AVON, Ohio – The annual Avon Heritage Duck Tape 2022 Festival was back, delighting mostly families. Admission was free and the first 500 visitors to Crushers Stadium received a free roll of duck tape. Talking to some of the attendees made it clear that this year’s festival, while a little smaller, was still a fun community event and they were happy to come out on a windy but sunny day.
The weekend of June 16-18 featured fine dining, a beer tent, ax throwing, a parade and a chance for kids to pose with their favorite superheroes, as well as of course duck ribbon artistic creations throughout the outdoor area of Avon Stadium, where the festival took place this year.
The kids also had a chance to try a bit of tee-ball, hitting the ball off an adjustable tee that was sitting on home plate at minor league stadium and then being able to hit all the bases in tonight’s Walking around Mercy Health Stadium. The kids showed their joy with big smiles as well as their efforts to get back in line for another chance to hit the ball and run the bases one more time.
There was also a selection of ‘bouncy castles’ on the stadium’s upper deck – obviously a popular collection as dozens of children were bobbing in and out of the huge, bespoke bouncy castles.
But it wasn’t just the kids who were excited that Duck Tape Festival was back as the event regained momentum post-COVID.
The vendors were also happy and there were a lot of them. One of them was Craft Me Pretty. The owner of her two-year-old business in Parma, Charla Custer, makes shirts, mugs, mugs and other items from recycled items.
She commented on how happy she was to be attending the Duck Tape Festival because she had heard good things about it being held in a family friendly area and the festival coordinator being very responsive to the vendors with a good influx of drinks attendees. “Everyone was warm and friendly,” Custer said.
Another vendor, Cheryl Pitts from Greater Regional Technology in Elyria, was showing Hyla ylaair cleaning systems that use water instead of filters. The system is also approved as a medical unit, she said, and is designed to clean, disinfect and deodorize the air in the home.
Pitts offered her take on this year’s Duck Tape Festival, saying they’re happy with the concrete parking lot for vendors, “and they have pony rides and bouncy castles,” she said. “Yeah, no rides or Ferris wheels for the teens this year and that’s sad but you know what? The carnival ride company has gone out of business due to COVID. And they still have wonderful bands (for the festival) and we’re coming back from COVID. I love it here.”
A family lining up for a family photo with superheroes also showed off the fun they had. Anthony Jeter and Lucinda Gutierrez from Lorain were there with their four children aged nearly 1, 3, 6 and 10 years. They come often, Anthony said, to the Crushers games.
When asked how the family was enjoying this year’s festival, Anthony said: “It’s great. Most places we have been for activities are so crowded. This is quite spacious and there are no long lines. Yes things are limited but we are making the best of what we have here.”
At the tee ball game down on the pitch, Michigan’s Joel and Amy Bodway arrived for a vacation to Cleveland’s museums and canoeing, then on to Cedar Point after their visit to the Duck Tape Festival to finish their trip exploring Kelly’s Iceland. Their children, Haley and Kyle, are older and in addition to running the bases, have enjoyed playing cornhole, jenga and badminton on a large scale and looking at the duck tape sculptures. Haley also mentioned the materials and instructions they can take home so they can make either a wallet or a duck tape rose.
Amy added that she would love to see the Duck Tape prom dress pageant return next year. Joel said: “I think that’s great. The kids have a ball. It’s just great to see a lot of people now.”
Voting is complete and the naysayers seem to be outnumbered. All interlocutors were upbeat, upbeat and happy to be at Duck Tape 2022 Festival.