MIAMI COUNTY — A weekend of fun events will kick off with a trip around the world — and you won’t even have to leave the area.
Today, beginning at 2 p.m., the Festival of Nations in Troy will salute more than 15 nations, with a featured focus on France. The free event on the levee will give visitors a taste of other cultures through interactive booths and displays, arts and crafts, food, dance, music, stories, and the Parade of Nations at 4 p.m.
This year’s festival delegate is Amorette Dye, whose mother hails from Alsace, a region in the far northeastern corner of France. Dye’s 3-year-old daughter, Gabrielle, will carry the Alsatian flag in the Parade of Nations.
The Festival of Nations also will have delegates from the following countries who will share their heritage in a variety of ways: The Philippines, Honduras, Peru, Argentina, Germany, Bosnia, Puerto Rico, Poland, Scotland, Italy, Japan, Ukraine, France, and the Saponi Nation. The Troy Historical Society, CISV and Youth for Understanding also will participate at the festival.
Now in its 23rd year, the festival was originally organized by a group of local residents headed by Ruth Jenkins, wife of then-Mayor Peter Jenkins, under the auspices of the Mayor’s International Council. The purpose is to recognize and celebrate the cultural diversity of Troy and surrounding area and to promote meaningful international relationships. The festival has always been funded by donations, including support from the Troy Foundation, city of Troy and Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.
Here are some other fun-filled family events going on in the county this weekend:
The final concert in the Rock Piqua! concert series will begin at 7 p.m. today in Lock 9 Park, and will offer current music while taking a trip back to the 80’s with some hair band classics.
The opener, Spungewurthy, has been together since early 2001, performing at clubs, weddings, private and corporate events, and festivals regularly in the Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus regions. Spungewurthy focuses on the “dance rock” style of covers artists like Maroon 5, Dave Matthews, and Kid Rock, Sublime, with Bon Jovi and Tom Petty thrown in.
The headlining act, 1988, will take you on a trip back to the 80’s. This Cleveland-based band performs the danceable and head-banging “big hair” hits of the 80’s, paying tribute to bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Poison, Motley Crew, Guns N’ Roses and Journey.
Now in its third year, Rock Piqua! is a joint effort between Mainstreet Piqua and the Piqua Arts Council. The series was made possible by the support of Headliner Sponsors: Ameriprise Financial, Mullenbrock and Associates, Mark Reedy at Thrivent Financial, Polysource Inc., and Opening Act Sponors: French Oil Mill Machinery & Co., Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, Piqua Pizza Supply Company and Abbey Federal Credit Union.
Prior to the concert, rubber duckies will waft down the river just east of Lock 9 Park, as the Second Annual Rockin’ River Duck Drop gets under way at 6 p.m. PSC Crane and Rigging will drop about 2,000 bright yellow ducks into the water, and the first duck to reach the finish line will win its owner $1,000. The next two ducks, as well as the last place duck, also will receive merchandise and prizes.
If you would like a chance to be a winner in the duck drop, stop by the Mainstreet Piqua office at 326 N. Main St., or visit the Mainstreet Piqua website at www.mainstreetpiqua.com and adopt your ducks with a credit card. You can also fill out duck adoption forms at the Unity National Bank on Wayne Street or Readmore’s Hallmark, 430 N. Main St.
All proceeds from the duck adoptions will benefit Mainstreet Piqua.
• The Troy Mayors’ Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday on Prouty Plaza.
This year, the board of directors is pleased to welcome Patrick Reynolds back to the stage.
The theme for the 2016 Troy Mayors’ Concert is “Sonic Spectacular!” This year marks the 24th annual concert that will also feature the Dayton Summer Chorus. Troy’s own Don Jenkins will be the guest conductor and Troy Mayor Michael Beamish will be directing “His Honor March,” by Fillmore. Troy High School student Sunao Masunaga will be presenting flute solos.
The public is asked to bring their lawn chairs for the event. A notable change is that handicapped parking will be available on South Market Street between West Franklin Street and the Public Square this year and Girl Scouts will assist with wheelchairs.
The Troy Christian School Gymnasium has been designated as the location in case of rain.
• The Fulton Farms Sweet Corn Festival is a celebration of all things corn, as well as a family event with free activities for children and adults.
In its third year, the festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Fulton Farms Market, 2393 State Route 202 between Troy and Tipp City.
During the two-day event, visitors can enjoy fresh-roasted sweet corn from Fulton Farms, food trucks and ice cream vendors, free giant jumpys and children’s games, a “buy local” craft area, live music, corn shucking and corn-on-the-cob eating contests, Idle-Hour Ranch animals and more.
Along with Fulton Farms’ sweet corn, food vendors will be serving a variety of dishes that go with the roasted corn.
Located on the front lawn of the market will be the Buy Local Craft Area. It contains vendors that either make, bake or grow their merchandise, or who are based in Miami County. Items for sale will include everything from olive oil and jewelry to wood art, home decor and baked goods.
The family area contains three giant inflatable jumpys and bounce houses (all free), a straw slide, animals from Idle-Hour Ranch and Fulton Farms, potato sack races, a photo booth (Sunday only), face painting and children’s activities. Additionally, children can enter corn shucking contests both days while adults can enter corn-on-the-cob eating contests. The contests are free to enter and prizes are awarded to the winners.
Last but not least, live music will be offered throughout both days of the festival, including performances by the Corndrinkers, Rip Rap Road, Larry Lyons and Steve “Crash” Worley.
This weekend and next, the Tipp City Players are staging a new production of the first show the company ever performed, “The Music Man.”
The show opened Aug. 19, but there are still four more opportunities to see trouble unfold in River City as a fast-talking salesman has his heart stolen by the town librarian.
“The Music Man” runs through Aug. 27 on the stage in Tipp Central Auditorium.
In this production, Todd Varvel plays the lead, “Professor” Harold Hill, reprising the role his father, Paul, played back in August 1975. The ‘75 show was the first production Tipp City Players put on stage.
Director Jim Hooper returns to the Tipp City Players at the helm of the production and will be supported by Music Director Jennifer Hewitt and Choreographer Khyrsten McCann.
Tipp Central Auditorium is located at 223 W. Broadway St. Tipp City. Show dates include Aug. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, starting at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Aug. 21.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children. Family passes and show passes, for all five presentations, are available.
For more information, call (937) 667-SHOW (7469) or visit www.tippcityplayers.org.