TIPP CITY — There will be a lot to celebrate in Tipp City next weekend as the annual Mum Festival opens — the 60th anniversary of the event, the 40th year of the Run for the Mums 5K, and the bicentennial of Monroe Township.
“We’re excited to be celebrating this milestone year,” 2018 festival president William House said. “Hopefully, we’ll have a good festival this year and be around another 60 years down the road.”
House was inspired by these milestones, as well as his love of history and reading, to create this year’s theme, “Sixty Years in the Books.”
The 2018 logo shows chrysanthemums surrounding an open book, a classic car, nuts and tomatoes — nods to both Trophy Nut and Tip Top Canning — and the schools’ Red Devil mascot.
According to house, the logo features “lots of things that relate to Tipp and its past.”
This year’s festival runs Sept. 28-30.
The event kicks off next Friday night with the 27th annual cruise-in. The event typically packs hundreds of classic cars into downtown Tipp City, one of the biggest car shows in the area. It begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., and includes music and food vendors.
The fun continues Saturday morning with the Run for the Mums 5K at 8 a.m. in City Park for the athletically inclined, and the annual Mum Festival Parade at 10 a.m. with local marching bands, floats, classic cars and more.
The 5K helps to support the many programs offered by Tipp Monroe Community Services throughout the year. Registration runs from 6:30-7:45 a.m. and the run itself kicks off at 8 a.m. in City Park.
Visitors should be sure to check out the more than 250 vendors in City Park on Saturday and Sunday, as well as the line-up of local talent on the festival stage, House said. There will be a huge variety of arts and crafts and other goods, as well as concessions.
On Sunday, House recommends one of the festival’s less well-known events, the annual vintage baseball tournament. The event features clubs from Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati playing the game as it was played in the 1860s.
As a self-described “history buff,” House said the event is one of his favorites. The games will be played — by players in old-fashioned uniforms with no gloves — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. north of the Aquatic Center parking lot.
House, a Tipp City transplant, said he knew about the Mum Festival before he knew anything else about the city. He hopes this year’s event will continue to draw visitors from near and far to downtown Tipp City.
“It’s one of those key events that gets our name and recognition for our hometown out to the greater Miami Valley,” he said. “The fact that a group of citizens 60 years ago had the forethought to start this whole thing is kind of amazing.”
He learned the hard way just how big a deal the festival is in Tipp City. When he and his wife moved to town in 2013, it was festival weekend.
“We were a little confused because the few time we had been here before, there wasn’t a great deal of traffic. And then that weekend, we were like, ‘Where did all these people come from?’” he recalled.
For more information, visit www.tippcitymumfestival.org.
Reach Cecilia Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org.