Friday, December 03, 1999

Springfield Twp. winter fest returns

Event expands after '98 success

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        SPRINGFIELD TWP. — The response last year was so encouraging that township officials are again staging a Winter Festival this weekend at The Grove.

        Township officials are hoping the festival, which lasts most of the day Sunday, to become an annual holiday event.

        Peggy Doller, administrative assistant to the township administrator, Mike Hinnenkamp, said about 2,000 to 3,000 people attended last year's Winter Festival.

        “The township had never done anything like that before,” said Ms. Doller. “It was a marvelous way for our residents to get together.”

        The event will be from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the community center, 9158 Winton Road. Entertainment will take place both indoors and outside, with some events in entertainment tents. It will culminate in the lighting of the outdoor holiday display at 6:10 p.m.

        Last year's attendance may have been boosted by unseasonably warm weather that weekend.

        “The response was won derful last year,” said Trustee Tom Bryan. “I'm not sure we can guarantee the weather we had last year. But this is part of our continuing plan to involve people in their township. It's one of letting them know what the township is, how they fit together and to meet your neighbors. It's an opportunity to bring members of the community together.”

        Both the township police and fire departments will have booths at the festival to talk about their services. The police will also offer to fingerprint children ages 3 and older.

        While the hours are the same as last year, some events and demonstrations have been added. More entertainment will be presented, as well as a petting zoo and a live-animal presentation by the Hamilton County Park District naturalists.

        Santa Claus is to arrive at 2 p.m. aboard a fire truck, and photos can be taken with Santa from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.

        The Cincinnati Civic Orchestra will present a holiday concert in Grove Hall at the complex from 4 to 6 p.m., while the Tina Marie Dance groups perform in the entertainment tent from 5 to 6 p.m.

        Admission to the Winter Festival is free. Mr. Bryan said it costs the township less than $10,000 to stage the event.


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