UNIONTOWN  The annual Uniontown Lions Festival celebrated its 25 anniversary this year. Local residents look forward to the four-day event every year.

The local favorite festival is set up each year in the fields behind the Hartville Marketplace in Hartville. The event draws thousands of people from Uniontown, Hartville and surrounding areas. There is always plenty of food, amusement rides, games, live entertainment, fireworks and a parade each year.

This year’s theme was Let’s Celebrate and the grand marshal was John Birk who was the founder of the annual event. 

The amusement rides and games are provided by Kissel Rides from Cincinnati. Mark Troyer was the festival chairman for seven years and was this year’s co-chair.

“This year, the Uniontown Lions Club is celebrating two major milestones: it is the Club’s 75th Anniversary of our Chapter and the 25th Anniversary of our Uniontown Lions Festival,” Troyer said. “In recognition of these two milestones, our theme for this year’s Festival is “Let’s Celebrate!” In addition, we will recognize long time Uniontown Lion John Birk as our Grand Marshal.”

There was also an annual car show on Friday night along with live entertainment. The annual car show awards Best of Pre-War and Post-War and Best of Ford, T-Bird, Corvette, Chevy, Pontiac, Mopar, Buick, Custom, Truck and Open. There are door prizes and 50/50 raffles each year.

This year, the event opened with La Flavour playing live and the Friday night headliner was the Dave & Daphne from Nashville.

All proceeds from the annual event go to support the many programs, various local community projects and to expand the scope of services of the Uniontown Lions Club.

The club decided to bring back the annual Uniontown Lions Club Queen and added the Uniontown Lions Club King. The first event for this will be next year’s festival but the committee wants everyone to know that people can start applying now.

There is no cost to participate in this new tradition.  The purpose of the Queen and King is to represent the belief in “serving others” to youth.  This is not a “Beauty Pageant” but a “what have you done for others” pageant.

Qualifications:

• Must be between the ages of 5 and 10. 

• Must submit an application signed by a parent/guardian.

• Must be able to attend the Semi-Finals on Wednesday evening. A Queen and King will be chosen on this day.

• No geographic specific residence required.  If you hear about this you are eligible, regardless of where you live.

• No alliance to a Lions Club member required.

For an application, call Mindy Covington at 330-699-3084.

Troyer said the Uniontown Lions Club has about 65 members. For more information or to join, visit the website at http://uniontownlions.org/.