Fun Fest Committee Invites Organizations and Businesses to Participate

MCTV, the Massillon Museum, and the Downtown Massillon Association invite organizations and businesses to participate in this year’s Fun Fest, which will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Fun Fest has entertained thousands of families in downtown Massillon for 22 years.


Admission to the family-focused event is free.  There is no cost for most activities; some have a minimal charge.  Social service agencies, civic groups, churches, arts organizations, and businesses are invited to set up games, art projects, activities, and information stations.  Families love free take-away items—coloring books, pencils, balloons, banks, bookmarks, and puzzles.


Examples of Fun Fest segments children have enjoyed in the past are basketball hoop shooting, story times, small build-it projects, face painting, contests, bead projects, dancing, crafts, health and safety activities, athletic events, and music.  Emergency crews and vehicles, magicians, musical groups, and others who offer programs of interest to young people help make Fun Fest a lively, safe, educational, and enriching experience.


Among the familiar organizations offering activities, demonstrations, and information in previous years have been churches, Massillon Parks and Recreation Department, the Salvation Army, Massillon Family YMCA, and Massillon cheerleaders.  The Tuslaw Lions train ride, the Canton Charge, Ballet le Reve, and the Massillon Public Library Bookmobile will be on hand.  Dozens more will join them.


Inflatables, the New England Garden Club’s flower arranging station, clowns, Massillon Museum art activities, and a petting zoo have been traditional favorites. A free family-friendly film will be the finale at the Lincoln Theatre.


Organizers Liz Gessner McAllister of MCTV and April Olsen of the Massillon Museum, tout the event as “a great day for kids ages four to ninety-four and their families.”  Fun Fest is intended to provide all the fun of a carnival with a focus on meaningful activities.  Many of the organizations and businesses that offer activities provide valuable health, safety, and educational information to parents while entertaining the children.


For details or to register for booth space, visit and click on “Programs and Events” then “Fun Fest.” For additional information, call Liz Gessner McAllister at MCTV:  330-833-6655. Please register by June 9.


Fun Fest is centered on First Street and Lincoln Way East and on the lawn of the Massillon Museum.  Free parking is available in city lots, in the Erie Street parking deck, and on adjacent streets.  For more information, contact the Massillon Museum, 330-833-4061 or visit