It's obvious that summer is heading our way as we see preparations begin for some of the many fairs and festivals we enjoy every year in Columbiana County.
This past week the Wellsville firemen held their annual homecoming festival, even though Mother Nature was not very cooperative.
Next up will be the 43rd Tri-State Pottery Festival in East Liverpool set for June 17-19. Celebrating the pottery manufacturing heritage of our area, this festival, held in downtown East Liverpool, features three days of live music and entertainment, food vendors and carnival rides. Merchants feature displays of locally manufactured pottery including the popular Fiesta Ware from Homer Laughlin China Co. The event also hosts the National Championship Doorknob Tossing Competition and the World Wide Pottery Olympics.
During the weekend following, June 24-27, Salem will host the Quaker City Weekend Cruise. This event will feature parades, live entertainment, downtown cruising and a burnout pit following drag racing at the Quaker City Raceway.
As the summer continues we'll welcome events such as the Columbiana County Fair, the Harvey S. Firestone Park Festival, the East Palestine Street Festival, the Salineville Salt Festival, the Hanoverton Peddler Days, the Columbiana Street Fair, the Shaker Woods Festival, the Leetonia Artisan Festival and the Johnny Appleseed Festival.
This year, three Columbiana County school districts -Wellsville, East Liverpool and Beaver Local - will also celebrate their all-school reunions with parties and festivals during the July 4th weekend.
Their themes vary widely. Some, like the county fair, offer the time-tested 4-H competitions, jam and pie contests and truck and tractor pulls. Others offer a chance to look back into our area's history and many display the best works of our area's artisans. They all offer the sinfully fattening tastes of fair food - vinegar doused french fries, hot sausage sandwiches, deep fried candy bars - and other delicacies that make you say "yum."
Whatever their theme, though, each of the area's successful festivals follows a very simple formula - they offer the opportunity to spend an enjoyable afternoon or evening with friends and family members. They also allow our area to show the best of what it has to offer to those who come from out of town to participate.
While it would be impossible to highlight every festival, we feel confident in saying that there is something scheduled to be held during the next couple months that will appeal to just about everyone.
Area festivals bring people together to remember the past, celebrate the present and look toward the future. We hope area residents will continue to support them. We also hope you'll express your appreciation to the many, many volunteers who work throughout the year to make these events successful.