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The Perfect Virtual Festival: How to have a festival during the pandemic

As someone who owns and operates a festival website, let me tell you that Covid-19 has been driving me crazy. The weather is starting to warm up, the self-quarantine continues (the 6th week now?), and I long for road trips to festival cities where I can celebrate with various communities, check out local crafters and artists and eat indulgent creative …

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1.) Cleveland Kurentovanje Festival Review – February 22, 2020

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I first documented this festival in 2014, which you can read about at https://ohiofestivals.net/cleveland-kurentovanje-winter-festival/ **** It had been a few years since I last attended the Cleveland Kurentovanje… …yet it was still as lively as ever. As Polka music filled the Slovenian National Home, vendors on the main floor offered festival merchandise… …as well as fun, ethnic T-shirts …

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24.) Sistersville Marble Festival Review – Sistersville, West Virginia – September 27, 2019

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I visited the festival on Friday morning before any serious crowds had arrived. I was told that Saturday is the big day. **** The Sistersville Marble Festival is a marble show and festival… …where marble enthusiasts come together (WV Marble Shooters Association)… …promoting marbles to festival goers through various games… …as well as through the selling of an …

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20.) Hippie Fest Review – Ionia, Michigan – August 17, 2019

AUTHOR’S NOTE: While this experience took place in Ionia, Michigan, Hippie Fest is a festival that takes place in various cities and states all over the country. The elements of the festival experience seen below will likely reflect all of the other Hippie Fest events. **** During the 50th anniversary of Woodstock… …I attended a festival where people could lay …

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15.) Twins Days Festival Review – Twinsburg, Ohio – August 4, 2019

AUTHOR’S NOTE: You can read about my first experience (2010) at this festival by clicking HERE. When I went this year, I took my kids with me and didn’t take many photos of twins specifically. Therefore, I have used photos from the 2010 experience. **** At the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio… …it’s completely natural to start seeing double …

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9.) Love Fest Review – Chardon – June 29, 2019

Just through this short passage… …and beyond the tie dye alien… …peace and harmony were in the air… …at a festival called Love Fest… …where festival goers could practice free yoga… …express themselves through a face painting (Affordable Face Painting)… …and take advantage of the shade… …as bands alternated between two stages… …and performed some groovy music (Chloe and the …

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7.) Bigfoot BBQ UFO Festival Review – Dayton, Pennsylvania – June 15, 2019

Throughout my festival career, I’ve seen festivals about Bigfoot… …BBQ (photo from a different festival)… …and even UFO’s (photo from a different festival)… …but never have I seen one about all three..until now. Located at the Milton Loop Campground in Dayton, Pennsylvania, the Bigfoot BBQ UFO Festival was a newer, more intimate festival… …where cryptozoologists and/or those who have experienced …

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6.) Parade the Circle Review – Cleveland – June 8, 2019

Out at University Circle… …families performed melodies… …played games… …and took part in all sorts of activities… …as they got ready to celebrate The Cleveland Museum of Art‘s annual Parade the Circle. Parade participants got ready in front of the museum… …disguised as giraffes… …lollipop kids… …and elegant butterflies… …as parade enthusiasts nabbed a spot along the curb… …lining the …

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45.) Dragon on the Lake Review – Lake Orion, Michigan – August 25, 2018

Through this gate… …you can find Lake Orion… …a place where teams practice on boats… …equipped with dragon heads… …for a Dragon Boat Festival called… …Dragon on the Lake. But while other dragon boat festivals took place in the racing area during the race… …most of this festival’s activities occurred in town over the entire weekend (race was Sunday morning). …