It may not feel like fall just yet, but a sure sign of fall is the return of the Tipp City Mum Festival.
The 61st annual festival is set for Sept. 27-29 with activities downtown Sept. 27 and at the City Park on Sept. 28 and 29.
>> PHOTOS: Did we spot you at last year’s Mum Fest?
Here are three reasons not to miss the 61st annual event.
1. MUMS AND PUMPKINS
This festival is the perfect place to stock up on gorgeous fall mums, orange and white pumpkins and fall gourds from local vendors including one of the festival sponsors Andy’s Garden.
Tipp City is known as the “Mum Capital of the World” after all.
2. RECORD NUMBER OF VENDORS
This year’s festival will feature the largest number of vendors at City Park at more than 260.
Items will be available for sale ranging from T-shirts to soaps, jewelry, organic dog treats, woodworking and flower arrangements.
Festival-goers will find a mix of new vendors and familiar favorites at this year’s event. The festival site has expanded to accommodate the growth in vendors.
Food vendors include Hickory River, Sam & Ethel’s, Cajun Specialties, Becky’s Fudge and more.
“There are a whole host of new things we haven’t seen. We have a lot of favorites coming back as well,” said Sheryl Bechtol, festival volunteer. “There is something for everybody.”
3. FUN FOR ALL AGES
Beyond the booth shopping, there will be special activities and entertainment for all ages.
Music will be a big part of the fun. This year’s theme, Mumstock ‘19: Music Soothes the Soul, is rooted in music.
Entertainment will be held both days at the park including Shadow Life in concert Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.
There will be a car show Friday evening from 4-10 p.m., a 5K Run beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, a parade from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The parade will start at the Hyatt Center, travel South down Hyatt Street, turn East on Main Street, then North on 2nd Street and the parade ends at The Tipp City Park.
Entertainment will run Saturday and Sunday on the main stage, from music, to Gem City Gymnastics demonstrations, the Tipp City Community Band, Honey Creek Cloggers, Little Miss and Mr. Mum pageant, a diaper derby and more.
There will be a kids area with inflatables.