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St. Joe Festival kicks off 4th events

June 27, 2014

Carol Manger, left, Judy Moran, Charlene Smith, Tom Hark, Bob Kohlrieser and Mike Wurst stand by St. Joe’s 64th Annual July 4th Festival sign on the corner of Blackhoof and Pearl streets (Staff photo/Michelle Meunier).

For the 64th year St. Joseph Catholic Church will be holding their annual July 4 Festival at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds July 3 and 4.

The festival begins on July 3 at 4 p.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m. On Friday July 4 the festival starts off strong with the Firecracker 5K at 9 a.m. The fun continues all day Friday ending with fireworks at 11 p.m.

According to Bob Kohlrieser, a member of the festival committee, the tractor pull is one of the bigger events.

“We’re always talking about the tractor pull the night before (the fourth),” Kohlrieser said. “It draws in people that like to watch tractor pulls and have the excitement of all the tractors roaring and that kind of stuff.”

The tractor pull begins at 6 p.m. Thursday and admission is $5.

One of the other highlights of the two-day festival is the Cruise-In, which gives people a chance to show off their cars.

Member of the festival committee Tom Hark is taking the lead on the Cruise-In and he said he hopes there will be a better turnout than last year.

“We’re hoping to get a few more cars this year. Last year we didn’t have too many, we pretty much got rained out,” Hark said. “This year quite a few of the auto supply stores have sponsored trophies for us, which we didn’t get done last year.”

For the full story, see the Saturday, June 28 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News. 

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