Moraine celebrates 50th anniversary

Moraine is turning 50 and will celebrate with a two-day festival this weekend.

The festival means a lot to the city of Moraine, Grace Neal, Program Coordinator with Moraine Parks and Recreation said.

“This is something we are doing to celebrate our 5oth year but also something we are doing to bring back our sense of community that we kind of lost when we lost the Heritage festival,” Neal said.

Moraine stopped having its annual Heritage Festival after the GM plant closed in 2008, but are rallying to gather the community once again.

“This is a huge festival that demonstrates our sense of community and pride,” Neal said.

The festival will kick off Friday, May 29 with live music, amusement rides, games and lots and lots of food, Dave Miller, the longtime resident heading the anniversary committee, said.

“Eight or nine food trucks have committed in addition to the other regular food booth vendors,” Miller said.

Food trucks attending the festival include; Hunger Paynes Food Truck, Horseless Buggy Eatery, PA’s Pork, G’s CUE BBQ, McNasty’s, Lilia’s Outside Cafe, The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton and D Fish D Chicken.

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, a bluegrass band, will open the festivities at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by Reyna and Dana, an acoustic duo, at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday’s activities will include live music, a food truck rally, Classic car cruise-in and a pie and cake baking contest at 2 p.m. with celebrity judges, but it all starts with a parade, something the city hasn’t had in several years, said Delanna Dunn, lifetime resident and festival volunteer.

“The parade has over 70 units including floats, classic cars, the color guard and three bands,” Dunn said. Other units include “the West Carrolton Marching Band, Mail Carriers’ Band and Kettering Civic Band,” she added.

The festival runs 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 29 and 1:30-10 p.m. Saturday May 30 at Wax Park, 3800 Main St. Moraine. The parade begins at noon Saturday near the municipal building and will run along Main Street to Wax Park where the festivities will continue until 10 p.m.