OTTAWA — Ottawa becomes Little Nashville with live bands performing in a variety of venues today starting at 5 p.m. in downtown Ottawa. Gates open at 4 p.m. This is the fifth year for the event.
The event started when Thomas “Duffer” Rosenbauer, of Ottawa, visited Nashville, Tennessee.
“I have been going to Nashville for a long time and after I came back from there, I said to one of my buddies, ‘You know what, I think Ottawa could be like Little Nashville, and have bands in the bars and all of that.’ They didn’t believe it, and I did it anyways. The Rotary supported me and we’ve done it ever since. It’s been a good fundraiser for us,” said Rosenbauer.
The money raised goes toward the parks in Ottawa and Glandorf.
“Our main goal is to keep the parks. We just gave $15,000 for the pavilion,” said Rosenbauer.
Little Nashville will have bands playing in the clubs and bars along Main Street in Ottawa.
“All the bars have a band going from 5 to 8 p.m. We have a band playing at the new rec center, or pavilion, which is the first performance for that, and then Nashville Crush comes in at 8 p.m. and plays until 11 p.m.,” said Rosenbauer. “We have seven bands playing at one time. People can walk in and out to listen to other bands.”
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.