IVC Band Bash Aug. 10

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers
Band students perform at the IVC Band Bash in 2013.

The fifth annual IVC Band Bash will take place from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Aug. 10 at Tim and Shelly’s 2nd Street Bar & Grill, 1046 N. Second St.

The fundraiser profits will go to the IVC Marching Grey Ghosts to help with travel and equipment needs.

Co-owner Tim Berger said the event serves about 800 people each year. Second and Chestnut streets by the restaurant will be blocked off to make way for the performers, eating areas and the cruise-in with over 200 cars expected.

Berger played for Pekin High School when he was in high school and when the move to Chillicothe happened six years ago, he wanted to help with the IVC band any way he could.

“They’ve got a heck of a program. Matt Chapman, the director, is just an incredible director and just and incredible guy. He’s just great to these kids,” Berger said.

In the past, the funds raised have helped the band purchase new uniforms, hats and shoes.

“This year we’re hoping to get over the $25,000 mark. They need a new vehicle too, besides their drums,” Berger said.

The Marching Grey Ghosts have played high-level performances before such as taking the field at Busch Stadium at a St. Louis Cardinals game in 2013.

The success of IVC on the field is also known throughout the state.

IVC was AA State champion four times and A State champion in 2007, 2011 and 2013.

In the 2013 season, the Marching Grey Ghosts made it to fifth place in the Bands of America Super Regional Championships in St. Louis.

New to the bash this year is the Kiss the Pig. Around town, little plastic pigs are set up in businesses, and the one with the most raised money will have the chance to kiss a live pig.

The event will kick off at 11 a.m. with Rewind playing from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 1-2:45 p.m., the Skat Band, made up of IVC players, will perform.

At 2:45 p.m. the live auction will take place, and from 4-5 p.m. Double Shot will take the stage to close out the afternoon.

For the raffle prizes, first will win a trip for two to Laughlin, Nev., for three nights, all inclusive. Second will win a plasma TV and third will win a cash prize of $100.

During the live auction, one bidding item will be a seven-night stay in a Gatlinburg, Tenn., condo.

Auction items and donations are still being accepted and can be dropped off at Tim and Shelly’s anytime.

A silent auction will also be taking place along with a dunk tank and over 30 vendors in place.

The hog roast will cost a $7 donation and will consist of baked beans, potato salad, dessert, iced tea, lemonade and coffee.

Tim and Shelly’s kitchen will be closed but the dining area will still be open for attendees to eat inside.