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Main Street Kent Announces Kent Potterfest on July 30

Kent Potterfest will be an opportunity for Harry Potter fans of all ages to come together and celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the latest book in the Harry Potter series, on Saturday, July 30, from 6 p.m.-midnight (or 1 a.m., if you plan to get the book just after midnight, as it becomes available July 31). A limited number of books can be reserved at Off the Wagon in downtown Kent.

Main Street Kent is hosting the event, which will include costume contests for kids and adults, live music, crafts, a kids’ potion class, adult “mixology” classes, photo booths, face painting and more. Acorn Alley will transform into Diagon Alley for the night, with local businesses taking on the identity of shops from the Harry Potter books. More than 25 downtown businesses will participate, offering crafts, activities or special menu items in the spirit of the event. The Kent Jaycees will transform the Marvin Kent Train Car into the Hogwarts Express. The Hometown Bank Plaza and Acorn Plaza will host a variety of entertainment and activities, with some pre-event festivities being planned at area businesses as well, so visitors are welcome to come early to do some exploring in downtown Kent.

The kids’ costume contest (for kids 13 and younger) is free, and it will take place at 6 p.m. at the Hometown Bank Plaza with no registration required. Trophies will be awarded to one winner in each of the following costume categories: best homemade costume, best creature, best student, best wizard/witch and best overall costume. The adult costume contest (for people 14 and older) requires a $5 registration at the event, which will be available at the Main Street Kent tent at the Hometown Bank Plaza. The adult costume contest will take place at 8:30 p.m., and cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories: most creative, most authentic, best character-inspired costume, best group and crowd favorite. Additionally, a $250 grand prize will be awarded to the best overall adult costume!

Partnering with Main Street for this event are: Off the Wagon, Lumos Flashes – Kent State University’s Harry Potter Alliance Chapter and several community volunteers. Event sponsors include Acorn Alley, College Town Kent and Off the Wagon, whose owner, Michelle Sahr, is donating 25 percent of the store’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book proceeds to Main Street Kent in support of the event.

For more information or if you have questions, visit or call 330-677-8000.

Main Street Kent is a nonprofit organization focused on the revitalization of downtown Kent. It is an affiliate of the national Main Street program and the Heritage Ohio program.