Surf Ohio Festiki is Next Month

Festiki 2009


Catch the big wave of family fun at Surf Ohio Festiki 2009 on August 15 at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton from noon to 11:00 p.m.

Enjoy an exotic trip to the South Pacific and Caribbean islands via live surf rock and exotica music, Hawaiian steel guitar and authentic hula dancing, steel drums, fire dancing, and Polynesian-style food, drinks and more. Surf Ohio Festiki 2009 also will feature tiki carvers, retro vendors, a giant sand sculpture, and a cruise-in of vintage pre-1970 hot rods, motorcycles and scooters.

"The Festiki experience was created to offer everyone a much needed 'staycation alternative' – an escape to the tropical life, right here in Ohio," said Ron Kaplan, founder of Surf Ohio, LLC and event organizer. "For over thirty years, people of all ages have enjoyed the fun-in-the-sun state of mind symbolized by Surf Ohio, and Festiki will bring that attitude to life," Kaplan said.

The live entertainment lineup is highlighted by Chicago surf rock and exotica band the Cocktail Preachers; Dayton’s own instrumental masters the Nick Kizirnis Band; and the monster surf sounds of Springfield, Illinois’ Go! Tsunami. The afternoon performers include the Harmony Islanders with Leilani, providing lush Hawaiian music and hula dancing, and Pan Harmony, a steel drum ensemble that encourages audience participation. Soul Fire Tribe, a fire-dancing troupe, will light the tiki torches in ritual fashion and perform at dusk. DJs Jet Sterling and Rev. Chuck Allen of Surfabilly Freakout! will spin vintage rock, surf and exotica records between bands.

The Sand Sculpture Company of Chicago will be creating an 8-ton sand sculpture with a tiki theme. Children can build their own sand castles as part of the kids’ fun zone. Guests can “hit the waves” on a surfboard simulator.

Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for ages 10-17; and free for ages 9 and under. Receive $1 off a single admission with a current AAA membership card. Parking is free. Car show registration is $10 per vehicle. Trophies will be awarded to the top 25 vehicles.

For more information, visit or call (937) 293-2841.

Festiki sponsors include Surf Ohio, the Fraternal Order of Moai, Tiki Magazine, AAA Travel, Watson's, WTUE-FM, WONE-AM,, Creative Fuse Initiative, Land Shark Lager and Logos at Work. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the world's waves and beaches.


—Tagata Maori Rogorogo

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