Since its debut in
2010, the annual Tallmadge Circle Festival & Light Parade has grown into one of the region's premier festivals, attracting more than 20,000 people to the Tallmadge Circle area.
This year's festival was again a huge hit, with additional food vendor's added to provide the comfort food everyone seems to crave at festivals. The band, Victory Highway, was a crowd pleaser, as was Melody the Magnificent (Melody Smith, a real magician) and Frank Chaff's Vignettes show. SpongeBob SquarePants, the A&W Bear and the Tallmadge Blue Devil mascot were there to meet, greet and pose for photos with festivalgoers.
More than 500 children played games on Children's Avenue (West Avenue), which was packed. That only enhanced the hard work of Julia Euclide and Denise Lee from the Tallmadge Branch Library and Chamber member, Rhonda Moffatt, owner of ChildScape, Learn & Grow childcare centers in Tallmadge, who was kind enough to sponsor "Jungle Bob" the pet animal kingdom.
It was a night for all ages. I hope everyone who went enjoyed the parade and fireworks. Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, city workers and the Tallmadge Police force, we were able to make it a safe and quality event.
I'd like to send a special thanks to Mayor Dave Kline, Dennis Loughry and Brian Esler, as they worked all day bringing in vendors and the logistics of the set up. Their support was invaluable.
Mary Cea/Director, Tallmadge Chamber of Commerce