LIMA — It’s the first Friday in July. Celebrate by playing a game, browsing a downtown shop or enjoying live music at the First Friday event from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Main and Market Streets in downtown Lima.
Because of the Independence Day holiday, this First Friday will wrap up a little earlier than its usual 8 p.m. There will be family-friendly fun as well as adult activities, including the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA).
Meanwhile, St. Marys also is holding a First Friday event July 2nd from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Spring Street in downtown St. Marys. Spring Street retailers will be open extended hours, and 19 pop-up shops will offer a variety of items. Bake shops, women’s boutiques, jewelry, face painting, woodworkers, gourmet popcorn, and metal worker’s booths will line the street on the bridge over the St. Marys River.
Seven food trucks will be scattered along Spring Street. Multiple music acts will be performing. The recently created SMORA, St. Marys Outdoor Refreshment Area, will enable those of legal drinking age to take an adult beverage purchased at a participating bar outside to enjoy the First Friday activities on Spring Street, Memorial Park, and Mill Park.
Other events in the region include:
Western Ohio Cluster All Breed Dog Show: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday at the Lima Kennel Club, 1050 Thayer Rd. Admission to the show is free; parking is $5. This first of a three-day show has exhibitors and dogs coming from all over the U.S. for conformation showings for dogs of all breeds. Food vendors will be available, as well as vendors selling dog supplies and paraphernalia.
Friday Night Cruise by Buckeye Cruisers: 5-9 p.m. Friday at Tom’s Automotive Detailing, 770 Shawnee Rd., Lima. Live entertainment, food, drinks, 50/50 drawing, Buckeye Cruisers T-shirts on sale for $20. Admission is free.
Bluffton Farmers Market: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, at Citizens National Bank, 102 S. Main St., Bluffton. Homemade goods, produce and more. Market is open whether it rains or the sun shines.
Delphos Kiwanis July 4th Celebration: Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 3, with the Optimist’s Fishing Derby at the Delphos Stadium Park, 1101 N. Jefferson in Delphos. Lineup of the two-day event includes food, games, music and entertainment for the entire family, including fireworks at 10 p.m. Sunday. Free.
Ghost Town Second Amendment Gun Show: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Town, 10630 CR 40 in Findlay. An outdoor show at a unique “Old West Ghost Town” atmosphere, with food and vendors displaying gun and knife-related items. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws are obeyed. General admission is $5, with women and children admitted free.
Indian Lake Beach Spectacular and Fireworks: 10 p.m. Saturday at Old Field Beach, 11252 OH-235, Lakeview. There’s more than just fireworks: The event also includes the annual car show, food, swimming, games and more. Registration for the car show costs $10 and runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with awards given at 3 p.m.
Summer Stroll at Antibus Trail Access: 9 a.m. Saturday at 12335 Zion Church Rd., Spencerville. Enjoy a summer walk at one of Spencerville’s newest parks. This hike allows visitors to roam the small woodlot followed by a walk along the towpath. Plan to spend at least an hour for the hike, and dress appropriately for weather and ground conditions. Free.
Firecracker Cruise-in car show: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, July 4 at East Main Street in St. Henry. The event will happen rain or shine. There is a $10 entry fee. Proceeds benefit the community picnic and help support the Cancer Association of Mercer County.
4th of July Fireworks Show: 7 p.m. Sunday, with fireworks at 10 p.m., in the Van Wert High School parking lot, 10708 St. Rt. 118 S, Van Wert. Attendees are reminded to not bring fireworks or sparklers onto school grounds for the safety of everyone.