There’s excitement for all ages in downtown Defiance, when the Lilac Festival returns for its 16th year this Saturday. Clinton Street will be blocked-off in downtown Defiance for the event, that runs from 10am till 4pm.It’s the community’s largest arts and crafts festival with a purple 5-K race to open the day, followed by vendors of all kinds, including children’s activities. Sample great tastes from the food court, and check-out the unique crafts and arts being displayed and sold. The event is free, and everyone is invited to celebrate spring in downtown Defiance. Saturday, May 8th is Lilac celebration day in Defiance.