LIMA — The corners of Routes 5&20 and 15A in the Village of Lima were hopping with visitors and bed sheets, Saturday, for the annual Lima Crossroads Festival.
The highlight of the day was a crowd favorite Bed Race, which took place in front of the American Hotel on Route 5&20.
“It’s a local tradition and we love it,” said District Attorney and Lima native Greg McCaffrey, whose team was one of seven that participated in the race. “We really wanted to represent Lima, it’s nice to see people coming out and supporting the community.”
McCaffrey’s team placed 6th overall, due to a tire blowout before the race, he said, but were awarded the best appearing bed. Several other potential government representatives were also in attendance as part of their campaign before the vote in September, including Steve Sessler, Richard Burke, Eric Schiener, and Bill Nojay who also participated in the Bed Race.
Tents were set up in the lawn of the Lima Presbyterian Church for the craft vendors, and free kids activities were organized throughout the day, including a pony ride and petting zoo, a kids carnival and a bungee trampoline.
A Battle of the Bands will last into the night, featuring local bands such as the Levendusky Trio, Figure 8, and Patrice Acoustic Trio. Proceeds from the Battle of the Bands will go to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, as part of the festival’s mission.
Reoccurring each year for more than two decades, the Lima Crossroads Festival has set out in order to benefit the community and show what the town has to offer. Ever growing, the event has become a local tradition and has gained popularity throughout the area.