Sunday, June 30, 2002

Miami Twp. festival expands to two days

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIAMI TOWNSHIP — It has grown so large that township officials have made Midsummer at the Meadows to a two-day event.

        The festival in this Clermont County township will take place 6 to 11 p.m. July 12 and from 2 to 11 p.m July 13 at Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131.

        Kim Laing, community relations coordinator for the township, said township officials expanded the event because of growing crowds during the past three years.

        In 1999 it was planned as an opening celebration for the park. But it attracted 5,000 to 6,000 people.

        “It was such a huge success that the trustees and (township administrator) Dave Duckworth thought, "Let's turn this into an annual event,'” Ms. Laing said.

        In 2000 it was called Midsummer at the Meadows and attracted 8,000 to 10,000. Last year it attracted 12,000 to 14,000.

        “It's a chance to explore the township a little more, to get into the park,” Trustee Mary Makley Wolff said. “It's a chance to play, a chance to enjoy what your community is about. It's a way to create some sense of community for Miami Township.”

        Among the highlights:

        • Taste of Miami Town ship, featuring at least a dozen restaurants.

        • Kidz' Fun Zone, featuring magic shows, petting zoos, games and an obstacle course. Wristbands are $5 per child and provide unlimited access.

        • Little River Run Car Show, 2 to 6 p.m July 13, featuring a display of hot rods from around the area.

        • Concerts with Gary Puckett at about 8:30 p.m. July 12 and with Paul Revere & The Raiders, about 8:30 p.m. July 13.

        • Rozzi's Famous Fireworks following the Paul Revere concert.

        There is no charge for parking or general admission to the event.


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