OXFORD – The Oxford community came together on Thursday, Sept. 1, for the city’s annual community picnic. The event included the last Music in the Park concert, various sponsor booths, and free food cooked by Oxford’s City Council.
The event was a collaboration between Oxford’s Police Department and the Oxford Visitor’s Bureau, under the guidance of Community Picnic Chair John Buccholz and Music Committee Chair Jessica Greene.
The festivities were sponsored by Miami University (President’s Office, Student Affairs, and Inter Fraternal Council,) the Oxford Chamber of Commerce, Great Clips, Miami University and Community Federal Credit Union, Coldwell Banker College Real Estate, LCNB National Bank, Mini University, Jeff Pohlman Tire and Auto Service, The Urology Group, Glenwood Energy of Oxford, Visitor’s Bureau of the Hueston Woods Region, Annex, and Oxford Physical Therapy.
This family-friendly day featured activities for all ages. At Great Clips kids (and adults) could get their hair spray-dyed a variety of crazy colors for free. There were several raffles the adults could enter. McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital had comic and coloring books for kids. Face painting was another popular event.
The OPD provided identity kits parents could put together for their children. It included child finger printing, DNA, and a picture, so if a child goes missing the parent can turn the entire kit over to the authorities.
Prizes for the raffles included, but were not limited to: LaRosa’s gift cards, free oil changes, and free haircuts.
The concert featured Cincinnati’s Sunburners, the same band which performed at Oxford’s Porsche show several weeks ago. They are self-described as “Cincinnati’s favorite island party band!”
Police Chief John John Jones took the Community Picnic as an excuse to test out the “Live” feature on Facebook.
The OPD is always looking for ways to expand their online presence, he said. Chief Jones admitted that they are not as active as he would hope, but it is hard when they only have a few officer’s to monitor the online account. He made a live video on Facebook to reach out to the community and notify everyone the picnic continued until 9 p.m, with plenty of food and fun to be had. Attendance was expected to reach 4,000 — but Jones fully anticipated beating that number.