EATON — Boom-N-Blast wasmoved to the Preble County Fairgrounds this year, in hopes of providing more parking and increasing attendance. The event was held on Sunday, June 30, and provided fun, food, and fireworks for the whole family.
According Grandview Medical Center Administrative Director Jeremy Meredith, the event was held at the Preble County Medical Center for the past several years.
“It has been wildly successful and we had to do a venue change to accommodate the parking and larger crowds. We felt this would be a good venue with better parking and layout for electricity and stuff. We decided this would be the best spot, because the event continues to grow and be successful,” he said.
“We think we had somewhere between 3,000 and 3,500 attendees last year. It is hard to pinpoint the exact number, but we are shooting for another 1,000 to be able to show up this year with the ease of parking. We saw in the past, trying to get into the Medical Center was a little difficult. We hope this year we will see in the 4,000 range.”
Kettering Health Network partners with many different organizations to host this patriotic event. Grandview and Kettering Health Network continue to host this event every year from a love of Preble County and a desire to give back to the community.
“We feel very invested in Preble County. Every time we show up to this community, they are so appreciative. We host this event to give back to the community that has been appreciative of us being here. We like to give to the community, get our faces out there, and interact with the great people of this county,” Meredith said.
“We are a small rural community. You can go to neighboring counties to the different events that happen on a regular basis, and Preble County doesn’t have quite that presence, so Grandview saw the opportunity to have an event here as a token of our thanks.”
There was a lot to do at Boom-N-Blast, including: entertainment, face painting, free snow cones and popcorn, local food vendors, bounce houses, community booths, health and wellness booths, tons of gifts and prizes, and a fireworks show to end the night.
Meredith added, he would like to thank everyone who worked to make the event possible for another year.
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