The Akron Global Village Festival Needs Your Support!

Summer is filled with all sorts of fairs and festivals, and my favorites are always the International Festivals.  One of the best ones in our area is right downtown Akron at Lock 3- The Global Village Festival.   The dancing, music, crafts and ethnic foods are always endlessly fascinating for young, old, and everyone in between.    To throw a shin dig of this size right in downtown Akron is not cheap by any means, and the folks at the Global Village Festival need our financial support to pull it all together.

Dozens of countries are represented at the festival through the dance performances that go on throughout the day, the plentiful food vendors (including yours truly with my SCRATCH food trailer), and the diverse music lineup.  It’s really a bring the whole family event, and an inexpensive good time!  Parking is free and plentiful in the Lock 3 parking deck.

The Labra Bros, a Latin Rock group on the stage at last year's festival
The Labra Bros, a Latin Rock group on the stage at last year’s festival

The folks that run the festival are really hard working people at the United Way, and they take care of their community year round.  You can read all about their good work on their Facebook page.  With community gardens, youth leadership programs, and all they do, I’m not sure how they get it all done with the limited resources they have.

GVF staff working on a new community garden
GVF staff working on a new community garden

There’s a fund raising effort going on right now to support amd preserve Akron’s cultural and ethnic diversity by means of this festival.  Donations via the mail are accepted in any denomination, but by far, the best idea if you have a business, or you are a local do-gooder is to consider Sponsorship of the event.  There are a variety of sponsorship levels, and you can check those out here.

Here’s what sponsorship at the $750 level will get you:

  • Acknowledgement by emcee at Opening Ceremony and throughout the event
  • Individual Company signage placed in “Sponsor Garden” inside the park
  • Recognition on limited press materials and signage
  • Company logo on website; Recognized as Silver Globe Sponsor
  • Single booth space with overhead covering, table & chairs

A contribution in any amount would be appreciated and put to good use.  Only donations sent through the mail or dropped of in person (mailed or delivered to the United Way of Summit County at 90 N. Prospect St., Akron, OH 44304) can be accepted at this time.   gvflovePlease consider sponsorship of this event, and help out this worthy cause by mailing a donation in any amount to :

The Global Village Festival

United Way of Summit County

90 N. Prospect St., Akron, OH 44304


I’ll see you at the Akron Global Village Festival on Sunday, September 13th from noon till six!


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