Only a short drive from almost everywhere in Ohio, Sidney and the surrounding area offers an incredible variety of fun close to home. Outdoor concerts, festivals, and recreation of all sorts await you in west central Ohio.
On the evening of July 1, 2016, the historic Shelby County court square comes alive when the Sidney Civic Band takes the stage to present its annual Patriotic Concert and 911 Memorial. Bring your lawn chair and relax under the century old shade trees of the court house lawn while enjoying the uplifting and inspirational music of this talented ensemble. After the show, why not stop in to one of Sidney’s downtown restaurants and bistros for a sandwich, drink, or iced coffee. Delicious…
Now that you’re in a patriotic frame of mind, how about attending the booming and colorful overhead lightshow of fireworks at the City of Sidney’s annual 4th of July celebration. The pyrotechnics begin at 10:00 p.m. and can be easily viewed on the either the campus of Sidney Middle School or Sidney High School. Be sure to bring a blanket, cooler, lawn chairs, and snacks for the kids. In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held at this same location on July 5th.
July 7, 2016 ushers in the 36th annual Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes in nearby Fort Loramie. Country music fans will not want to miss this year’s three day lineup featuring headliners Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, and Brantley Gilbert. Other well-known artists scheduled to appear include Big & Rich, Dustin Lynch, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Kacey Musgraves, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and many more. In total twenty-four performers on two big stages will leave you breathless by the end of this three-day music festival.
Do you like Bar-B-Que? Who doesn’t right? July 16, 2016 marks the return of Downtown Sidney’s Annual BBQfest. Live music all day combined with some of the best award winning BBQ you’ve ever licked off your fingertips will have you grinning ear to ear all weekend long. Pork ribs, pulled pork, BBQ chicken and all the fixins’ will be on hand to enjoy. Come out early! The open-air Great Sidney Farmers Market runs weekly on Saturday’s from 8 a.m. until Noon with the BBQfest on this particular Saturday being offered from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Have you ever played Bocce Ball? In conjunction with Saturday’s BBQfest, how about getting your team together to compete in the CARSTAR Bocce Grand Prix of Sidney? This downtown tournament kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on the courthouse lawn and concludes with the first place team taking home $1,500 in prize money. Second place $750 and third place will be awarded $400 for their Bocce success. If interested, you’d better hurry. All team entry forms are due by July 8th.
To round out the Hot-Hot-Hot month of July, the Shelby County Fair kicks off July 24, 2016 and runs through July 30th. For 155 consecutive years, the Shelby County Fair has excited and entertained guests of all ages. Rides, games, exhibits, livestock shows, that fantastic fair food and so much more! Oh yeah, don’t miss the always popular demolition derby, tractor pull, and an incredible line up of live entertainment.
For every leisure and recreation interest, the possibilities are many in Sidney. Additional information about these all of the incredible attractions in west central Ohio can be found on the newly redesigned web site of the Sidney Visitors Bureau at VisitSidneyShelby.com. A quick review of the web calendar there is sure to entice you with an eye-popping array of summer fun.