Festival of Nations, Mayors Concert this weekend



TROY — Another Miami County Fair has ended, but the fun continues this weekend in Troy.

Today at 2 p.m., the annual Festival of Nations kicks off on the levee in Troy. This year’s celebration of world cultures will focus on unity rather than highlighting an individual nation, organizers said.

The event will feature booths from countries including Argentina, Egypt, France, Germany, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Africa, Ukraine, and more. Local residents will share each nation’s culture and heritage with festival-goers.

The festival offers an assortment of international cuisine, dance, music, and arts and crafts. Games, activities, and face-painting will be available for children. There will also be performances from Celtic band Lone Raven, as well as from several dance companies.

At 4 p.m., the Parade of Nations is set to wind its way through the festivities. The event is scheduled to end at 8 p.m.

On Sunday at 7 p.m., the Troy Mayors Concert, featuring a performance from the Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band and Summer Chorus, will be held on the Troy Public Square.

The program, “Lights of Broadway,” is free and open to the public. This marks the 26th year the event has been held.

Mayor Mike Beamish, as the current Troy mayor, will be invited onto the stage as guest conductor for “His Honor March.” The concert will also feature soprano vocalist Alaina Saliba and guest conductor Danny Elam. Saliba is with the Dept. of Music at the University of Dayton; and Elam is retired as music director at Bethel Local Schools.

Some chairs will be set up. Attendees are also welcome to bring lawn chairs.

Troy Public Square will be closed to traffic on Aug. 19 from approximately 5 p.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m. The areas to be closed are South Market Street at Franklin Street, North Market Street at Water Street, West Main Street at Cherry Street, and East Main Street at Walnut Street.

For the placement of chairs for the concert and other pre-concert set-up, the NW Quadrant of the Square will be closed at noon on Aug. 19. Additionally, the North Cherry Street Parking Lot will be closed on Aug. 19 starting at 7 a.m. for the placing of the cannons. The cannons are part of the concert finale.

The inclement weather location for this concert is the Hobart Arena.