LEETONIA- The Leetonia Artisans Festival will be held a week earlier than previously announced, the festival committee has announced.
The 28th annual festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at Wick Park. The event has been changed to the third Sunday of the month to accommodate the Johnny Appleseed Festival being held the following weekend in Lisbon, according to Dan Morelli, Leetonia Artisans Festival Committee chairman.
"[The event] was originally planned on [the fourth Sunday] but the committee wanted to compliment the other events rather than compete with them as in prior years," Morelli explained. "After the success of last year...attendance was very good last year...we want to draw people in. The move allows for more success in booking vendors and increasing the attendance."
Vendor applications are available online at www.leetonia.org and can be downloaded and mailed to Leetonia Village Hall in care of Randy Chismar, village fiscal officer, by July 31.
The cost for all arts, crafts, antiques and collectible vendors for a 15-foot by 15-foot spot is $40. Food vendors can apply for a $50 fee and must secure a state-approved food license to participate. Tents or canopies are recommended for all setups.
Morelli said last year's festival offered 92 various vendors and that the committee is hoping to top 100 this year.
The show is held rain or shine and offers free admission, free parking and free entertainment by local musicians all day long. The event will include a Classic Car Cruise-In from noon to 4
p.m. on Walnut Street between Summit and Park streets. Activities are also being planned for children and a bounce house will set up during the day by the ADAPT group. Other features will be added during the next few months to enhance the day, and entertainment is still bring planned. A full schedule will be released at a later date.
The event was first established in 1982 and has been an annual major fund raiser for the Leetonia Parks and Recreation Board with monies earmarked for park improvements and community events. The family friendly event features entertainment throughout the day and various foods available at the pavilion and along the curb of Summit Street.
For information about the festival contact Morelli at 330-427-6741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.