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St. Mary festival coming

PIQUA — St. Mary Church will hold its 48th annual Family Festival June 8-10 on the parish grounds at 528 Broadway St.

On Friday, June 8, the festival will be open from 6-11 p.m. with DJ Dave Burnside from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday’s (June 9) events are from 3-11 p.m. with the live band “Switch 2” on stage from 6-10 p.m. Sunday, June 9, festival times are 1:30-7 p.m. with DJ Dave Trissell there all day. A corn hole tournament will be held at 2 p.m. with cash prizes for first, second and third place finishers.

The weekend will feature food, carnival rides, cake booth, kiddieland, games of chance, bingo (Saturday and Sunday only) and fun for all ages. BBQ chicken dinners will be available on Saturday from 4:30-7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The drawing for the grand raffle tickets will conclude the festival at 6:45 p.m. Sunday. First prize is $1,000 with 69 additional prizes. Additional tickets will be available during the festival. The winners need not be present to win.

Tipp band to perform

PIQUA — On Sunday, June 10, at 4 p.m., the Tippecanoe Community Band will visit Piqua Baptist Church, 1402 W. High St., for their first free concert of the summer season.

More than 50 musicians will present “Award-Winning Songs, Films, and Composers,” with music from “My Fair Lady,” and “Around the World in 80 Days,” as well as epic themes including as “Dances With Wolves,” “Exodus,” and “Lawrence of Arabia.”

In honor of Flag Day, the band will perform patriotic favorites and a few sacred selections that honor the freedoms with which Americans have been blessed. Veterans and current military personnel will be recognized.

The band is directed by Gail Ahmed, a retired music educator and adjunct instructor at Edison State Community College who has directed the band since its inception in 1980.

During the summer, a few college students return home to play with the band. The band has several members who have continued to play instruments for decades.

Additional outdoor concerts this summer include 3 p.m. Sunday, July 8, near the Roundhouse in the Tipp City Park; the “First Friday Series” at 6 p.m. Aug. 3, downtown Tipp; and Aug. 4 as part of the all-day music during “Art in the Park” at Tipp City Park.

For more information about the band or upcoming concerts, call (937) 335-1178.

Bluegrass event set

BRADFORD — The Bradford Public Library is sponsoring its 19th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival from 5:30-9:30 p.m. June 22, in the Bradford High School Auditeria.

There will be four bluegrass bands performing: Showtime Grass (Veteran’s Appreciation program) at 5:30 p.m.; Rum River Blend at 6:30 p.m.; Sugargrove at 7:30 p.m. and Berachah Valley at 8:30 p.m. The artists will have their music CDs available to purchase.

This festival is always well-attended, so arrive early and get a great seat in the Auditeria.

A raffle will begin at the library on Monday, June 18, for a variety of items donated by local businesses and individuals. The items offset the cost of presenting the festival. Stop in at the library and get tickets for $1 each or six for $5. Tickets also will be available the evening of the show and the drawing will be held between each band’s performance.

Food will be available to purchase from the Bradford Historical Society.

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