Family fun at Pottery Festival

For the 47th time, the downtown streets are expected to be filled with crowds as the three-day Tri-State Pottery Festival opens Thursday in East Liverpool.

We urge you to take the time and participate. Yes, there are the carnival rides and the food vendors, but there is so much more.

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

According to organizers, the theme, as always, 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 Capital of the World.”

How about trying doorknob tossing – an event original to our area.

There also are “Ghost Walks” scheduled, which offer a look at the history of some of the area’s buildings and people.

The activities are boundless for all ages.

There’s the baking contest, the rose show, a senior citizen program and an art and photography exhibit.

The popular “Pottery Idol” returns, allowing local singers a chance to hit the stage and perform. And a youth talent show has been added where all types of talents are welcome.

And of course, the entertainment schedule is top notch.

But there’s more wrapped into this three-day event.

There’s the popular baby contest, a car show and bike show for automotive enthusiasts, a chalk art contest for all ages, hamburger eating contest for those with a “healthy” appetite, the tall tales competition for those with a vivid imagination, and the hair-raising beard and mustache contest.

For the kids, there also is jump rope, a pet show, and a stuffed animal contest.

Indeed, there is something for every member of the family.

The festivities officially get started Thursday morning on the steps of the Museum of Ceramics, Fifth and Broadway, where Kaylee Coble will be crowned 2014 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, yes, there are fireworks, scheduled for 10 p.m. Saturday.

The Pottery Festival just doesn’t happen and we would be amiss if we didn’t recognize the volunteers who take on this endeavor each year and continually produce one of the best summer activities available to families in the area.

Each Pottery Festival seems better than the last, and we expect the same with the 47th edition.