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WaterFire festival returns Saturday

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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