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DELPHOS — After a Saturday morning call from the Allen County Health Department, the Kiwanis Club of Delphos is unable to provide two days of entertainment or alcohol for the Fourth of July.

"Because there really aren't supposed to be festivals or gatherings of more than 300 at this time and the recent spikes of COVID-19 throughout the state, the health department declined to approve our plans for the bands and beer tent on the tennis court," Kiwanis Treasurer Cindy Metzger said Sunday. "We worked really hard to provide the safest events and thought we were good."

The 15th annual celebration under the Kiwanis will begin on Saturday morning with the annual Optimist Fishing Derby from 8-10:30 a.m. on the banks of Miami-Erie Canal from Tenth Street to Lock 24 on the northeast side of Stadium Park. Age groups include 2-5; 6-9; and 10-12. The girl and boy catching the biggest fish will each win a new bicycle sponsored by Delphos VFW Post 3035. Prizes will also be awarded for the biggest fish in each age group.

The Fourth of July baseball tournaments will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the Craft and Vendor Fair will be offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Booths will be set up at Stadium Park near the shelterhouse.

The Kiwanis Food and Beverage Tent opens at 11 a.m. with the Kiwanis Famous Chicken Dinner served from 11:30 a.m. until sold out in the shelterhouse. There will also be the regular food trucks with a few new additions.

Gates open at 11 a.m. for the Gift Basket Bingo at noon. Tickets are available at Westrich Furniture and First Federal Bank in Delphos or by calling Jodi Moenter at 419-296-9561. Tickets are $30 each and a table for eight can be reserved for $10. Tables for the event will be scattered throughout the grassy area at Hanser Pavilion, from which the numbers will be called.

7 Mile Bluegrass will entertain the crowd from 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday; Midwest Dueling Pianos takes over the main stage on the Fourth from 5-8 p.m.; and local band Deuces Wild will finish the entertainment for the evening from 8:30-10 p.m.

The the biggest show yet of fireworks will begin at 10 p.m. sharp.

Past Fourth of July celebrations have helped fund the splash pad, the poolhouse, more than 350 children in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, playground equipment at Stadium, Waterworks and Garfield parks as well as landscaping at all three parks; and donations to Little League, Midget Football, the library’s Summer Reading Program, both local schools’ post proms, Hometown Christmas and more.