Something for everyone at Festival

There’s something for the entire family to enjoy during the 46th edition of the Tri-State Pottery Festival.

The annual event, which opens today and runs through Saturday night throughout the downtown streets of East Liverpool, is much more than carnival rides and food vendors.

The Pottery Festival serves as a showcase for the rich history of our area, which is sprinkled throughout the festival’s happenings.

According to organizers, the theme with each Pottery Festival is “to bring local communities together from throughout the Tri-State Area in a celebration of the industry from which these communities literally owe their origin.”

They’ve succeeded.

Tours of the historic Thompson House are available, and there always are window displays throughout downtown stores that allow a look into the history of our area.

The Museum of Ceramics provides visitors the opportunity to see a collection of the wares produced in the area once known as the “Pottery Capitol of the World.”

Other events include doorknob tossing – an event original to our area – and the Pottery Olympics, where employees use tools of the trade in actual athletic competition.

The festival also offers a rose show, a craft show and senior citizen activities on the schedule.

The popular “Pottery Idol” returns. This competition allows locals a chance to step on stage and perform. And of course, the entertainment schedule is top notch.

We’re not done yet, though.

There’s the baby contest, a baking competition, a car show, chalk art contest, hamburger eating, jump rope, pet show, stuffed animal contest, tall tales and the beard and mustache contest.

It’s worth repeating – there is something for everyone.

The festivities officially get started this morning on the steps of the Museum of Ceramics at Fifth and Broadway, where Taylor Ward will be crowned 2013 queen by East Liverpool Mayor Jim Swoger.

It’s nearly nonstop for three days with one of the last scheduled events being the parade, always popular and heavily-attended. And don’t miss the fireworks Saturday night.

The people behind the scenes need to be commended for the undertaking of this annual event. Funds are limited, but it appears these volunteers always are out to make each Pottery Festival better than the last.