You've never seen anything quite like the annual Duck Tape Festival. No, seriously. You haven't. Held every June in the western Cleveland suburb of Avon, this three-day event celebrates one thing and one thing only: tape. Specifically, duct tape.
Avon is home of Shurtech Brands, the maker of the instantly recognizable Duck Tape brand duct tape - so "Duck Tape Festival" is not just a clever name. Avon, located just about 25 miles from Downtown Cleveland, turns into a little corner of heaven for household adhesive enthusiasts - of which there are many, as the festival's 50,000 annual visitors will attest.
What To Do There:
- It's a celebration of duct tape. So prepare to look at lots and lots of it. You've truly seen nothing like it: everywhere you look, you'll come face to face with duct tape statues and creations like giant life-sized animals, parade floats and various created-on-site crafts. Touch anything and you might never get your hand back.
- One must-see part of the event is the annual Duck Tape Festival Fashion Show, which sounds self-explanatory, but here's the thing: all of the outfits, garments and accessories are made entirely out of ... well, you get the picture.
What Else to Do:
- Like most weekend-long summertime celebrations, the Duck Tape Festival is teeming with food and drink possibilities, as well as other non-tape activities including live music and amusement rides.
- Here's a fun fact: The Duck Tape Festival is held over Father's Day weekend each year, in honor of your old man's penchant for fixing everything with duct tape. So be armed with plenty of dad jokes - about duct tape.