Michelle Ireton says the 2015 Mum Festival committee has a “toadally” good time planned for festival guests.
Ireton, the festival president, said the theme, “Toadally Crazy About Mums” was her choice, a task that each year goes to the president.
“Depending on who you ask, they might say I have an obsession with frogs so, of course, I wanted to incorporate frogs into this year’s theme,” she said. This is Ireton’s fourth year with the festival, which is in its 57th year. She initially assisted the treasurer before becoming first vice president in 2014, and taking the lead role this year.
This weekend’s festival gets under way Friday night with the 24th festival Cruise-In downtown. Last year, more than 800 cars participated. Parking of cars begins at 3:45 p.m. and stops when all parking spaces are filled. The show is from 4-10 p.m.
Among Saturday’s events is the morning parade at 10 a.m.
“There is always something new and exciting each year at the festival. We have new and returning venders and great entertainment,” Ireton said. “At the Tipp City Mum Festival, there is something for everyone.”
Among the festival’s most popular offerings are the Run for the Mums and concessions.
Kathy Taylor of Tipp Monroe Community Services is in charge of both.
In the concessions, roasted corn is returning along with an annual favorite, the firemen’s waffles.
New will be Mexican. “We should have great food. We always do,” Taylor said.
This is the 37th year for the Run for the Mums. Taylor has been involved since the race’s beginnings and around 100 runners. The most runners have been 597 with 450 last year. Between 450 and 500 are expected this year.
Participants include walkers in addition to runners. Plus, Taylor said, more businesses have employees who participate as part of wellness programs.
“It is really a nice race,” Taylor said of the course along city streets and the bike path. Walter Burton of Tipp City leads the runners on his bicycle.
The adult run is Saturday morning while the junior run put on by the Tipp Monroe Optimists is Sunday afternoon.
Many of those in the run are from the area. “It is a nice hometown race. Most of them are from Tipp. That makes it nice,” Taylor said.
Packets for race participants now can be picked up before race day at Community Services Wednesday and Thursday. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.