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Local Festival Signals a Thriving Community
MIAMISBURG -- Hundreds of people gathered Saturday to celebrate the third annual Rock 'n Green Tomato Festival at Riverfront Park. Residents say it was a celebration for the revitalization of the city.
"When I grew up it was a thriving little town, it was a great place to grow up and as the Dayton Mall came in, everything kind of moved away, the town kind of died," said Miamisburg resident Robyn Flynn.
She will be the first to admit Miamisburg hasn't always been a rocking town, but will also be the first to say how proud she is of the city's revitalization.
"And the community has pulled back together and all the business and you can see right now it's absolutely one of the best little towns," she said.
"We see a lot of competition for your entertainment dollar so we're trying to get people downtown," said business owner and organizer Jack Sperry. "This is small town U.S.A. but we're excited we are growing."
Miamisburg is one of the few cities in Montgomery County to show a growth in population since the 2000 census.
"They've really started to bring a lot more festivals down here and they have a pavilion," said Miamisburg resident Nikki Iordanides.
"We got so many businesses down, here we are noted for our restaurants, we do really well with that and now we are starting to get some merchants in town, retailers," said Gary Hartman of Gary Hartman Design. "We got a new bike shop, we got a new woman's clothing store down the street."
The Rock 'n Green Tomato Festival gets bigger every year and as the city continues to grow, so will this event.
"This has been the biggest ever, I don't even know how many people we have here today, but it's four times what it normally is," said Hartman.
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