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Down the River Down a BeerDown the River, Down a Beer Tickets

Down the River, Down a Beer is set for Saturday, August 22 at Lock 9 Park in downtown Piqua. The event will include river activities, beer tastings and food vendors. Tickets for the event are $25 presale and $30 at the door. Presale ticket holders will receive a souvenir beer tasting glass and 20 beer tasting tickets.

After you have placed your order, you will receive your presale tickets in the mail and there will also be a list at the gate. Please bring a valid ID with you to the event, as you will be carded. All proceeds from the event will be used to create a river steward program to help maintain the health and growth of the Miami River in northern Miami County.

Mainstreet Piqua is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization, promotion and economic development of downtown Piqua, Ohio.  The organization was founded in 1993 with a core mission of improving the heart of our community.

Mainstreet Piqua follows the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 4-point approach for downtown revitalization. We are a designated Ohio Main Street Program and have been certified as a National Main Street Program for seven consecutive years.

The organization is led by a dedicated Board of Trustees and is widely supported by the downtown business community, area financial institutions and a host of corporate supporters and individuals from throughout the Piqua community and beyond. Mainstreet Piqua also appreciates the full support of the City of Piqua.

We host a variety of family-oriented community events including Taste of the Arts, Downtown Brown Bag Series and Christmas on the Green. For a full listing of all our events please visit our Calendar of Events.

To support the ongoing mission of the organization Mainstreet Piqua we are proud to offer a complete line of Piqua collectibles and memorabilia. Our offerings include two different decks of Piqua Playing Cards featuring historical photos of Piqua, mugs, ornaments, note-cards, mini-crocks, spoon rests, and a DVD featuring a 40-minute driving tour of Piqua done in 1957.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities within the Mainstreet Piqua organization.  Please call us at  
937-773-9355.  if you have any questions feel free to drop us an email at

Piqua Farmers MarketSeventh Season of Piqua Farmers Market Begins Thursday, May 21

The seventh season of the Piqua Community Farmers Market will get underway on Thursday, May 21 and after a long and cold winter there are lots of folks looking forward to the market. The Piqua Community Farmers Market will continue to be held on Thursdays in Canal Place directly north of Winans. The market hours are 3:30 - 7 p.m. The market is made possible through the generous sponsorship support of Eagle Printing and Graphics and the Piqua location of Goin' Postal.

So far there are thirteen approved vendors for the 2015 season and they are mostly from Miami and Shelby counties. The Piqua Community Farmers Market will be held each Thursday through September 10. The Piqua Community Farmers Market is organized by Mainstreet Piqua and the organization's Executive Director Lorna Swisher says although it has been a wet and cool spring there will still be plenty to find at the market, "Obviously it is very early in the season but we do have fresh salad greens coming to the market and a number of plants including flowers and herbs." Says Lorna Swisher, "In addition to our vegetable vendors we have a huge variety of baked goods." Those wishing to receive the free weekly farmer's market e-newsletter can sign up at The newsletter outlines what new items are coming to the market each week and contains all the details about special events planned for the weekly market.

"We are hoping that the Farmers Market will be a weekly after-work activity for families in the Piqua community." Says Swisher. Mainstreet Piqua has a full slate of activities planned for the market this year including a berry pie baking contest on June 11. The Piqua Community Farmers Market is still accepting produce and fruit vendor applications and interested vendors are encouraged to contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355 or download the applications and guidelines from The Farmers Market is a project of the Mainstreet Piqua.

Historical Walking Tours Offered

The Piqua Tourism Council, in cooperation with the Local History department of the Piqua Public Library and Mainstreet Piqua have teamed up to offer five different walking tours of Piqua to occur this spring and fall. The tour series starts on Saturday, April 25 with a tour of the Fountain Park Area. The tour starts at 10:30 A.M. at the main entrance of Fountain Park.

The walking tour will explore the history of Fountain Park, Chautauqua and Hance Pavilion. Many of the Queen Anne Style homes were built to take advantage of the natural beauty of the park. This will be a gentle walk that is generally ADA compliant and should last about two hours.

The second tour will be a Lockington Locks tour on Saturday, May 16 from 10:30 A.M. through 12:30 P.M. Participants will meet in the main Lockington Locks parking area off Tow Path Trail in Lockington. Johnson Farm and Indian Agency director Andy Hite will give a fascinating tour of this remarkably well preserved canal lock and talk about the important social and economic impact of the Lock system. Sturdy shoes are encouraged. This tour is not handicapped accessible.

The third tour in the series will be a Saturday, May 30 from 1PM to 2PM (in conjunction with the Piqua Cyclovia) and will be a 1913 Flood Tour. Those wishing to participate should meet at Lock 9 Park at the intersection of Water and Spring Streets. The tour will focus on the devastation of the 1913 floor in the bend of the Great Miami River. This will be a gentle walk with some optional climbs of the flood levy.  With the exceptions of the levies this walk is generally ADA compliant. There is no charge for this tour.

The fourth tour will be the Favorite Stove Area on Saturday, September 12 from 10:30 A.M. though 12:30 P.M. Participants will meet at south east corner of College and South Streets. Plenty of on-street parking is available. This tour will focus on the vast industrial complex around the area of the 1880's Favorite Stove & Range Company as it went through many occupants and uses. This will be an exterior tour only. This will be a reasonably gentle walk.

The last tour of the series will be a Piqua Power Plant/Nuclear Plant tour and will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 10:30 A.M. through 12:30. Participants will meet at the parking area on the south end of the Piqua Power Plant on S. Main Street. This tour will be an EXTERIOR tour of the Piqua Power Plant and an interior tour of the Piqua nuclear plant on the east side of the river. This tour is not handicapped accessible.

Tickets are available for the tours at $5.00 each. Tickets may be purchased at the Mainstreet Piqua office at 326 North Main. The tours will be led by Piqua historian Jim Oda (unless otherwise noted.) This project is sponsored by the Piqua Tourism Council with additional assistance from Mainstreet Piqua and the Piqua Public Library. Call Mainstreet Piqua at 937-773-9355 for additional information.

Mainstreet Piqua Launches Smartphone App for Downtown Piqua

Mainstreet Piqua Launches Smartphone AppBreak out your smartphone - downtown Piqua is about to take a giant step forward in mobile technology with the launch this week of a Mainstreet Piqua mobile app.  The app offers residents and visitors information about downtown Piqua's retail and service businesses along with events being held in the downtown or by Mainstreet Piqua member businesses. 

The mobile app, available for both iPhone and Android users, has a number of different categories to sort the information.  For example, those looking for shopping opportunities can click on the "Shopping" icon on the home screen and find a listing of all the retail shops in downtown Piqua with directions, phone numbers and links to their websites.  The shopping listings can also be further broken down into specific shopping categories.

Another icon on the home screen is for "Services" with information on downtown Piqua's many service providers including attorneys, insurance, non-profit organizations and numerous other categories.  In addition to finding phone numbers and websites the app provides turn-by-turn directions through the users built-in GPS system.  A separate calendar tab highlights events such as the Piqua Community Farmers' Market, Taste of the Arts, Piqua Rocks! and various other downtown happenings.  Those who download the app will also have the ability to search for events and, with one-touch technology, conveniently "save" events to their smartphone calendar.  There's also a "Wall" feature which allows users to login into the app and post notices and comments for everyone to view. 

The app was developed by Mainstreet Piqua with the help of Darrin Michael, the owner of Michael Web Solutions. "We really wanted to develop an app for Mainstreet Piqua," says Mainstreet Piqua Executive Director Lorna Swisher.  "Darrin Michael was able to research the exact platform we should use and he has been a tremendous asset throughout the project," says Swisher. 

"App users will find it extremely easy to reach out to downtown Piqua businesses," says Swisher.  The business listings in the app are primarily consumer-oriented businesses such as shops, service businesses and restaurants. 
Most of the businesses listed are supporters of Mainstreet Piqua but other Piqua businesses interested in being on the app may contact Mainstreet Piqua for pricing information.  The Miami County Foundation assisted financially in the development of the app. 

The app is available for free download from the Apple Store and through Google Play Store. Keyword searches for the app are Piqua and Mainstreet Piqua.  For additional information please contact Lorna Swisher at Mainstreet Piqua, Inc. at 937-773-9355.

Need a Gift?  Run out of time?

The Mainstreet Piqua website has a new enhanced shopping basket feature and now all your Piqua Collectibles are available with the click of a mouse! Payment is handled through the secure payment processor PayPal.  There are currently 15 items to purchase on the website and more items will be added as they are added to the Mainstreet Piqua inventory. 

All items will be shipped using the Flat Rate shipping services through the United States Postal Service with receipt delivery confirmation. 

Once you have chosen your items and completed payment your selections will be carefully packed and shipped from the Mainstreet Piqua office.  If you decide to ship multiple items to one location your selections will be combined into one box and additional shipping charges will be refunded through PayPal.

Got ideas?

If you have ideas or suggestions for the improvement of downtown Piqua please share your thoughts with us through the Mainstreet Piqua Suggestion Box. We appreciate your input and thank you in advance.

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Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.
PO Box 1703
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