Scenes From the Duct Tape Festival

According to its website, the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival "celebrates duct tape, its enthusiasts and its wacky and fun uses." The festival takes place in the Duct Tape Capital of the World, Avon, Ohio—the home of Duck brand duct tape.

I attended last month with my daughters (7-year-old triplets), who enjoyed riding the rides, playing carnival games, and decorating jewelry boxes with duct tape. We also made sure to stop by all the duct tape sculptures scattered throughout the festival. Here's what we saw:

The theme of this year's festival was Peace, Love, and Duct Tape. They were honoring the 1960's, '70's, and '80's. Even the trash cans were decorated with duct tape.

A groovy VW bus.

A Rubik's Cube with each panel made out of a different color of duct tape.

Here's a Grateful Dead Dancing Bear made out of lots of folded duct tape pieces. The detail on this one was amazing!

Duct tape clothing was everywhere.

A detail of the yellow rose in Gandhi's hand and a statue of Gandhi. This sculpture was created by Brittany Papale of NJ.

It's made out of 70 rolls of duct tape and foam and took Brittany 150 hours.

In the craft tent, Duck gave away craft kits to everyone. You could choose from a purse kit, a wallet kit, a jewelry box kit, and a wristlet kit. This tent was packed with people working on crafts made out of duct tape. My girls chose the jewelry boxes and they love them!

Assorted colors of duct tape in the craft tent. These were available for use in making your craft in the tent.

And here's a duct tape peace sign left over from the parade.

Amy Preneta currently spends her time chasing after her triplet daughters and trying to think of clever Facebook status updates. She is in her third year of a picture-a-day project and can't imagine stopping any time soon. She's worked on various mental_floss projects in and around our Ohio retail store.

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