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Hot conditions no affect on turnout for 25th annual Star Spangled Spectacular

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People from all over came to Faurot Park for the 25th annual Star Spangled Spectacular. People from all over came to Faurot Park for the 25th annual Star Spangled Spectacular.

Temperatures over 90 degrees couldn’t keep people away from a Lima tradition. People from all over came to Faurot Park for the 25th annual Star Spangled Spectacular.

The day began early on with the Freedom Fun Run and Walk were over 800 participants came out. New this year was the introduction of the 10K race along with the traditional 5K and one-mile run.

"We are very pleased with the turnout," said Ric Stolly, chairman of the Star Spangled Spectacular Committee. "Its continued through the day, the temperatures have been up there, but you know people are turning out. And that’s what’s great."

Later on came the annual fishing derby. The Lima Parks Department stocked the pond with large bluegill for the kids to learn how to fish and have a chance at earning a Kewpee burger.

And speaking of burgers, Kewpee sponsored the 2nd annual hamburger eating competition. The winner was a newcomer who put down 11 hamburgers in ten minutes.

"It was the first time I’ve ever done anything like this," said Michael Severance. "And I just wanted to try this really, to see how I would do. I guess I did pretty well."

The classic festival attractions were also in the park including a variety of rides for the family, plenty of food to choose from and live entertainment

Sticking it out in the sun was the veteran’s car show and the youth baseball league wrapped up their season with their all-star game, in dramatic fashion too. Even after 25 years this event still remains fresh and exciting for the community

"I think they believe in this event," said Stolly. "I mean they support it. It’s been around for 25 years a lot of it is a family tradition. Families do come home for this holiday and they start looking forward to it planning their family reunions around the event."

But the event draws in new festival goers as well, especially with the culmination of the firework show. This year Stolly said they put together the biggest show in this event’s history. 

"Really this is only my second time out here, Severance said. "I just moved her from Millersport, OH. There’s just so many people around here and to be honest the fireworks are better here than anywhere else." 

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