Children will enjoy free rides from noon to 4 p.m. on July 4. (DHI Media file photo)
Children will enjoy free rides from noon to 4 p.m. on July 4. (DHI Media file photo)

DELPHOS — The Kiwanis Club has finalized plans for a two-day Fourth of July celebration, according to Chair Jamey Wisher.

“We are back to a full Fourth of July celebration,” Wisher said. “We are hoping the community comes out and supports us so we can continue to support our fellow community groups and events.”

The Gun Raffle returns at 1 p.m. on July 3. Twenty guns will be raffled (see list on page 2-3B) and three chances are available to win a Kimber 1911 Custom LW 45 Shadow, Springfield Hellcat OSP 9MM and a Savage 110 Apex Hunter 350 Leg. Gates open at noon, with a limit of 250 admitted. The raffle will be the only event on the tennis courts at the time. Tickets are $30 and include two drink tickets and lunch as well a chance to win the three guns.

The Duck Races are back from 6-8 p.m. in the Kiwanis Big Tent on the tennis courts and the Beyond Expectations Baseball games start at 6 p.m.

The Kiwanis will be slinging burgers, brats, fries and more from 5 p.m. to midnight under the tent on the tennis courts.

Nashville Crush will kick off the entertainment for the event from 9 p.m. to midnight on July 3.

On Monday, the day starts with the annual Optimists Fishing Derby. Anglers can drop a line in the Miami-Erie Canal from 8-10 a.m. Prizes will be given for each fish caught and two lucky children, a boy and a girl, will win bicycles provided by Delphos VFW Post 3035.

The Little/Minor League Baseball Tournament starts at 9 a.m.

Food and beverages will be available on the tennis courts at 11 a.m. and the Kiwanis Famous BBQ chicken will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the shelterhouse. Come early, the chicken sells out every year.

Gates open on the tennis court for the Gift Basket Bingo at 11:30 a.m. with play at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are still available at Premier Bank or Westrich Furniture or by calling Jodi Moenter at 419-296-9561.

Wisher was excited to announce a new ride company has been secured for this year.

“The ride company we had used for years closed up shop when the owners retired so we had to scramble to find someone new,” Wisher said. “We got the Chicketti Family Amusement Rides. There will be some bigger rides this year than we’ve had in the past so we hope that will satisfy some of the older kids.”

Children can enjoy free rides on the Kiwanis from noon to 4 p.m. The rides will remain open until 10 p.m.

The Attendance Giveaways return this year and are on July 4. On the hour from 4-6 p.m., $100 will be given away; $50 on the half hour and $200 at 7 p.m. You must be present to win.

Free entertainment on Monday includes Deuces Wild from 4:30-7 p.m. and Kaitlyn Schmit and the Move from 7:30-10 p.m.

The area’s largest fireworks show closes out the event.

“We are still accepting donations for the fireworks,” Wisher sad. “We pay in advance and this is the largest show we’ve ever done at $22,000.”

Volunteers are also always welcome.

“We have 167 four-hour shifts to fill for the two days,” Wisher said. “We can use all the hands we can get.”