The Press Newspaper
National recording group “Berlin featuring Terri Nunn,” which had a chart topping hit “Take my breath away” from the popular movie “Top Gun,” in the 80’s, will headline the 5th annual “Boomfest at the Grove” in Oregon on Friday, July 4 from 2 p.m. until Midnight at the Oak Shade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road, home of the German American Festival.
Entry, entertainment and parking for the event are free. Food, drinks, and activities will be on hand for adults and kids.
Carriages pulled by Clydesdale horses will provide tours of the Oak Shade Grove facility. Food will include hot dogs and pretzels, barbecued wings and hamburgers. New this year is a Chick-fil-A booth.
“We are one of the only festivals around that will have a Chick-fil-A booth,” said Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian. “It’s known to be one of the higher end fast food places.”
The “Cruisin’ the Grove Car Show” will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and feature “The Jimmy & Bob Show, who are DJ’s that will spin 50’s and 60’s music. Live entertainment and children’s activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Motown Style Band “The KGB Band,” followed by popular Toledo band “Arctic Clam” at 7:30 p.m., which will perform after the fireworks until Midnight.
Zambelli will provide the fireworks display, as it has in previous years.
“Our fire department said they are top notch with safety,” said Seferian. “They really know what they’re doing. We are very comfortable with them.”
Kids’ activities will include an inflatable jumper and climbing walls.
The featured performance, though, will be the American new wave recording band “Berlin featuring Terri Nunn.” Besides “Take my breath away,” other hit songs by the group include “No More Words,” “The Metro,” and “Masquerade.”
“Nobody else in our area can boast a free concert to the scale we have at Boomfest,” said Seferian. “The Rib-Off in Maumee this August has Ted Nugent, but people have to pay for that. Our venue is bigger than that.”
The event cost about $50,000, said Seferian. The city contributed $15,000 while BP/Husky Refinery, ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Mercy St. Charles Hospital, the Oregon Clean Energy power plant, and smaller corporate sponsors, contributed the rest.
“We are excited to once again partner with the local business community and the GAF to present a fun event for Oregon area families,” said Seferian. “This event has grown over the last few years, and we hope to continue building on this new tradition in the future. Our local business community has really stepped up to help make sure that both Oregon residents and people from the broader region could enjoy a traditional celebration of community and our nation’s birthday.”
Oregon police will provide security, which is standard practice at such events, said Seferian.
“We really do count on the local people to create a great atmosphere. We just want them to enjoy the surroundings,” he said. “Where else can you go and have a national act entertain you in such tranquil surroundings as the Oak Shade Grove?”
In 2012, the event drew about 10,000 people, according to Seferian. Last year, the number dropped due to heavy rains.
Boomfest organizers have been successful in previous years snagging successful musical acts, including John Waite, whose hits included “Missing You,” and Steve Augeri, a former lead singer for the band Journey.
“This year, we have the KGB band to start off, like last year. They are a Motown sound group. They’ve been around a long time. By request from a lot of people, we invited them back.”
The Mustang Sally band, the headliner for the first Boomfest, wanted to return, but Seferian wants variety.
“We keep trying to raise the bar every year. Each of those groups were great. We had a good time. But I don’t want to repeat a group because we want a fresh look for our headliners. So we want some years to pass before we invite someone back.”
Next year, he’d like to include such activities as lawnmower pulls, similar to tractor pulls.
“We’re trying to add something to Boomfest each year so that people can enjoy being there the whole day,” he said.