EAST PALESTINE - The annual street fair will be even bigger than last year's, and a life size Candyland will raise money for the American Cancer Society.
The new Candyland is being organized by the East Palestine Rotary Roadrunners as a fundraiser, and proceeds from the sale of items and participation in Candyland challenges will to go the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. It will be located inside 31 N. Market St. and available from 6 to 9 p.m. May 22-23 and noon to 8 p.m. May 24-25.
People of all ages may participate in Candyland, which will feature both edible and non-edible candy, and in addition to candy, jewelry and crafts will also be for sale. Gift baskets can be purchased once inside. Tickets for a basket are $1 each, or $5 for 10 and $10 for 30. The drawing will be held at the Relay for Life event at the Crestview High School July 12.
Inside Candyland, participants will travel down a bright, colorfully decorated hallway on colored squares, similar to the Milton Bradley Game and participate in six challenges before reaching the castle. Prizes can be won at each of the six stations decorated with life size non-edible candy. Participation is $6 and a grand prize will also be awarded.
For more information call Bonnie Davis, team captain, at 330-271-1979.
Chamber of Commerce President Don Elzer said the 127th Street Fair, organized by the chamber, will feature more rides, games, live entertainment and food vendors than last year.
The fair will follow the same footprint as last year, he added.
"We found some ways to squeeze some more things in. Twenty non-profit organizations are participating. It's a whole community thing," he said.
The theme for this year's fair-and future fairs-is "Memories for a Lifetime," a phrase tossed out by Terry Stewart who was filming a commercial for last year's event, he said.
"One of the things we found during the street fair is so many people came to us and said this is the way it's supposed to be. The people in town have been here for a long time and that is how they remember the street fair," Elzer said.
The fair was moved back to North Market Street last year after being held on a sidestreet the last 15 years.
This year's fair will begin at 5 p.m. May 22. It will run from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 25.
Live entertainment will run all four days in 90-minute shifts, Elzer said.
One difference this year is the return of the $5,000 raffle, which will be on sale at many local businesses before and during the festivities. Last year a 60/40 raffle was used, but Elzer said the chamber opted to bring back the $5,000 raffle.
Bingo will also be held at the American Legion two nights. More information is available online at www.eastpalestinechamber.com