LIMA — The Lima Crossroads Blues Festival is returning for its eighth year providing three days of family fun while supporting Camp Good Days and Special Times.
The festival begins Friday, Aug. 3 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 5. The Festival will feature family-friendly activities including the Anything Old parade, Water Ball tournament featuring the Lima Fire Department, Bed Race, Euchre tournament, and numerous different musical performances of local Blues groups throughout the weekend.
“There are not a lot of Blues festivals in the area,” said Dan Marcellus, Lima Deputy Supervisor and liaison to the Crossroads Council. “We have Jazz festivals, Fiddler festivals, but no one really does Blues, so its something that makes us unique.”
The festival’s music is largely thanks to Jim Shelly, owner of Fanatics Pub in Lima.
“Originally I held my Blues festival on my own on the Sunday. The town had their festival on Saturday and mine was the day after,” said Shelly. “It was successful enough that [the town] asked if I wanted to partner with them and do it all three days, and it just took off.”
Shelly says that this year a second stage has been added to the festival, so there will be twice as much music to enjoy.
This year’s festival is being sponsored by Blue Heron Logistics, as well as many other local businesses and organizations. As part of the festival’s mission, The Lima Crossroads Council will be supporting Camp Good Days and Special Times by donating a percentage of the money from the festival sponsers. Camp Good Days provides services for children whose lives have been affected by cancer, as well as offering weekend retreats for adults that are fighting the disease.
Admission to the festival is free, as are nearly all of the events. There is a registration fee for both the Bed Race and the Euchre tournament, however, both events feature cash prizes for first through third place.