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  In addition, the facility includes a 5,000 square foot Wellness Center with cardio equipment and Nautilus free weights. A new line of state-of-the-art Nautilus Strength equipment was added in 2018. In 2019, the Y will add two
of the most sophisticated and heart- beneficial stationary bikes on the market called Expresso. Also new in 2019 is LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a fitness and strength program designed for individuals with cancer that also provides caring support and encouragement. The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA is one
of the few in the country to offer this program along with Delay the Disease, an exercise program for individuals fighting Parkinson symptoms. The Y
will also offer a new program for high schoolers called Youth and Government.
The Y has three gymnasiums and an indoor walking/running track. Members can enlist the services of a personal trainer to plan their exercise routine,
and fitness assessment and nutrition guidance are also offered. The extensive youth program at the Y includes acrobatics, gymnastics, cheerleading and tumbling, summer swim lessons, sports conditioning classes, and youth sports leagues in soccer, flag football, and t-ball. Adults can enjoy co-ed volleyball and pickleball. New in 2018, Nationwide Membership is available for all active, full facility Y members at no additional cost, meaning you are always welcome at participating Y’s throughout the country.
Upgrades to the YMCA’s facility are
in progress to include improvements
in LED lighting, furniture, shower fixtures, and locker rooms, in addition to expanded classrooms and a computer lab in the Child Development Center. They have recently installed 35 new high- resolution cameras to make the Y a safer place.
Rolling Hills Skate in Sidney is a popular gathering place for children and their families. In addition to its family friendly environment, Rolling Hills offers skate rental and purchase, skate classes for beginning skaters, Zumba, a concession stand, and an arcade. Private party facility rental for adult, youth, and corporate gatherings is also available.
Next door is Bel-Mar Lanes, the only bowling center in Shelby County. Another local option is Speedway Lanes in nearby New Bremen.
Vandemark Farm in Sidney is a recreational spot that can be rented throughout the spring and summer for private parties. It features the Night Hawk Zip Line adventure course, a giant swing, 18-hole miniature golf course, hayrides, and a petting zoo. The Farm and its Lost Land Corn Maze is open to the public for seven fall weekends, and a public driving range on the property is open year-round.
In the 1950’s, it was a popular way for families to spend a summer night, but with the advent of multiple screens in air-conditioned comfort and videos for home viewing, the drive-in theater has become a thing of the past. Sidney is home to one of the few such theaters left in the country – the Auto-Vue Drive-
In at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Russell Road. For those who prefer to sit inside, there is the Elder Theatre
in Jackson Center and the multiplex Cinemark Miami Valley just south of Shelby County in Piqua.
People in general like to get together
to enjoy shared hobbies and activities. One such club that is popular in the Shelby County area is the OSU Alumni Club. The club has 156 members but is always looking for more folks to join the fun. Members do not have to be OSU graduates to join although OSU has awarded the local club the highest level of achievement due to its activities. Club members gather for OSU Game Watch parties, an annual banquet with a speaker from OSU, wine-tasting at the Versailles Winery, blood drives featuring Tressel- look-a-like and Brutus, and a Freshman Send-Off party with pizza, gift bags and the chance to connect with other Shelby County students attending OSU. Not
all fun and games, the Alumni Club also awards five scholarships annually with amounts of $1,000-$2,000 and some renewable for four years.
In addition to its many county landmarks, Shelby County is only a
short drive from several points of interest dedicated to the history of the region and the history of flight and space travel. Just south of Shelby County, near Piqua, is the Johnston Farm and Indian Agency. In addition to several historic buildings from the 1800’s and a museum, the farm features an operating canal boat and an Adena Indian mound. In the summer months, guests may enjoy a ride on the General Harrison, a 70-foot-long replica canal boat drawn by a team of mules.
As part of the National Aviation Heritage Area, the Aviation Trail includes the Armstrong Air and Space Museum,
a tribute to the U.S. space program and astronaut Neil Armstrong, just 25 miles north in Wapakoneta, and the WACO Aircraft Museum, located 20 miles
to the south in Troy. The Armstrong Museum will be having a number of special programs and activities in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 1969.
A bit further from Shelby County but worth the drive are the National Museum of the United States Air Force, located in Fairborn, and the Wright Brothers Aviation Center at Carillon Park in Dayton that celebrates the Wright Brothers, inventors of powered flight.
Local residents planning family outings should check out the website
of the Sidney Visitors Bureau at www. Its calendar features a comprehensive list of dates, times, and locations for the area’s best community events and activities. By clicking the “Travel Itineraries” section, visitors to the website can view 70 things to see and do within a reasonably short drive. Seven sample tour itineraries are provided, each one packed with a full day’s worth of attractions, restaurants, and tours within a 60-mile radius of Sidney. Contact information, hours of operation, and costs for each attraction are included. Another website of interest is which has a calendar of events happening throughout the area. 25

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