HARTVILLE It’s that one day a year in Hartville when the kids and their families take over the historic downtown area and make it come alive with summer fun and lots of activities.
The annual Get Out & Play event was held on July 14 in downtown Hartville. In its fifth-year, it has become a favored event. The scorching hot 90-degree day couldn’t keep people away from the food, fun and many activities.
"People definitely planned for the weather today, we had large crowds early in the day and smaller crowds in the afternoon," said event coordinator and Best Bib and Tucker owner Megan Wise said. "We had over 50 community groups, churches, performers and businesses all come together to provide a great day and a super summer fest for families."
The main street, side streets and sidewalks were filled with games, crafts and activities for toddlers through pre-teen. There were also many trucks open for the Touch-a-Truck and the Akron RubberDucks’ mascot, Webster, was in town.
There was also an open mic talent show for local performers. Parking and most of the activities were free to all because of the support from Lake Community Federal Credit Union.
One of the many vendors included Pegasus Farm, which brought along a mechanical horse that would move its head, swish its tail and whinny.
"The horse’s name is Smores and it even chews its oats," said Pegusus Farms Director Carol Lichtenwalter.
Other activities included a photo booth, a kid’s painting class, coloring, story time and visiting with a few goats. Most everyone was having such a good time, few people appeared worried about the heat of the day.
For more information about joining next year’s events, contact Wise at 330-877-3308.