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Kent Heritage Festival Celebrates 21 Years

By Marcus Donaldson

The city of Kent will celebrate its 21st Annual Kent Heritage Festival on Saturday, July 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. The festival, which celebrates the nation’s independence, will include live entertainment on three stages throughout downtown, more than 100 craft vendors and information booths, and more than 20 food vendors.

“The Kent Heritage Festival is our community’s biggest and most popular event,” says Lori Wemhoff, festival chairperson and executive director of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. “We expect over 20,000 visitors to downtown Kent for the one-day event that showcases local entertainment and vendors from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.”

“The Kent Heritage Festival is a great, family-friendly event that brings thousands of visitors to downtown,” Wemhoff shares.

The event also will include a rock wall and bouncy house, located in the children’s area on North Water Street near the mill. Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.

“We’re looking forward to another great Kent Heritage Festival, and pray the weather gods cooperate again this year,” Wemhoff says.

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