Fiber Arts Festival and Main Street Mania Set for April 25

April 14, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The sound of live music, the smell of delicious food and the laughter of people of all ages will soon be filling the streets of The Crossing on April 25 when the Fiber Arts Festival and Main Street Mania take over the two-block stretch in Downtown Alliance.

The day will begin with the eighth annual Fiber Arts Festival hosted by the Troll Hole in cooperation with Arts in Stark. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will provide fun and activities for people of all ages. There will be a self-guided tour of local art galleries, studios, stores and restaurants that will double as a discovery event.  The more places attendees visit, the more prizes they will win, such as beverages, chocolate, key chains, bath bombs, shirts and tour tickets. By visiting these places, participants will also be entered into a drawing for grand prizes including a crochet cat cave, glass garden totem and a Kindle Fire.

Throughout the event, there will also be children’s make and take activities, including recycling T-shirts to make dog and cat toys and dreadlock making and children will also have the opportunity to have their faces painted.

The Fiber Arts Festival will also feature new art exhibits and demonstrations. Canton native David McDowell will present his indoor exhibit, “The Maaafia and the Sheep” and his outdoor exhibit, “All Wrapped Up.” University of Mount Union Professor of English Michelle Collins Sibley will do a spinning demonstration at Enchanted Threads, located at 40 N. Arch St. and Priscilla Roggenkamp and her fellow Studio 214 artists will do spinning and weaving at 214 Arch St. Rodman Public Library will hold an arm knitting class during the event and Knit Wits will be hold a spinning and knitting sit-in.

Beginning at 3 p.m. and running until 7 p.m., Main Street Mania will fill the streets with music, food, art and more. Main Street Mania is being organized by Mount Union students and is funded by Arts in Stark in order to call attention to downtown Alliance.

During Main Street Mania, guests will be able to enjoy live music from Ladyface, I Fight Fail, Angela Romeo, Kevin Phillips, Raphael Tshikala and others and they will be able to see and purchase exhibits from local artists. Mount Union student organizations will provide activities such as face painting, popcorn machines and carnival games. The first 150 Mount Union students in attendance will receive a free T-shirt and one of the activities will include an opportunity to tie-dye the shirt. Throughout the evening, gift cards to local businesses will be raffled off ending in a grand prize raffle of a new bike. ArtsinStark will also unveil their permanent bike racks which will make visiting downtown Alliance even easier.

During Main Street Mania, the area from Mechanic Avenue to Arch Avenue will be blocked off to accommodate vendors.

Those interested in becoming a vendor for Main Street Mania should contact Abby Honaker at or call (330) 829-8168.

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