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Get ready to celebrate the Festival of the Art’s 40th Birthday in scenic downtown Toronto, Ohio. The celebration is set for September 2-3, 2017. Focus in Toronto operates the festival with the aims of building a prosperous and continuing festival each Labor Day weekend. For the past three years the event hosted over 100 vendors. Featuring a diverse variety of handmade arts and crafts, as well as live entertainment and delicious food, the festival has made its mark on the community for 39 years.
Our vendors offer an exceptional variety of arts and crafts. The possibilities are endless when you step in to the world of imagination and creativity. Shopping local has never been so easy. Our vendors items rage from primitive wood and painted slate, to intricate handmade jewelry, to wooden yard decorations to support your favorite team, or wonderfully scented handmade candles. Whether you’re here to find your favorite vendors, or just looking around, you’re sure to find something you like.
If you’re hungry, make sure to stop by the food vendor area to taste an array of mouthwatering meals and treats. We guarantee you’ll find something to fill you up.
Whether its crafts you’re looking for, or even kettle corn, to live entertainment, the 40th Annual Festival of the Arts is the place to be. Creating events where family and friends can come and enjoy what our Gem City has to offer, Focus in Toronto keeps the FOCUS, in Toronto!
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Over 100 vendors have confirmed for the 39th Annual Festival of the Arts, making this the BIGGEST Festival in recent history. As we confirm vendors we will be listing them on our Confirmed Vendor Page. The map of the festival can be found on the same page. This way you can familiarize yourself with the festival grounds and determine your route to hit all of your favorite vendors. For a list of confirmed Vendors, click HERE.
Continuous Live Entertainment
While you’re browsing through the booths, make sure to kick back and enjoy live entertainment, provided by live bands, vocalist, and various performers. We aim to offer a diverse selection of performances to meet everyone’s entertainment needs.
Featured left is Shelly Irvine and the Steeltones that played both Saturday and Sunday of the Festival for the past two years.
Are You A Vendor?
If you’re interested in applying to be a vendor in the 2017 event, click here for the online application. We have limited space available, so apply before we fill up. The deadline is August 1, 2016.
Hourly Raffles: Your Chance To Win
Each year we ask our Vendors to donate a door Prize for our Hourly Raffle. If you would like to purchase tickets for one of these great items – visit the Focus in Toronto Booth. If we reach our goal of 100 vendors – that's up to EIGHT winners per hour. We will also offer 50/50 tickets and water.
All Day Saturday and Sunday
Tickets: 1 for $1 or 6 for $5
Teeny-Tiny Turtle Race
Returning to the Festival for a second year, up to 1,000 tiny turtles will race down the Ohio River on Sunday September 3rd at 3PM at Newburg Landing. Purchases your Turtle Certificate from a volunteer prior to the event, or at the Focus in Toronto Booth for $5. You have a chance to win $500 cash prize for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. Each Turtle has a number on the bottom that corresponds to the certificate. The first one to cross the finish line wins. The Turtle Race is Focus in Toronto’s main fundraiser, sustaining our hometown traditions.
$5 for a Chance to Win $500
Charlie Vantilburg Memorial Cornhole Tournament
This year the Memorial Tournament will take place at its new home, the Festival of the Arts.The tournament will take place at 3PM on Saturday September 2, 2017. Cost per team is $20. Same day registration at the Focus in Toronto Booth. The prize will be based on the number of teams. More teams, larger cash prize.
Toronto TEMS vs. Police Wing Eating Contest
This year the Wing Eating Contest will take place at its new home, the Festival of the Arts. Taking place at 1:30PM on Sunday the 3rd, the TEMS and Toronto Police Department will head off for bragging rights for the next year. The event will take place at the main stage of the Festival. Make sure to come out for the most exciting activity of the year.
If you're thinking Toronto is in Canada, you may want to click the Directions Link. The Festival is located in beautiful Downtown Toronto, Ohio, along the Ohio River. It is nestled in the Tri-State area, surrounded by Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We are about 45min from Pittsburgh. Toronto is also located just north of Steubenville, OH, and just south of East Liverpool, OH.
|Click HERE for Directions|
Little Miss Lion
During the Festival's opening ceremonies on Saturday, Little Miss Lion pageant takes place. Sponsored by the Lion Club, Little Miss Lion is selected by picking a Rose at random. The odd colored rose is crowned for the year. She is granted the honor of participating in the Homecoming and Christmas parade. You must be a Toronto High School Student within the age of 8-12 to sign-up. Click Here To Downloan The Application
For a second year we are planning to work with 427 Kustoms to provide our Car Show.
Saturday September 2nd: 12PM-3PM
This year Focus in Toronto is working to host the Festival Art Exhibit both days of the Festival.
For the first time ever Focus in Toronto is partnering with the Toronto City School’s English Department for a Poetry contest. Preparing in advance the Teachers will be offering Poetry as an assignment, explaining the importance of Art. Student’s will read their work during the Festival, but only one can take first place for exhibiting the most creativity. The day and time will be announced at a later point.
Sunday September 3rd: 4:00PM
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