MEDINA — Shannon Willett said she is proud of her city. She’s lived in Medina eight years with her young family, and for her the quality of life is ideal.
“We love the small-town feel,” Willett said. “It’s safe. We don’t have to worry about a high crime rate. And there are a lot of events going on like this.”
Willett was referring to Medina Fest, which was 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Public Square. Presented by Main Street Medina with help from the city, it was the latest in a series of events this year that have celebrated Medina’s 200th birthday.
Medina Fest featured local bands and musicians, including Medina’s Rick Gaudet, who performed folk and rock songs on acoustic guitar; guitarist Jim Gill, who played original compositions; and the duo Grady Miller, who combined the fiddle, viola, guitar and vocals in their performance.
Also on stage were the Swizzle Stick Band, which specializes in Motown and funk; the 18-piece Danjo Jazz/Rock Orchestra; and the Medina Bees Marching Band.
Food trucks circled the square at the festival. Children played games, like a large-scale version of Operation, and inFocus Photo Booths provided a selfie station. Historic film footage of Medina was shown inside Huntington Bank, and the Medina County Historical Society displayed an 1880s-era wicker carriage.
Also, PNC Bank set up its Mobile Learning Adventure, a traveling exhibit for pre-kindergartners. Kids walked through the exhibit and took part in educational activities at each station. They explored various careers and dressed like firefighters, pilots and veterinarians.
Medina Fest also featured booths promoting Medina businesses and the weekly farmers market.
A steady stream of people flowed in and out of Medina Fest, and finding a place to park was no snap. Traffic around the square was slow, but it moved.
Medina artist Kazimer Kuczma was at the fest painting the United Church of Christ, Congregational, which is at the northeast corner of the square.
“What I like most about Medina is the people,” Kuczma said. “It’s a friendly community. There are smiles everywhere.”
Medina resident Jaclyn Dalziel also expressed appreciation for the city’s “friendly feel,” and her husband, Nick, mentioned the restaurants and farmers market.
“Everything is within walking distance,” Nick Dalziel said.
Andrew DeGroot, of Medina, said the farmers market is “pretty awesome.”
“It seems like there’s always something to do here,” said DeGroot’s wife, Lauren.
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