Throughout the past week Art Space Lima gained assurance from the community that the Rally should continue, along with members of city council stating at Mondays council meeting that it brings the community together. One week ago it was chaos and injuries on the northwest corner of Main and Market streets as a car plowed it's way through the crowd at the Rally. This week it was back to business as usual.
Kay Van Meter with Art Space Lima said "the community has had just an outpouring of support for this event and we just felt that it just needed to happen for the community." Residents kept filing through the entrance. Ice cold refreshments were served. Music was played and people were dancing all in support of the Rally.
Elmer Cook attends the Rally on a regular basis with family and friends and says the Rally is a good family event to bring the community together every Friday night during the summer. "It's cheap entertainment. We've been coming down here for years. Never had any incidents. They have the beer garden, friends come down here and have a good time and go home." said Elmer Cook.
Connie Brown is another resident that wasn't going to miss this weeks Rally. She said "we actually came to show support to lima and to not let anything get us down. We've always come to the Rally's and we really enjoy them."
Those that were injured from last weeks accident were in the minds of Art Space Lima and those attending this weeks Rally. Art Space had posters that were signed by everyone at the Rally as a community get well card. "We want people to write down their thoughts, feelings, and well wishes for all of those that were injured last Friday. They are in our thoughts and prayers and they do weigh heavily on our thoughts." said Van Meter.
"We know it was a freak accident and it just doesn't happen in Lima, Ohio." said Brown.
"You can't let things like that discourage things you enjoy, being around your friends." said Cook. As a safety precaution the parking spots on main were blocked off. Next Friday nights Rally will feature the sauce boss, Bill Wharton, as he brings his gumbo and his kicking band.