|Street Closures Mean Changes for Mum Festival|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 25 September 2013 00:00|
The 55th Tipp City Mum Festival will feature a number of familiar activities, including a car show, parade and 5K Run, taking place in non-traditional locations because of the continuing downtown utilities and streetscape project.
The venue for the festival itself, however, will remain at City Park with entertainment, food, arts and crafts and other activities from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The MumKids land will return to the park both days.
This year’s festival president Ashley Helmer said the festival has something for everyone.
“It is a small, yet beautiful town and offers fun for all ages,” Helmer said. “We would love for families to come out and experience a little bit of Tipp City.”
This year’s festival theme is “How the West was Mum’d.”
As president, Helmer is charged with coming up with a theme. She explained her choice this way: “I have always been intrigued by the West and absolutely love cowboy boots. I wanted to incorporate mums, so what better theme than How The West Was Mum'd?’”
The closure of Main Street for the downtown project offered logistical challenges for organizers of the car show, traditionally held on streets downtown, as well as the parade and run.
The Friday night car show this year will be held at the Middle School complex on North Hyatt Street, beginning at 5 p.m. Events will include the Corvette Troy organization’s drawing for a new Corvette. The raffle benefits charities including the Spina Bifida Association of Greater Dayton.
For new city police Chief Eric Burris the street project meant a rework of the police department festival comprehensive plan, particularly because of changes in routes for Saturday morning’s parade and Run for the Mums.
The police department is responsible for festival security, closing streets and detouring traffic for all events including the car show, run, parade and motorcycle ride. The department also has a DARE tent at the festival site in the park and two extra officers working the park for security and parking issues.
“In past years, it has gotten to be kind of easy for us because not much changes from year to year and we have learned from experience, but this year will mean new challenges for everyone with a different detour route and a different parade route,” Burris said.
The chief’s role is to create a plan for where the department needs to place officers and barricades, coordinate with other agencies such as the Miami County Sheriff’s Office and CSX Railroad and leading the Run for the Mums and Mum Parade.
Because Burris will be riding in the parade as grand marshal, Sgt. Chris Graham will lead the parade this year for the department.
The following route changes are in effect this year:
Run for Mums: Starts at 8 a.m. Saturday following registration at the City Park Roundhouse. The route:
Starting line is across from the City Park. Run south on North Third to Walnut, East (left) on Walnut to First Street, South (Right) on First Street (Cross Main Street) to Kyle Park, Down (Left) into Kyle Park – turn right onto Bike Path. Take Bike Path to the Parking Lot (Timmer Pavilion), take the parking lot back to the intersection, go straight through the intersection to the other parking lot, go around the parking lot – end of parking lot take bike path, cross Main Street using the bike path back to the City Park.
Mum Parade: Starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the corner of West Main Street and Tippecanoe Drive. The parade will proceed east on Main Street to Hyatt, where it will turn north and proceed to Park Avenue. The parade will move along Park Avenue and finish at City Park.
More information on the festival is available at www.tippcitymumfestival.org.