Here is the Dayton Daily News’ coverage of the Tipp City Mum Festival. Thanks, Nancy!
By Nancy Bowman, Staff Writer, Thursday, September 20, 2007
TIPP CITY — Mums — real and not so real — are everywhere as the final touches are put in place for this weekend’s 49th Mum Festival. In recent days, up to 650 mums have been painted or repainted on sidewalks, driveways and streets as part of the Adopt-A-Mum project by Boy Scout Troop 586. Some 650 mums have been planted or painted on sidewalks, driveways and streets prior to the festival.
The 22 Scouts and their parents team up to sell the mums, then paint them using templates allowing for a green stem and flowers of red, yellow, white or a combination. Mike and Dolores Droesch, in their first year running Adopt-A Mum, said they are happy. “It’s a fantastic fundraiser for us,” Mike Droesch said, adding profits help pay for camping activities of Scouts such as their sons, Dan and Andy. When the painting is done, the work isn’t for the Scouts. They also sell cobbler made in Dutch ovens at the festival site in City Park.
Kathy Taylor, director of Tipp-Monroe Community Services, said everything is in place for the festival, which kicks off Friday night with a Cruise-In downtown and opens Saturday with the annual Run for the Mums across city streets. “We’re set. We’re ready to run,” Taylor said. Taylor also is in charge of weekend concessions at the City Park. More local businesses are involved in food offerings this year, including Fox’s Pizza and Hickory River, and a local church will be offering unique coffees, she said.