Arts, music festival putting 2013 plans together

The calendar says February, but plans are in motion for the second Tiffin Music and Art Festival at Hedges-Boyer Park June 7-8. Organizers Nathan Mullins and Chelsea Bickelhaupt have gathered a committee of 15-20 people to map out the event.

“We’ve got a lot more planned this year, and we’ve got a lot more people on

board to help us out,” Mullins said.

The 2013 festival is to have a slightly different format from 2012. Attendance was low on Sunday of last year’s event, so the committee has decided to have the majority of the art and music activities Saturday this year.

“June 7 is the night of the headliners. They’ll be going from 9 p.m. until midnight. Then we’re having a camp-out from midnight until 8:30 a.m.,” Mullins said.

The committee now is securing artists, vendors, volunteers and sponsors for the 2013 event. Specifically, a major sponsor is needed to cover a group of fire performers, Sirkus Dayz of Pennsylvania. Mullins said two fire performers came to last year’s festival, and one of them is a member of Sirkus Dayz.

“It’s really something different that Tiffin hasn’t seen before,” Mullins said.

The beneficiary of the festival proceeds also is different. Last year, the profits were divided between the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Project TESFA. The goal of the 2013 festival is to generate $12,000 to reinstate the July 4 fireworks display.

Mullins said any excess funds also would go to Tiffin Parks and Recreation.

“This year, we were deciding what to raise money for, and we learned that the fireworks were cut from the budget. … We are at Hedges-Boyer Park, so we decided it would be a good idea to at least help raise some of the money for the fireworks this year. So, everything we raise is going to the parks and recreation department, aimed at the fireworks,” Mullins said.

To get the effort rolling, a benefit dinner is to be served at noon March 24 at the Tiffin Eagles. It is to include chicken, a vegetable, salad and roll for $10 per plate. Mullins said festival committee member Mark Wade has been helping with many of the arrangements for the dinner and festival. Volunteers still are needed for both events.

Mullins also would like to have volunteers to conduct children’s arts and crafts activities, in addition to the inflatables from Jumpers Wild.

To fill more space between stages, local charities and organizations are to be invited to set up booths for free. Because the event is a benefit, the booths would need to be informative or educational to publicize their own services and community events.

Having been in contact with Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, Mullins is scheduled to make a presentation at an upcoming city council meeting.

“Let’s get together as a community. It doesn’t matter if someone cuts our budget. If we keep doing things like this, we wouldn’t have to worry about the budget,” Mullins said.