Saturday, October 1 turned out to be one of the nicest days ever to fly a kite. With the weather forecast calling for gloomy skies with a good chance of showers, the sun magically appeared just as the Dayton Civic Club’s 2nd Annual NKY Kite Festival was under way. The event started with a beautiful acoustic rendition of the National Anthem delivered by local musician Ben Walz.
What followed was the presentation of the original Slush Puppie mascot costume, graciously purchased and donated by Catherine Hamilton Hicks to the Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum. Elmer Perry accepted with thanks on behalf of the museum. Plans are to display the outfit in the museum in honor of the founder of Slush Puppie, Dayton native Will Radcliff. Also in attendance was the sister of the founder, Phyllis Radcliff Crawford, who has promised to find some more items for Tharp Dayton Heritage Museum.
Before long, Gil Lynn Park was overflowing with people as more than 15 mascots entertained the crowd with photo ops and highly spirited dance-offs. In all, 549 kites were given out to the kids and for the next 5 hours there was much fun to be had as the kids waited in line for kites, face painting and many craft and game activities. Dayton Civic Club President, Tammy Cornett and our members would like to thank everyone who helped or contributed to this fun-filled event. We hope to see you come back next year!
Tammy Cornett, President
Since 2015, Dayton Civic Club membership has continued to grow. In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt and Light Up Dayton, The River City Music Fest and NKY Kite Festival have been added to our list of yearly events.