Weekend Festivals

Staff Writer

Listed below are the various festivals going on this weekend in Auglaize and Mercer counties:

Freedom Days Picnic — July 1-3
The Freedom Days Picnic, held in Celina at Lake Shore Park, offers visitors a chance to enjoy food, fellowship and fun while celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. There are activities for children and adults alike at the event. The annual Freedom Days 5K Run is among one of the best in the region. Visitors also will have the opportunity to sample food and beverages from a handle of vendors. Live music rocks the park throughout the weekend. Another Round and Nashville Crush will perform on July 1; Section Ate, Michelle Romary, Band 5 and Country Mile will perform on July 2; and Parrots of the Caribbean and Rare Earth will perform on July 3. The annual fireworks show will take place at 10 p.m. July 2 and a veterans salute will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 3. For more information, visit FreedomDaysPicnic.com.

St. Henry Community Picnic — July 1-3
Taking place during the July 4 weekend, this annual festival features a variety of activities for all ages. The picnic features live musical acts from the region's most popular bands throughout the weekend. The picnic typically features a car show, 5K run/walk as well as dodgeball and a talent show. Chicken dinners also will be available for purchase in addition to a variety of other food and beverage options. This year, Sawcreek has been confirmed to perform on Saturday. For more information, search St. Henry Community Picnic on Facebook.

New Knoxville Fourth of July Celebration — July 2-3
New Knoxville Community Park is the home of this annual Fourth of July celebration — an event put on by the New Knoxville Community Park Association. In addition to fun and music, the festival includes a classic car cruise-in, kids games and raffles. The annual Woody A. Piehl Wooden Bat Softball Tournament all weekend. The weekend also features an annual New Knoxville vs. New Bremen Little League game for fifth and sixth graders. Live music will be featured throughout the weekend and will lead up to one of the region's best fireworks displays. For more information, search New Knoxville Community Park Association on Facebook.

St. Joe Festival — July 3-4
The St. Joe Festival is always one of the best festival of the summer. Taking over the Auglaize County Fairgrounds, the St. Joe Festival offers fun for all ages. July 3 will feature the Indorphines playing in the beer garden. Rides and a variety of food and beverage offerings will be available starting at 3 p.m.
The lineup for July 4 begins with the Firecracker 5K Run/Walk, which always draws a large crowd. In addition to a cake wheel, 50/50 and kids games, the festival offers a variety of food vendors. There also is a grand sizzler drawing, which includes $50,000 in prizes being handed out during the festival. There is an AM Vets poker run and the Cincinnati Circus will be on hand to entertain the crowd. The Freedom Train will be offering rides and Red Dragon Laser Tag games will run throughout the day. DJ Bill Brady will be playing all the hits in the beer garden. The community fireworks will begin at 10:30 p.m July 4. For more information, call 419-738-2115.