Community ParkFest! returns July 8-9


The Urbana Community ParkFest will return this summer to Melvin Miller Park, following last summer’s successful festival, which drew hundreds of children, teens and adults for live music, food, pool parties and athletic tournaments.

The festival, July 8 and 9, is being planned by the Urbana Parks and Recreation Department, assisted by community partners and business sponsors.

“ParkFest is a great opportunity for everyone to come together as a community and enjoy the range of recreational facilities Melvin Miller Park has to offer – the tennis courts, swimming pool, pond, disc golf course, bike trail, ball diamonds, basketball courts, outdoor stage and more,” Chris Stokes, superintendent of the Urbana Parks and Recreation Department, said.

The festival will begin Friday evening, July 8, and continue all day Saturday, July 9. Events planned so far include:

Friday, July 8

Music by Honey Compass, 6 to 10 p.m.

Classic car cruise-in

Public pool party

Saturday, July 9

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Passport to Fishing class, which provides children instruction and a free pole, followed by a fishing derby sponsored by Ohio Bass Masters

Inflatables, sponsored by the Champaign County Ministerial Association. A rock wall, zip line and high ropes course planned.

Huntsman Elite 3-on-3 basketball tournament

Sand volleyball tournament

Tennis tournament

Disc golf tournament

2-mile run by the Champaign Family YMCA

High Point Sports 8U-14U baseball and softball tournament all weekend

Ebert Entertainment DJ, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Punt, Pass and Kick

Urbana celebrity dunk tank

Evening pool party, which will kick off community Week of Hope activities sponsored by local churches

Music by the Muleskinner Band, 4 to 5:30 p.m. and Allison Road Band, 6 to 10 p.m.

Urbana Fire Division water games

Food vendors, a beer and wine garden featuring St. Ives Winery of Champaign County, corn hole and promotional and informational booths by local businesses will be available both days.

More information and applications for vendors, exhibitors and business sponsors are available on the Urbana Park Festival Facebook page or by contacting [email protected] or the city park office at 937-652-1053.

All proceeds support the annual park festival. ParkFest sponsors in 2015 included: Advocare—Andrew & Amy Donahoe, Bundy Baking Solutions/American Pan Company, Champaign Family YMCA, Civista Bank, CRSI, Doug & Mollie Fox, Freshwater Farms of Ohio, Johnson Welded Products, KTH Parts Industries, Inc., Lantz Sales Co., Main Graphics, Marty’s Water Works, ORBIS Corporation, Padgett Business Services, Erin Patton State Farm Insurance, Paul’s Catering, The Peoples Savings Bank, Rittal Corporation, Security National Bank, Stocksdale Insurance, Superior Painting, Urbana Lions Club, Urbana Rotary Club and Walter & Stowe Funeral Home.

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Submitted on behalf of the city of Urbana.

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