MCTV, the Massillon Museum, and the Downtown Massillon Association invite families to participate in this year’s Fun Fest, which will be held on Saturday, August 13, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Fun Fest—a lively, safe, educational, and enriching experience—has entertained thousands of families in downtown Massillon for 25 years.
The outdoor event will be centered on the Massillon Museum lawn (121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon) and Duncan Plaza.
Admission to the family-focused festival is free. There is no cost for most activities; some have a minimal charge. Social service agencies, civic groups, law enforcement, churches, arts organizations, and businesses will set up games, art projects, activities, and health and safety information stations. Families love the free take-away items—coloring books, pencils, balloons, banks, books and bookmarks, treat bags, popsicles, and puzzles.
Special attractions will include inflatables, clowns creating balloon sculptures, costumed characters, stilt walkers, magicians, a ventriloquist, and more. Children will be invited to try yoga, chalk the walk, shoot some hoops, get temporary tattoos, make bracelets, learn about wildlife, make seed balls, pet animals, and listen to stories. They can try an array of crafts, play giant games, watch puppets, play corn hole, visit the Massillon Public Library bookmobile, and participate in dozens more free activities.
On the main stage, families can enjoy performances by TRU Strength, Eternity Irish Dance, Princesses Elsa and Anna, Perfect Storm Cheer, Enrichment Drum Line, Starlight School of Dance, and more. Touch a Truck will be located in the municipal parking lot. At 2:00, as the festival closes, Krackpots Comedy Club (14 Lincoln Way West) will present a free family-friendly show.
In addition to the main sponsors—MCTV, Massillon Museum, and Downtown Massillon Association—Fun Fest’s financial and grant sponsors include ArtsinStark, Visit Canton, Home Appliance Company, A.A. Hammersmith Insurance, Massillon Eagles Aerie #190; Farmers National Bank, Aqua Ohio, Midwestern Industries, Hendricks Vacuum Forming, Massillon Rotary, and Phil and Natalie Elum.
Organizer Liz Gessner McAllister of MCTV plugs the event as “a great day for kids ages four to ninety-four and their families.” Fun Fest is intended to provide all the fun of a carnival with a focus on meaningful activities. Many of the organizations and businesses that offer activities provide valuable health, safety, and educational information to parents while entertaining the children.
Free parking is available in city lots, in the Erie Street parking deck, and on adjacent streets. For more information, contact the Massillon Museum, 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org and click on “Programs and Events” then “Fun Fest” or call Liz Gessner McAllister at MCTV, 330-833-6655.