Mum Festival returns to Tipp City Park

TIPP CITY — The annual Tipp City Mum Festival is happening this weekend, Sept. 23-25, with plenty of events and sales for the weekend. This year’s theme is “Saved by the Mums: A Celebration of the 90s.”

“We’re excited that we’ve had a lot of community support around the theme and the second year of the festival’s return since COVID. Part of the theme, at least in my vision, is for people to celebrate the festival as they would have in the 90s. By putting their phones down and enjoying the sights, sounds and smells Tipp City has to offer,” said Festival Board President Kevin Cox.

The festival kicks off with the 30th Annual Mum Festival Cruise-In on Friday at 4 p.m. According to the Tipp City Mum Festival’s website, the cruise-in will feature hundreds of classic and muscle cars from almost every era of automobile.

The cruise-in will be downtown from First Street to Hyatt Street. Food trucks, sidewalk vendors and Tipp City’s restaurants will be available for festival-goers to enjoy.

Saturday will start off with the 42nd Annual Run for the Mums, sponsored by Tipp Monroe Community Services. Run for the Mums is a flat-terrain 5K race which starts at 8 a.m. in the city park and the Tipp City Mum Festival and Tipp Monroe Community Services will have multiple prize and raffles at the finish line. The race is set to run regardless of the weather.

Following the 5K will be the annual Mum Festival Parade featuring bands, floats, classic cars and more from the local and surrounding areas. The parade starts downtown at 10 a.m. The Mum Festival Parade begins on the corner of Hyatt Street and Parkwood Avenue in downtown Tipp City, travels south and turns east onto Main Street to travel through Tipp City’s downtown district to finally turn north on Second Street and finish at the entrance to the city park where the main festivities of the Mum Festival will be held.

Saturday evening the Mum Festival will be hosting multiple local musical talents including their headliner, 90s tribute band Zack Attack who will take the stage located at the far north end of the city park at 6 p.m.

The main event for the final day of Tipp City’s Mum Festival is the Tipp Cup “Vintage Baseball Tournament.” The Tippecanoe Canal Jumpers, an 1860s style vintage baseball team, will host their annual Tipp Cup starting at 10 a.m. located in the open fields north of the park and Aquatic Center parking lot.

The Mum Festival will features merchants and arts and crafts dealers from all over during the festival weekend from 10 a.m. until dark on Saturday and 11 a.m. to dark on Sunday. The 20th Annual Mum Kids Land will also be available throughout the weekend at the tennis courts for patrons to have a chance to participate in hands-on entertainment. The Kids Land is provided by Greenville Federal Bank.

For all things Tipp City Mum Festival, visit https://tippmumfestival.org/