SALINEVILLE-The residents of Salineville will celebrate their history and have some fun in the process as the 25th annual Salt Festival continues today. The yearly tradition features fun events for all ages and a chance for everyone to learn a little more about the history of the village.
As in years past, Kiwanis Park, located behind village hall on 61 East Main Street, will act as the staging area for many of the festival's main attractions. A wide variety of food vendors and games, including inflatables from Moving and Grooving Productions will be set up in the park all day. Other attractions in the park include a dunk tank, rock climbing wall, petting zoo and the Salt Festival Train. DJ Smooth, aka Josh Diaz, will be providing the soundtrack to the festivities beginning at 7 p.m. at the park pavilion.
Baking aficionados will get a chance show off their prowess during the annual baking contest today. Entries can be dropped off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kiwanis building. Judging will occur at 1 p.m.. Anyone interested in participating or with questions should call Janet Kerr at 330-679-2945.
The Salt Festival Parade will line up at 5 p.m. and begin at 6 p.m. today on Main Street. The theme of the procession this year is recognizing the Salt Festival's 25th anniversary. Those interested in participating should contact Rhonda Beadnell at 330-679-2832.
Tickets will be on sale all day today for the Country Store, a raffle featuring items donated by businesses from all over the county. The Country Store drawing will begin at 10 p.m. in the park. Those participating must be present during the drawing.
New at this year's festival is the rubber ducky race that will take place in the creek at Kiwanis Park. The entry fee is $3 per duck, which can be purchased at several local businesses. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top ten finishers.
Another new addition this year is the Salt Festival 5k Color Run, hosted by the Southern Local girls volleyball team. It begins 9 a.m. today at Southern Local. The course will take runners to Highlandtown Lake and back to Southern Local. Entry is $25. Those interested should contact Daisy Davidson at 330-383-1181.
The Salt Festival began in 1989 as a 150 year anniversary celebration of Salineville's founding. Over its 25 year history, the festival has become a community tradition. The festival is organized, in large part, by a small group of volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all possible.
As the name of the festival would suggest, salt has indeed played an important role in the founding and history of Salineville. An account by local historian Myrtle T. Strabley notes that the first salt well was bored in the village in 1809 by a Kentuckian named George James. In those days, salt from the village's salt wells was transported to the Ohio River and exported all over the country. Since being founded 175 years ago, the village has played host to a number of other industries in addition to its salt wells, including three different potteries, several coal mines a tile plant.