A Celebration of Fellowship & Friends

Start with some history. Add a generous portion of strawberries. Mix in some football and other athletic events. Sprinkle liberally with livestock and flowers. Throw in some art and music. Stir in some international flavors and top with fireworks, Christmas lights and the view from a vintage biplane. That's a recipe that creates a full menu of community activties for Troy residents the year round.

When you talk about community events in Troy, you have to start with the annual Troy Strawberry Festival.The first festival took place on the banks of the Miami River in 1977 and since that time it has grown into a giant community celebration that raises money for local charitable organizations. Close to 200,000 people visit the festival each year to partake in everything strawberry and to take part in the many events associated with the festival.

Another major event held each year in Troy is the Miami County Fair,  a tribute to the area’s agricultural heritage. Each August the week-long event attracts visitors to the county fairgrounds located on the north edge of Troy. Livestock and produce are big attractions at the fair, but just as many people attend the fair for the rides, harness races and entertainment.

Downtown Troy also plays host to a wide range of events each year. A typical recent summer included Troy as a stop for thousands of bicyclists taking part in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure; The Troy Classic on the Square bicycle races on downtown streets; a downtown Sculptures on the Square exhibit; and the Taste of Troy.

Troy’s annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display has been a community tradition for years. The day after Thanksgiving is the annual date for the city’s Grand Illumination of the Christmas tree and decorations on the Square.

WACO biplaneHobart Arena
is a center for skating and ice hockey, including serving as home ice for the Troy Bruins hockey team. It also hosts a number of concerts and special events during the year. Recent concerts have included Christian music star Michael W. Smithand the legendary country music group The Oak Ridge Boys.

The WACO airfield hosts WACO Fly-ins, attracting vintage airplanes from all over the nation. And, yes, you can get a ride in one of the planes, giving you the same view of Troy from the air that the pioneer aviators had in the 1920s. The airfield also hosts a special military weekend to honor veterans each July.

That’s a lot to do, but those are only a few of the activities that make Troy such a close-knit community.