By Alexandra Newman
For the Daily Call
MIAMI COUNTY — A local nonprofit is at it again this year to put on a charity music festival and donate all the proceeds to a local charity of your choice.
The Miami Valley Music Festival Association, founded in 2008, will be hosting the 2014 Miami Valley Music Festival Aug. 1-2.
The two-day charity awareness and music event will be held at Troy Eagle’s Campgrounds on Troy-Urbana Road in Troy.
Tickets may be purchased at a discounted rate now on the festival’s website miamivalleymusicfest.com. Tickets for the whole weekend are $45 now and $60 at the gate. Tickets for just Friday are $30 at the gate and tickets for just Saturday are $40 at the gate.
Primitive camping is free, while a standard RV/camper site with no utilities is $20.
The line-up includes more than 40 bands including many local bands like The Subterranean House Band, Lost on Iddings and Paige Beller. National artist Anders Osborne will be headlining Saturday night.
The festival will also have food and merchandise vendors and a children’s area.
All proceeds will go to benefit a charity organization serving Miami County. Non-profit organizations will submit grant applications prior to the festival. They will then come to the festival and spread awareness for their specific cause. Voting will then be opened online for festival-goers and community members to pick which organization they think should get the donation. After the weekend is done and the money is balanced, all the profits will go to the charity with the most votes.
Past recipients include the Cancer Care Center at UVMC, Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, Covington Outreach Association, Lincoln Community Center and the Troy Rec Center.
“We hope to shed some light on the good that is happening in the Miami Valley,” festival director Brad Denson said. “The festival is about inspiring people and having a good time while doing it.”
The Miami Valley Music Festival Association’s “Charity Rocks!” initiative seeks to educate the public on opportunities to give back to the community, and expose younger festival audiences to the public services offered by non-profit organizations.
“We are located in Troy, but most of the people who attend our festival and know about us are from Dayton,” Denson said, noting he’d like residents in Miami County to take advantage of what’s taking place nearby.
Any charity in the Miami Valley is encouraged apply for the donations and host a free booth at the event to expose a young audience to the many services and volunteer opportunities available in the area. They not only want to raise money for local charities, but raise awareness.
“For me, it’s all about the good vibe I get from getting people together and doing good. It doesn’t feel like volunteer work,” Denson said.
The entirely volunteer-operated festival has doubled in attendance the past two years and is expected to attract around 5.500 people this year.
Getting involved is as simple as visiting the festival’s at website miamivalleymusicfest.com. Everything you need to know about this year’s Miami Valley Music Festival is right there including the option to purchase tickets at a discounted rate.