Widely anticipated each year as the party of the summer, the Hip Sips Music and Arts Festival, Saturday evening at Union City’s Artisan Park (note the change in location from previous years), is likely the most fun you will have while making the community a better place to live. The gates open at 4 p.m. with music from 5 to about 11:30 p.m. Proceeds, as always, go to Cancer Services for Randolph County to help local people who are undergoing treatment for cancer.
The festival this year is presented by Union City Redefined with financial support from St. Vincent Ascension Health, Star 98.3/WZZY, Randolph County Tourism, Applegate Farm Equipment, First Merchants Bank and Trust, and Winchester Walmart.
Tickets are $10 each and are available from any Hip Sips organizing committee member or at the gate, the day of the show.
Performing at this year’s 10th annual Hip Sips are The John Barnard band (5 to 6:30 p.m.), The Governor Davis Band (7 to 8:30 p.m.), and The Sean Lamb Band (9:30 to 11 p.m.). There will also be a craft fair and a charity auction of donated items to raise money for Cancer Services of Randolph County.
“The support of the county for this event has been incredible from our sponsors, as well as our ticket purchasers,” said organizing committee member Jodi Cotter. “We’re pleased to be able to continue this popular tradition. Our social media exposure has helped a great deal.
“The event’s popularity is why we do this to provide necessary services for local people. We’re blessed in our sponsors and our attendees. We want everybody to come and to have a good time.”
Organizing committee member Alice Myers said the purpose of Hip Sips is first and foremost to support Cancer Services for Randolph County.
“For all the people looking for a way to give back to the Randolph County community, just attending Hip Sips makes it possible for us to continue our services to local families who are dealing with cancer,” Myers said. “Every penny we receive stays here in the county and is used only to support local residents as they deal with cancer.
“We are a volunteer organization and are not associated with any national cancer group or organization.”
Established in 2008, Cancer Services for Randolph County was created as a way to help people who are struggling with the financial hit of cancer that accompanies the disease’s emotional and physical blows. They address a wide variety of needs to help cancer patients. To be eligible for assistance from Cancer services, you don’t have to fill out forms or provide personal documents - you just have to have certification from a doctor that you have been diagnosed with cancer. It is not income based.
John Barnard is from the Economy/Hagerstown region of Wayne County. For many years, he has been a musician for Garfield cartoons. He is a guitarist who specializes in hits of the 1960’s and 1970’s. He performed at a prior Hip Sips concert during the event’s second or third year.
The Governor Davis Band is a blues band from Muncie that is very popular and has been around for a long time.
The Richmond-based Sean Lamb band, which opened this year’s Goodrich Park Concert Series, has a strong local following. They are accomplished, popular, and versatile and do many faithful classic rock covers.
Food will be available for purchase, as will wine (through Cordial Cork of Richmond), craft beer (through New Boswell brewery of Richmond), and luminaries. Domestic beers will also be available.
Attendees should bring lawn chairs and/or blankets. The festival will be held rain or shine.
Anyone interested in helping to sponsor the charitable festival should call Cotter at (765) 546-0520 or Myers at (765) 969-7508.