Historical Society will launch new Village Fair festival in July

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The 2018 German Fest, seen here, was the last. Members of the Amherst Historical Society are launching a new summer celebration this July, going back to the city’s old traditions and working to have a little bit of something for everyone.


First there were Frontier Days, then Community Days, the Potato Festival, and the Old Time Jamboree.

This year, the plug has been pulled on both Dancing on Main Street and German Fest.

Now the Amherst Historical Society wants to start a new summertime tradition and give the city a big bash — the Sandstone Village Fair.

Billed as a family-friendly arts and music festival, it will be held from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 13 and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.

It’s meant to showcase the society’s Sandstone Village, 763 Milan Ave., while promoting awareness of local nonprofits and other civic organizations.

The mid-July time was chosen because that’s when Amherst’s original festival was held, said event chair Bob “Pogie” Pogorelc.

The two-day fair will be a chance “to connect with history and make history,” he said.

Amherst Historical Society president Sandy Kaiser said the festival will be about fostering “a community feeling, connecting with your neighbors, meeting new people, and getting a sense of pride in your community.”

So far, six bands are signed to play the party: Nick & The Chick featuring Ayden Ash, Decades, Malt Shop Memories, The Huff & Puff Quartet, Dann & Lilly, and the Rick Keane Experience.

There will be a classic car show, parade, hot dog eating competition, face painting, bounce house, raffles, a beer garden, concessions, appearances by Mega Championship Wrestling’s stars, a blood pressure clinic, a LifeCare ambulance for kids to tour, and children’s fingerprinting by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

There will also be a historical poker run with stops including Avon Lake’s trolley museum, Lakeview Park, the Lorain Historical Society, the Spirit of ’76 Museum in Wellington, and other sites.

If you love the visual arts, there will plenty to enjoy, including a painting demonstration by Scott Marion of Wellington inside the Grange Hall.

Kaiser and Pogorelc said they’re putting together a big line-up of crafters and artists to showcase paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, crochet, and more.

They also have planned manicures and hand massages by Lorain County JVS students as well as a cooking demonstration.

Artists, crafters, and other vendors interested in taking part should call the society at 440-988-7255.

But the real star will be the Amherst Sandstone Village itself.

Kaiser said she wants people to experience an “old time village feel” and see all the Hickory Tree Grange Hall, Harris/Dute House, St. George’s Chapel, Live Oak Engine Company Museum, and other facilities have to offer.

She also hopes visitors see the work that’s been put into the grounds, like how Boy Scouts Troop 427 has painted the long barn.

The dream, she said, is to expand the village grounds and add historical buildings — an antique barn would be an ideal addition if it were donated and moved to the Milan Avenue venue, Kaiser said.

Money raised via the festival will go to support the upkeep and maintenance of the grounds and historic buildings.

Free shuttle parking will be available at Nord Middle School.