Midtown Xenia Revives an Old Tradition to Unite the Community
Midtown Xenia and Old-Fashioned Days, now known as the Xenia Community Festival, have a long tradition of collaborating during the festival that is held during the second Saturday in September. This year, Midtown Businesses will be celebrating the City-Wide Festival along with the goings on in Shawnee Park and Downtown. Xenia MidTown District Association President, Joe Kennedy, had this to say, “We can’t be more excited about this weekend. A city full of different things to do, and we invite everyone to check out every part all over town. This isn’t your typical one stop festival. Park in town and hop on your bike and check out what Xenia has to offer…and get ready for next year! There’s more to come!” Billie Carrico, one of this year’s event organizers stated, “I am thrilled to see the City as a whole getting together and doing something. The more the merrier!” Kristi Hutchison, long time resident and owner of Broken & Beloved Mercantile both in MidTown added, “It is exciting to be a part of something so big that brings people and businesses all over the city together!"
Country Blessings Flowers & Gifts owner, Rose-Marie Bradley, couldn’t contain her enthusiasm, “We are taking it back to the Old School with vendors set up all around the block, food and a Cruise-In! It’s a BLOCK PARTY!” Over 50 local vendors will be set up all around the block with offerings from antiques to art, boutique finds to primitive wares and so much more. An Old School Cruise In will be in the Burger King parking lot all day and Just N’ Tyme Band will be performing at Kennedy Korners from 2-5pm. The Downtown Xenia Food Truck Rally as well as a few other food vendors will be at the Block Party, too. After asking long time Xenia philanthropist and businessman, Jim Kennedy, what he wanted to see from the event, he said, “I want folks to be happy. I want people to get to talking. I want the City, the People, and our Businesses to work together to bolster this economy. I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be, and I hope others feel the same. See you somewhere in Xenia on the 14th!”
Stop by and shop all of the offerings in Midtown including:
Burger King – Old School Cruise In
Country Blessings Flowers & Gifts – Primitives, Folk Art, Country and Rustic, Tent Sale
Kennedy Korners – Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser, Shopping, Live Music with Just N Tyme
Broken & Beloved Mercantile – Boutiques, Food, Art, Family-friendly activities
Subby’s – Local Food Option
Handyman – 7-UP Truck, Family-friendly activities
Special guest: Downtown Xenia Food Truck Rally with several area food trucks
For more information on the Old-Fashioned Block Party or Midtown Xenia, contact Xenia Midtown on Facebook or any of the businesses listed above.