northwest Ohio’s Largest Parade “Celebrating 185 Years in Putnam County: Family, Fun, Faith and Farming” will be at 1:30 p.m. sharp Sunday. The route starts behind St. Michael’s Church on Fourth Street and will go to Putnam County Historical Society, Water Street and end at Broad Street. Parade marshals are Rick Unverferth, Kalida Lions Club member, and Roger Hanneman, Kalida Fire Department.

A “Pioneer Days Chicken Wing Challenge” under the Big Tent will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with four trophies that will be awarded, first and second for People’s Choice and a Judge’s Award trophy.

Visit pioneerdays.com for a complete listing of the event schedule.

Teammates from PSI and Irwin Real Estate compete in the Battle of the Businesses competition Friday night in Kalida during Pioneer Days.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/09/web1_Pioneer2.jpgTeammates from PSI and Irwin Real Estate compete in the Battle of the Businesses competition Friday night in Kalida during Pioneer Days. Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News
Members of Tannis School of Dance, Kalida, performed for Pioneer Days attendees Friday night at the fire station.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/09/web1_Pioneer3.jpgMembers of Tannis School of Dance, Kalida, performed for Pioneer Days attendees Friday night at the fire station. Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News
Pictured are Pioneer Days Battle of the Businesses competition winners from Huntington Bank, including front row, from left, Jay Siefker, Amanda Collins and Lindsey Miller, and back row, from left, Evelyn Burgei, Amber Miller and Sam Wagenhauser.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/09/web1_Pioneer1.jpgPictured are Pioneer Days Battle of the Businesses competition winners from Huntington Bank, including front row, from left, Jay Siefker, Amanda Collins and Lindsey Miller, and back row, from left, Evelyn Burgei, Amber Miller and Sam Wagenhauser. Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News
Michael Riley, an employee of Old Skool Grill, Bellefontaine, cooks butterfly pork chops and peppers and onions during Friday night’s Pioneer Days.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/09/web1_Pioneer4.jpgMichael Riley, an employee of Old Skool Grill, Bellefontaine, cooks butterfly pork chops and peppers and onions during Friday night’s Pioneer Days. Jennifer Peryam | The Lima News

By Jennifer Peryam

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Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.

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