5 Things to Know for Heritage Festival-Goers

Enjoy the festival and don't break the law by following our five things to know

There are a few things you should know before coming down to the 17th annual Kent Heritage Festival today.

  1. The ! The Kent fire chief reversed his cancellation order earlier this week. Fireworks typically start after 10 p.m.
  2. No pets allowed. Only service animals are allowed downtown during the festival. It's going to be nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit anyway, so leave Fido at home in the air conditioning.
  3. No alcohol in public. No open containers of alcohol are allowed on the streets or sidewalks of downtown. But you can visit any one of Kent's bars and restaurants for a drink during or after the festival.
  4. Parking. There are very few parking spaces downtown due to the festival itself and recent construction. Your best bet is to park at Rockwell Hall on the Kent State campus and catch a PARTA shuttle down to the event if you have to drive and can't walk.
  5. Streets will be closed. Several downtown streets, or portions of, will be closed for the festival. Here's the list:
  • Water St will be closed between Haymaker Parkway and Brady Street
  • Franklin Ave will be closed between West College Ave and West Main Street.
  • Main Street will be closed between North Depeyster Street and Gougler Avenue
  • College Avenue will be closed
  • Erie Street will be closed
  • Portage Street will be open. Barricades will be at Water Street.
  • Columbus Street will be open. Barricades will be at Water Street.
  • Mogadore Road will be closed at 9 p.m. until 10:30. The fireworks will be set off from the old RB&W site on Mogadore Road at about 10 p.m.

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Pat July 07, 2012 at 03:22 PM
so the fireworks are now being set off at the same place as last year--not the ball fields like every other article stated--Hum!
Matt Fredmonsky July 07, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Every other article? We never reported that. There was concern that the ball fields, as dry as it's been, could catch and start a grass fire, and due to the closure of the bridge that was a big concern. That's all we've reported.
Dave Grove July 07, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Just trying to confirm that the fireworks are still on for tonight i heard on 88.9 that they were cancelled


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