Plans firming for arts festival

Billboards are about to go up, radio spots are on the air and posters are appearing all over the area inviting the community to the 2013 Tiffin Music and Art Festival June 7 and 8 at Hedges-Boyer Park. Proceeds from the event are to be designated for Tiffin’s July 4 fireworks display.

Coordinating the festival again this year are Nathan Mullins and Chelsea Bickelhaupt. They have obtained non-profit status for the festival and they have enlisted the help of many volunteers and sponsors.

People attending are asked to bring non-perishable food items for “admission” to the festival. Mullins said three bands have been booked for 9 p.m.-midnight Friday and 56 others have signed up for slots on four stages noon-1 a.m. Saturday.

Local bands include Gripshifter, Tiffin Washboard Band, Twisted Strands, Free Wild, The Dickerson Family Band and That Dude Jasper. Bleachers are to be set up for people who want to hear the bands or listeners can bring their own seating.

The festival has a few new features this year.

A beer garden has been approved, with the Tiffin Eagles taking charge of that area. Restricted to those age 21 and older, the garden is to be open Friday evening and most of the day Saturday. Lucius Fence is supplying the fencing.

“We’ve got a car show going at 9 Saturday morning (until noon). That is going really well. It’s a $15 registration fee,” Mullins said.

To learn more about the car show, call Sam at (419) 701-1610. Trophies and prizes are to be awarded.

In addition, SCAT is to provide a shuttle service from downtown and the Tiffin Eagles. Mullins said the schedule is to be announced closer to the event.

“We’re still looking for vendors and art displays. For anybody wanting to set up to sell, it’s $25,” Bickelhaupt said.

Non-profit groups, such as NAMI and Community Hospice Care, can set up and pass out information at no charge. Mullins said vendors who want to sell food or merchandise need to have a vendor’s license.

A Kids’ Zone is to be open noon-6 p.m. Saturday with activities, a magician, a clown and inflatables by Jumpers Wild. Level Up and Technical Fashionz have agreed to provide a video game tent with competitions throughout the day.

“We’re doing a silent auction the day of the festival. Bidding closes at 4:30 p.m. on that. It opens at 9 a.m.,” Mullins said. “We’re looking for more items for the silent auction.”

Beerco has donated a special edition electric guitar. Some of the vendors have agreed to contribute auction items instead of paying a vendor’s fee. Volunteers will be accepting fishbowl donations and selling 50/50 raffle tickets. Festival T-shirts and other items also are to be sold.

“Another thing we’re still looking for is sponsors, anybody who is willing to help us with operational costs,” Mullins said. “With all the things we have going on this year, there’s a lot more expenses involved.”

He listed items such as security, insurance, portable restrooms, trash removal, electricity and sound systems. TPC has signed on as a major sponsor to keep the hospitality booth supplied and provide a truck for the food collection.

A festival website,, is up and running as is a page on Facebook. Applications for vendors and volunteers can be downloaded there.