#HomeGrownStories – From Rock Piqua!

August 1, 2017

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.

John and Patsy from Bradford, Ohio
How many years have they come to Rock Piqua:
John – This is our first Rock Piqua concert. The music is really good and it’s the perfect night!
Patsy – We’ll come back next year if the weather is this nice again.Their favorite song played:
Patsy – “My Girl” by the Temptations [played by Motown Sounds of Touch]

This summer’s Rock Piqua lineup included music from the 50s, 60s, 80s and today. The June Concert theme was the 80s to Today and featured Spungeworthy and Brother Believe Me. The July concert featured music from the 1950s and 1960s. Motown Sounds of Touch and The American Kings played Motown and Rockabilly music. The August concert will feature Modern Country performed by Reflektion and Clark Manson.

Dave and Jane from Piqua, Ohio
How many years have they come to Rock Piqua:
Dave – We’ve come every year, so this is our fourth year. It’s an entertaining event.
Their favorite song played:
Jane – “Purple Rain” by Prince [played by Motown Sounds of Touch]

Rock Piqua! Is tied to several other Piqua summer events. For the second year in a row, the July concert also featured a Rock ‘N Roll Car Show. Classic car enthusiasts were invited to bring their cars to the Linear Park near the bike path bridge. The first 75 registrants to the car show received a specially designed dash plaque.

Dan and Jean from Sidney, Ohio
How many years have they come to Rock Piqua:
Dan – This is our first year.
Jean – My sister, Jane, invited us to come.
Their favorite song played:
Jean – “I’ll Be There” by the Jackson 5 [played by Motown Sounds of Touch]

For the third year in a row, the Rockin’ River Duck Drop will coincide with the last concert of the series on August 19th. At 6 pm, approximately 3,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Miami River. The duck who crosses the finish line first will win $1000 in cash. Second place wins a $500 landscaping makeover. Third place wins a $250 shopping spree at Barclay’s Men’s & Women’s Clothier. The last and lazy duck will win a $400 recliner from Town & Country Furniture.
Throughout the summer, ducks have been available for adoption. Once adopted, the ducks begin a rigorous training program to be ready for the drop. Single ducks are available for $5 and Quack Packs of 6 ducks are $25. For $100 supporters can buy 25 ducks in the Grand Quack. Money raised by the duck drop supports Mainstreet Piqua’s mission of promoting downtown Piqua.

New this year are Rockin’ River Duck Drop Trading Cards. The Duck Drop Committee of Mainstreet Piqua came up with the idea for the cards. Robin Heintz, communications specialist at the Piqua Public Library designed the cards, and local illustrator Aaron Lindeman drew the cards. A total of 10 cards were created, showing the ducks in their various training programs. Some ducks include Sauna Sal who is “breaking a sweat to better his times” and Zen Gwen who is “becoming one with the finish line.” Supporters who buy a Quack Pack will receive their own trading card.

Vicki from Piqua and Shirley from Fort Loramie, Ohio
What they thought of the performers at Rock Piqua:
Vicki – They were very engaging. They didn’t just sing, they danced and made a real performance out of it.
Shirley – It was a very entertaining group.

Local food vendors at this year’s Rock Piqua! have included Susie’s Big Dipper and TK’S BBQ-N-Fixins. The area in front of the stage is reserved for folks who want to get up and dance. Rock Piqua! is a great opportunity to hear amazing music while enjoying downtown Piqua and the Miami River.

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