The First Annual Music Festival in Turtlecreek was a huge success Saturday, July 12 at the Armco Park in Lebanon. Sponsored by the Lebanon Kiwanis, Lebanon Council of Garden Clubs and the Warren County Historical Society, five bands rocked the park and got fans tapping their feet and dancing to the magic of the featured bands: Ooh La La and the Greasers, The Remains, Saxy Melon, Robin Lacy & DeZydeco, and Blue Stone Ivory.
Featuring music from the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond, there was something for everyone. In addition to a day of music, the festival offered a motorcycle and classic car show, festival food, bouncy houses for the kids and a park offering paddle boats, golf course, beautiful lake, a large playground and family picnic areas.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer some of the most popular classic rock bands in the area. People have told us over and over how excited they are to see so many great bands in one place,” Executive director of the Warren County Historical Society, Victoria Van Harlingen said. “Armco is a large park with a big fishing lake, golf course, baseball facilities and lots of trees. The band stand overlooks the fishing lake and all around the festival area is grass and trees and (we hope) lots of sunshine.”
This festival benefits the three non-profit organizations and donations are always appreciated and accepted. For this first year, the organizations depended strictly on prior donations, which were low so, the profits this year but the turn-out is hopeful for next year.
“We love the idea that we are out in the country so to speak in Turtlecreek Township and Warren County but still just minutes from booming small cities like Mason, Monroe and Lebanon. We also believe Armco Park is a wonderful resource for the larger community that makes up the Cincinnati/Middletown/Dayton community and we are happy to be showing it off,” said Van Harlingen.
Lebanon Kiwanis, Lebanon Council of Garden Clubs and the Warren County Historical Society are all 501C3 non-profits who are an integral part of the culture and charm of Lebanon and Warren County. This event was a fundraiser for all three organizations. Lebanon Kiwanis provides high school students with college scholarships; supports Lebanon Food Pantry and sponsors Lebanon High School’s Key Club. The Lebanon Council of Garden Clubs owns and operates the Lebanon Station and Garden, plants gardens for Habitat for Humanity, conducts the annual Christmas Decorations Contest and maintains civic gardens around town. They also provide high school students with college scholarships in horticulture and bio-science studies. The Warren County Historical Society owns and operates three historic properties in downtown Lebanon.
Look for a new, fresh lineup next year.