19th Annual Kent Heritage Festival Takes Place July 5Posted Jun. 16, 2014
The 19th annual Kent Heritage Festival will take place on Saturday, July 5, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Kent. More than 100 vendors and businesses will participate in the festival, with nearly 25,000 visitors expected.
“We saw a great increase in the number of people that attended last year’s festival,” says Lori Wemhoff, executive director of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and festival chairperson. “It may have had something to do with the less than 100-degree heat we experienced in 2012,” she jokes.
The festival will feature the annual Kent Heritage Festival NAPA Car Show, which will take place on West Erie Street and Franklin Street. The AMETEK Tree City 5K Race and Walk, which benefits the United Way of Portage County, begins at 7 p.m. in Dix Stadium, and fireworks in downtown Kent begin at 9:45 p.m.
Crafters and information booths will be located on East Main Street, East Erie Street and South Water Street. Food vendors will be located on North Water Street, and three stages will be set up throughout downtown to provide entertainment. A rock-climbing wall has been added this year and will be located on North Water Street in front of the Star of the West Mill next to the relocated children’s section.
“This is an amazing, one-day community event that so many people look forward to each summer,” Wemhoff says. “We appreciate the collaborative efforts of so many that help make it possible.”
The festival is organized by the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and Kent United Services Organizations, which is composed of the City of Kent, Kent Jaycees, Kent Lions, Kent Junior Mothers, Kent Kiwanis, Kent Rotary, Knights of Columbus and Main Street Kent.