On behalf of the Preble County Historical Society, I want to thank the Preble County Community for its response to our Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 6. The event is a huge volunteer commitment and we are so happy that the community responded with such enthusiastic participation. Over 65 volunteers celebrated with over 3,000 participants throughout the day and evening! It was a great turnout and celebration!
So many community organizations also helped make the day possible and we particularly want to thank our sponsors – those organizations that provided financial resources to make the day so successful. Reid Hospital and Health Care Services provided funding for the magnificent fireworks display put on by American Fireworks Company. Dr. David and Janet Sikora provided additional financial resources along with LawnPlus, the Preble County Educational Center of Sinclair Community College, and Running W Studios. In addition, ten donors to the “Run Away to the Circus” campaign and matched by the Dayton Power & Light Company Foundation through the Power2Give program operated by Dayton-based CultureWorks provided the funds needed to bring the Cincinnati Circus to the celebration.
Many organizations participated in the day’s events, and we want to thank them for their participation. Cub Scout Pack 206 and Boy Scout Troop 402 of Miamisburg and Boy Scout Troop 248 of Dayton presented the raising the flag ceremony that opened the day’s festivities. Food vendors Buckeye Jake’s, Ullery’s Ice Cream, and Johnston Family Foods provided nourishment for the attendees. The Preble County Visual Arts Center, the Hueston Woods Nature Center, the Eaton Community Band, the Eaton Community Chorus, and the Cincinnati Circus all offered entertainment and education throughout the afternoon. The Historical Society volunteers staffed the historic buildings and the exhibit hall to provide more educational opportunities.
Special thanks also go to the participants in the evening’s festivities at The Amphitheater which started with an elegant three-part rendition of the National Anthem, sung by Sophia, Tess, and Grace Murphy, daughters of Shawn and Elizabeth Murphy. Inductees into the Sara Swartsel Hall of Honor, sponsored by the Preble County Historical Society and The Register-Herald, were announced and honored, and we thank the family members of those we honored who were able to attend and those who were not for their assistance in honoring their loved ones. Brittany Isaac and Thumb Up started the musical portion of the evening, followed by the Worley Boys with great performances by both groups.
Additional thanks go to Riverdog Pro Sound, American Fireworks Company, Preble County Sheriff’s Deputies, West Alexandria Fire Department, and over 65 volunteers who have helped to make this event so successful!
Greg Arnett, Board President
Preble County Historical Society