The Meadows of Delphos was named the Hippiest Group during the 2018 Toast to the City. They are shown with Canal Days Queen Pageant Highest Ticket Seller Kara Gossman, left, and Third Runner-up Rachel Kroeger. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
The Meadows of Delphos was named the Hippiest Group during the 2018 Toast to the City. They are shown with Canal Days Queen Pageant Highest Ticket Seller Kara Gossman, left, and Third Runner-up Rachel Kroeger. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — It was bell bottoms, platform shoes and fringe as more than 400 raised a glass during the 2018 Toast to the City Thursday during the kick off of Canal Days.

The theme was “Don’t Worry Be Hippie.”

Event Chair Chad Schrader and Delphos Mayor Josh Gillespie lead the crowd in the toast before prizes were given for the grooviest costumes.

“Welcome to Canal Days,” Schrader began. “This is a great crowd, we’re looking forward to a great weekend.”

The mayor also spoke briefly.

“I look out at this crowd and the realize the community and business support I see here and I have never been prouder to be the mayor of Delphos,” Gillespie said.

Jodi Moenter won Best Bell Bottoms; Mark Wurst, Best Afro; Dennis Jay, Best Platform Shoes; and The Meadow of Delphos, Hippiest Office.

The crowd enjoyed small plates from 14 local restaurants, including Cabo, Chief Supermarket, Chik-N-House, Chuffer’s Drive Thru, Cooking Country Classics, Delphos Eagles, Topp Chalet, Dick’s Steak House, Meadows of Delphos, Pizza Hut, The Rustic, The Fort, The Grind Cafe and Coffee and Knight’s of Columbus.

Flower arrangements balloons and other decorations were by Ivy Hutch, Petal Shed, Flowers on Fifth and celebration.