Public invited to ‘Hug the Earth’

Annual festival returns with numerous outdoor activities

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — With schools letting out soon and the arrival of summer, there are places ready to see those active kids: parks.

Kicking off the season of outdoor fun, the Miami County Parks District will be holding their annual Hug the Earth Festival for families and the general public on Saturday at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, located at 9750 State Route 185 in Covington, from noon to 5 p.m.

The parks district is encouraging the public to bring the family out to Stillwater Prairie Reserve and enjoy the Hug the Earth Festival. The festival celebrates nature, bringing people outside to enjoy it. “Whether you come to sing along with your favorite Banana Slug String Band song or try out one of the many activities, you are sure to have a good time,” a press release from the parks district states.

The popular Banana Slug String Band will be performing right at noon with their hit songs like “Dirt Made My Lunch” and “Water Cycle Boogie.” Beginning at 1 p.m., attendees can enjoy archery, geocaching, canoeing on the pond (registration begins at noon and is limited), rocket shoots, rock pile dig, face-painting, gnome-fairy house building, animal safari, “Bring the Farm to You,’ food, and more.

For the more active and adventurous types, there will be outdoor adventure activities including a rock climbing wall, a zip line, tree climbing, and a high ropes course.

General admission is free.

Local schools have been participating in events leading up to this festival throughout the week, including students from Piqua Catholic School and Piqua Central Intermediate School. Even the Piqua High School is getting involved by sending approximately 36 students to volunteer at the school events on Friday, which is when PCIS fourth graders will also be visiting Stillwater Prairie Reserve.

For more information, contact the Miami County Park District at (937) 335-6273 or visit their website

Annual festival returns with numerous outdoor activities

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336