Some of my favorite things about summertime in Stark County are all of the local fairs and festivals available to attend. Not only do these events allow the community to come together and connect over a funnel cake or at a parade, but they also often offer free entertainment for you and your family. You may have already visited the East Canton Community Festival or Minerva Annual Homecoming this year, but there are many more local festivities coming up this summer.

In Louisville, the city is hosting “Festival Friday” on June 30th, where a live band will play for the audience starting at 6:00 p.m. With a variety of food and drink vendors available, you can check out the art gallery, send the kids off to participate in kid-friendly activities, or just enjoy the music. As dusk approaches, you’ll be able to watch Star Wars on the library lawn, another special family-oriented event. Festival Friday is a great way to spend a Friday night and see everything the Louisville community has to offer.

One of my absolute favorite festivals to attend is the Alliance Carnation Festival, which takes place this year from July 28th through August 13th. Alliance is truly the carnation city, giving Ohio’s state flower the highest honor. The festival boasts over 40 different events and activities—from tractor pulls to a used book sale—and there is truly something for everyone! Some of the most popular events include the vintage baseball game and the hot air balloon lift off, and I encourage you to support the Alliance area by coming out to one of these great occasions!

Another event to consider attending is the Main Street Festival in North Canton on August 19th and 20th. This year marks the 21st annual celebration, another family-friendly festival with so many different things to do. As with all Ohio fairs, fair food will be in abundance at the Main Street Festival, along with an arts and crafts tent, carnival rides, and more.

One of the highlights of my summer is attending the Stark County Fair. This year’s fair will be held August 29th through September 4th. As with many of the other events this summer, the Stark County Fair offers carnival rides, fair foods, and special events such as the tractor pull and live music. I especially enjoy the 4-H and Junior Fair activities. The annual 4-H auction allows young members of our community to experience raising livestock while learning how to market and connect with community members. 

Local and county fairs and festivals are a fun way to come together as a family and are a wonderful celebration of your community. Stark County is sure to be alive with many goings-on over the next few months, and I hope to see you around the 50th House District at one of these great events!

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