September 2, 2014

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Duct!

Tape creations to land at festival

AVON — It is the silver, or not, sticky, and smooth, sometimes fashionable, sometimes practical, fix-it-all wonder — duct tape.
And hundreds of rolls of the sticky stuff will be unrolled this weekend at the fourth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival at Veteran’s Memorial Park, 37001 Detroit Road.
Hosted in the self-proclaimed “Duct Tape Capital” of the world and home of Duck brand duct tape, the three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky uses.
It promises to be a duct tape extravaganza, with 500 rolls of duct tape given away to the first 500 festivalgoers each day.
The Duct Tape Festival parade will begin its march from Avon Village School, 36600 Detroit Road, to Avon Middle School, 3075 Stoney Ridge Road, at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The parade features 60 organizations, including three bands and 22 floats — created with duct tape, of course.
Organized by an independent committee of five Avon community members, the duct tape festival began four years ago when Avon residents were looking for sponsors to hold a citywide festival. Henkel Consumer Adhesives, the marketer of Duck brand duct tape, stepped up, and along with traditional festival favorites such as rides, food, games and vendors, there’s a vast amount of duct tape creations.
“Every year they have gotten better and better,” Henkel spokeswoman Patti Sack said. “It is just amazing how everyone gets it. People understand the whole creation with duct tape.”
There will be five Henkel tents, including duct tape fashions from around the world. Partnering with Virginia Marti College of Art and Design for a second year, students created 21 garments from duct tape, representing 21 different countries from all corners of the world.
“The pieces that Virginia Marti has created are phenomenal,” Sack said.
A craft tent will allow festivalgoers to construct duct tape frames, wallets, jewelry, flowers and more from a choice of 20 colors under the instruction of duct tape sculptor Todd Scott.
Another tent features the Duck brand Duct Tape Saves the Day promotion, challenging clever duct tapers to tell their most unique and wacky duct tape solution stories for a chance to win $5,000.
“Festival goers can share with us how duct tape saved their day,” Sack said.
The festival will feature a multimedia laser light and fireworks show presented by Laser Image Productions and Premier Pyrotechnics Inc. Friday at dark. Choreographed to catchy tunes, the 20-minute high-tech laser graphic, laser beam and pyrotechnic show will be the first presentation of its kind in the Cleveland area.
For directions and more information, visit www.avonducktapefestival.com.
Contact Rania Shakkour at 329-7127 or rshakkour@chroniclet.com.

If you go
Friday — 4 to 11 p.m.
4 p.m. — New Community Band
4 p.m. – Joy Unspeakable – The Living Statue
5:30 p.m. — Paul Pope and Phil James
7:30 p.m. — The Roadhouse Band
9 p.m. — Multi-media laser light and fireworks production

Saturday — 11 a.m. to midnight
10 a.m. — Parade
Noon — Magic of Steven Knight
12:30 p.m. — Shameless
2:45 p.m. — Magic of Steven Knight
3:30 p.m. — SofaKings
5:30 p.m. — Billy Sullivan
7:30 p.m. — Laredo

Sunday — Noon to 6 p.m.
Noon — Triple Dog
2:30 p.m. — Abbey Road (Beatles Tribute)

061407duct.jpgCourtesy of Henkel
Virginia Marti College of Art and Design student created this duct tape dragon for the 2005 Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival.