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Here at the Miami County Visitors Bureau, we have been blogging about our area for years. And, more importantly, we continue to ask our residents and visitors to blog about their experiences throughout our historic towns as well. For example… did you know that we are part of the longest paved trail system in the country?
  • Located at 1400 Tyrone Rd, in the heart of Troy Ohio is Hobart Urban Nature Preserve. With over 80 acres of land and over 2 miles of hiking trails, this beautiful park is surrounded by residential area. A unique aspect of this park is the collection of 4 welded steel sculptures donated by the Hobart Welding Institute, placed in specific habitats to highlight the relationship between nature and art.

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  • Located along the Greenville Creek lies the Greenville Falls State Scenic River Area at 9140 Covington-Gettysburg Rd, in Covington Ohio. This park has nearly 1 mile of hiking trail and 92 acres of land. The falls itself cascades 20 feet and can be viewed from the viewing platform. You can find a natural limestone arch along the river as well.

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  • Along the Scenic Stillwater River lies the Stillwater Prairie Reserve, a local park part of the Miami County Park District. Located at 9750 St. Rt. 185 in Covington, OH this park has 260 acres with 3 miles of hiking trails for visitors to adventure on.

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  • The Miami County Barn Quilt Project began in 2007 when residents were asked to host quilt paintings on their barns. Debbie Robbins, who owns Robinhood Farms with her husband, Mike, is one of our local barn quilt owners. Their quilt, “Woodbox,” is ten years old and still looks great on their barn in Fletcher. The Miami County Barn Quilts are part of the Ohio quilt trail. The Adams County Quilt Sampler started the trend in 2001. Miami County has 67 barn quilts, all painted by hand by Mexican folk artist, Rafael Santoyo.

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  • Dayton natives Bob and Patty Wagner have been involved with aviation for the past fifty years. They were instrumental in establishing the WACO Historical Society and museum in Troy. For decades, Bob and Patty performed in air shows; Bob flew and Patty walked on the wing of the plane. Earlier this summer they donated their plane to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. Their Stearman Biplane was used in their Girl on the Wing act for many years.

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  • Ohio native, Terry Purke, has spent more than half of his life involved in sharing local history. He got his start in DC with interpretative living history. Today he is the curator at the Miami Valley Veterans Museum. He is also involved with the Overfield Tavern and performs historical re-enactments. Terry shows visitors around the oldest building in the City of Troy, the Overfield Tavern. During tours of the tavern, he introduces guests to the owner Benjamin Overfield and illustrates what life was like in Miami County during the early 1800s.

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  • Cory Breth, a Tipp City transplant, is a singer-songwriter and a Spanish teacher at Tippecanoe High School. Cory started singing at a young age and learned to play guitar while singing ten years ago. Since then he has recorded two albums and is working on his third. He has opened for Twenty One Pilots and played during Mumford and Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour in Troy. He has also played several local festivals including the Strawberry Festival, Tippapalooza, and the Tipp Mum Festival.

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  • High school sweethearts, Joe and Kelsey Fulton, are part of a three generation farm operation at Fulton Farms. Joe was born and raised on the farm. Kelsey was born in North Carolina but moved back to her family’s roots in Miami County when she was ten years old. Both started working on the farm in their teens. This year Kelsey is coordinating the Sweet Corn Festival at Fulton Farms. They help Joe’s mom, Bev Fulton, manage the market at Fulton Farms.

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  • Dave Bechtol has been part of the annual Tipp City Mum Festival for the past five years. This year the festival is celebrating its 59th year. This year Dave is the co-chairman of the parade, sponsorship chair and the president of the festival. His family moved around a lot when he was growing up as his father served in the Navy. His family settled in West Milton, where he met his wife, Sheryl. After Dave retired from the Navy, the couple moved to Tipp City. Both are involved in putting on the Tipp City Mum Festival.

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  • Marla Fair is a true Jane of All Trades or modern Renaissance woman. She and her husband, David, own David Fair on the Square in downtown Troy. She works as a historical interpreter at the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency in Piqua. She is an artist, author and doll restoration artist. She teaches art classes at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. She has published many books, including two inspired by John and Rachel Johnston. Marla’s family has lived in Miami County for the past 170 years.

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