MASSILLON — Looking for something fun to do this weekend? The young and young at heart are invited to Fun Fest, an educational and entertaining event featuring free activities, entertainment and giveaways.
The event, organized by MCTV, Massillon Museum and Downtown Massillon Association, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Activities will be centered on the Massillon Museum lawn, 121 Lincoln Way E, Duncan Plaza and First Street SE.
Thousands of families have enjoyed this annual event over the past 25 years.
Fun Fest organizer Liz Gessner McAllister said this year’s event was the biggest she’s ever hosted. Nearly 90 organizations and artists participate and there are a few new groups.
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A variety of social service agencies, civic groups, law enforcement, churches, arts organizations and businesses set up games, arts projects, activities and volunteer positions. health and safety information.
Many attendees provide free items including coloring books, school supplies, books, balloons, popsicles and a range of other goodies.
The event will feature inflatables, clowns creating balloon sculptures, costumed characters, stilt walkers, magicians and a walking ventriloquist.
Children will be invited to try yoga, chalk walk, do hula hoops, get temporary tattoos, make bracelets, learn about wildlife, make seed balls, pets and listen to stories.
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They can play giant games, watch puppets, play corn hole, visit the library bus at the Massillon Public Library and take part in dozens of other activities.
Most activities are free, but some are chargeable.
Downtown Massillon Association board member Barb Schumacher said the free activities attract a lot of families. She plans even more to attend this year’s event with rising prices for just about everything from school supplies to groceries to gasoline.
“It’s a great event for families,” she said. “There are different events, crafts and experiences. You can bring your child for the day and you don’t have to spend any money.”
A $4,250 grant from ArtsInStark and Visit Canton helped organizers secure more entertainment. The Fun Fest is also supported by local sponsors, Schumacher added.
“We’re very excited (about the artists),” said Gessner McAllister. “We have the princesses of ‘Frozen’ (Anna and Elsa). They will perform and then meet. We have traveling guitarist Chris McBurney and the magic of Randy and Tom.”
Crowd-favorite clowns Philbe and Bertha will be on hand to twist balloons.
In addition, guests can enjoy performances on the main stage from Starlight School of Dance, TRU Strength, Eternity Irish Dance, Perfect Storm Cheer, and EN-RICH-MENT drum line. Touch a Truck will be in the municipal parking lot.
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Native American Lance White Eagle will also speak to children about Native American culture and a variety of costumed characters will roam the event space, Gessner McAllister said.
New this year is a free family comedy show at Krackpots Comedy Club, 14 Lincoln Way W, as Fun Fest wraps up at 2 p.m.
“I think especially with the way things are going economically in the community and the nation, it’s just a fabulous event for the whole family,” she added. “There are so many fun things for young kids. It’s just a cool event that brings out the best in what Massillon and the community is all about. It’s like a good old fashioned community picnic without food After the event, you can visit the downtown restaurants to eat something.
Gessner McAllister, who chaired the event for 25 years, said many people are coming together to make the event happen, especially all the organizations and businesses that have booths.
“How much time, effort and money goes into preparing for this?” she asked. “They are really what makes this possible. I bring them all together. Thanks to them, it really is possible.”
The grant also provided funds to advertise the event on local radio stations to attract more people to the city.
Massillon Museum Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon said the scholarship allows them to invite families who are unfamiliar with Fun Fest and the City of Champions to come to Massillon for the day and enjoy things like the museum. , local restaurants and shops, and have fun downtown.
“I think it shows how much we really hope to strengthen the brand of downtown Massillon,” she added. “We’ve had calls from new attendees. People want to come together as a community and connect with families and the museum is really proud to be one of the long-time organizers along with MCTV and DMA.”
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