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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?
  • 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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  • The Miami County Fair is one of the biggest annual events in the county and it’s a summer tradition for many families and friends. It’s also the culmination of 4-H and FFA projects for younger generations. The Miami County Agricultural Society sponsors the week-long fair during August. The Society was founded in 1846 to operate an annual agricultural fair. It’s a family-friendly event with farm shows, fair food, and entertainment. 

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  • Jim Oda is a fifth generation Miami County resident. Before working at the library, he owned an antiquarian bookstore in Piqua. Today Jim is the Library Director of the Piqua Public Library. In 2008, the library moved from its location in the former Piqua Men’s Club to the Fort Piqua Plaza. The Plaza, built in 1891 underwent a 21 million dollar renovation. Today the Plaza not only houses the library but also Turntable Cafe, Mulligan’s Pub and a Banquet Center.

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  • Linda Lee Jolly is a Troy transplant from Northern Kentucky. She has served as the Director of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center for the past 27 years. Today the Hayner Center hosts a variety of art and cultural events, most of which are free to the public. The upcoming Rhythm and Roots Festival will be on September 23rd. The festival is a celebration of the roots of several musical styles and includes a Pie Party.

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  • K’s Hamburger Shop is a cornerstone of Troy dining. The diner opened July 31, 1935 (which means it celebrated its 82nd birthday this year). Michael Scheib is a fourth generation K’s customer. He has worked at the establishment for the past 8 years and he recently became the third-generation in his family to own a business in Troy.

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  • The summer of 2017 marks the 4th year for the concert series Rock Piqua! The event is a collaboration between the Piqua Arts Council and Mainstreet Piqua. The series includes an evening concert at Lock 9 Park in Piqua in June, July, and August. The free outdoor music concert includes food and drinks from local food vendors. The concert also highlights the recreational opportunities available along the Great Miami River.

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  • Marilyn Kosier, a Lancaster, Ohio ophthalmologist, grew up in Miami County. She lived in Bradford until she was seven years old. In 2002 she started the work that would lead to the creation of the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum. The idea for the museum came from her dad. While at a Bradford Railroaders basketball game, he mentioned the town needed a museum to celebrate its heritage. The museum is undergoing an exhibit renovation and is excited to offer a new interpretative experience for visitors.

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