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The Kalida Lions and Kalida Firefighters have announced the theme for the upcoming Pioneer Days parade to be held the Sunday after Labor Day. Every year, local Kalida students are asked their suggestions for the parade theme. Shelby Jewers submitted the winning theme for this years Pioneer Days parade in Kalida. The theme is: “Celebrating 185 years in Putnam County: Family,Fun,Faith & Farming”. For Shelby’s efforts she will receive a four day pass to ride the Pioneer Days rides, which will, again, be provided by Durant Enterprises.

The Pioneer Days Committee would like to invite all Putnam County businesses and organizations to be represented in the Pioneer Days parade on Sunday, Sept. 8th, 2019. Please help us celebrate “Family,Fun,Faith and Farming” in Putnam County , since the founding of Putnam County in 1834.
Pioneer Days, now in its 147th year, is jointly sponsored by the Kalida Lions and Kalida Fireman.The dates for this years festival are Sept.5th-8th. The festival is held in downtown Kalida ,on the square and surrounding streets. Visit for details on the four day festival.


Shelby Jerwers, a Kalida 5th grader, daughter of Jeremy and Gina Jerwers is shown with Pioneer Committeemen (L to R): Jeff Dickman, Curt Unverferth, Ryan Unverferth and Jeff Schulte. Other committeemen not present were Scott Unverferth and Justin Kahle.