LEETONIA- The 28th annual Leetonia Artisans Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Wick Park.
The event will feature over 60 vendors offering arts, crafts, antiques and collectibles as well as homemade foods and baked goods and a full slate of entertainment. There is no admission or parking fees.
In addition to the vendors, the harvest themed event will also feature children's activities, a classic car cruise-in from noon to 4 p.m. along Walnut Street between Park and Summit streets, and a book sale and open house at the Leetonia Community Public Library during festival hours. The Charles Nelson Schmick House Bed and Breakfast, 110 Walnut Street, will also be open, with owner Priscella Kurtz on hand to give visitors information about the history of the property.
The 28th annual Leetonia Artisans Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Wick Park will feature over 60 craft and food vendors, a classic car cruise-in, a full slate of local entertainment and raffles of an Amish-made wooden glider by the Parks Board and a community made crocheted afghan by the Friends of the Library. From left, Library Director Lisa Rohrbaugh, Parks Board member Judy Amprim, library patron Tricia Scott, Parks Board member Toni Manzetti, library patron Grace Schreiber (seated), Festival Committee Chair Dan Morelli and Friends of the Library member Joey Marks. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)
Other activities include a bounce house and giant slide for children provided by the Mennonite Church and the Leetonia/Salem ADAPT groups, blood pressure checks and flu shots provided by Salem Rite Aid Pharmacy and child identity kits by the Washingtonville Police.
Entertainment will include an opening and welcome by Pastor Kari Lankford of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at 10 a.m., Joe McKim on keyboard at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Lankford performing at variety of tunes at noon, the Leetonia High School "Blue Pride" Marching Band at 1 p.m., Old Goats the Band at 2 p.m. and Kay and Penny Staley performing country and gospel tunes, with Garrett Adkins doing songs of Elvis Presley, at 3:30 p.m.
The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle, a raffle of an Amish-made wooden glider bench and a raffle of a community made crocheted blanket by the library. Tickets for the glider raffle can be purchased at the festival or in advance at the village water department or from park board members. Winners will be drawn at the finale at 4:30 p.m.
According to Dan Morelli, festival committee chairman, the event was first established in 1982 by the Leetonia Parks and Recreation Board in order to raise funds for the village's three parks and annual community events and park improvements, and proceeds are earmarked for such. The monies raised also help support other outreaches of the board such as the Christmas tree lighting.
The event also serves as a final homecoming for Leetonia natives, Morelli said.
"There's no longer a Homecoming or Fireman's Festival, so we're keeping the Artisan's Festival going as (kind of) hometown reunion," he said. "It's a day in the community for people to gather and enjoy the coming of fall."
For information on the event contact Morelli at 330-427-6741 or email him at Dmorelli80@yahoo.com.