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Rock 'N' Green Tomato Festival Gets Bigger Every Year

MIAMISBURG -- The Rock 'N' Green Tomato Festival Gets Bigger Every Year. More than 5,000 people came out Saturday reflecting the growth in the local economy.

"First time ever that we had fried green tomatoes," said West Carrollton resident Sandi Galvin.

But that's just one of the reasons thousands of people filled the Riverfront Park.

 "I've been watching on the news about the hamburger eating contest," Dayton resident Marsha Moore said.

There is great music, great food, there's even  a petting zoo and bouncy houses for the kids.

 But the atmosphere in Miamisburg hasn't always been great. The city was hit hard when the Dayton Mall was built in the 70s. Several of the local business moved out and the population dwindled a lot.

 "10 or 11 years ago we organized the Miamisburg Merchants with the idea of bringing back downtown," said Ron Holp of the Miamisburg merchants. "It's not easy to do. A lot of downtown's are similar to Miamisburg but the city jumped in. They were buying the buildings for this part we are in today so it just kind of coordinated together."

 Miamisburg is one of the few cities in Montgomery County to show a growth in population since the 2000 census.

 One of the things the Miamisburg merchants started was the festival, going four years strong now. It is one of about 60 different events held at Riverfront park this year.

"Today has been busy," said Larry Belue, co-owner of 3 Dips Ice Cream Shoppe. "Been a lot of business with the festival going on.


MIAMISBURG -- The Rock 'N' Green Tomato Festival Gets Bigger Every Year, They call it the Rock 'N' Green Tomato Festival because Miamisburg is where directors filmed the movie Fried Green Tomatoes.

More than 5,000 people came out Saturday reflecting the growth in the local economy. The city was hit hard when the Dayton Mall was built in the 70s. Several of the local business moved out and the population dwindled a lot.

"10 or 11 years ago we organized the Miamisburg Marchants with the idea of bringing back downtown," said Ron Holp of the Miamisburg merchants. "It's not easy to do. A lot of downtown's are similar to Miamisburg but the city jumped in. They were buying the buildings for this part we are in today so it just kind of coordinated together."

Miamisburg is one of the few cities in Montgomery County to show a growth in population since the 2000 census.

One of the things the Miamisburg merchants started was the festival, going four years strong now. It is one of about 60 different events held at Riverfront park this year.

There is great music, great food, there's even  a petting zoo and bouncy houses for the kids.

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