Tipp City Music Fest continues growth

Project of the Area Arts Council is June 13.

The free event has grown each year since 2010 when the music event was unveiled at the city’s Canal Lock Park just east of the downtown.

To accommodate the crowd, the location was moved the next year to the Roundhouse at City Park before being moved again its third year to the old ball fields near the Tippecanoe Family Aquatic Center at City Park.

The festival is a project of the Tipp City Area Arts Council.

This year’s featured band is the Queen cover band Almost Queen

Food and beverages will be available at 6 p.m. with the music fest starting at 7:30 p.m. Vendors at the event will include Hickory River Smokehouse, McNasty’s, Mohawk Grill, One Bistro and Wiggy Dip.

Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Parking will be free.

The festival has grown in each of the previous five years. This year the event received two $5,000 sponsor checks, from Edison Community College and Matt Buehrer, a local Thrivent Financial Associate. These were the largest donations in the festival’s history, according to the Arts Council.

“Art is an important part of the Edison curriculum, and we value our interaction with the community in supporting events like this,” said Bruce McKenzie, Edison Commuinty College director of marketing and communication.

Last year more than 3,000 people attended the music fest, said J.J. Slanker of the festival committee. “I think Canal Fest continues to grow because it is a night of entertainment with no expectations except a good time,” she said. “It’s a fun evening and the whole family is able to attend.”

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