An “excessive heat warning” was in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday for Dayton and much of the area south of the Gem City. Areas east, west and north of Dayton all had heat advisories in effect for much of the holiday.
The Americana Festival is a Centerville tradition that celebrated its 45th year this July 4. It’s estimated that the festival welcomes more than 75,000 people and more than 100 volunteers. Along with the parade, the festival offers a street fair with vendors selling crafts and food, a classic car and truck show, a 5K run with more than 1,200 participants and fireworks. Most of this year’s festival was dryer than 2016’s, when thousands still attended in the rain.
Andrews has been serving shaved ice at the annual festival since 2010, she said.
“Americana is always fabulously organized,” she said. “This is Ohio’s largest one day festival and Americana works really hard to take care of their vendors and they work really hard to make it a great experience for all of our customers.”
Although the heat put cold food and beverages in high demand at the festival, scorching temperatures didn’t seem to detract from the variety of hot food being served up from stands and trucks.
Centerville resident Sarah Kuns and her daughter go to the Americana Festival every year. They bought a freshly fried funnel cake for breakfast despite the heat. Kuns said she and her daughter come to the festival every year.
“She just wanted one. It’s her favorite and it’s something we always grab,” Kuns said, “Its a tradition.”
» PHOTOS: Historic Springboro luxury home up for sale
Rismiller Concessions, the truck Kuns bought her funnel cake from, sells around 750 to 800 cakes every year at the festival , said Sharon Rismiller of Arcanum in Darke County. Rismiller owns the truck and five others with her husband Ron.
The couple started selling funnel cakes to help put their kids through college at Miami University and the University of Cincinnati, Rismiller said. They started selling cakes in 1982 and began selling the treats at the Americana Festival around 1987 or so and have been selling them there every year since.
“I just thank the people for their support today,” Rismiller said. “Without them, we wouldn’t have been successful. We just try to get the best product out to them in the shortest amount of time.”
FIVE FAST READS
• Bill’s Donut Shop closed: Where to get your fix in the mean time
• WSU board chairman cautions university, ‘keep eyes on the road’
• Area security firm files $50K lawsuit against Wilberforce University
• Ohio public university presidents fight for more funding at Statehouse
• Algae plaguing Ohio lakes could force Kasich to take executive action
THANKS FOR READING
The Dayton Daily News is committed to bringing you independent, in-depth local stories. Help support our journalism by signing up for a print or digital subscription.