LOVELAND, Ohio -- The streets of downtown Loveland were packed Friday night -- a welcome sight for those who in May 2017 watched an electrical fire consume long-standing fixtures and up-and-coming businesses alike.
The resulting year-plus of repairs at the intersection of West Loveland and Railroad avenues cost some business owners millions and left other members of the community worried their area would never recover.
"We've all watched the construction fences," Mayor Kathy Bailey said. "We've been feeling the sweat and the pain of this, also, and we want to be a part of the celebration, too."
The Loveland Strong Street Fest, scheduled to run until Sunday, will commemorate the historic district's revitalization with fireworks, live music, a ceremony honoring the work of first responders and a triathlon paying tribute to that most beneficent of all cryptids, the Loveland Frogman.
"The year and three months it's taken to get to this point has been arduous," said Tano Williams, whose restaurant -- also called Tano -- was the epicenter of the fire. "I'm excited just to be standing here, ready to go."