Established: Before 1950
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Poor Jack Amusements
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
With a non-continuous history that dates back to before the Civil War, the Mercer County Fair has solidified itself as part of the fabric of Ohio's legacy. As it did more than 160 years ago, the event showcases and rewards entrants for what judges deem the best agricultural products and techniques, with awards going out to everything from the best steer to the finest homemade pickles to whichever beefsteak tomato looks best in a bathing suit. But the fun extends far past what's going on in the grandstand. As both kids and adults visit animals and learn about farming, others participate in a slew of activities that have ranged from dachshund races to amusement-park rides and ATV demonstrations. And, in 2014, the fair will also count country artist Rodney Atkins as well as the Swon Brothers from NBC's The Voice amongst its live musical acts.
The Wapakoneta Firecracker 5K unites racers in the name of healthy habits and a healthy community. Hosted by the Friends of the Wapakoneta Public Library organization, the annual race sends participants galloping around Wapakoneta in an effort to promote fitness and well-being among all community members. The 5K's proceeds have an impact long after the last racer has crossed the finish line, as they get funneled into such efforts as summer reading programs, outreach programs, and youth events.
Called “a jewel in this community” by the Lima News, the Lima Symphony Orchestra has been consistently performing inspiring classical performances since 1953. In "From Russia with Love," the symphony’s talented soundsmiths will recreate Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique and Sergei Prokofiev‘s Violin Concerto no. 1, anchored by the solo stylings of acclaimed Bulgarian violinist Alexandrina Boyanova. "The Power of Percussion" will kinetically present a collection of classic choral music, as well as up-and-coming percussion soloist Lisa Pegher, who can rhythmically tap on everything from the drums to Danny DeVito’s head. To reserve seats, concertgoers can call or stop by the box office with their Groupons Monday–Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check out the seating chart here. All seats are open to all ticket buyers on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required.
When NASCAR drivers really want to have some fun?and often get back to their racing roots?they?get dirty. The adrenaline junkies power up racing machines and race around dirt tracks at speeds of more than 100 mph, sliding around the dirt corners and getting dirtier than a politician in a food fight.
Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience lets speed-fiends?hop in the same type of Dirt Late Model or Sprint Cars the professionals drive and take off around dirt tracks across the country. They can ride in the passenger seat while an experienced driver careens around corners or take over the wheel after a 45-minute class. No racing experience is required, and family and friends are welcome to watch the race experiences.
Wear white, and be prepared for that shirt to never look the same. That's just about the only rule of the Color Blaze 5K, a technicolor event that's a little different than the standard run. For one, contestants don't have to run at all—in fact, they can mosey, lollygag, skip, crawl, jog, and backflip their way along the course. Rather than determining the best time, the non-competitive race is about the experience itself. At each successive mile, Blaze Zones powder participants in biodegradable—and even edible—colors, creating an army of fleet-footed Jackson Pollocks. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities, and an afterparty welcomes the newly prismatic to dance the day away in their freshly illustrated get-ups.