News Release: Annual Fun Fest Entertains and Educates Children

MCTV, the Massillon Museum, and the Downtown Massillon Association invite all area families to participate in this year’s Fun Fest, which will be held on Saturday, August 1, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Fun Fest has entertained thousands of families in downtown Massillon for 20 years.

Admission to the family-focused event is free. There is no cost for most activities; some have a minimal charge.

Children will enjoy games, story times, prizes, face painting, contests, art projects, dancing, crafts, health and safety activities, athletic events, and music. The Massillon Museum’s circus animal die-cut cards project, courtesy of Kristin Paquelet, will be among the favorite fun. The Massillon Public Library Bookmobile and a children’s book sale will be on hand. Children can meet costumed characters at MCTV’s booth.

The day will be filled with hands-on experiences: sand art, beaded and edible jewelry, fossils, inflatables, remote control cars, balloon crafts, wooden projects, spirit masks, flower arranging, and a preschool sensory experience. There will be carnival games, running drills, corn hole, spray hair color and temporary tattoos, face painting, and a petting zoo.

Among the health and safety booths will be spinal screening, dental screening, and seat belt safety. Children will get to spin the Atkinson Feucht Hare school supply wheel, where everyone wins. Ice cream cones and cookie decorating will be popular treat

Performances will include Irish step dancing, an NEO Cheer demonstration, competitors from the Canton Idol competition, Grandmother Turtlefoot’s Native American stories, and martial arts demonstrations.

Organizations, human services agencies, and businesses often distribute free items such as coloring books, pencils, balloons, banks, bookmarks, and puzzles. Emergency crews and vehicles, art organizations, musical groups, and others who offer programs of interest to young people will help make Fun Fest a lively, safe, educational, and enriching experience.

At 2:00 p.m. families may watch a free film, Despicable Me, at the Lincoln Theatre.

Organizers Liz Gessner McAllister of MCTV and Heather Haden of the Massillon Museum, tout the event as “a great day for kids ages four to ninety-four and their families.” Fun Fest is intended to provide all the fun of a carnival with a focus on meaningful activities without cost and tempting junk food. Many of the organizations and businesses that offer activities provide valuable health, safety, and educational information to parents while entertaining the children.

Fun Fest is hosted by MCTV, the Massillon Museum, and the Downtown Massillon Association. Each year more than five dozen organizations and businesses make the event possible through their exhibits, performances, sponsorships, donations, and participation. In addition to the sponsors’ funding, contributors include Massillon Public Library, Massillon Eagles Aerie No. 190, and Hampton Inn Massillon.

Fun Fest is centered on First Street and Lincoln Way East and on the lawn of the Massillon Museum. Free parking is available in city lots, in the Erie Street parking deck, and on adjacent streets. For more information, contact the Massillon Museum, 330-833-4061 or


Media Contacts:

Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330.833.4061

Elizabeth Gessner McAllister, MCTV, Fun Fest Coordinator – 330.833.6655

Heather Haden, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Coordinator – 330-833-4061

Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator – 330-844-1525