Port Clinton folks like a good party, and they’ve missed some traditional ones the last few months. Now that many entertainment venues have opened, there’s going to be a dandy extravaganza when Saturday, Aug. 1 rolls around.
It will be a very busy Saturday. Remember to wear face coverings, forget hugging your friends, maintain 6-foot distancing and bring hand sanitizer to share.
From early morning to just after dusk, an almost non-stop parade of events will be held around the area. Every one will represent a popular party that should have happened, and would have if it wasn’t for the dreaded COVID—19.
Weather permitting, now they will, ranging from an early morning Easter Egg Hunt to a Rubber Duck Race and 4th of July Fireworks at the crack of 10 p.m.
Here’s the lineup of the great parties now being revisited.
Ringing of the Church Bells
Getting the party started will be many places of worship around Port Clinton. They’ll be ringing their bells for 10 minutes starting at 9 a.m. to celebrate the return of church services.
Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny
There must be a lot of Easter eggs hanging around, because city officials say there are plenty for kids to find at Lakeview Park at 10 a.m. during the Easter Egg Hunt.
Walleye Festival Entertainment
The massive Walleye Festival was impossible to recreate, but one of its most popular bands, The Junk, will wail from noon to 3 p.m. in the Meals on Madison Area downtown.
St. Patrick’s Day and Cinco De Mayo
Pick your downtown pubs for celebrating the special Irish and Mexican holidays from noon to midnight.
Jerry Lippus Classic Car Show
The custom hot rods, Model T’s, and pickup trucks cars roll into Port Clinton for this annual show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Madison Street.
Class of 2020 Cap Toss
High school or college grads from around the area are invited to toss their caps in the air at the MOM Area in downtown Port Clinton at 3 p.m. Cap and gowns can be worn, with casual garb underneath.
Arbor Day Ceremony
Port Clinton was declared a Tree City USA decades ago, and in 2020 arborists can celebrate at Waterworks Park at 5 p.m.
Incredible Rubber Duck Race for the United Way in Ottawa County
Sponsor one of the 1,000 rubber ducks that will make a splash on Derby Pond. Have an excuse to root for your rubber duck and celebrate a win after the Port Clinton Fire Department chases the duckies with fire hoses at 8 p.m. To win a prize you have to sponsor a few duckies, so call United Way now at 419-734-6645.
4th of July Fireworks
Port Clinton may be a little late in the lighting of fireworks, but it should host a spectacular fireworks show in Waterworks Park at 1 p.m.