Page 25 - Discover Magazine 2019
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  Great Downtown BBQFest Sidney Water Park
      2019 will be held around the square on Saturday mornings from May
25 through October 12. This is the place to be to pick up fresh produce from area farmers, a large variety of homemade items from local crafters, and seasonal plants and flowers. Vendors are there from 8 a.m. to noon, but early birds know when to arrive to get the best fresh baked goods and yummy jams and jellies.
On First Fridays from April to November, downtown shops are encouraged to stay open into the evening hours and offer special discounts. Spring events planned for 2019 include “Through the Drinking Glass,” a beer/wine tasting and food pairing at the Bridge Restaurant on April 11; an Easter Egg Hunt on the Square on April 20; Hidden Spaces Secret Places downtown tour on April 23-24; and Kentucky Derby Affair on the Square on May 4.
Summer will bring Chalk the Walk on June 8, the Great Downtown BBQFest featuring United Way’s KidZone on June 29, National Night Out on August 6, and The Amazing Downtown Race on August 16.
On September 5, Sidney Alive will host its 3rd annual Open Air Dinner. This year, the elegant farm- to-table dinner will take place on
the covered bridge in Tawawa Park. Other fall activities include the annual Downtown Chocolate Walk on October 4, a Fall Festival and Costume Contest on October 12, and a Murder/Mystery Dinner Theatre on October 26.
For those who like the great outdoors, the Shelby County parks have acres
of open space and natural areas for hiking, fishing, picnicking, cross country skiing, nature study, and primitive camping. The area parks have a variety of landscapes including forests, marshes, streams, and ponds.
Community parks in Anna, Botkins, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, and Russia are recreational spots with baseball and softball diamonds, volleyball courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, and swimming pools.
The Hardin Park, located in Hardin, is a shady area well-suited
for picnicking. Bornhorst Woods is
a 10-acre wooded area for observing deer and other wildlife. Visitors to the Woods can follow a loop trail with interpretative signs that identify trees, wetland habitats, and the creatures that live there.
The Lockington Reserve is a 200-
acre tract featuring a remarkable variety of natural landscapes including flood plain forest and upland woods, a 90-foot high bluff, pine groves, marsh areas, streams and ponds. A network of walking trails connects the various habitats and provides opportunities for picnicking, fishing, nature interpretation, photography, hiking, and jogging.
The City of Sidney has 21 neighborhood parks for outdoor recreation and most have ball fields, playground equipment, basketball courts, and shelters. Throughout the summer months, supervised arts, crafts and games for children are provided at various city parks.
The largest park in the city of Sidney is Tawawa Civic Park, 226 acres of natural beauty. Tawawa is a wooded nature reserve that includes areas for hiking and fishing and
is the perfect spot for family get- togethers and cookouts. There are a number of shelters in the park that can be reserved for group outings by calling the City of Sidney Parks and Recreation Department. The latest annexation to Tawawa, Brookside Park, includes two overlooks. The north overlook provides a spectacular view approximately 70 feet above Tawawa Creek and the valley below.
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©Abigail Johnson

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