MANTUA -- Artists from all over Ohio and area wineries will be attending the ninth annual Art on the Hill festival on Saturday.
Booths will line both sides of East Prospect Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday in downtown Mantua.
Christine Pitsinger, festival co-chair and board member of the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation, said local and regional artisans will displaying and selling ceramics, paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, metal art, woodwork, hand blown glass, handmade bath and body products and artwork made from re-purposed materials.
"We love being able to provide local artisans the opportunity to showcase their creations," Pitsinger said. "Each year the festival grows with numerous artisans returning year after year"
The Rotary Club of Mantua will have a booth of miscellaneous arts and crafts and the Mantua American Legion Post No. 193 will raffle off a handmade wood framed coin set.
Festival attendees can purchase a commemorative wine glass with the Art on the Hill logo and receive wine tastings. This year's wineries are Barrel Run Winery and Vineyard in Rootstown, Silver Creek Cellar in Garrettsville and Lil' Paws Winery in Lake Milton. Wineries will also be selling wine by the bottle.
The festival is the Downtown Mantua Revitalization Corporation's largest fundraiser, said Edie Benner, DMRC president. Funds raised are used to match grants for revitalization projects in downtown Mantua. One was a sidewalk project at the south end of town.
The photo contest is a popular part of the festival, Pitsinger said. There are various categories for all age groups. Winning photos are chosen by a judge and a "People's Choice" winner and are used to create a calendar that is sold the following year as a fundraiser.
The festival offers a wide variety of food both from local vendors and businesses as well as popular area food trucks.
A Merchant Circle was added a few years back and continues to grow. The area includes both local storefronts as well as home-based business booths. This provides the local businesses the opportunity to advertise and sell their products or services, Pitsinger said. Parking and admission is free.
"The festival offers something for everyone," she said "We invite you to come spend a day in Mantua."