NORTH CANTON The fun, food, music and street vendors returned to Main Street in North Canton to entertain local residents during the 21th Annual Main Street Festival. It’s the area’s two-day block party hosted by the North Canton Chamber of Commerce and it just keeps getting bigger every year.
This year the festival was held Aug. 19 and 20. The weekend was filled with family activities, fair food and much more. It’s become a tradition to kick it all of with the Hoover High School marching band making its way down Main Street for a performance on the steps of the North Canton YMCA.
The inflatables returned this year for the kids. The Chamber partners with MissionView Church, The Chapel, First Friends Church and Summit Church to provide a free inflatables area.
Doug Lane, president of the North Canton Chamber, said there are new items added every year to keep the festival fresh.
"The Hoover District tours were new this year, the Touch-a-Truck hosted by the North Canton Public Library is new and has been really popular and the MAPS Museum has a helicopter on display," Lane said. "Over 300 people went through the Hoover District on Saturday. In addition to the new features, there are over 100 vendors this year with 16 food vendor."
Entertainment this year included the Raven, the John Hampu Band, the Yankee Bravo Band, the Justin Tibbs Trio, Caty Petersilge and A Time to Dance gave a performance. The Academy of American Karate and Master Kim gave demonstrations. The corvettes cruised in on Saturday evening and the antique car show setup on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to the festival foods, the Zion United Church of Christ held a pancake breakfast and the North Canton Rotary hosted a spaghetti dinner in the Community Christian Church.
There were raffles, a book sale at the North Canton Public Library and the Farmer’s Market early on Saturday.