Celebrating the Great Outdoors

5/28/2014, 5:35 p.m.

Celebrating the Great Outdoors

Sidney, Ohio – May 13, 2014 – Everything, or at least most things, are always better outside, right? Dining, shopping, stage theater, live music, leisure activities, and yes, even exercise. In Sidney and Shelby County Ohio, outdoor activities are all the rage now that Spring has sprung and the days are getting warmer and longer.

Reminiscent of days gone by, Saturday mornings in Sidney come alive as shoppers flock to the very popular Great Downtown Sidney Farmers Market. Locally grown, seasonal, farm-fresh produce, herbs, plants and flowers are offered for sale along with homemade crafts, baked goods, and canned food items. The market is open from 8:00 a.m. till noon through October 18th and offers something a little bit different and unique each and every week. As an example, on June 28th the Farmers Market will coincide with the annual Kids Around the Square festival in downtown Sidney. This free children’s festival provides a morning of FUN for youngsters 12 & under. Kids Around the Square is a collaborative effort of the Shelby County United Way, area church groups, and the Downtown Sidney Business Association.

Friday evenings in downtown Sidney features the Sidney Civic Band performing on the lawn and under the trees of the beautiful and historic Shelby County court house. Food and soft drinks are available to refresh your body as your spirit is rejuvenated by the wonderful sounds of this very talented ensemble. Everything from the Big Band sounds of yesterday to the popular music of today can be enjoyed by all. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for an evening of great music every Friday evening from June 13th through July 18th. All performances begin at 7:00 p.m.

On the evening of June 19th, the Shelby County Historical Society will lead tours at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. Visitors will hear from local historical characters and learn how past residents used their leadership, forward thinking, and home influenced ethics to build the foundation for present day Shelby County. The tours begin at 7:30 p.m. If you fancy yourself as a history buff, you’re sure to enjoy this tour. Other stops of historical significance you won’t want to miss in downtown Sidney include the Monumental Building, Peoples Federal Savings & Loan, and GreatStone Castle.

If you’re looking to hear some of the best country artists on the planet, you’ll want to make plans to attend this year’s Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes. This three-day outdoor music festival set in a beautiful natural amphitheater is a “must see” for all country music fans. The 2014 all-star lineup includes Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch, Montgomery Gentry, Chase Rice, and many, many others. Nonstop music is presented on two outdoor stages. Primitive along with RV camping and a variety of nearby hotels offer accommodation options to suit every overnight preference. Come for one day or, better yet, stay for all three. With so many incredible artists to enjoy, you won’t want to miss a single performance.

The Sidney area also offers a number of heritage oriented attractions you’re sure to find of interest. To begin, how about a stop at the One-Room School House in nearby Anna, Ohio. Located only a few miles north of Sidney, this school house originally constructed in 1887 was closed in 1925 after 38 years of faithful service to the community. The school house itself was recently restored with great care by owners Bill and Bonnie Elsass who are proud to offer free tours by appointment. Additional information can be obtained by calling Bill at 937-394-7169. Other nearby points of interest include Lockington Dam, the Lake Loramie Heritage Museum at Lake Loramie State Park, and the Fort Loramie Wilderness Trail Museum.

So, there’s no need to wait! Now is the time to get off the couch and begin planning your visit to Sidney. Everything you need to know can be found at www.VisitSidneyShelby.com.