Annual festivals are held in several communities located around the county. These occur at various times throughout the year. Refer to the “Events at a Glance” page for details. Perhaps the oldest festival is the annual Fulton County Fair held in July at the fairgrounds in Lewistown. This countywide event features talent and queen contests, carnival, food, music and entertainment, and judging of livestock, produce, and other projects.
Canton is the site of the annual Friendship Festival, which features a similar suite of activities and concludes the city-wide celebration with a parade. Canton is also home of the annual Art on Main Fine Arts Festival. Similar but smaller events are Avon’s Fat Steer Show, Cuba’s Soldier and Sailors Reunion, Fairview’s Homecoming, Farmington’s Italian Festival, and Ipava’s Camp Ellis Days Reunion. All these feature carnivals, food, music and entertainment, and a variety of other activities.
Ipava’s Camp Ellis Days boasts one of the state’s largest displays of patriotic colors. Dunfermline’s annual Fish and Chicken Fry are widely known for their home cooked fish and chicken. Farmington’s Italian Festival features the search for the “Grande Pomodoro” or “Great Tomato,” offering prizes to the finder.
In the spring, Ellisville’s Sassafras Festival offers food, sassafras tea, and other activities at the historic Opera House, and in the summer a play in the opera house. Christmas festival events take place in Astoria, Fairview, Farmington, and Lewistown.