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The Pottery Festival Committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month, 7:00p.m., Heritage Hall in Crooksville.  Join Us!

Technical Difficulties

We learned the hard way that lightening and computers just don’t mix!  Our technical difficulties have now been repaired and updates on the 2009 Festival will be forthcoming.  If you click on the Queen tab, you’ll meet our new ambassador.

2008 Festival Now a Memory

The members of the Pottery Festival Committee are just now catching up on their sleep and filing away the final details of the 2008 Festival which include record attendance and a darn good time all around.  There’s no such thing as perfect, and areas that need improvement in 2009 have been noted.  If you’re interested in helping with this now 44 year old festival, and you live in the Perry County area, e-mail us, or attend a meeting.

This year’s festival would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors both financially and through gifts and labor.  Our gratitude, loyalty and a thank you letter are all we have to reward these businesses and individuals for their community service, and that’s not nearly enough.  You’ll find links to most of our sponsors in our sidebar, if you enjoyed this year’s festival, please click over there and let them know their contribution did not go unnoticed.  A proper list will be posted here in our next post.

Stop back throughout the year, as details for 2009 are finalized, and pictures from 2008 are processed, we’ll have it all posted here.

Something for Everybody

Who says you can’t please all the people all the time?  If you haven’t reserved July 10-13th,2008 for the Pottery Festival yet, hurry!  Go take care of that!  You won’t want to miss any of these moments:

The best in contemporay pottery from Crooksville, Roseville and our pottery making friends from all over the state.  In addition to adding something beautiful to your home or yard, you’ll be able to watch how it’s made from demonstrations of Raku firing to wheel turning.  Displays from our industrys that use ceramic in ways you might not know about will also be on hand.

Pottery not your thing…yet…, or you need something to go with that crock or pitcher?  Handmade wood accessories, glass, rugs, guord art, candles…and more will also be represented on the grounds. 

There’s lots more to do than shop at the Pottery Festival.  You can join in the fun!  Registration is being accepted now throughout the festival for the parade, pie baking contest, talent show and baby contest.  Information about all these events is included on our “contests” page.

Too tired to shop or compete?  We’ve got you covered!  A full line-up of top notch entertainment from bands and dancers to fireworks on Friday night.  Check out the “entertainment” page or the schedule to see the full line up.   Don’t forget to check out the Queen’s Pageant which will include a special performance by the Kenny Wayne-Dave Joseph Project. 

Bring the kids, there are rides and games to keep them entertained and plenty of food to stave off starvation.  We can’t wait to see you!

Festival L’il Miss, Princess & Jr. Miss

Time is running out to sign up for the pageant to select the 2008 L’il Miss, Jr. Miss and Pottery Princess.  If you have a daughter between the ages of 5 and 14 who lives or goes to school in Crooksville or Roseville, or who has a parent or grandparent currently working in a pottery – sign up now!

Registration and rehearsal is being held on Tuesday, June 17th and Thursday, June 19th at 6 p.m. in the large shelter house at Crooksville Park.  For more information call Kathy at 982-8064.

Rising Star Scheduled for the Pottery Festival

Woo HOO!  Exciting news for  Joe Zelek!  He and his band are finalists in the Y108/Kenny Chesney “Next Big Star” competition.  Voting is going on now at  The four groups with the highest votes will compete live at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh to decide who will open for Kenny Chesney at his concert on  the Main Stage at Heinz Field on June 14th.  Vote now to get The Joe Zelek Band to the Hard Rock and then bring your lawn chair and see them live at the Pottery Festival on July 10th!

Potters and Pottery at the Festival

The pottery industry, to members of the festival committee, is more than just a collection of our friends and neighbors manufacturing a product.  Here in the clay capital of the world they represent our lifeblood.  The two small Ohio Villages of Crooksville and Roseville are home to ten businesses and industrys that use clay as the foundation of their work:  The Burley Clay Co., Beaumont Pottery, New Burley Winter, The Dale Hague Pottery, Petroware, Heritage Stoneware, iPress Stoneware,CERCO, Acco, and the  Stoneware Palace.  You can see all of them, plus one of the fastest growing potteries from Zanesville, Hartstone,  and a hand picked selection of the state’s finest art potters, in one convenient location, at the Pottery Festival on July 10th-13th, 2008.

Beautiful.  Made in America.  Lead free.  Environmentally friendly.  Oven, freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe.  That’s the description of my locally made dinner ware.  What’s in your dish drainer?