HARTVILLE  Historic downtown Hartville kicks off its annual summer festivals called Second Saturdays this week.

This is the third year for the annual street festivals, which will include more than 100 vendors joining downtown merchants for the June event called Flea for All on Saturday.

Megan Wise, owns the Best Bib and Tucker store on Mill Street in Hartville, is one of the coordinators of the Second Saturdays. She said a group of merchants got together a few years ago to develop events to bring people to downtown Hartville.

"The Second Saturday events have grown each year and this year the Flea for All will be the biggest yet," Wise said. "The community has really gotten behind the festivals this year and are promoting it socially and with posters and in other ways. Each festival has a different theme. This year, we have the Flea for All in June, the Get Out & Play on July 9, Craft Around the Block on Aug. 13 and Old Fashioned Day & Bicentennial Celebration on Sept. 10."

All of the Second Saturday street festivals are from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year’s events are as follows:

n June 11: The Flea for All is a combination handmade market, business expo and community yard sale.

n July 9: Get Out & Play will have oversized games, food trucks and Touch a Truck with fire and other types of trucks and a youth music showcase with ArtsinStark.

n Aug. 13: Craft Around the Block will have all handmade items with artists from local vendors and other areas, craft activities for kids and adults, and the Modern Vintage store is inviting people to help paint wooden cutout trees used in the downtown area for holiday displays.

n Sept. 10: Old Fashioned Day & Bicentennial Celebration with the annual Lions Club chicken BBQ, a pie contest at the Food Pantry with more than 30 pies baked by bakers from local churches and historical displays and stories about the area in celebration of the Lake Township Bicentennial

"The July festival will have a youth music showcase for kids and young adults aged 12 to 22 doing performances with vocal, instrumental or a combination of both," Wise said. "Visitors will have a change to vote for their favorite act for $1. The first place winner will get half of the tally or $100 whichever is most. Second and third place winners will get prizes from local merchants."

The September festival will also include political booths where local politicians can meet and talk with constituents. Wise said the political booths have to have a fun and free activity for kids and adults.

"The street festivals are a great way for visitors to see downtown Hartville at it’s finest," Wise said. "The main reason we decided to hold the Second Saturdays is to have a venue for people to gather and make some lasting memories and to revitalize the downtown."