Kevin Sonnycalb Fireworks Festival

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Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Festival

Posted on: May 29,2018

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The Xenia Rotary Club, in collaboration with the City of Xenia, will present the fourth annual Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Festival on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Shawnee Park in Xenia, Ohio.
"My family and I are delighted that we can once again give this gift to the Xenia community," said Susie Sonnycalb. 
Sarah Sinclair-Amend, President of Xenia Rotary Club and creator/coordinator of the event for the Rotary Club/City of Xenia for her fourth and final year, states: 
"We are very proud that Xenia Rotary, with the help of Greene Memorial Hospital and the City of Xenia, can honor our past Rotarian and provide annual tradition for the families of Xenia and the surrounding communities." 
The Fireworks Festival is named in honor of long-time Rotarian Kevin Sonnycalb, a Xenia businessman and civic leader.      

The free festival will follow a timeline similar to the previous years' events, including John E and Betty Jo Meyers Family Foundation's Bounce House Zone, American Wildlife Children's Bike Parade, All Age Fishing Derby, Mike Hemmelgarn's Puppet Show, Animals Alive (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery), American Wildlife Chalk Art Contest, face painting, live music (Blue Moon Soup), and end with a spectacular fireworks display by Rozzi's Famous Fireworks.     Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman stated, "The Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks festival is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most well-attended festivals in Xenia.      As it goes into its fourth season, the City of Xenia is pleased to provide essential police, fire and public service department assistance to ensure our citizens have a safe and enjoyable experience.     We thank the Rotary Club of Xenia, the Sonnycalb family and the other sponsors who work hard each year to collaborate on producing such an impressive event." Sponsors of the event are the Sonnycalb Family, Greene Memorial Hospital, and the Xenia Rotary Club.     Activities at Shawnee Park are sponsored by the John E. and Betty Jo Meyers Family Foundation, HB Electric and Construction, Bob Evans, Stephan Family, Cliff Johnson of Cedarville, McIlvaine, Realtors, Reichley Insurance, CBIZ MHM, LLC, Greene County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Four Oaks, Hospitality Center of Rehabilitation and Healing, Montgomery Insurance and Investments, Anderson-Williamson Insurance, Bathfitters, WBZI, and Kennedy Property Group.     We greatly appreciate all donations given to the event this year!     A special thank you to the Lesourd Family, Tiffany Jewelers, and Newsome Families. Additional donations, big or small, can be made online at (please put "Xenia Fireworks" for the Account Name), by calling Greene Giving at (937) 458-2064, or contact us through the Facebook page

The Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Festival is an annual event held at Shawnee Park in Xenia, Ohio, thanks to the efforts of the Sonnycalb family, Xenia Rotary Club, Greene Memorial Hospital, and the City of Xenia. The event is held in conjunction with the July First Friday event in downtown Xenia. This year's event will be on July 6, 2018 starting at 4PM following the below schedule:

2018 Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks Festival Schedule

4PM-8PMJohn E. & Betty Jo Meyer Family Foundation's Bounce Zone located near the parks main entrance and free face painting sponsored by McIlvaine, Realtors located in the pavilion.
4PM-7PMAll Ages Fireworks Fishing Derby sponsored by HB Electric and Construction, Montgomery Insurance and Investments, Anderson-Williamson Insurance, The Stephan Family, and Bob Evans Farms. Prizes are split by age brackets. Ages 6 and Under: one $40 Champion, one $25 Runner-Up, three $10 Second Runners-Up, and fifteen $5 Honorable Mentions. Ages 7-12: one $50 Champion, one $30 Runner-Up, one $20 Second Runner-Up, and seventeen $5 Honorable Mentions. Ages 13-17: one $60 Champion, one $45 Runner-Up, and one $35 Second Runner-Up, and seventeen $5 Honorable Mentions. Ages 18-25, 25-40, and 40 and up each have one $55 Champion and one $35 Runner-Up.
4PM-7PMAmerican Wildlife Chalk Art Contest is sponsored by Greene County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Four Oaks Early Childhood Development. Participants are to draw any native animal or habitat of the United States and its territories. Chalk is provided. Contest is spilt into ages brackets: Ages 4-7 and 8-14 both have one $30 Champion, two $15 Runner-Ups, twelve $5 Honorable Mentions. Ages 15-22 have one $50 Champion, one $30 Runner-Up, and five $10 Honorable Mentions. Ages 22 and up have one $40 Champion, one $30 Runner-Ups, and one $20 Honorable Mention. Awards will be handed out at the pavilion upon the conclusion of the Mike Hemmelgarn Puppet and Magic Show (7:20PM).
5:15PM-6:15PMBoonshoft Museum of Discovery hands-on educational show with regional wildlife for the kids starting at 5:15PM in front of the Armory, by the bike path thanks to Kennedy Development Group. American Wildlife Bicycle Parade participants are encouraged to watch the show while waiting for the bike parade to begin.
5:15PM-6:30PMAmerican Wildlife Bicycle Parade is in memory of Rotarians Harry Johns, Dick Loveless, and Cliff Johnson by Dodds Memorials. Ages 14 and under can decorate their bicycles as any kind of animal native to the United States and its territories. Costumes are welcome, but not judged. Prizes: Honorable Mentions (75 winners) receive $5, Second Runners-Up (20 winners) receive $20, Runners-Up (4 winners) receive $50, Champions (2 winners) receive $75, and Grand Champion (1 winner) receives $100! Line up starts at 5:15PM on the bike path in front of the Armory. Boonshoft Museum of Discovery will have a hands-on educational show for the kids while they wait for the parade to begin at 6:15PM. The parade will end at the pavilion in time for the Mike Hemmelgarn Puppet and Magic Show (6:30PM). Bikes will be judged during the show and prizes handed out once it has concluded (approximately 7:20PM). Please have the children wear their bike helmets.
6:30PM-7:15PMMike Hemmelgarn Puppet & Magic Show at the Pavilion thanks to the joined donations for the children's activities by community members.
7:30PM-9:30PMLive Bluegrass music by Yellow Spring's Blue Moon Soup sponsored by CBIZ MHM, LLC (Accounting Firm), Bathfitters, and Union Savings Bank of Xenia.
Around 10PMFireworks sponsored by the Sonnycalb family, Greene Memorial Hospital, and Xenia Rotary Club with music by Crazylegs Productions during the fireworks sponsored by Reichley Insurance Agency.

Gourmet Food Trucks, Wicked Wich, Nacho Pig, Mohawk Free Style Grill, Kona Ice, and Aleta's Grill will be located on Deroit Blvd. Xenia Rotary Club will be the exclusive seller of glow products and Hershey's/Dairy Station ice cream at the event with proceeds going to the fireworks and Xenia Rotary Club grants.

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