Once again, as it has for so many years, the Ellwood City Arts, Crafts, and Food Festival has over 220 vendors preparing for the 3-day festival of specialty arts, various foods, constant entertainment…and it all ends with a Zambelli Fireworks display.
“We have well over 200 this year; in fact, we are turning some vendors away,” said Denny Norman, Festival Chairman. This is Mr. Norman’s first year as festival chairman.
The festival committee actually needed to add six more booths to accommodate more vendors. In previous years, the annual festival typically would have just the 220, but this year they expect 226 total vendors.
This year’s Arts and Crafts Festival begins this Friday at 11 a.m. with the singing of the National Anthem and raising of the American Flag, and concludes on Sunday with an exciting Zambelli Fireworks show starting at 10:15 p.m.
But, in between the first National Anthem and the fireworks display, there is something to do every hour during the weekend festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
People come from all over the United States to be a vendor at the Ellwood City Festival, and spectators also come from all around to simply experience all that the festival has to offer. Some vendors come as far as California to sell their items at the festival.
“There are some really interesting products for sale at the festival,” said Cheryl Valvano, chairwoman for the festival’s arts and crafts. Valvano mentioned several specific items that she has purchased in year’s past that she continues to use today.
This year’s entertainment schedule is sure to be pleasing. Each night at 8:30 p.m., the festival has a feature act. Friday’s act is Jimmie Ross & the Jaggerz Band; Saturday’s is Beatlemania Magic, a Tribute to the Beatles; Sunday is the Dallas Marks Band.
Prior to these feature acts, the festival has other fine entertainment. There are dancers, singers, and bands to keep the fun alive each day from beginning to end.
Last, but certainly not least, the food. As always, the festival has over 20 numerous food booths prepared to satisfy every hunger need.
Strombolis, apple dumplings, BBQ pulled pork, Dippin Dots ice cream, hot sausage sandwich, fish sandwich, roast beef sandwich, Philly steak, meatball sandwich, hot dogs, and corn dogs to just name a few.
Long lines are guaranteed to be at the Holy Redeemer booth that will be selling their pepperoni puffs and pasta shells again, while St. George Greek Orthodox Church will once again be preparing their large gyros and lamb on the rod.
No matter what you’re in the mood for, the Ellwood City Arts, Crafts, and Food Festival should have it. The festival has no admission charge and parking is available throughout Ellwood City (look for signs).