EAST LIVERPOOL — The 52nd Annual Tri-State Ceramics Festival will take place Thursday through Saturday in downtown East Liverpool. The festival will feature activities, musical entertainment on a main stage and events at the Ceramics Museum. Activities and entertainment for all ages and interests will be featured, from a car and bike show to chalk art contests, a wrestling competition and a mustache and beard contest.
On Thursday, the opening ceremony begins at 10 am on the steps of the museum. Activities throughout the day include a stuffed animal contest at the Carnegie Library, a jump rope contest, or a tour of Thompson House, behind the main KSU building. Doorknob contests will also be held on Thursday for women or mixed doubles with a $5 entry fee, with other contests available the rest of the festival. Attendees can enjoy music on the main stage in the Masonic Temple parking lot from 2 pm to 11 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. More music will be featured on Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm with fireworks sponsored by MasonColor, Brewster Procurement Group Inc./Shell, Ergon-West Virginia Inc. and Hermitage Thermal Services.
Other highlights of the next two days include the Business Window Judging and Awards on Friday afternoon, the Joe Wells Jr. Memorial 5K Walk/Run on early Saturday morning (registration starts at 7 am and start time is 8am) and the pottery festival parade on Saturday. Registration, lineup and judging begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Riverview Florist at Sixth and Walnut and the parade begins at 5:30 p.m. This year’s festival royalty includes Queen Paige Grimes, maid of honor Dacianelle Andrews and Princesses Kendra Jones, Angelica Jones and Riley Cox.
The Ceramic Museum will be open from 9 am to 3:30 pm Thursday and Saturday and extended hours from 9 am to 7 pm on Friday. Reduced admission of $1 is offered during the festival and the museum sponsors a free ceramic city art exhibit at the Venture Real Estate Gallery Thursday through Saturday from 2-7 p.m. A photography and art exhibit will also be on display during the festival inside the school’s alumni clock tower building.