Fun Fest Offers Free Family Fun

Dillen Dewald got to sit in a Massillon fire truck at Fun Fest in 2016.

MCTV, the Massillon Museum, and the Downtown Massillon Association invite families to participate in this year’s Fun Fest, which will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Fun Fest—a lively, safe, educational, and enriching experience—has entertained thousands of families in downtown Massillon for 22 years.

Admission to the family-focused event is free. There is no cost for most activities; some have a minimal charge. Social service agencies, civic groups, churches, arts organizations, and businesses are invited to set up games, art projects, activities, and information stations. Families love free take-away items—coloring books, pencils, balloons, banks, bookmarks, and puzzles.
Special acts this year will include magician Randy Wiedenhammer, concertina player Mike Salvino, yo-yo star Eric Monroe, magician Kerry Kazzam, and John the Juggler. Examples of Fun Fest segments children have enjoyed in the past are basketball hoop shooting, story

Face painting is one of the favorite activities at Fun Fest.

times, small build-it projects, face painting, contests, bead projects, dancing, crafts, health and safety activities, and athletic events. Emergency crews and vehicles, musical groups, and others offer programs of interest to young people.

Among the familiar organizations offering activities, demonstrations, and information this year will be churches, St. Paul’s Cub Scouts, andMassillon cheerleaders. The Tuslaw Lions train ride and the Massillon Public Library Bookmobile will be on hand.  The Troll Hole Museum, Sky Zone Belden Village, The Bird Nerds Rescue and Sanctuary, Massillon fire and police departments, and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band Drum Line will participate.  Dozens more will join them.
Inflatables, the New England Garden Club’s flower arranging station, clowns, Massillon Museum crafts, and a petting zoo have been traditional favorites. The Massillon Family YMCA will offer a 50¢ swim from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Gold sponsors include MCTV, Downtown Massillon Association, the City of Massillon, Rotary Club of Massillon, and Midwest Industries.  Silver sponsors are Farmers National Bank, Amherst Meadows, Advanced Industrial Roofing, Home Appliance, and Danbury Senior Living. Massillon Eagles #190, Hampton Inn Massillon, Smiley’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, McDonald’s, General Dentistry, and Heitger Funeral Home are bronze sponsors.  Flowers by Pat and HD Davis CPSs are Fun Fest Friends.

The New England Garden Club helps children create live flower arrangements each year.

Organizer Liz Gessner McAllister of MCTV touts the event as “a great day for kids ages four to ninety-four and their families.” Fun Fest is intended to provide all the fun of a carnival with a focus on meaningful activities. Many of the organizations and businesses that offer activities provide valuable health, safety, and educational information to parents while entertaining the children.

Additional groups that wish to set up booths may call McAllister at 330-833-6655 to inquire until August 5. Participants MUST provide a free or nearly free activity for kids. 
Fun Fest is centered on First Street and Lincoln Way East and on the lawn of the Massillon Museum. Free parking is available in city lots, in the Erie Street parking deck, and on adjacent streets. For more information, contact the Massillon Museum, 330-833-4061 or visit
For details, visit and click on “Programs and Events” then “Fun Fest” or call Liz Gessner McAllister at MCTV:  330.833-6655. 
Media Contacts:
Liz Gessner McAllister, MCTV  –  330-833-6655
Nancy Jobe, Massillon Museum  –  330-833-4061 x114
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum  –  330-844-1525