To the Editor:
It is said that “many hands make light work” and this is confirmed by the success of Down The River, Down A Beer on Aug. 22, 2015, at Lock Nine Park. For example, we had huge community support in the form of sponsorship, both in financial contributions or in services.
Thanks to the Brewery Sponsors; Unity National Bank, French Oil Mill Machinery Co., Keg Sponsors; Crayex Corp., Hartzell Propeller Inc., Upper Valley Family Care, WPTW 98.1, Case Sponsors; Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance Agency, Miami Valley Steel Inc., Murray Wells Wendeln and Robinson, Piqua Beverage Center, Six Pack Sponsors; Atlantis Sportswear, P&R Specialty, Anonymous, Special Sponsors; Mainstreet Piqua, Piqua Arts Council, and Protect Our Water-Ways (POWW).
Special thanks to the guys at French Oil Mill Machinery Co; Cy Pleiman, Dan Flaute, Joe Davis and Tom Wion for constructing the River Fire Rings which created a very climatic end of the event. Thanks to all the great local food vendors. The quality and variety of food from Beppo Uno, Bob Evans, Dobo’s, Mulligan’s Pub, 311 Drafthouse and Winan’s Chocolates and Coffees was terrific. Thanks to WPTW, Becky Smith and Rick Muzzy for Promotion of the event. Thanks to Tim Wirth for Morning radio interviews with Jeff Lange, POWW and me and emceeing for the event from start to finish; providing music, announcing the canoe and kayak races, beer tasting, and River Fire Rings music.
Thanks to Jared and Justin Younce, Reflektions; it was wonderful to have local musicians for live entertainment.
Thanks to Mary Beth Barhorst, Readmore Hallmark for helping to sell tickets and supplying equipment for the event.
Thanks to Bob Heckman, The Potter who created our Commemorative Mugs.
Thanks to the guys and girls from the Parks Dept for prepping Lock Nine Park and bringing in extra cans and bins, tables, etc. and the Piqua Fire Department for safety in conjunction with River Fire Rings event.
Thanks to all the businesses in Miami, Shelby, Montgomery and Darke counties for handing out fliers and hanging posters.
Thanks to the city commissioners for approving the use of Lock Nine Park to get folks out to see and enjoy our wonderful river and park system up close and personal.
Thanks to all of our volunteers; beer servers and poster runners, it could not have happened without ALL of you: The full-time folks were: Tera and Jake Amlin, Maria and Brad Bubp, Bernadine Greenwood, Sharon and Bob Jennings, Delma and Jim Grissom, Mary Ellen Lange, Scott Phillips, Gail Wendel and Amy Winner. And the part-time people were: Brett Baumeister, Rob Bornhorst, Amanda and Dustin Brown, Linda and Bill Carter, Katie and Matt Cox, Doug Eakin, Dave Galbreath, Mark Greenwood, Elizabeth and Mike Gutmann, Kazy and Joe Hinds, Kate Hoffman, Melissa Leingang, Pat Middleton, Cathy and Jim Oda, Tracy, Kayle and Ralph Quinter, Kathy Sherman and Dave Cantrell , Elly and Tom Snapp, Susie and Gordi Wise, Kristen Wise and Layton Ginder.
I would be remiss, if I did not say thanks to my wife, Cheryl, for all of her help in so many ways, especially in assisting with the beer tasting research. It is a tough job, but someone had to do it.
Finally, a huge Special Thank You to members of the planning committee and event site volunteers; Lorna Swisher of Mainstreet Piqua, Jordan Knepper of Piqua Arts Council, Chris Schmiesing from the City of Piqua, Jeff Lange from POWW and Starr Gephart who provided Promotion and Social Media.
Down the River, Down a Beer was a fabulous event full of fellowship, food, recreation and some excellent beer. I think it further demonstrates that Piqua is a wonderful place to live, work and play. Thank you to all who attended. I heard nothing but positive comments and I think everyone had a blast.
With so many people to thank, it is apparent that this was a total community event, and without so much support it could never have happened. Thanks, again.
— Jim Burkhardt