Bicentennial Celebrated at Hartville’s Old Fashioned Day

An extra special edition of Old Fashioned Day is planned for September 10th in Historic Downtown Hartville. In honor of Lake Township’s Bicentennial, a flag was flown over the US Capitol. Old Fashioned Day begins with a proclamation reading and raising of this flag at 10am. Old fashioned fun continues until 3pm with a concert by The Twang Cats, Hartville Lions Club’s famous chicken BBQ, the 3rd annual Hartville’s Best Pie Contest, PNC Bank’s Mobile Learning Adventure, and vintage, upcycled, and artisan vendors.
Old Fashioned Day is an official Ohio Open Doors event. Brought to you by Ohio History Connection, Ohio Open Doors is a statewide effort where building and landmark sponsors open their doors to the public for special tours and programs. Visitors can explore Hartville history by visiting landmarks to collect scavenger hunt answers. Old timey activities and demonstrations including wagon rides, yarn spinning, corn shelling, and rope making are also planned.
While the fest primarily focuses on the past it leaves room to acknowledge the future. The Bicentennial Letter Writing Project will allow visitors to write letters including what life is like in 2016, predictions for the future, and personal messages to themselves and future generations. Letters will be stored in a time capsule and opened 35 years from now in 2051 to mark the 200th anniversary of the year Hartville incorporated.
Mindful of the 2016 elections, Old Fashioned Day will include a meet and greet with current and campaigning politicians. They will be available in the lunch area to answer questions about their jobs and share their visions for the future.
This final Second Saturday street fest of the year is organized by the Downtown Hartville Merchants with support from The Village of Hartville, Lake Township Chamber of Commerce, Lake Township Historical Society, and The Knowles Press/The Hartville News. Sponsors include Arts in Stark, Visit Canton, Schoner Chevrolet, Lake Township Bicentennial Committee, MJ
Miller & Co CPAs, and Frontier Restaurant.
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