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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?




Seeking Contestants

Some of the most important members of the Pottery Festival are our official ambassadors, The Pottery Festival Queen and her Court. Registration is now being taken for girls between the ages of 5 and 18 to compete in the pageant to select the 2008 Pottery Festival Queen, Jr. Miss, Princess and L’il Miss.

Orientation is scheduled for June 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the large shelter house at Crooksville Village Park.
Registration forms are available at The Community Bank, Crooksville office or you can register on June 12th. For more information call Kathy at 982-8064 or e-mail us at

Girls must live and/or go to school in Crooksville or Roseville or have a family member currently working at one of the potteries in those two villages.

Contests and Other Business

Clink, clink, clink…can you hear the pieces falling into place?

Thank you to everyone who supported our annual fish fries! It’s always nice to see you and serve you. As you know, proceeds from those fish dinners provide funds for the bands we schedule over the four days of the festival.

The Queen’s Luncheon will be featuring the music and antics of The Average White Broads trio in keeping with the theme of this year’s festival Rock Around the Crock. Invitations will be going out in the next three weeks, if you are a representative of an Ohio Festival and would like to attend, leave us a comment.

Registration is now being taken for the Festival Queen, Jr. Miss, Princess and L’il Miss Pageant. Rehearsals will begin in June. The pageant is open to girls between the ages of 5-18 that live or go to school in Crooksville or Roseville. Daughters of people currently employed by an operating pottery in the area are also eligible. If you need a registration form, leave us a comment or e-mail us at

There are lots of ways for anyone to get involved with this community event.  If volunteering to help isn’t your thing…enter one of our contests and events.  You can compete in everything from pie baking to showing off your talent.  Back this year after a long hiatus is the 5K Run.  We’ve also added a comedy category to the Talent show.  Complete details on all these contests are contained in the tab above labeled “contests”.  Registration forms will be available on the grounds once the festival begins, but if you’d like to get a jump on your competition, e-mail us or leave a comment here.

Gearing Up for A Fabulous Festival

Winter is finally on its way out which means it’s time to put the finishing touches on the 2008 Pottery Festival.

Fish Fry!  The last Fish Fry fund raiser before the big event is scheduled for:

Saturday, April 19, 2008

4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Church of Atonement Basement

The committee will be serving up all the fish, fries, slaw, hush puppies, green beans and dessert you can eat for just $7.00 for adults or $4.00 for kids aged 10-under and seniors.  For a small extra charge you can also get some shrimp.  Carry out is available and if you have a large group, call 740-704-0431 and they’ll have everything ready for you.

Concessionaires and Vendors:  If you haven’t sent your registration forms in yet, please do!  Blocking for the festival has begun and if the committee doesn’t know you’re coming, they can’t reserve your spot.  Mail your completed registration to:  Pottery Festival, P.O. Box 61, Roseville, OH  43777.  If you need a blank registration form, let us know in comments here, e-mail to or call the Chairman at 740-704-0431.

Registration forms for the various festival contests are now ready.  A complete list will be posted on Friday.