by Andrea ColeAssociate EditorStow -- Stow Historical Society President John Baranek said new activities attracted more people to this year's Joshua Stow Fest."We added more activities for children," he said. "With story time and a petting zoo, we had more people than last year. We had a steady crowd throughout the day. There were even people coming over from the [Silver Springs Park] campground."Staff from the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library offered story time and the Stow Parks and Recreation Department offered crafts during the festival, which took place June 23 and 24. The event kicked off Stow Pride.Baranek said the two-day festival is named after Joshua Stow, who owned and developed land in Stow in the 1800s. During the festival, the Minnie Darrow House, the Mary Starr House, the Heritage Museum and the Stow Historical Society's workshop were open.Historical Society member Bob Flower said his favorite aspect of the two-day festival is providing information about the buildings."The best thing is it's an opportunity to go through the houses," he said. "We have made a lot of repairs and improvements in the houses."Stow resident Kristen Jones said she enjoyed attending the event with her 2-year-old daughter Morgan."It's my first time at the festival," she said. "It's a lot of fun, and a great use of the facilities."Disc jockey George Novak provided music from the 1940s and 1950s, while crafters sold items.Stow resident Judy Haas sold homemade curtains, pillows and purses during the event."The people have been very friendly, and the weather has been perfect," she said.Society members also sold refreshments and apple butter during the event to raise money to "maintain the historical area," said Baranek.Historical Society member Howard Corathers provided information about the Historical Society while selling books about the history of Stow, written by resident Fred Long."I like seeing all the people in Stow who I have known for 50-plus years," said Corathers. "I always enjoy working in the kitchen and serving food."The Historical Society comprises 80 members, said Baranek, adding the group meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the community room of the Stow Safety Building at 3800 Darrow Road. The group also hosts the Harvest Festival the third weekend of October. The next meeting is scheduled for July 23 at 7 p.m.For more information about the Historical Society, call 330-689-2852 or send an e-mail to shs@stow.oh.us.E-mail: acole@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3947