COLLEGE CORNER — Hannon’s Camp America in southern Preble County is the location for several summer events, including the upcoming Fire In Your Mouth, Fire In The Sky festival on Saturday, July 8.
The campground is owned and operated by the Hannon family and is located next to Hueston Woods State Park at 8501 Camden-College Corner Road. Camp America is the site for several festivals and events throughout the summer, both hosted by the Hannons and other organizations.
“Fire in Your Mouth, Fire in the Sky or FIYMFITS for short, is a true passion of the Hannon’s.” Steve Hannon said. “The family has owned and operated Grandma’s Fireworks in College Corner, Indiana, for almost 30 years. Growing up working with fireworks will influence the inner pyro.
“We all work for Legendary Entertainment Pyrotechnics, but our crew has always been known as ‘Hannon’s with Cannons’.”
Hannon encourages everyone to come early to the event. Activities include live music, vendors and food.
“More importantly, we fill up fast,” Hannon added. “By 7 p.m. last year, we were full and had to close the gates. People have to park almost a mile away and walk.”
Coolers are welcome at the event, but no glass bottles please. Hannon reminds those attending, it is a family friendly event.
“So keep that in mind while enjoying the fireworks extravaganza.”
The upcoming festival is the second big event held this summer at Camp America. The family recently hosted Geek Out 4.0.
“Geek Out is revolutionizing the comic con industry by creating a new type of con, a Campicon.” Hannon explained.
“Geek Out is where Con meets festival. All day long there was so much interactive things to do such as real life Mario Kart, Nerf Wars, cosplay foam fighting, video game tournaments, wrestling, an aerial circus, panels, vendors and much more!
After 8 p.m., it was ‘adult only’ time, according to Hannon, as anyone under 18 remained in the Family Friendly zone. Two stages with live music started around then and supplied the late night entertainment.
Geek Out celebrated its fourth year, Hannon added. “And we are very excited to see what next year has in store. We know of a few secrets already in the works.”
The event is hosted annually the second weekend of June.