Hug the Earth Festival

Outdoor Fun...Inspired by Nature

Saturday, May 14th 2016 12 - 5  p.m.

Bring the family out to Stillwater Prairie Reserve and enjoy the Hug the Earth Festival that celebrates nature! Whether you come to sing along with your favorite Banana Slug String Band song or try out one of the many activities, you are sure to have a good time.  

The fun begins at noon when the Banana Slug String Band performs their popular songs like “Dirt Made My Lunch” and “Water Cycle Boogie.” Beginning at 1 p.m. enjoy Archery, Geocaching, Canoeing on the Pond (registration begins at noon and is limited), Rocket Shoots, Nature Crafts, Rock Pile Dig, Face Painting, Gnome-Fairy House Building, Animal Safari, Bring the Farm to You, food & more! Don't miss out on the outdoor adventure activities with the Rock Climbing Wall,  Zip Line, Tree Climbing and High Ropes Course. General admission is free. Click the link to view the Hug the Earth Festival Map of activities - COMING IN APRIL.


*Banana Slug String Band performs once from 12 - 1 p.m.* 

All of the following activities start at 1 p.m. - List from 2015...2016 activities COMING SOON

Geology Zone

OAIMA Rock & Fossil Dig

Rock Painting

Gemstone Screening

Outdoor Adventure

Canoeing (registration beings at noon)


Animal Safari


Paddleboard Demo (brought to you by Can't Stop Running)

Young Explorers

Face Painting

Straw Jump

Rope Machine


VIP Popcorn & Water Station

Animals, Animals

Farm Animals (Bring the Farm to You)

Miami County Equine Initiatives Task Force (Horses & Mini Horse)

Miami County Animal Shelter - CANCELLED

Rocks, Ropes & Tree Tops

Zip Line

High Ropes Course

Tree Climbing

Rock Wall

Independent Exploration 

Rocket Shoot

Natural Play Area

Gnome Home/Fairy House Building

Storybook Trail


Below list is from 2015...2016 food vendors COMING SOON

Susie's Big Dipper

        Homemade Ice Cream



Boy Scouts of American Troop #365

        Hot Dogs



Cumberland Kettle Corn

        Varieties of freshly popped Kettle Corn

Additional Information

Banana Slug String Band

The Banana Slug String Band is committed to educational entertainment for children and families through interactive music and performance. They are dedicated to fostering positive attitudes about the environment, providing accurate information about natural history and science, promoting music appreciation, building self-esteem in children, honoring creativity, supporting the arts in education and sparking in people a joyful sense of wonder. 

Rock Climbing Wall, Zip Line, Tree Climbing & High Ropes Course

Join in on the outdoor adventure activities! Kids won't want to miss this opportunity to climb a rock wall or feel what it's like to fly when they try out the zip line. Make sure you save time to test your balance on the high ropes course. Donations for these activities are welcomed.

Canoeing on the Pond

Ever wanted to find a new outdoor activity? Try out canoeing at the festival. Guests are invited to put on life jackets and take a float around the pond. This is a very popular destination at the festival and will fill up fast! Registration is required and begins at noon. 

Bring the Farm to You 

Learn all about a variety of farm animals at this activity! Get hands-on interaction with chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep and turkeys. Don't miss out on this great family experience.  

Hug the Earth School Festival Performances

Follow this link to view your child’s performance with the Banana Slug String Band. Remember they will be listed under their grade as of last May, 2015. 

Thank You 2015 Sponsors!

Troy Foundation                                Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.

Kerber Sheet Metal                           Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association

Fairfield Inn & Suites                         Tipp City Area Community Foundations     

Miami County Foundation                 Miami County Agricultural Society                  

Piqua Community Foundation           Miami County Park District Volunteers in Parks

The Caroline                                     Basil's on Market

La Piazza                                          Mohawk Freestyle Grill                        

El Sombrero                                      Spinnaker Coating

Can’t Stop Running