I cannot even begin to tell you how excited and pleased I was with the 2nd Annual NKY Kite Festival. The weather was beautiful, the volunteers were out in full force, our businesses were generous and our citizens enjoyed it all. There was fun and activities for everyone of all ages. I am super pleased to announce The Dayton Civic Club made a little over a $1,000. That will buy quite a few presents for our kids at Light Up Dayton. By day’s end, we gave away 550 kites, which is 100 more than last year.
The event began with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem sung by Ben Walz. The Fire Department of Bellevue-Dayton were our grill masters for the entire day and they cooked us up some delicious burgers and dogs. There was a special dedication to the Tharp Heritage Museum by Catherine Hamilton-Hicks of Slush Puppie memorabilia as the creator was a native Daytonian, Will Radcliff. We had a great group of kids participating in the Limbo, Hula Hoop contest, Musical Squares Scavenger Hunt and Potato Sack races. Congratulations to all our winners. We are estimating our attendance for the entire day, including our volunteers to be well over 1200 people. There was a friendly game of Tug O' War between the FDBD and City Council and friends. This was not much of a competition because everyone knows we have the best fire department in the world, but it was hilarious to watch.
We were very pleasantly entertained by the following mascots; NKU-Victor E. Viking, Xavier University-Musketeer, Buffalo Wild Wings-Chef Buffalo, Flying Pig Marathon- Queen Bee & Piglet, Newport Aquarium-Rocky, Dunkin' Donuts-Cuppie and Sprinkles, Campbell Co. Library-Cam the Library Lion, CC Water District-Splash McLean, Turfway Park-Turfway Tommy, Party Princess Productions-Rapunzel, Princess Tiana, Spiderman and Captain America, Mary Poppins, Slush Puppie, Cat in the hat, Thing 1, Thing 2, Ben Franklin, Shriners Clowns, McGruff the Crime Dog and the ever so cute Gorilla. KY Speedway also attended with a pace car and raffles. These companies/organizations donate their mascots to us 100% free and they do a fantastic job. We also able to enjoy some craft/business vendors and they all seemed to be pleased with their sales.
The most impressive thing about the event was the sheer number of volunteers, 66 at this count. Although we think we have everyone listed, if we have forgot you, please let us know. We tried to keep track but did have a few come up that day and ask to work. Can you believe it? 66 VOLUNTEERS; Donna Leger, Jane Hebel, Cindy Moore, Amber Menning, Melissa Houston, Benny Leger, Mackenzie Cornett, Daniel Spradlin, Gabrielle Leger, Kenzie Gifford, Lisa Seyberth, Megan Seyberth, Virgil Boruske, Joe Neary, Bob Crittenden, Becky Mays, Denny Lynn, Bill Burns, Linda Gifford, Jerry Gifford, Pat Crittenden, Tiffany Gifford, Nathan Gifford, Harvest Gifford, Maddy Gifford, Eugene Hamblin, Jennifer Hamblin, Annie Cornett, Mary Byrson, Janet Sanzenbacker, Nikki Plavsic, Ava Hundemer, Rilyn Hundemer, Mike Lenz, Ruth Lenz, Beth Nyman, Ben Baker, Laura Menge, Fran Wetterich, Jerry Wetterich, Craig Cornett, Julie Richardson, Carol Shields, Ruth Richardson, Vicki Hatton, Layne Haas, Jeff Haas, Terri Delaney, Cassidy Cornett, Margie Powers, Beth Hauser, Colleen Carr, Mike Auteri, Jim Richmond, Mike Gullett, Adam Hall, Gary Knight, Chris Adkins, Jeremy Lynn, Jennifer Duke, Brian Boyer, Catherine Hamilton-Hicks, Jeremy Hicks, Alex Kramer, Tracee Dorn Carmichael and Tammy Cornett. How impressive is that? Without these volunteers for our events, we just couldn't do it.
The following companies/individuals gave cash donations toward our event. This helped purchase the kites and the prizes for the games and more. WE thank you for your continued support; Sofa Burn Records, Dayton Church of God, Manhattan Harbor Marina, Turner Machine, Woodcraft Mfg, Dayton Market (Marathon) Gents, St. John's Church, Equipment Finance, The Roadmen, Dayton VFW, Isidro Auto Repair, Dayton Community News and Serendipity Antiques.
The following companies/individuals donated items from food, to decorations, to carnival games to raffle items and without these things we could not have been so successful. The Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton, Butch White, Tom Dilts, Hansman’s Corner Market, Bellevue Kroger, Dayton Youth Football, Margie Powers, Gents, Blue Ridge Simply Unique, Dew or Dye Hair Salon, Jane Hebel, Vicki Ballard, Crawford Insurance, Jennifer Erdman- Dawn Redleaf, Laura Hall, Bill Burns, NKU, Craig Cornett, Infiltrate Jamestown, Layne Haas, Pam Matthews, Melody Dilts, Serendipity, Cory Wagner at Sixth Avenue Salon, Angie Marks, Jackie Brewer, Patriot Signage, Scott Bessler, The Cobb Group, Bellevue Police Departent, Lowe's and Riverside SuperValu. We also had many donations for the bake sale and we thank you all!
We would also like to extend a special thank you to Cam Miller for his wonderful donation of a video of the entire day. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPEef0PDC_s. It is awesome.
If you like what the Civic Club is doing and want to be a part of these events, please attend our next meeting. They are always the 3rd Thursday of every month at St. John's Church, 8th and O'Fallon at 7:00 p.m. We are now accepting donations for Light Up Dayton. Please contact any member of the Dayton Civic Club or call Donna Leger at the city building 859-491-1600 and she will direct you to the proper person.
Again....A HUGE SUCCESS- THANK YOU EVERYONE!!!
Civic Club Chair
Dayton Community News