Bluegrass benefit planned

By Cecilia Fox -

TIPP CITY — Following a fire that devastated downtown businesses and residents, the Tipp City community has come together to support their own.

Thousands of dollars have been raised, volunteers have helped out with clean up efforts, and donations of clothing and household goods have poured in for those affected by the fire.

Now another group has stepped forward to offer their support in the form of a bluegrass music festival.

“We love serving the community,” Pastor Jim Valekis of Crossroads Christian Fellowship said. “And they’ve got a need right now.”

The event was originally planned to support the Crossroads Praise Team, but the focus shifted after a fire hit Browse Awhile Books, destroying two upstairs apartments and damaging neighboring Merchant31.

The church will donate part of the proceeds from the event to the businesses and residents affected by the fire.

“We want to contribute in whatever way can be best used by them,” Valekis said.

On July 16, the church will host an evening of bluegrass music with an “eclectic” lineup, Valekis said. The church has found the genre to be popular with their congregation and the popularity of bands like Mumford and Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show cemented the decision.

Bluegrass: Festival of Bands will feature Irish concert violinist John Kelly, The Polk Berry Pickers, The Grace Brothers, Crossroads, Colin Richards, Ian Liverani, and Heather Dorsten.

The event will be held at Crossroads Christian Fellowship, 18 E. Broadway Ave., Tipp City, from 6-10 p.m. on July 16.

The church’s ConneXions Café will be serving brats and pulled pork sandwiches, a variety of sides, and homemade pies.

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Tickets are on sale now at for $7, or at the door.

By Cecilia Fox

Reach Cecilia Fox at or (937) 552-2205.

Reach Cecilia Fox at or (937) 552-2205.


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