08 - Strongsville Homecoming Festival

27.) Strongsville Homecoming Festival – July 21, 2012

Under Strongsville’s water tower where Ziggy creator Tom Wilson was hoisted up to paint (and sign) his creation…

…the Homecoming Festival took place.

It was located at the corner of the busy Pearl and Royalton intersection…

…making parking an absolute nightmare.

If it helps for future festivals, I parked just east of the location (on Royalton) where there’s the plaza with the TGI Friday’s. I found plenty of parking there and no signs that indicated towing or the like…

…just please remember that I’m not telling you to do this…

…I’m only telling you what I did. :-)

Unlike nearby Columbia Station’s Homecoming Festival, where I felt I got a feel for the community through the various organizations and booths present…
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…the Strongsville Homecoming Festival set itself up as an amusement park.

Sure, there were some interesting festival food vendors…

…and even Strongsville’s own Country Parlor Ice Cream.

There was also a tent with local entertainment…

…that included presentations by International Karate.

But I felt Strongsville could have added a lot more through local gift vendors, community organizations or even a high school boosters booth.

Maybe even Ziggy!

That’s why, as I walked through the grounds…

…passed the multitude of rides going for $17-all-day…

…the various games (both put on by Cincinnati’s Kissel Bros.)…

…and the officers maintaining order from the gazebo…

…I wished I was kid again…
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…because that may have been the only way I would have enjoyed this festival.

 

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Comments

  1. Phil

    This year’s homecoming was, indeed, missing that “local flavor.” I seem to recall more local presence in past years.

    In fact, the row where the gambling tent was set up (which also included the very-entertaining D.A.R.E. dunk tank) used to be filled with food vendors and stands from local businesses.

    I think the sweet corn stand is still run by the local Lions Club or a similar organization (and the corn is very good).

    The Strongsville Commons is a very pleasant venue for these events. But you won’t find them there on Sundays. That’s because the person who donated the land to the city specified that there not be events there on Sundays, presumably because for the church’s “day of rest” and worship.

    (I usually park in the lot near the Pizza Hut, by the way. It’s a large lot, shared with several other businesses.)

    The recent Strongsville City Club Rib Burn-Off event held at this location June 21& 22 was a fun event that had a nice “hometown feel.”

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