‘Toast’ event grows in stature


By Martin Graham - [email protected]



The 2016 Fayette County Toast to Summer was held Saturday at the Fayette County Airport with a balloon glow being held in the evening hours.


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Jolinda Van Dyke reflects on the success of the 2016 Fayette County Toast to Summer as the event begins to get busy.

The 2016 Fayette County Toast to Summer had better luck with the weather this year and saw a large crowd throughout the event.

“It was a little slow in the afternoon, but it was also quite hot,” Jolinda Van Dyke, executive director of Fayette County Travel & Tourism, said during the event on Saturday. “Everything has been very successful, the vendors are still here, and we have extra people out parking now. We have balloons up tethering, it has been an awesome event.”

At the event, several local food vendors, including Country Cakes & Bakes, Horney’s Texas Style Barbeque, Streetside 62, The Rusty Keg, and Roosters attended and served a large variety of items. Also at the event were 11 Ohio wineries, 42 art vendors and a beer garden. Live, local music could be heard throughout the day including performances by Katy Large, Michael Boyle, Pete Blevins, Levi and Tisa Fraley, and Taking Back Summer.

The Toast to Summer main sponsors were Gusweiler GMC & Toyota and Vermeer Heartland. Hot air balloon sponsors included Buckeye Propane, Fayette Co. Travel & Tourism, The Rusty Keg, Vermeer Heartland, Carr Construction, Mid Atlantic Storage, WVNU, Fairfield Inn & Suites, and Jim Van Dyke’s Tire & Automotive Center. Also helping were Fifth Third Bank, First State Bank, Huntington Bank, Merchant’s National Bank, the City of Washington, Parrett Insurance, YUSA Corporation and LCNB.

“We had the bi-plane rides happening earlier, those have stopped, but we will have those available again at a fly-in on August 13,” Van Dyke said. “The crowd has been just great. It has really been a great day and a great event. We would love to thank all of our sponsors. Thank everyone who has helped with this event. It takes a city to get it together. We are looking forward to a bigger, better event next year.”

For more information about the event, or future events, contact the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at 740-335-0761 or the Fayette County Airport at 740-335-2430.

The 2016 Fayette County Toast to Summer was held Saturday at the Fayette County Airport with a balloon glow being held in the evening hours.
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By Martin Graham

[email protected]

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy

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