WaterFire festival returns Saturday

Staff report


The first of three WaterFire festivals in downtown Sharon this summer will take place Saturday.

Now in its fifth year, WaterFire is an all-day arts and music festival with a distinctive touch. At dusk, more than 50 floating braziers, moored in place on the surface of the Shenango River, will be lit by torchbearers on a boat.

It culminates an entrancing ritual on the waterfront.

The theme of the festival will be “Back to Our Roots – Honoring Ancestry.”

The Aug. 19 WaterFire theme will be “Celebrate America – United We Stand,” while the Sept. 23 theme will be “Broadway.”

Admission is free to all WaterFire events.

Two food courts, children’s activities, artisans and performance areas will line a four-block stretch of East State Street and its side streets. Three stages will feature live bands.

Here is the music schedule:


1 to 3 p.m.: Hubbard Music’s Rockstar University

4 to 5:30 p.m.: FX Project

6 to 7:30 p.m.: Reissue


1:30 to 3 p.m.: Veseljaci Tamburitzan Orchestra (traditional Croatian dance instruction for the final half hour)

3:30 to 5 p.m.: Charlie Wheeler Band

6 to 8 p.m.: Chardon Polka Band

9:45 to 11:15 p.m.: Dale Toliver Band


2:30 to 4 p.m.: Teddy Pantelas

4:45 to 6:15 p.m.: John Reese Project

7 to 8:20 p.m.: Hall of Famers Rock Show, featuring Mary and Glenn with the 730 Club Band

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