Turnout was high throughout the day during Saturday’s fifth annual Medina International Festival.
“It’s been a perfect-weather day,” said Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina, said during the festival.
Throughout the day, Public Square was filled nearly to capacity people, food and craft vendors, music and activities, including a 52-foot inflatable Romp N’Stomp inflatable obstacle course.
Wiederhold said the festival had a record number of vendors — more than 70 at the International Emporium — featuring a variety of products, including fair trade art and coffee, Polish pottery, imported hand-made saris from India, textiles, fabric bags and jewelry from Colombia and India.
The festival included martial arts and Chinese language demonstration.
This year, the festival stage was moved closer to the square. In previous years, it had been next to the courthouse.
“It’s made a big difference moving the music from across the street,” Wiederhold said. He said some people had been there since 10 a.m. listening to the music, and watching performances such as Japanese dancers.
A highlight of the day was the Children’s Parade of Nations, when about 20 children and adults marched around the square, representing various countries, including Germany, South Korea, Russia, Mexico and Hungary.
An unexpected addition to the parade was several costumed characters from “Star Wars,” who had been posing for photographs at the Family Video booth. The group, with representatives from the 501st Legion and Rebel Legions, both “Star Wars” costuming organizations, were raising money for the Lymphoma Society.
Also new this year was a preview of “Holly”wood Christmas Movieland, a massive collection of holiday movie memorabilia.
The collection was created by Hinckley Township sculptor Mark Klaus, best known for the handcrafted miniature sculptures he sells on HSN, and his wife, Dana.
The couple has searched for three years to find a permanent home for their collection and found it this summer when they announced they were buying the 31,000-square-foot former Medina Methodist Church, a block south of the square.
The grand opening will be the weekend of Nov. 22, when the city hosts the annual Candlelight Walk on Public Square.
Wiederhold had been concerned about traffic and parking problems around the square because of resurfacing project on West Liberty Street and South Elmwood Avenue.
“I want to give big thanks to the city and the state for clearing up the road construction” he said.
Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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