News from across the Canton area


Saturday Oddmall Event

TWP BETHLEHEM. – Oddmall Uncensored will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at McAlpine Meadery 10035 Johnsford Road SW.

Admission is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated. Oddmall is a celebration of art, weirdness and freedom of expression. There will be dozens of vendors, entertainers, outdoor games, live entertainment and mead.

For more information, visit

Veterans Day at the Stark County Fair

CANTON — All veterans will get free admission to the Stark County Fair on Sept. 5.

There will be special recognition and gifts for veterans who served during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. A parade of veterans will form at noon and begin at 12:30 p.m. The program will begin at 1 p.m. The keynote speaker will be US Army Major General (Retired) Deborah Ashenhurst. The guest speaker will be US Army Lt. Col. (Retired) Christopher Hills. Musical performances will be provided by The Heritage Band and Jill Burke, an artist from Nashville.

Veterans planning to attend should call Cheryl Roach of the Stark County Veterans Services Commission at 330-451-7467 to register for giveaways.

Stage show Friday

CANTON — The Black Fall Classic Step Show will take place Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Umstattd Performing Arts Auditorium, 2323 17th St. NW.

The guest host is Sherman Golden. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at, or by calling 800-595-4849.

Stark County Fair Food Drive

CANTON – Farm Credit Mid-America, Rural 1st and several county fairs in the area have teamed up to collect food donations to benefit local food banks in a nationwide food drive contest ‘State.

Carroll, Jefferson, Portage and Stark counties are participating in the contest. Members of the local community can bring non-perishable food items to the Stark County Fair Tuesday through September 5; signs and banners at the fair will direct visitors to the food donation area.

Fight Hunger, Stock the Trailer is a friendly competition that helps junior fairs raise food donations for local Ohio food banks. The total weight of all donations will be calculated at the end of the fair, with first, second, third place and cash prizes awarded to county fairs that harvest the most food at the end of the summer.

Prizes include a $500 prize for each county fair that contributes, followed by a $5,000 donation to the fair that raises the most food, followed by $3,500 for second place and $1,500 for third place. All cash prizes awarded will support local Junior Fair activities. The Fight Hunger, Stock the Trailer contest is held on a regional basis.

The YMCA offers Camp on the Fly

CANTON — The YMCA of Central Stark County’s fall programs for the Y on the Fly initiative run Monday through October 28.

Fall programs will be at Alliance, Canal Fulton, Canton, Canton Township and Massillon/Perry. Y on the Fly will make stops at Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority properties and parks to provide structured after-school hours for area children. This is a free program designed for children in grades 3-8.

For program and registration information, visit your local YMCA or For more information about the Y on the Fly initiative, contact the Eric Snow Family YMCA Front Desk at 330-458-2403 or Tony Richards at [email protected]

Black College Football Hall of Fame founders at a free Palace event

CANTON – The Palace Theatre, 605 Market Ave. N, will host a Stark Library Speaking of Books Author Series event in partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday.

Black College Football Hall of Fame founders James Harris and Doug Williams, along with historian Joe Horrigan, will discuss their contributions to the game. A Q&A and autograph session will follow.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the free event. Reservations are required, available through the Stark County District Library at

Country bands to play

CANTON – The Kenny Falls Band will play Sept. 4, and Pat Massie & PM Country Band will play Sept. 11 at the Polish American Club, 1605 Henry Ave. SW. Music is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Food, a 50-50 raffle and a lottery tree are available. Admission is $3 at the door. The public is welcome.

Ladybug Garden Free Concert

JACKSON TWP. – The band Off The Record will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday as part of the fall concert series at Ladybug Garden Center, 8361 Portage St. NW. Everyone is welcome.

Patriot Fest is September 10-11

LOUISVILLE – Patriot Fest will take place September 10 and 11 at Metzger Park, 1420 Nickel Plate Ave. S.

The festival will feature carnival rides and inflatables for $18 per day with a pre-event purchase cost of $15. The event opens at 2 p.m. on September 10 and will include food vendors, military vehicles, amusement rides and inflatables, craft vendors, midway and other games, a ceremony bell tower, a touchdown truck, a 9/11 fire truck, a beer garden, live music at 6 p.m. by the John Hampu Band, and fireworks at dusk.

The 9/11 event runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature the Louisville Community Choir at 1 p.m., followed by a remembrance ceremony, including first responders, military, police, and speakers from the region. Little Rock Country Band will perform at 4 p.m.

For more information and tickets, visit

Ongoing Great Trail Festival

MALVERN – The 41st Annual Great Trail Festival continues today and September 3, 4 and 5 at the Great Trail Festival Grounds, 6331 Canton Road (state Route 43). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is adult, $7; youth (12-18) $5; children under 12, free. Parking is free.

The festival is a re-enactment of French and Indian times with craftsmen and artisans, folk music, dancing, a herd of buffalo, frontier foods, demonstrations of frontier skills such as soap making, candle making and woodworking, as well as cannon fire and tomahawk throwing. The Ohio Tomahawk Throwing Championship is at 1 p.m. September 5.

For more information, call 330-794-9100, email [email protected] or visit

“Paddle For Pink” is on September 6

MALVERN – The third annual “Paddle For Pink” charity event at Lake Mohawk will take place on September 6.

Attendees will gather sponsors, then paddleboard or kayak around the lake to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The $50 admission fee includes breakfast, lunch, a champagne toast, and a goody bag. All donations are intended to help breast cancer patients. The best collectors will receive a gift basket. For registration, information or to donate, contact Kim at 330-323-8863. Participants check in at 9:00 a.m. and launch their boat at the boat launch at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Main Beach and the After Paddle Party is from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. when the top sponsor prizes will be awarded.

Music at Quail Hollow

MARLBORO TWP. – Quail Hollow Park, 13480 Congress Lake Ave. NE, will host an evening of traditional music from 6-9 p.m. Thursday inside the mansion.

Musicians play traditional, bluegrass and Celtic music at each session. Bring an instrument and join in or sit back and enjoy the music. No reservation is required. Admission is $2. The Quail Hollow Volunteer Association will sell drinks and snacks.

Games and jazz at the library

MASSILLON – The Massillon Public Library is hosting a free Gaming Extravaganza from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Adults will gather in the main library auditorium to learn new board games or play old favorites. Registration is mandatory. For more information, contact the referral office at 330-832-9831, ext. 312.

A free jazz evening will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the main auditorium of the library. No registration necessary. For more information, contact Sherie Brown at 330-832-9831, ext. 314.

Stargazing at Spring Hill

MASSILLON – Spring Hill Historic Home, 1401 Spring Hill Lane NE, will host a free public stargazing session from dusk (approximately 8:30-9 p.m.) to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Educators will help visitors learn to identify constellations (integrating the Star Walk 2 mobile app) and discuss how runaway slaves used the skies to navigate north to freedom along the Underground Railroad . Two telescopes are available to visitors.

Participants should bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. In case of rain or dense cloud cover, the event will be postponed to Friday. For more information, visit, call 330-833-6749, or email [email protected]

Orchestra at Beech Creek today

WASHINGTON TWP. – The Canton Symphony Orchestra will perform at Beech Creek Botanical Garden, 11929 Beech St. NE, from 2-4 p.m. today.

The Music in the Garden event is included with general admission. For more information, call Beech Creek at 330-829-7050 or visit


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