Miamisburg bicentennial: 100-plus hours of entertainment, music in 8 days

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 7:00 AM

            Miamisburg’s eight-day bicentennial celebration starts Saturday. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF
Miamisburg’s eight-day bicentennial celebration starts Saturday. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF

Miamisburg’s eight-day bicentennial celebration includes more than 100 hours of events, entertainment and music. The following is the schedule of events each day:

Opening Day, Saturday, June 16

10:00 Drums on the Miami @ Beachler Field (closes 6 p.m.)

11:00 Parade

11:00 Arts, Crafts, Small Business and Information Vendors (close at 7 p.m.)

1:00 Heritage Village open until 4 p.m.

1:30 Opening Ceremony

2:00 The Ohio State Alumni Band

4:00 Opening of Sesquicentennial Time Capsule

4:30 USAF Wright Brass Band

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6:30 Night Reign

7:00 CPAM Mary Poppins @ Memorial Auditorium

9:00 Parrots of the Caribbean

10:00 Carnival Rides and Concessions Close

Religious Heritage Day, Sunday, June 17

10:00 Drums on the Miami @ Beachler Field (closes 6 p.m.)

11:00 Arts, Crafts, Small Business and Information Vendors (close at 6 p.m.)

12:00 Heritage Village open until 4 p.m.

12:30 David Cain Juggler

1:00 Larry Goodwin

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1:30 Baptist Tabernacle Men’s Ensemble

3:00 Paragon Barbershop Quartet

4:00 Adam & Jenn Parker

4:30 Christian Comedians John Branyan & Mike Goodwin

6:00 Gospel Concert with Dr. Samee Griffith

7:00 to 10:00 Late Night Swim, Sycamore Trails Aquatic Center

7:30 Locking Up Otis

9:00 B-Caged

10:00 Carnival Rides and Concessions Close

Pioneer Day, Monday, June 18

10:00 Canal Historic Marker Dedication @ Community Park

12:00 Great Lakes Timber Show; Traditional Arts & Crafts Demonstrations; Heritage Village Opens with arts & crafts demonstrations, one room school house experience, carriage ride, petting zoo and promenade.

12:30 Stan the Magic Pioneer Man

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1:30 Patty Frazee Pioneer Reenactment

2:00 Star City Dulcimers

3:00 Cincinnati Dancing Pigs

4:00 Great Lakes Timber Show; Period Attire Promenade from Heritage Village to Riverfront Park

4:30 The Vintage Ramblers

5:30 Square Dancing with Jack Pladdys

6:00 Cincinnati Dancing Pigs

7:30 Night Magic

8:30 Great Lakes Timber Show

9:00 Noah Wotherspoon

10:00 Carnival Rides and Concessions Close

Business/Fraternal Day, Tuesday, June 19

10:00 Dedication of 1913 Flood Marker

12:00 The Magic of Tom Bemmes; Free carnival rides from 12-5 for children 12 & under; special sales at downtown businesses, painted rock hunt with prizes, display tables and more.

1:00 My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus

3:00 Larry Goodwin

4:30 AQK

6:00 Cuest

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7:00 Evening with Mark Twain @ Baum Opera House

7:30 Hathaways

9:00 Touch

10:00 Carnival Rides and Concessions Close

Youth Day, Wednesday, June 20

9:00 Nature Hike, Sycamore Trails Park

9:30 – 11:30 Traveling Playground Bash, Mound Park

12:00 -4:00 Paddle the River (conditions permitting); Heritage Village, inflatables

12:00 – 5:00 CPAM, $2 special admission at Sycamore Trails Aquatic Center, scavenger hunt, face painting & Bookmobile

1:30 Madcap Puppet Theatre

2:30 McGovern Ceili Irish Dancers

5:00 Doug Hart

8:00 Ricky Skaggs

10:00 Carnival Rides and Concessions Close

Ladies Day, Thursday, June 21

8:00 Ladies Golf Outing @ Mound G.C.

9:30 Ladies Historic Downtown Tour

10:30 Ladies Cemetery Walk @ St. John’s Cemetery

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11:30 Luncheon & Fashion Show Baum Opera House

12:00 The Space Painter

1:30 Stan the Magic Man; Ladies Quilt Show @ Baum

3:00 Steve & Lorrie Makofka

3:30 Ladies Historic Home Tour meet @ Trinity Park by Trinity Church

4:30 Ryan Lakes

5:30 Ladies Euchre Party @ Community Center

6:00 Bearcreek Reunion Show

7:30 Tim & Anna Nashville

9:00 Alexis Gomez

10:00 Carnival Rides and Concessions Close

Municipal Day, Friday, June 22

All Day PipeStone Specials

9 a.m.-noon Service Center Open House

11 a.m-1 p.m. Parks & Rec Open House

12:00 The Comedy & Juggling of Matt Jergens

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1-3 p.m. Annex Open House; City Administration Open House

1-4 p.m. Fire Department Open House; Police Department Open House

1:30 MHS Alumni Band

3:00 Miamisburg Community Chorus

3:30 Larry Goodwin

4:30 Lioness

6:00 Rigmaiden

7:30 Different and the Same

9:00 Ticket to Ride

11:00 Carnival Rides and Concessions Close

Closing Day, Saturday, June 23

11:00 Parade

11-6 Arts, Crafts, Small Business and Information Vendors

1:00 Heritage Village open until 4 p.m.

1:30 73rd Ohio Volunteer Regiment Infantry Band (encampment in Veterans Memorial Park)

3:00 Brothers of the Brush & Kangaroo Court

3:30 Closing of Bicentennial Time Capsule

4:00 Cruise the Burg on Second Street (close at 9:00 pm)

4:30 Funky G and the Groove Machine

6:00 Repeating Arms

7:30 The Star City Community Band

*8:00 Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band

10 Fireworks

11:00 Carnival Rides and Concessions Close

Extended Activities, Sunday, June 24

8:15 Jenna Parlette Run with Your Legs, Win with your Heart 5k (registration 7:00)

10:00 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Church Service

10:45 Closing Ceremony

*In the event of inclement weather, The Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band will perform at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 24.

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Blue Angels thrill crowd with performance

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:38 PM

            The Navy Blue Angels set to headline at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Expect traffic delays around the Dayton International Airport. CONTRIBUTED.
The Navy Blue Angels set to headline at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. Expect traffic delays around the Dayton International Airport. CONTRIBUTED.

For the first time since 2013, the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels on Saturday roared aggressively through cloudy skies in front of tens of thousands of spectators at the Vectren Dayton Air Show.

Crowds cheered as the Blue Angels maneuvered through complex motions and rolled their aircraft 360 degrees. Marvin Napier of Huber Heights brought his two young children to the air show for the first time so they could see the magic of the Blue Angels flying flawlessly in formation.

“The rain is better than 95 degree heat where you’re sweating,” he said. “With the clouds, the planes fly lower so it’s a win-win.”

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The 44th Vectren Dayton Air Show, one of the region’s largest events of the year, drew in heavy crowds. overcast skies and some sporadic rain before noon. The show kicked off at noon with a full schedule of performers, including the U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor, TORA! TORA! TORA!, aerobatic pilot Vicky Benzing and Sean D. Tucker.

“We’re thrilled the weather broke and it’s been a beautiful day for an air show,” said Shiela Wallace, air show spokeswoman. Air show officials would not comment on crowd attendance until after the weekend is over, she said.

Military jet teams like the Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are the biggest draw for air show crowds and organizers bank on their appearance to bring in tens of thousands of people at the Dayton International Airport. They can draw up to 65,000 or more spectators when the military teams show off.

Crowds jumped to their feet to gawk and take pictures as the F-22A Raptor pulled into vertical maneuvers and flew backwards.

The Blue Angels are expected to fly more than 30 air shows in the 2018 season. The team flies six blue-and-yellow F/A-18 Hornet jets as close as 18 inches apart in aerial formations. The team has flown the Hornet jets for three decades, the longest of any aircraft in its 72-year history.

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Children plugged their ears with their fingers to block out the deafening rumble of the Blue Angels, while other spectators held up their phones to capture video evidence of the Navy squadron’s skills. “Thunder, feel the thunder,” played through the speakers as the formation ripped by the crowd.

Scott Buchanan, chairman of the United States Air and Trade Show Board of Trustees, said the air show takes about a year to plan. The show is a huge boost for the local economy, with thousands of people spending money at hotels, restaurants and local businesses. Buchanan said he doesn’t expect the weather to have a huge impact the number of spectators who come out this weekend.

“It’s really an opportunity to showcase what Dayton has brought to aviation,” he said.

Chris and Sandy Porter of Bloomington, Ind., arrived early to secure front-row seats at the air show. Sitting in a blue and white U.S.A. lawn chair, Sandy Porter said she and her husband made the drive Friday night to meet with her family members from Columbus.

“It’s more just about being together with family,” she said. “That’s what it’s all about.”

In 2017, an estimated 44,000 people attended the air show – down 30 percent from expectations, organizers reported. In 2016, the show drew about 51,000 people. Organizers blamed the low attendance at the 2017 air show on the cancellation of the Air Force Thunderbirds as the headline act, due to a crash, and record rainfall Friday that caused parking issues.

Air show forecast: Warm with chance for showers, storms

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Warmer temperatures return next week

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:36 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 4:33 PM

Isolated downpours with a few rumbles of thunder.

Lingering clouds will make for a breezy day, but warmer temperatures will return next week, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

>>Dayton Air Show forecast


  • Stray shower this evening
  • Slight chance for rain Sunday
  • Warmer temperatures next week

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

Tonight: A couple of stray showers will still be possible this evening, but most areas look to stay dry. Clouds will break more overnight as temperatures drop into the middle 60s.

>>LISTEN: Dayton Air Show Chance of Podcast

Sunday: It’ll be a touch warmer as most of us get in the lower 80s. Partly cloudy skies are expected and while most will stay dry, a stray shower or storms cannot be ruled out.

Monday: Mostly sunny skies are expected. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

Tuesday: A dry start is expected with highs in the middle 80s. The chance for rain returns in the evening.

>>Moon and Jupiter close this weekend

Wednesday: A few showers are likely, maybe a few storms as well. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

Thursday: A hot day is expected with partly cloudy skies. Highs will be in the upper 80s.

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Bicyclist killed by vehicle near Middletown park

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:54 PM

Middletown ped strike

A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle near Sunset Park.

Middletown Police Maj. Dave Birk said a man in his 60s was struck by the vehicle near Fisher Avenue and Sunset Road near the park.

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The collision occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating.

We will report more when information becomes available.

A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle near Middletown’s Sunset Park. Middletown Police Major Dave Birk said the person was struck down by the vehicle near Fisher Avenue at Sunset Park.(Staff Writer)

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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

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Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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