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Fall into Avon Autumn Celebration is This Weekend

The annual event features sales, food, entertainment and of course, scarecrows.

With Labor Day done, summer is winding down and it is time to look towards fall.

The French Creek Merchants Association has paired up with the French Creek Development Association and other local organizations to host the city’s annual Fall into Avon, a Celebration of Autumn festival Sept. 8-9.

The annual event  usually draws crowds in excess of 5,000 from the community and from all of Northern Ohio. This year, the festival will include a Classic Car Show, Sidewalk Sale, Taste of Avon, Kids Pavilion and the BMX and Skateboard Challenge.

Live entertainment will be available during the weekend and a Scarecrow Competition will be held. And don’t miss the Love-a-Stray dog and cat adoption event.

Classic Car Show           

Join other car lovers on Sept. 8  from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at 36600 Detroit Rd. Rain date is Sept. 9. Contact Paul or Fran Burik at 440-934-4420 or at fransails@centurytel.net to register or for more information. Entry fee is $25 with proceeds to benefit French Creek Development Association’s downtown Avon beautification projects including hanging flower baskets, Christmas wreaths, etc.

Avon BMX & Skateboard Challenge

Join the more daring on Sunday, Sept 9 at 2 p.m. at the Avon Skate Park, 36744 Detroit Rd. The event will feature two divisions: : U14 and 14 & up – Parent/guardian must be present. The cost is $4 pre-registration or $5 walk up. Visit event info at frenchcreekdev.com for registration information. Each competitor will be given 3 minutes to perform for a panel of judges. Water bottles, gift certificates, t-shirts and awards will be given away. Sponsored by the French Creek Development Association and of Avon Lake.

Kids Pavilion           

Sponsored by the in Avon, the Kids Pavilion, located in downtown Avon, will feature a bounce house, face painting, kids crafts, tumbling demonstrations, magic show, fingerprinting and more. Snacks and beverages will be available. Some activities will be at scheduled times throughout the day. Check this website for an updated schedule of events. The pavilion will be open Saturday, Sept. 8 from 1 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Scarecrow Competition

Entries submitted in August will be on display at different locations along Detroit Road during the festival and remain on display through the Autumn. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,000 grand prize.

Taste of Avon           

Presented by the JL Smith Group, the Taste of Avon, now in its fourth year, features foods and sounds from the area. The event is free with a number of Avon restaurants selling a “taste” of their wares including , , Edible Arrangements, and Taste of Avon will be at 36610 Detroit Road behind the JL Smith Group building (corner of Ridgeland and Detroit roads).

Live Music at Taste of Avon

Enjoy the sounds of a variety of local bands and musicians including Emily Keener, Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Barley & Hopps  a three piece acoustic rock and outlaw country outfit  on Saturday, from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.;  The Biasella Trio, on Saturday, 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.. The group is a Jazz Trio that performs jazz standards suitable for all occasions; Nomad Soul, on Sunday, noon – 2:30 p.m., will play classic rock and blues covers from the 1960s to today; Yellow Delicious on Sunday, from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. The group will perform 80s music and classic rock into a blend of new wave rock for the 21st century.

Adopt a Pet

In collaboration with the Friendship APL and Berea Animal Rescue, visitors to the festival can adopt a dog or cat on either Sept. 8 or 9. Dogs will be available at the Doggie Luv Bakery 36741 Detroit Rd.) from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and cats at Catherine’s Chocolates (36718 Detroit Rd.) from noon - 4 p.m.

Award Ceremonies

Saturday and Sunday, 4:30pm at the Taste of Avon stage. Hear the winners for (Saturday) Classic Car Show and (Sunday) Scarecrow, BMX and Skateboard Challenge and Coloring Contest.

Becky September 06, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Where will the Taste of Avon be held? The article indicates that the bands will also be performing there. I might actually make it there this year.
Lori E. Switaj September 06, 2012 at 10:15 PM
At 36610 Detroit Road behind the JL Smith Group building (corner of Ridgeland and Detroit roads). The whole festival looks like it's going to be a good time. Fingers crossed for no rain.

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