Downtown Canton Blues Festival

12.) Downtown Canton Blues Festival – June 8, 2012

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I’m not that familiar with the city of Canton.

Sure, I’ve been to a few festivals there, but they took place either away from downtown or at the county fairgrounds.

Not exactly the best locations to get to know the city.
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That’s why, when opportunity knocked, I drove on out to downtown Canton…

…passed the beautiful Canton Palace Theatre…

…and arrived here…

…at the Downtown Canton Blues Festival.

When I first walked onto the festival grounds…
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…the princesses from an upcoming festival were being presented to the audience.

This gave me the chance to look around…
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…appreciate the bluesy decor…

…take note of who came to the festival…

…and even chat a bit with those more thoroughly involved (Northeast Ohio Blues Association).

The festival setup was like a community concert…

…with people and their lawn chairs prepared for the show.

There was a great assortment of food trucks running down both sides of the crowd…

…and offerings included grassfed beef…

…fried fish…

…BBQ…

…and some nice beer selections.

I actually regretted eating beforehand!

There were only a handful of vendors at the festival…

…selling artistic shirts (The Dreg Spot)…

…festival shirts…

…and sunglasses…

…while the 5-hour energy booth gave free samples for my bigger festival days.

Fortunately, I still had enough energy without the sample to take advantage of my time in downtown Canton…
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…admiring the murals…

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…sculptures…

…furniture-esque sculptures…

…and locally made photo-op sculptures.

Here, the artist seated above was offering photos with his artwork for $1 – a price I tried to get out of paying.

In my discussion with the man, I tried to offer a website mention on this blog in exchange for the price, but he only countered with a story about his website and how it’s connected to former President Bill Clinton.

In the end, I knew it would be simpler just to pay the buck and snap away, but I wanted to be sure to make full use of that dollar’s value…

…with a closeup shot of the pig…

…and an action shot of him explaining his panther talents to some youths.

Of course…


…once the music got going full swing…

…I realized I could have gotten the shot for free after all.

 

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