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Ft. Loramie Liberty Days
esides the annual Shelby County Fair, there are a number of outdoor festivals
in the summer and fall that salute
the unique characteristics of the small communities that make up Shelby County. Parades, music, arts and crafts, rides, and great food are the essence of these events which include Jackson Center Community Days, Botkins Carousel, Holy Angels Parish Picnic, Anna Homecoming, Fort Loramie Liberty Days, Russia Homecoming, and Lake Loramie Fall Festival.
Outdoor activities continue even in
the cold weather months. The Winter Wonderland Parade and Lighting Ceremony attracts thousands of Shelby County residents who brave chilly evening temperatures to kick off the Christmas holiday season around the Square. The Villages of Jackson Center, Anna, Botkins, and Fort Loramie also host Village Christmas celebrations with caroling, appearances by Santa Claus, and refreshments.
At the first sign of snowflakes, children grab sleds and head outdoors, especially to the hilly terrain of the Moose Lodge in Sidney. More serious skiers and snowboarders travel east
to Mad River Mountain in nearby Bellefontaine.
Sidney Alive is the organization that coordinates a number of activities throughout the year in downtown Sidney. Its mission is to strengthen the core of the downtown culture
by fostering economic development, historic preservation and community events that engage the public. It is currently working with the City
of Sidney to pass legislation for a revitalization district in downtown which will enable it to offer incentives to restaurant entrepreneurs who wish to bring more business to the city core.
Sidney Alive coordinates the Great Sidney Farmer’s Market which in
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