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2006 Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival

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Henkel is a global company that develops, assembles, and markets innovative consumer products. Henkel (Manco) is headquartered on Just Imagine Drive in Avon, Ohio, with a distribution center in Hickory, North Carolina.

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NEWS ARTICLE from THE PLAIN DEALER, 3-13-01, By MICHAEL K. McINTYRE, PLAIN DEALER REPORTER

``How do you keep a marriage from falling apart? ... duct tape.

Hey, if it can keep a bumper hitched to a Chevy pickup, you don't think it can keep a ring on your finger?

The stunt-loving marketers at Manco Inc., the Avon-based makers of Duck Brand duct tape, are at it again. This time, they're looking for couples who want to have a "Duck Tape Wedding." Most expenses paid ...

It's not that Manco actually thinks people should start wearing duct tape.

"It's hot and hard to move in. I found that out this morning," said Theresa Brixius, the company's communications manager, who was pressed into service as a model ...

"But we've gotten tons and tons of e-mails from consumers telling us the quirky things they do with duct tape. This is fun, and it's what gives the product its personality," she said.

The winning duct tape wedding couple gets a wedding Sept. 29 [2001] at Universal Studios in Hollywood (unfortunately, no air fare), an alcohol-free reception for 75, cake, entertainment, a limo and a photographer. Winners also get a one-week honeymoon package to Hawaii (this time, air fare is included).

What's the catch? Your tux and her dress are made of duct tape ...

Also made of tape will be the flowers, the invitations, basically, every accessory.

Here's how to enter [the] contest.

... a couple must send a creative two- to three-minute videotape postmarked by March 21 explaining why they would enjoy a duct tape wedding, why they think their marriage will "stick through the ages" (we're not making this up) and why they love Duck brand duct tape. Send tapes to: "Stuck On You"; C/O Cerrell Associates Inc.; 320 N. Larchmont Blvd.; Los Angeles, CA, 90004 ... ''

For more information, go to www.duckproducts.com

E-mail: mmcintyre@plaind.com

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Duct Tape Festival
The Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival will be held June 18-20, 2004, at the Veterans Memorial Park on Detroit Rd. in Avon, Ohio.

NEWS ARTICLE from The Plain Dealer, 1-9-04, By Catherine Gabe, Plain Dealer Reporter

``Here's a festival worth sticking around for

AVON -- Towns celebrate everything from walleye to woolly bears in fairs and fetes around the state.

But duct tape?

Lorain County's fastest growing community is planning what could be the first ever - anywhere - duct tape festival. The Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival is to take place Father's Day weekend - June 18-20.

"Hey, we're the duct tape capital of the U.S.," said Avon Mayor Jim Smith. "It's true. Sixty percent of the duct tape goes through Avon."

Indeed, the city is home to the world headquarters for Henkel Consumer Adhesives, which makes the Duck brand of the tape. So when the town was looking for a sponsor for a celebration to replace the Festival of Flowers that faded as the area's greenhouses were taken over by houses a decade ago, they turned to their largest employer - Henkel.

The idea, er, stuck.

The three-day festival will feature a parade with floats made of duct tape-sculpted animals and, with a nod to Avon's heritage, tape-made renditions of historic buildings and even the city seal. The festival will include duct tape fashions and even the crowning of the Duct Tape Dad of the Year. Traditional fair staples - food booths, rides and a car show - will be included.

The city is already getting ready. Next month, Todd Scott, Canadian biologist turned duct tape sculptor, will show Avon students how to work with the medium.

John Yagoda, Avon Heritage Elementary arts teacher, has students fashioning things from duct tape and recyclable materials.

"They are so used to using clay and plaster that using duct tape opens their eyes to other things," Yagoda said.

The possibilities are vast. The durable sticky cloth tape comes in 18 colors, including neon and camouflage.

But why Father's Day weekend?

"From what we've heard, a lot of dads use duct tape," said Melanie Amato, Henkel's director of advertising. "Of course, a lot of moms do too, but the fact that it's Father's Day weekend, the focus is on dads."

Details for the Duct Tape Dad of the Year contest are still being tweaked, said Amato, whose company hosts a duct tape prom outfit contest where contestants vie for scholarships for their creations ...

There are now about five manufacturers of duct tape, but Henkel is the largest with its Duck brand duct tape, Amato said. People got serious about their duct tape last February after the Department of Homeland Security said the product was among items households should have in case of a terrorist attack.

So, how much duct tape do folks use? Plenty. Enough to wrap around the earth 77 times, or 7.7 trips from the earth to the moon and back.

That's a lot of Father's Day ties, too.''

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: cgabe@plaind.com

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 6-16-04, By Julie A. Short

``Rolls of duct tape set to begin unraveling this weekend

AVON -- It's going to be a sticky weekend in Avon as the first annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival gets underway beginning Friday running through Sunday (June 18-20) at Veterans Memorial Park. After more than a year of planning, festival committee members are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the large crowds expected to take in the carnival-like event. The first 500 guests to enter the festival's main gate at the park will receive a free roll of duct tape.

"We've received great response from the business community, as well as the city," Committee President Pete Polovich said. "I can't believe the weekend is finally here. A lot of people have worked very hard to bring this festival to Avon. I have to give the committee members a pat on the back. They have done a tremendous job."

This three-day event will celebrate duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses. The festival also honors the history and heritage of the city that is proclaimed the "Duct Tape Capital" of the world-the home of Duck brand duct tape.

Attendees will be able to make duct tape crafts on-site with professional duct tape sculptor, Todd Scott. Not to be forgotten, the festival will also have traditional fair food and rides, as well as musical performances and more than 70 booths for local vendors and organizations. REMAX will be sponsoring hot air balloon rides at a cost of $5 with proceeds benefiting Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. The Lorain County Bloodmobile will be at the festival through the weekend.

"The main stage at the park will feature live music and other entertainment all weekend," Polovich said. "On Saturday afternoon a high school Battle of the Bands will take place. Long-time Avon residents will remember the classic rock group, Outta Dodge, they will perform Saturday night."

The Duct Tape Dad of the Year will be crowned on Saturday and will be a special guest in the parade scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. More than 22 floats and 40 additional participants will depart Avon High School heading east down Detroit Road to the Village school.

"The parade is shaping up to be a great event," Polovich said. "The duct tape floats are amazing. It's hard to believe the things people can do with duct tape. People can take in the parade and then head over to the festival."

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Ralph White drives the Avon Historical Society entry in the duct tape parade. Heritage School students in John Yagoda's Art Club made the ancient animals from Avon's past.

MIX 106.5 radio personalities Brian and Joe will serve as Grand Marshals for the parade and the station will broadcast from the festival.

"This went from a carnival to an event," Polovich said. "There are going to be so many fun activities for everyone. It is going to be a great weekend in Avon. We invite everyone from the surrounding communities to come take part in this event."

Car enthusiasts will stop by the festivities at Avon Heritage North Elementary where a car and truck show is slated to begin after the parade (June 19) and end at approximately 3:30 p.m. with show awards ...

Parking is available at the park. Shuttle busses will also run from parking lots at Avon High School and Avon United Methodist Church.

The festival is open Friday from 4-11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.- 11 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m. For more information, call (866)-818-1116 or log on to www.avonducttapefestival.com.''

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SHORT TAKES from The Press, 6-16-04, By Julie A. Short

``Let's all gather in the spirit of community

Read on folks -- the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Parade is this weekend (June 18-20)!

I'm surprised at how many folks in the area still do not know Avon is having a festival, open to all communities, this weekend. It's been all over the newspapers and other publications throughout the state. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, a visit to the festival is a MUST.

I became involved in the planning of the festival more than a year ago, along with a handful of other Avon residents. Pete Polovich, who has fond memories of the former Avon Festival of Flowers, initiated the idea for a committee to plan a new festival. It's been years since Avon has had a major community festival and it is the committee's hopes that the Duct Tape Festival will be worth the wait.

When I moved to Avon four years ago, I was surprised that the city did not have a festival. Sure we have events in the French Creek District that are great, but we were missing a large community festival. So rather than complain about it and do nothing, I decided to become involved when I heard a committee was being formed.

Hey, I just love a party! You can sit home and play in the yard all summer. Get out, be with your family and enjoy a festival. There will be a parade on Saturday (June 19) through the heart of Avon (Detroit Road). Lots of folks have spent months crafting floats out of the duct tape and it should be a unique parade to say least. The parade starts at 10 a.m.

Car enthusiasts will want to stop by the car show Saturday (after the parade) at Heritage North Elementary School. Hundreds of classic cars have a spot reserved. The featured item at the show will be antique fire engines. Watch the parade; stop at the car show and then head to the festival. Sounds like a great plan.

Bring dad to the festival on Father's Day (June 20). I've heard a lot of people ask, "Why is the festival Father's Day weekend?" Why not?! What were you going to do with dad anyway? Dads and duct tape go together. See you all this weekend!

Happy Father's Day! ...''

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NEWS ARTICLE from the Chronicle Telegram, 6-26-04, by Nick Houser

``Duct tape festival goes national

AVON -- The duck and the duct tape were in the spotlight last weekend during the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival.

Avon Mayor Jim Smith said he was nervous heading into the maiden voyage of the festival, but he had no idea it would wind up being an international affair. Smith was watching CNN Sunday night when a one-minute spot on the festival aired.

"Anytime you can get on the national news for 60 seconds, let alone 30 seconds, that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars is good for the city and the county," he said.

Festival goers came from as far away as England, Seattle and Minnesota for all the duct tape fun.

Additional media coverage showed up on Fox News Channel, CBS Radio and on The Weather Channel.''

Contact Nick Houser at nhouser@chronicletelegram.com.

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ShortTakes COLUMN from The Press, 6-30-04, By Julie Short

``City truly shined during festival, awaiting next year

In a word, AWESOME, That's what I would use to describe the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival. From the festival itself to the car show and parade, the weekend was awesome for the city and I'm proud to live here.

Let's first start with the parade, it was one of the best city parades I've ever seen. As an organizer and participant, it was perfectly crafted. The floats were amazing. The time and effort that many people put into making such unique floats should be commended ...

It was great to see so many people lining the streets of Avon. Next year we hope to bring you an even bigger parade with hopefully some bands ...

While I did not get a chance to stop by the car show, I heard the grounds of Avon Heritage North Elementary were packed with cars and onlookers. Let's hear it for Mother Nature. She definitely smiled down upon the festival all weekend, although she could have turned up the heat just a tad.

The festival itself was packed with people all weekend. Many from out of town. As I worked the ticket counters during the weekend, I chatted with a number of folks who commented on what a great place they thought Avon was. Many had never been here, or hadn't visited in years. The reoccurring theme was "We didn't think Avon was like this." When I asked what they thought Avon was like, they couldn't really elaborate, but it far exceeded their expectations.

Speaking of far exceeding expectations, that's what the festival did. As I walked the grounds with Avon Mayor Jim Smith, he commented that he was pleasantly surprised by how wonderful everything turned out. He stated that the committee did a great job ...

Festival Committee President Pete Polovich deserves the keys to the city. That man worked harder than I've ever seen anyone work in a long time. He had a vision for this festival and it became an even bigger reality.

Most are surprised to hear that the festival was put on by a handful of people. Not a giant committee, but a few individuals who wanted to provide the public with an enjoyable weekend.

Special thanks goes out to Avon-based Henkel Consumer Adhesives. Not only did the city shine, but the company did as well. It was a win-win venture for all.

The festival was reported on television stations from as far away as Colorado and Florida. During the final hour of the festival, a couple from Indiana pulled in after being stuck in traffic for hours. A walk through the parking lot found license plates from Georgia, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Who knew duct tape had such a cult following? People were dressed from head-to-toe in duct tape.

To those of you who attended the festival, parade or car show, thank you. We hope you had a good time. To those of you who didn't, you missed a heck of a party. I'm not a frequent carnival-goer, but I believe in promoting my community and helping out anyway possible.

If you are interested in joining the committee for the planning of the second annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival, send me an email at jshortavon@aol.com. We'd love to have you. See you next year!''

See Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival for more information.

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 3-8-06, By Julie A. Short

``Duct Tape festival committee continue to unroll plans

Colin Dussault to perform

AVON -- The calendar may only read March, but summer is right around the corner. An annual summer tradition must is attending the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival (June 16-18). A committee of 10 members is tirelessly working behind the scenes to make this year's festival at Veterans Memorial Park, another success.

"We are very excited about this year's festival," Henkel Consumer Adhesives Media Relations Manager Heather Sefcik said. "The duct tape area will have new displays. We are currently working with the Cleveland Institute of Art again to create a new tent. Students from Virginia Marti College of Art and Design in Lakewood are creating Duck Tape fashions that will be on display and then will be presented in a live fashion show."

The entertainment line up is packed and stacked. Long-time area blues favorite Colin Dussault will perform, as well as The Roadhouse Band and Billy Sullivan. Local disc jockey Kenny G of the DJ Company is on tap, as well as magicians and a balloon artist to entertain the crowd. Duct Tape festival favorites, The Duct Tape Guys, will also be back.

"Again, we will have the parade and fireworks on Saturday, which is proving to be quite a fun-filled day," Sefcik said. "Of course there will be food, rides, games, vendors and more that have been an integral part of the festival for the past two years."

Missing from this year's festival is the car show. Committee members wanted to focus on making other festival features even better in 2006 ...

The highlight of the weekend, the parade, has been moved to Saturday morning (June 17) this year. There is no fee to march or perform in the parade, but there is a $25 entry fee per duct tape float (covers duct tape supply and prizes). The parade route has also been changed.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. from Avon Village School and will travel down Detroit Road to the SR 611 where it will turn left and head to Avon Middle School. Interested floats will be escorted to the festival grounds after the parade for viewing throughout the weekend. All parade participants, including non-float entries, must somehow creatively incorporate duct tape into their theme or design ...

Avon resident Jeff Socha is the reigning "Duct Tape Dad of the Year" and may be giving up his crown to someone outside Lorain County as the contest will be expanding nationally this year. Local residents are still encouraged to apply.

According to Sefcik, volunteers are needed throughout the festival weekend to help with parking and other festival activities. For more information on the festival, log on to http://www.avonducttapefestival.com or call (866) 818-1116.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 6-14-07, by Rania Shakkour

``Tape creations to land at festival

AVON -- It is the silver, or not, sticky, and smooth, sometimes fashionable, sometimes practical, fix-it-all wonder -- duct tape. And hundreds of rolls of the sticky stuff will be unrolled this weekend at the fourth annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival at Veteran's Memorial Park, 37001 Detroit Road.

Hosted in the self-proclaimed 'Duct Tape Capital' of the world and home of Duck brand duct tape, the three-day event celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky uses. It promises to be a duct tape extravaganza, with 500 rolls of duct tape given away to the first 500 festivalgoers each day.

The Duct Tape Festival parade will begin its march from Avon Village School, 36600 Detroit Road, to Avon Middle School, 3075 Stoney Ridge Road, at 10 a.m. Saturday. The parade features 60 organizations, including three bands and 22 floats -- created with duct tape, of course.

Organized by an independent committee of five Avon community members, the duct tape festival began four years ago when Avon residents were looking for sponsors to hold a citywide festival. Henkel Consumer Adhesives, the marketer of Duck brand duct tape, stepped up, and along with traditional festival favorites such as rides, food, games and vendors, there's a vast amount of duct tape creations.

"Every year they have gotten better and better," Henkel spokeswoman Patti Sack said. "It is just amazing how everyone gets it. People understand the whole creation with duct tape."

There will be five Henkel tents, including duct tape fashions from around the world. Partnering with Virginia Marti College of Art and Design for a second year, students created 21 garments from duct tape, representing 21 different countries from all corners of the world.

"The pieces that Virginia Marti has created are phenomenal," Sack said. A craft tent will allow festivalgoers to construct duct tape frames, wallets, jewelry, flowers and more from a choice of 20 colors under the instruction of duct tape sculptor Todd Scott.

Another tent features the Duck brand Duct Tape Saves the Day promotion, challenging clever duct tapers to tell their most unique and wacky duct tape solution stories for a chance to win $5,000. "Festival goers can share with us how duct tape saved their day," Sack said.

The festival will feature a multimedia laser light and fireworks show presented by Laser Image Productions and Premier Pyrotechnics Inc. Friday at dark. Choreographed to catchy tunes, the 20-minute high-tech laser graphic, laser beam and pyrotechnic show will be the first presentation of its kind in the Cleveland area.

For directions and more information,

visit www.avonducktapefestival.com ''

Contact Rania Shakkour at rshakkour@chroniclet.com.

Friday -- 4 to 11 p.m.

4 p.m. -- New Community Band

4 p.m. -- Joy Unspeakable - The Living Statue

5:30 p.m. -- Paul Pope and Phil James

7:30 p.m. -- The Roadhouse Band

9 p.m. -- Multi-media laser light and fireworks production

Saturday -- 11 a.m. to midnight

10 a.m. -- Parade

Noon -- Magic of Steven Knight

12:30 p.m. -- Shameless

2:45 p.m. -- Magic of Steven Knight

3:30 p.m. -- SofaKings

5:30 p.m. -- Billy Sullivan

7:30 p.m. -- Laredo

Sunday -- Noon to 6 p.m.

Noon -- Triple Dog

2:30 p.m. -- Abbey Road (Beatles Tribute)

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 3-7-07 By Rebecca Turman

``Duct Tape festival is on, but without a fatherly figure

Dates are taped down for the 2007 annual Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival in Avon, according to Bev Dunbrooke, Avon resident and secretary of the festival committee.

The festival is set for its traditional Father's Day weekend slot, running from June 15-17 [2007].

As in years past, the festival will be held at Veterans Memorial Park and floats will parade down the center of Avon on Saturday morning, as usual, but there are other traditions that didn't seem to stick.

This year will be the first year that a Duct Tape Dad of the Year will not be crowned, as the contest has been eliminated from the Father's Day weekend festivities.

"Last year they made it (the contest) national because the year before they only had a couple of entries (when it was local)," Dunbrooke said.

"We just didn't have enough interest," said Henkel's media relations expert Heather Kessen. "We decided to put our time and energy into our displays on site."

There will be several other minor changes that will be noticeable at the festival as well, according to Dunbrooke.

"We are having a LASER show on Friday night," Dunbrooke said, as opposed to the fireworks that were held in the past.

Another highlight of this year's festival will be a performance by the Beatles cover band "Abbey Road."

The hours of the festival have been slightly modified, also.

"We'll be staying open later on Saturday, until midnight, and we'll be closing earlier, at 6 pm, on Sunday," Dunbrooke said.

Though not all of the details of the festival have been worked out, Dunbrooke, who is in her second year volunteering for the festival, said things are off to a smooth start with seven volunteers already stepping up.

When Kessen, who was in charge of the parade in the past, decided to step down from that position, Dunbrooke said there was a possibility of not having a parade at all. However, according to Dunbrooke, when the threat of not having the parade loomed, several volunteers stepped up and offered to take over the planning, including Leo Simoson, a local chiropractor.

Though Kessen has stepped down from leading the parade this year, she said, "There shouldn't be a skipped beat at all."

With this year's festival, Kessen said Henkel is looking to "raise the bar on what people expect from the Duck brand."

"We want to continue to make it fresh and new," she said.

For those interesting in volunteering, the next festival committee meeting will be held March 13 [2007] at the Avon Public Library at 6 pm.

"You don't have to live in Avon to be a volunteer," Dunbrooke said.

For more information on the festival, visit Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival

Vendor booth applications are also available on the Web site, but must be turned in by March 31 [2007].''

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