XENIA — Shawnee Park will be lit up with hot air balloons and full of sweet sounds as the Xenia Community Festival takes place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16.
Headlined by the popular balloon glow at dusk Friday, the pavilion stage will feature music and other entertainment throughout the weekend. New in 2017 is a beer garden in the southeast corner of the park. This is near the balloon glow staging area and the vendors.
The festival begins 4 p.m. Friday with Stan “The Man” Brooks playing music at the pavilion. The opening ceremony begins 6 p.m. with the national anthem being sung by Tamika Purce of Emanuel Ministry in Fairborn. Spungewurthy takes the stage 6:15, followed by the balloon glow 7:30 and then Brooks plays more music 9 p.m. until the festival closes 10 p.m.
Action resumes 9 a.m. Saturday with the parade through downtown. It begins at Main and Detroit streets and ends at Fairground Road.
Pavilion entertainment includes dance teams Dance Loft Plus (10 a.m.), Diamonds & Pearls (11 a.m.) and Live Gracefully (1 p.m.). Doug Yates Karate will give an demonstration 2:30 p.m., followed by Live Your Dream Band 5 p.m., and then the headliner Brass Tracks Band 7:30 p.m. Brooks ends the festival 9 p.m.
Brass Tracks is an 8-piece band featuring a brass section led by internationally renowned saxophonist Hal Melia. The band features the sounds of Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Earth Wind and Fire, James Brown and many more.
Lowe’s will have Field Day for kids in grades K-6, with prizes provided by Wal-Mart and K&G Bike Center. The YMCA will have paddle boats for everyone.
Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.