TIPP CITY — Start your engines, festival-goers, and get ready for the 58th annual Tipp City Mum Festival.
This long-running tradition celebrates community with a parade, 5K run, and a variety of entertainment, and features one of the largest car shows in the Miami Valley.
The festival kicks off Friday with the annual cruise-in downtown, and continues Saturday and Sunday in City Park.
To say that this year’s Mum Festival President Corey Rismiller loves motorcycles is a bit of an understatement. His choice of theme, “Revving Up the Mums,” reflects his favorite pastime.
“I’m an avid motorcycle rider,” Rismiller said. This year’s logo features a blue motorcycle surrounded by mums as well as badge, a nod to Rismiller’s career as a Tipp City police officer.
Rismiller first got involved with the festival 10 years ago, participating in the annual motorcycle ride fundraiser before joining the festival committee.
Besides the motorcycle ride, Rismiller’s favorite thing about the festival is seeing the community having a good time together.
Rismiller encouraged everyone to come downtown and enjoy the festival, though the police officer couldn’t help but remind festival-goers to be safe when walking and driving in the crowded downtown area.
The festivities begin with the annual Friday night cruise-in, where hundreds of cars of all makes and models take over downtown, and continue early Saturday morning with the 38th annual Run for the Mums 5K. The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Roundhouse in City Park.
After your morning workout, be sure to head downtown for the Mum Festival parade, featuring area marching bands, floats, classic cars and more. Starting at 10 a.m., the parade route travels down Main Street through Historic Downtown Tipp City.
From Main Street it’s a short walk to City Park, where visitors will find the entertainment stage, booths for shopping, eating and drinking, along with an area just for kids, including a bounce house and a giant, inflatable slide.
The park will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information about the festival, visit www.tippcitymumfestival.org
The the 2016 Tipp City Mum Festival, organizers have planned a wide variety of acts for festival-goers of all ages and tastes.
The Tipp City Community Band opens the festival every year, entertainment organizer Russ Thayer said. The 50-member band always puts on a great show, he added.
On Saturday night, headliners The British Invasion Experience will take listeners back in time to the ’60s and ’70s, performing the Beatles’ best hits and other favorites from across the pond.
Start Sunday off right with a high-energy aerobics class from Fit 2B Me, before enjoying another day of performances and festival fun. On Sunday afternoon, the Mum Festival Queen and Court will perform their talents from the pageant for the festival crowd.
Closing out the festival will be popular local Elvis impersonator Paul Royse.
“He puts on a great show and the crowd will arrive early to yell and scream, just like I envision the real Elvis dealt with,” Thayer said.
The Friday night cruise-in is a festival favorite year after year, drawing huge crowds and hundreds of vintage cars to downtown Tipp City. This year’s event will be held Friday, Sept. 23, from 4-10 p.m.
Car enthusiasts should plan to spend a few hours — cruise-ins of years past have drawn more than 800 cars, organizers said.
It is free to participate in the cruise-in, but there is a $5 registration fee for the optional judged competition. Car owners interested in the competition can register at the table at Third and Main Streets.
The Run for the Mums has been an integral part of the festival for more than thirty years.
Runners interested in taking part in this community tradition can register in person at the Tipp Monroe Community Services office at 3 E. Main St., online at www.speedyfeet.com, or on the day of the race at the City Park Roundhouse.
The registration fee is $20.
“The proceeds will benefit our many recreational programs,” TMCS Director Kathy Taylor said. The organization offers a wide variety of educational, recreational, cultural and social service programs for the residents of Tipp City and Monroe Township.
On Sunday, younger runners will have a chance to stretch their legs during the Junior Run for the Mums.
Presented by the Tipp-Monroe Optimists and the Octagon Club, the Junior Run for the Mums is a free event open to children from 5 to 12 years of age. The distance of each race will vary based on the age group of the participants and each participant will receive a ribbon for their participation.
Runners should be at the football field in City Park at 3 p.m. to participate. The winners of each group will be awarded a prize.
Applications will be available at local schools or runners may register on the day of the event at the football field.
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