|Kiwanis see record numbers for two-day festival|
|Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM|
DHI Media Editor
DELPHOS — The weather couldn’t have been better. The community support was fantastic. That summed up the ninth annual Kiwanis Fourth of July celebration.
Record crowds on Thursday evening for the sold-out “Taste of Delphos” pizza taste-off, duck races and Pete Schlegel concert led into Friday with 109 children angling in the canal for the biggest fish, 103 riders in the second “10-mile Firecracker Fun Ride,” 26 teams in the Corn Hole Tournament and more volleyball teams than ever before.
“This was a record year all the way around,” Event Chair Cindy Metzger said Friday. “We have had the best weather, the best people and the best support from the community and the local businesses.”
Both days saw the Kiwanis selling out of food with 600 barbecued chicken dinners gone by 5 p.m. Friday. An hour later, a third trip to the local grocery store was needed to keep the burger and brat tent in supply for the rest of the evening.
“We are just moving everything,” Metzger said. “We are excited about so many people coming out and supporting us and our mission to serve the children of Delphos. They support us and we put the money back into the community for them to enjoy. All the money we raise is reinvested back into Delphos.”
Events were well-attended with crowds filling the tennis courts both evenings for concerts by Pete Schlegel and Deuces Wild.
The Kiwanis Fireworks Show was offered at 10 p.m. Friday. The show is supported by the community with businesses and individuals contributing more than $10,000 for pyrotechnics.
Due to the Fourth of July falling on a Friday, the entertainment tent stayed open until midnight.
Metzger said the group is already planning for next year, the 10th year the club will host the event.
“We will have some surprises and all the old favorites,” she said.
The group is also taking suggestions on how to spend the proceeds from this year’s and future events.
“We’ve taken care of a lot of the projects we wanted to do and now we need to step back and look at what else could happen with these funds,” Metzger said. “We welcome any suggestions for things would benefit the whole community, especially the children.”