TROY — With a slogan touting the event as, “Where Charity Rocks!,” the Miami Valley Music Fest is an annual festival that combines art and giving by showcasing the region’s best musicians and providing grants to regional charity organizations.
Set for July 29-30 at the Troy Eagles Campground, 2252 Troy-Urbana Road, the festival will feature a jam-packed roster of performers on three main stages, plus an acoustic stage. From festival favorites like D-Funk All-Stars, The Boxcar Suite, Paige and The Bel Airs, and Sharon Lane to newcomers including The Summit, Old News and Great Northern String Band, the weekend extravaganza will offer something for every musical taste. The festival also will be one of the few places music lovers can see The Spikedrivers, who have been on indefinite hiatus.
Conceived about a decade ago, the Miami Valley Music Fest’s initial goal was simply to showcase local musicians. The turnout was under 100 people and the net income barely covered the expenses of putting the event on.
In 2007, festival organizers decided to shift the focus of the event to bettering the community by promoting and donating funds to a local cause. By doing this, the Music Fest was able to receive gracious sponsorships from area businesses to help with the costs of the event.
Over the years, as attendance and revenue have grown, the festival has donated to numerous organization including local cancer outreach facilities, as well as the Covington Outreach Association, which offers a food pantry and provides various services to low-income families.
Each year, the Miami Valley Music Fest Association invites regional charities serving area communities to participate in the festival to help promote awareness of their organization, raise money or even apply for a grant to receive a part of the proceeds of the festival. If your organization is interested in participating, go to www.miamivalleymusicfest.com/charities/ for details.
Sponsors for this year’s Music Fest include Bravo!, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Key Ads Inc., Basil’s on Market, Troy Community Radio 107.1 FM WTJN, and Dayton Beer Company.
• Anyone entering the festival grounds must bear a festival wristband, except children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
• Every attendee will have their ID checked upon entrance. Only those who verify that they are 21 and over will
receive a wristband allowing them to consume alcoholic beverages.
Tickets prices for the fest range from $35 for single-day admission to $75 for reserved campsite and car camping. For ticket types, prices, availability and ordering, visit miamivalleymusicfest.com/2016-festival/tickets/.
• Coolers are permitted, but will be inspected by a Music Fest staff member. Coolers may contain alcoholic beverages only if the carrier bears a 21+ ID. No glass is allowed into the festival.
• The Miami Valley Music Fest will not tolerate the use or possession of any illegal substances at the event.
• Weapons or items that resemble a weapon cannot be brought into the festival.
• Festival attendees are permitted to bring in their own food, though food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
• Unruly or disrespectful behavior that threatens the safety of other festival attendees will NOT be tolerated. The Miami County Sheriff’s Department will be on speed dial to escort any unruly individual off the premises.
• Help promote environmental consciousness and keep the campgrounds clean by utilizing the recycling bins located throughout the festival grounds.
• Be respectful and friendly to all security staff. Remember, they are at the Music Fest for the same reason you are: to better the local community.
• Tent campers (and cars planning to park for the day) must check into the Cathcart Road main entrance gate. RVs must check in at the Troy-Urbana entrance gate the day of the festival to secure a site. Signs will direct campers to the proper entrances.
• All campsites are primitive, with the exception of few water/electric sites that will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.)
• Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings or in a fire pit that does not touch the ground and is approved by camping staff. If you have a fire that touches the ground and your fire pit has not been approved, you will be asked to leave.
• Loud behavior will only be tolerated until 2:30 a.m. No loud behavior/unruliness will be allowed in the family/quiet camping area located near the RV entrance gate.
• All tent campers and RVs must be out of the campgrounds by noon Sunday.
• Tent campers and RVs will receive a permit at the camping entrance, and may sleep as many people as the tent/RV owner approves. For safety reasons, attendees cannot pitch tents in the parking area.
• All campers must obey the policies and rules of the Troy Eagles campgrounds.
• No animals are permitted.
• Parking will cost $3 for non-campers.
• Tent campers may not park beside their campsites.
• An overflow parking site will be available, as well as transportation to and from this site.
For more information about the Miami Valley Music Fest, go to www.miamivalleymusicfest.com.