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Second Annual Hoover Park Festival Returns to North Canton Landmark July 24

The second annual Hoover Park Festival, presented by the Hoover Historical Center at Walsh University and Hoover, a major sponsor of the event, promises to offer even more family-friendly activities than the previous year. The free community event that honors the history of The Hoover Company and its impact on North Canton and Stark County, will be held on Sunday, July 24, from 1-5 p.m. in Hoover Park across from Walsh University.

The inaugural event in 2021, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first Hoover International Sales Convention, attracted more than 400 visitors to the park and museum on rainy day.  This year’s festivities include history talks and self-guided tours, a garden boutique and plant sale, presentations on pollinators and invasive plant species, a performance by the Glen Oak High School Marching Band, activities and displays from the Stark County Beekeepers’ Association, North Canton Public Library, Stark Parks, and North Canton Heritage Society as well as children’s storytelling, food trucks, raffles and giveaways, vintage cars from the 1920s, a vintage baseball game between the Fulton Mules and the Smithville Stars, and a very special performance of the original Hoover Company calliope.

Director of the Hoover Historical Center and the Walsh University Museum Studies Program, Megan Pellegrino, recently interviewed for a Fox 8 One Tank Trip feature with David Moss, aims to share the history of the property that contains the historic Hoover banquet hall and the Hoover Historical Center, a museum owned and operated by Walsh that is dedicated to telling the story of The Hoover Company, while engaging the community in a celebration of the Hoover legacy. 

“This property is original Hoover family farmland where ‘Boss’ Hoover was raised and where Hoover salesmen from across the United States, Canada, and England gathered in the 1920s to learn about new products and sales techniques while also enjoying time spent together,” said Pellegrino.  “This is a community treasure and we can’t wait to share it with everyone at the festival.”