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Friday, July 05, 2013 12:01 AM

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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DELPHOS — With last year’s late-June storm putting a damper on the 2012 Fourth of July festivities, the Delphos Kiwanis knew this year’s celebration could only be better. Record crowds and a sold-out chicken BBQ were more than enough confirmation that indeed, the 2013 event was a huge success.

 

“We believe this is the best year for us yet,” Jamey Wisher said Thursday evening after a well-complimented fireworks show. “This year surpassed all our expectations and was a great way to celebrated our 50th year as a club.”

 

The event kicked off Wednesday evening with a sold-out Pizza Taste Off, the Beyond Expectations Softball games and one of the new events — duck races.

“The crowds we had were just great,” Wisher said. “People really came out and supported us. They came for the duck races and hung around most of the evening.”

Thursday dawned early with anglers dropping lines in the canal for the Optimist Fishing Derby and the annual Fourth of July baseball tournaments at 8 a.m.

The first-ever 10-mile Firecracker Ride had 38 pre-registered riders but grew to 79 by the time the first bike wheeled out of Stadium Park.

“This event will definitely return next year,” Wisher said. “We just need to tweak a few things to make it better.”

The freshman run of the Dodge Ball Tournament only drew two teams with Jace Stockwell’s team taking the trophy. Wisher said there was a lot of interest from groups who had other activities to compete in and had conflicting schedules.

Volleyball returned this year with four teams spiking it out for first place. The Bockrath team won. The Kiwanis completely overhauled the volleyball courts in June but recent rains left the sand a little rough.

“The teams were great and seemed to have a lot of fun,” Wisher said. “The courts weren’t perfect but everyone had a great time.”

The Kiwanis prepared 600 chicken dinners, which sold out by 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., Wisher said the Kiwanis food tent was on pace to run out of food as well.

The two-day event ended with the Kiwanis Fireworks Show. The offering is supported by the community with businesses and individuals contributing to the $10,000 show.

“We got a lot of compliments on the fireworks this year and it’s due to the generosity of everyone who donates money to make that happen,” Wisher said. “We couldn’t do any of this without the support of the community. We are 45 members strong and at least that many more who volunteer from the community.”

Last Updated on Friday, July 05, 2013 12:29 AM
 

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