Photo Courtesy of: Randy Shellabarger

Yes, it’s true, our lake has issues. No one can deny that, but our lake hasn’t been issue-free since the good fellas back in 1837 constructed the body of water. From 1837 to 1845, 17,500 men hand-constructed Grand Lake for as little as thirty cents a day and a jigger of whiskey. The lake is nine miles long and three miles wide, and has approximately 52 miles of shoreline. (Credits from Celina, OH). For more information about the lake and it’s history, click here.

Now, let’s look at the many reasons why you need to return to the lake. The first reason you need to return to the lake is, the people. We may be a little biased, but we think our community is pretty great, and the people who make up our community are there for one another any time!

Second, the activities around the lake add to the attraction. One of the biggest attractions to Celina is our Celina Lake Festival. Every year, during the last weekend in July, downtown merchants, as well as vendors along Lakeshore Park, gather together for the weekend sidewalk sales and crafts. Don’t forget the many rides and carnival games for the kids. Each year on Friday night, boats and people crown the downtown Lakeshore Park for the annual phenomenal fireworks display. On Saturday mornings, head on down to the Court House where many vendors line the sidewalks with homemade goods, fruits and vegetables, and handmade items at our Farmer’s Market. Then, find an open space for your lawn chair and watch the parade with many hand-made floats! Click here for a schedule of events for 2017’s Celina Lake Festival.

Not in the mood for a festival? How about the many watering holes around the lake? Celina has a great selection of places to sit down and socialize with friends or family. Choose from places to grab a drink, or choose a place for a meal and family time. We have everything from good ole barbecue to Chinese restaurants! For a more in depth list of sit down areas, visit this link here.  Do you enjoy nature? There are over 11,000 acres of parks, nature reserves, and wildlife areas in and around the Grand Lake area. For a more detailed list, visit this website here.

If you thought Mercer and Auglaize counties were boring, think again. Both areas have a significant list of things to do, churches to visit, restaurants to frequent, and parks to enjoy. So why wait? Contact an agent at our office here, for a free consultation!



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