If you aren’t ready for back-to-school madness, here’s your chance to squeeze a bit more joy out of summer.
The 25th Annual Family Fun Fair and Classic Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 in downtown Oberlin.
What’s different this year? The fair will make a lot more use of Tappan Square, with about 22 vendors signed up for booths, seven food trucks, and a demolition derby game from Michigan.
“We’re adding more fun things,” said Janet Haar, director of the Oberlin Business Partnership, which sponsors the event. “What I really want people to experience is fun. I want them to, when they walk away, say, “Wow, I never knew Oberlin is this vibrant.’”
A dunk tank will feature a host of local “celebrities,” from Oberlin Cable Co-op general manager Ralph Potts to city councilman Kelley Singleton to Oberlin City Schools assistant superintendent John Monteleone.
The classic car show has in recent years averaged 115 entries. Plaques are awarded in several categories, including original cars, truck, street legal modified, two-passenger, collector’s class, Best of Show, and longest distance traveled.
The Summer of 65 Band will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., when DJ Larry Farnsworth takes over until 4 p.m. with Sounds of the Classics.
There will be a 50-50 raffle (you must be present to win), bubble soccer, laser tag, bounce houses, an obstacle race, children’s crafts and activities, face painting, a clown, balloons, and strolling magician.
Kids ages three to eight can compete in a big wheel contest, while ages eight to 15 can go head to head — or hip to hip — in a hula hoop contest.
A second concert venue will be open at the New Union Center for the Arts, 39 South Main St.
It’s hard to tell how many people attend the Fun Fair each year, since there’s no gate and no admission cost. Haar estimates the number at greater than 1,000.
She said last year, nonprofit groups ran out of all the materials they had to distribute, while stores saw a big surge in business. Merchants will have sidewalk sales from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.