Hello Lima! Summer is here and there are some great activities coming! It is farmers market season once again. Tuesdays from 3 to 6 for fresh food and conversation right on the Presbyterian Church lawn. July 21 – 23 is the Civil War Re-enactment at Mark Tubbs Park. They will be setting up camp Friday evening and then living history is yours to enjoy for Saturday and Sunday. There will be vendors, skirmishes, cannons and the like to see. Come out and see the 1800s right in your own backyard.
Lima’s Annual Crossroads Festival is August 3 – 6. Thursday August 3rd will be the Townwide parade followed by opening concerts at the east and west tents. The parade will follow the same route: Garden St – South Lima Rd – Poplar Hill Rd. – Woodruff Rd – Plank Rd – Rochester St. – Corby Rd – Bragg St. – Martin Rd. – York St. – 5&20 – Michigan Ave. – Rainbow Lane – Meadowview Dr. – Michigan Ave. – Dalton Rd and ending in the Elim Life Church parking lot just before the concerts start. This is a driving parade. If your group would like to participate just show up on Garden St in South Lima.
Twenty Bands will be in Lima over the 4 days and all are free to attend. Saturday morning brings the crafters and kids games plus the bounce house, gold rush, human hungry hippos and human car wash beginning at 10am. There is a scavenger hunt for kids. See the scavenger hunt booth in the vendor area to participate. There will be Civil War Re-enactors again this year so be prepared for that cannon shot to officially start the bed races! It is not to late to enter your bedrace team. Grab some friends and sign up at www.limafest.org late entries can sign up until noon on the day of the event. Saturday will also have the petting zoo with the cool animals including the kangaroo. Saturday Music goes into the evening.
Sunday is the BBQ competition sponsored by Tyson’s Upper Deck right over at the Firehouse parking lot on Main St. The Crossroads Church will hold a Sunday Service at the West Tent and then the bands start up and go until we close the Festival and the BBQ winner take home their trophy! There will also be the Giant Mechanical Bill’s Helmet – yes you can ride it like a bull or take a selfie with it or BOTH! Petting zoo will be on Sunday too. When you attend, take a good look at the long list of sponsors that make this festival free and favor them with your custom throughout the year. Thank you to my crew of volunteers who work 12 months a year to make this possible. Questions? – call me here at the Town Hall 582-1130. See you around Town! MJF