Summer Kickoff 2019

The fifth annual Lake Improvement Association Summer Kickoff will be held from 11am to 11pm Saturday, June 22 at the Villa Nova Shelter House on Grand Lake St. Marys. The festival celebrates the return of summer to the lake and promises family fun for everyone! Here are 10 things to love about Summer Kickoff.


  • 11am: World’s Funnest Fun Run/Walk 5K
  • 1pm: Cornhole Tournament
  • 2-4pm: Touch-A-Truck
  • 3pm: K-9 Demonstration
  • 5pm: Beer Pong Tournament

1. Live Bands

This year’s event features live music from local legends Free Rider (reuniting for one night!), The One-Eyed Show, Exploit, Fleetwood 2 the Max, Lauren Jean Schroeder and Clare Caywood.

Band Schedule:

  • 11am: Clare Caywood
  • 1pm: Exploit
  • 3pm: Lauren Jean Schroeder
  • 4:30pm: Fleetwood 2 the Max
  • 6:30pm: Free Rider
  • 9pm: The One-Eyed Show

2. World’s Funnest Fun Run/Walk 5K (with COLOR!)

The run/walk welcomes runners and walkers of all ages to enjoy a colorful jaunt along the beautiful East Bank of Grand Lake St. Marys! We have color like a traditional color run, but we also have fun obstacles like a slip ‘n slide, balance beams, hoola hoops, 50-yard dance and more! You can register online or beginning at 9am the morning of the event!

3. Fun for the Kids!

There will be plenty for kids to do at Summer Kickoff, including:

  • The LIA playground
  • Inflatable obstacles
  • Face painting
  • Kids games & activities
  • Touch A Truck
  • K9 demonstration

4. Touch A Truck

Give kids a first-hand look at the equipment used by first responders during the Touch A Truck event (2-4pm)!


5. K9 Demonstration

Check out law dogs in action during this excitement-filled presentation by the St. Marys Police Department and Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office K9 units (3pm)!

6. Cornhole Tournament

Get a partner and enter to win your share of $700 in prizes!

7. Beer Pong Tournament

Cornhole not your style? Want to double your chances of winning? Play in our beer pong tournament – $700 in total prizes!

8. Delicious Food!

If you like festival food, you’re going to love the selection at Summer Kickoff!

9. Beer Here!

Love craft beer? We’ll have a selection of local brews from Moeller Brew Barn! If you’re a traditionalist, we’ll have plenty of Bud Light on hand, too!


10. Community Spirit

Summer Kickoff really does offer fun for everyone, and it’s a testament to the Grand Lake St. Marys community that this will be the fifth year for our growing event. Your participation – every spectator, tournament player, family member, and friend – celebrates the spirit of togetherness as we work toward restoring Grand Lake St. Marys. In fact, all proceeds from the event go directly to lake improvement efforts. We hope to see you there, and in the meantime please consider thanking the sponsors who have helped make Summer Kickoff a wonderful community event by the lake!


  • St. Marys Rotary
  • Celina Eagles
  • EverDry Waterproofing
  • Kogge Plumbing & Heating
  • Auglaize Equipment Rental
  • Hector Hernandez (Cisco)
  • Laura Yelton (State Farm)
  • Setex
  • Plus One Professionals
  • Midwest Electric
  • Superior Federal Credit Union
  • Larry Schaaf Auto Sales
  • Minster Bank
  • Classic Delight
  • Villa Nova/Celina Wine Store
  • People’s Bank
  • R.J. Burke Insurance
  • Fowler’s TV
  • Murotech Ohio Corporation
  • Dannon
  • Kroger
  • & many, many more local sponsors. We can’t thank you enough!

Summer Kickoff 2019