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Alliance: Home of the Scarlet Carnation and Festival

Published: March 25, 2013 12:00 AM
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Alliance is the home of the Scarlet Carnation, and the city’s signature event is the annual Carnation Festival, which will celebrate its 54th event in 2013.

The 11-day festival begins on Aug. 8 and will include nightly entertainment options, a rib burn-off, two parades (including the Grand Parade on the final Saturday), a style show and other events throughout the city.

Carnation Days in the Park begins on Wednesday and runs through Saturday and features food, craft displays and free live entertainment. A shuttle is available to take festival-goers from Alliance High School and other designated pick up sites to the park. Thursday, the Carnation Festival takes off with hot air balloons lifting off over the park.

One of the Festival’s highlights is the pageant when the queen and her court are chosen in an elegant show.

Check carnationfestival.com for details and updates.

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There’s so much more to do in the Alliance area, however.

The Alliance Farmer’s Market returns downtown for the sixth season. Setting up shop on the corner of Main Street and Mechanic Avenue the market features locally-grown produce, homemade baked goods and other treats.

The Downtown Summer Concert Series takes place every Friday at the red caboose. The free concerts feature a wide range of musical entertainment, from classic rock to country, funk and Motown.

Alliance is home to a wide range of museums, featuring the famed Glamorgan Castle. Tours are given on Fridays at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., by reservation, and during the Carnation Festival. Check out alliance.schoolfusion.us for more details.

Other museums in the city include the Cat Fanciers Association’ Feline Historical Museum, the Mabel Hartzell Historic Home and the Haines House Underground Railroad Center.

Near the Great Indian Trail, the French and Indian War era comes to life at the 32nd annual Great Trail Festival, held Aug. 24-25 and Aug. 31, Sept. 1-2, at its festival grounds on state Route 43 near Malvern.

The event features many quality arts and crafts as it recreates the French and Indian War era with a bucksin rendevous on the grounds. Visitors may find pottery, primitive folk art, furniture and jewelry, while seeing demonstrations of spinning, woodworking and candle making. People may enjoy listening to Appalachian musicians and see clog dancing on the stage, or discover the haunting music of the Scottish pipers as they tour the grounds.

Visitors may enjoy ham and bean soup, hot apple dumplings, kettle popcorn or buffalo burgers. Children will enjoy trying to catch a glimpse of the buffalo herd that lives on the farm. Great Trail Festival is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth 10-18 years and free for children younger than 10. Fore more details see greattrailfestival.com.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, located in nearby Canton, celebrates its 51st year in 2013. The two-week celebration of football features balloon classics, a parade and, of course, the hall of fame induction ceremony and game in legendary Fawcett Stadium.

The hall of fame is open daily except for Christmas. Check profootballhof.com for admission prices.

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