Bellville Street Festival has something for everyone


BELLVILLE — During the week of the Bellville Street Fair, this village will transform itself from a normal community with locals hanging in the downtown area to discuss politics, the weather and more, to one of the most congested pieces of earth in Ohio.

Every inch of available space in the downtown area — and beyond — will be crammed full of rides, concessions, exhibits, food vendors and thousands of people.

It’s no surprise that with thousands invading the village during the week of the fair, it will take an army to feed everyone.

In 2017, there will 44 food concessions, which includes two new foods vendors for 2017.

But the food is only part of the fun and part of the congestion.

There also will be nine non-food concessions that are lined up on the street. They include exhibits on sand art, fireplaces, insulation, crystals, a cartoon artist and blankets novelties and more.

Trailers are very precisely parked so no space in the downtown area goes to waste.

Yard sticks and pavement markers for concessions are pretty common on streets and curbs on the days leading up to the last three days of the annual festival.

And, the thousands of visitors to the community need plenty to occupy their time.

There also will be two tractor displays.

There will be 10 amusement park type rides on the fairgrounds.

It takes a small army of people to organize, operate and clean up after this annual party.

Co-presidents of this year’s event are Bob McConkie and Tom Barr. Larry Weyhmeller is the vice president, Bob Price is the secretary/fair manager and Ellen Walker is the treasurer/administrative assistant.

There also are nine board members, including Tom Barr, Steve Broeske, Darla Walker, Kerri Gottfried, Jason Tilton, Bob McConkie, Ron McConkie, Ryan Pfeifer, Ron Walker, Scott Walters, Tom Pfeifer, Craig Roberts, Donald Traxler, Trent Walker and Larry Weyhmeller.

There also is a group of honorary directors that includes: Drew Hill, Randall Freeman, Carolyn Haip, Marlin Hamilton, Norm Johnson, Eric Mowry, Richard Mowry, Bob Robinson, Les Williams, C.W. “Bill” Smith, Bruce Steel, Travis Tilton and Ron Tilton.

Local business people — and some not exactly local — have always used the street fair to get publicity for their businesses.

Many of them are inside a merchants tent, where there is more than 1,000 feet of display space available.

By the way, the space in that tent is already filled with displays and exhibits and representatives of 54 businesses and vendors of various types.

But that’s not all.

There will be two car dealers with a big presence in the community.

Politics have always been a big part of community festivals, from street fairs to county fairs two neighborhood events.

This year in Bellville there will be two political tents set up.

There will be an antique tractor display and there will be 14 games concessions set up for kids or all ages.

During the 2016 street fair, the tractor pull hooked up 108 tractor/trucks.

Entertainment is planned throughout the duration of the fair, including big shows each evening on the main stage, starting with the queen’s competition and Clear Fork High School Marching Band concert on Wednesday to the Van Dells, who will headline the main stage activities Saturday evening.

There are cooking, canning, sewing, produce contests and more.

Three livestock tents will be filled with at least 25 feathered friends, along with four rabbits, 20 goats, 20 sheep, 30 swine, six dairy market cattle and 20 beef cattle.

If you’re a little bored while visiting the Bellville Street Fair, just turn around and you’ll see something different.

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Thousands of visitors need something good to eat during the street fair, local venues such as the American Legion Post will be serving their own home-made food and there are food vendors galore throughout the fairgrounds, at least 44 of them, at last count.

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Thousands of visitors need something good to eat during the street fair, local venues such as the American Legion Post will be serving their own home-made food and there are food vendors galore throughout the fairgrounds, at least 44 of them, at last count.

Staff report