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25 Years Ago

This week in 1989, lawyers for Pete Rose fought to keep his case in state court rather than be moved to federal court as requested by MLB Commissioner Bartlett Giamatti. The case over whether or not Giamatti could decide Rose’s future in the game of baseball was expected to hinge over the answer of where it was decided. Federal courts had long upheld the commissioner’s office power in such cases. Rose had been accused of betting on his own team, an action that held a lifetime banishment from the MLB.

The Holiday at Home celebration had been a success in Van Wert. During the parade, the Van Wert and Ohio City-Liberty Alumni Band won the Mayor’s Choice Award, Company C/148th Infantry of the Ohio National Guard was named the Most Patriotic, and the Harrison Jolly Boosters 4-H club won the honor of Best Float.

Deanna Perrin, 4, got an assist from her father Bruce Perrin in holding an 18 ½ inch catfish, which took first place in the girls division of the July 4 fishing derby. Scott Baldauf, 10, and Chuck Haehn, took first in the boys division, both with 18 ½ inch catfish.

Kiwanis see record numbers for two-day festival
Friday, July 04, 2014 8:00 PM
Children rode the carnival rides for free from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday at the ninth annual Kiwanis Fourth of July celebration at Stadium Park. The free rides were a thank-you to the community for the support they show the Kiwanis Club. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)


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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.

Duck races draw crowd to entertainment tent
Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:11 PM
The annual Kiwanis Duck Races drew a crowd Thursday evening as bettors laid money down on their favorite feathered racer. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)
Jack's Pizza takes new Judge's Choice Award at Slice of Delphos
Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:10 PM | Updated ( Friday, July 04, 2014 7:39 PM )
A new award was offered this year for the Slice of Delphos Pizza Taste-off. The 2014 Slice of Delphos Judges Choice Champion was awarded by Cindy Elwer to Jack’s Pizza employees T.J. Cross and Nathan Jackson. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)
Niedecken's three-peats People's Choice at Slice of Delphos
Thursday, July 03, 2014 8:09 PM | Updated ( Friday, July 04, 2014 7:39 PM )
The Kiwanis 2014 Slice of Delphos (Pizza Taste Off) was held at the Stadium Park Shelterhouse Thursday evening. The People’s Choice Champion was Niedecken’s Carry Out. Above: Niedecken’s Carry Out employees accept the traveling trophy and include, from left, Cory Haggard, Shawnda Metzger, Matthew Warnecke, Barb Mesker, Trish Vasquez, Lindsey Blankenship, Nikki Betz and Jessica Hubbard. (DHI Media/Stephanie Groves)