The pageant is a festival highlight.
Musical talent keeps the gazebo busy!
Rides, food, and fun galore!

The 26th Annual Norton Cider Festival
October 3-5, 2014
Friday 5:00pm - 10:00pm        Saturday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm

A Family Event With
Something Fun for All Ages

Parade & Hometown Heroes

Great Festival Food

Musical Entertainment

Apple Decorating Contest

Magical Train and Inflatables for the Kids

Talented Crafters

Outdoor Movie and Fireworks

The festival takes place at
Columbia Woods Park
4060 Columbia Woods Dr.
Norton, Ohio 44203

Contact: Vicky Wallace at (330) 825-4967

How we got our start

   The Loyal Oak Merchants Association of Welch’s Dairy Cream, the Loyal Oak Tavern and Nicolard’s Salon approached the Norton Lions Club with the thought of having an event that would bring people to Loyal Oak. Since the Lions Club had been selling their cider at the corner of Cleveland Massillon Road and Akron Wadsworth Road for years (they still do)...a perfect team was formed. Due to the close proximity of the historical Knecht Cider Mill in Loyal Oak... the Loyal Oak Cider Festival was born.

   The first Cider Festival was held in 1989 on September 23rd and 24th. Hurricane Hugo came to town this same weekend and arrived in Norton at 5:00 am on Saturday. There was a torrential rain storm that came in sideways but by 9:30 am, the rain halted and gave way to the first Cider Festival parade. The first Cider Festival followed throughout the beautiful weekend.

   After 19 years of successful festivals, it was decided to relocate the Loyal Oak Cider Festival to Columbia Woods Park. The 20th annual Loyal Oak Cider Festival became the Norton Cider Festival with this move.


Crafters & Exhibits

   CRAFTERS/OTHERS: Cindy Crockett (Handmade Jewelry), Lisa Adamovic & Michele Brooks (Handmade Crafts), Sub Rosa Tea (Loose Leaf Tea), Thirty One Gifts, Origami Owl (Denise Abbott), JenTer (Canvas Wall Decor), Aevus Watch Company, Bath Time at Ya~Ya's (Handmade Bath Products), Elist Designs (Vicki Bowling) INFORMATION BOOTHS: Foundation for Wellness Professionals, Joyce Factory Direct, Ohio State Waterproofing, LeafFilter North, Russell Real Estate Services, Norton Girl Scouts, Liberty Free Will Baptist Church, Gutter Helmet Systems


   Fireworks (Saturday), Outdoor Movie ~ TBA (Friday) Magic Cruisers Classic Car Show (Sunday), Norton Idol, Akron University Ice Carving Team, Glenn Sonoda DJ Fun, Zobapago, Josh the Juggler, Hametown (Bluegrass Music)


   SANDWICHES: Pizza, Subs, Pulled Pork, Ribs, Turkey Legs, Italian Sausage, Gyros, Hamburgers, Corn Dogs, Hot Dogs, Coneys, Cheese Dogs, Hillbilly Slaw Dogs, Kraut Dog SIDES: Cheese & Chili Fries, Greek Fries, Buffalo Fries, Cajun Fries, Pulled Pork Potatoes, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Fried Cheese on a Stick SWEETS: Apple Dumplings, Caramel Apple Chips, Strawberry Shortcake, Homemade Ice Cream, Brownie Bites FUN STUFF: Elephant Ears, Kettle Corn, Cheese Corn, Caramel Corn, Cinnamon Corn, Caramel Apple Corn, Cotton Candy, Frozen Bananas, Nachos, Soft Pretzels, Sno Cones DRINKS: Cider, Coffee, Shakes, Root Beer Floats, Lemonade, Pop, Water

Fun Stuff

   Magical Train, Petting Zoo, the University of Akron Ice Carving Team (Saturday & Sunday), Outhouse Stuffing (Sunday), Soap Box Derby, Wolf Creek Players, Norton Transportation (School Bus Safety), Inflatables

Local Favorites

   Norton Lions Cider, Doylestown Lions Donuts, Norton Women's Club Quilt Raffle, Norton Historical Society, Norton Library (Book Sale @ Community Center), Norton Villagers 4H, Foggy Bottom Farms


   Best of Grandpa's Cheesebarn, Tim & Peg Caramel Apple Chips, Destefano's, Word of Mouth BBQ, Here's the Scoop, Lil Grandpa's Kettle Corn, East of Chicago Pizza, Orange Truk, Ziggy's

Signup Forms

Click the logo to the right to print your application for the 2014 Cider Festival. The Cider Festival reserves the right to deny selling any food item if another vendor has contracted for that item. First come, first served!!!

Calling all Crafters, Non-Profit Organization, and Small Businesses...this is YOUR application! Sign up early for the Norton Cider Festival. Columbia Woods Park is a beautiful setting for our groups so don't miss this awesome weekend. Click the cash bag and join us in the apple fun!!!

PARADE ENTRY FORM Click here for flyer(174 Kb)
The Norton Cider Festival Parade will kick off on Saturday morning @ 10:00am. Click on the picture to the right to sign up!!!

HOMETOWN HERO APPLICATION Click here for flyer(224 Kb)
Do you know someone who is selfless, generous in spirit, who gives back as much as possible? Nominate them for Norton's Hometown Hero. Click to the right for details!!!!

NORTON KIWANIS BIKE RIDE  Click here for flyer(1,431 Kb)
Join the Norton Kiwanis for the 23rd Annual Cider Festival Bike Ride. You'll enjoy a scenic ride through the country sides of Western Summit, Wayne and Medina counties. Click the bicycle to the right for our information page.

All routes will offer water and snacks. At the end of the ride, there will be a free t-shirt for the first 75 registrants. Click the cyclist to the right for our registration form.

Upcoming Events

NORTON CIDER FESTIVAL PAGEANT - Sunday, September 21 Click here for flyer(465 Kb)
Click on the tiara to find out how you can be a part of the Norton Cider Festival Pageant!

NORTON IDOL ~ Sunday, September 21 Click here for flyer(501 Kb)
Click on the microphone to find out the details you need to be the next Norton Idol!!!!

CLASSIC CAR SHOW Click here for flyer(120 Kb)
The Magic Cruiser Car Show will be held on Sunday at the Festival from 1:00 - 4:00 up by the Norton Community Center. Click their logo for an Informational Flyer!

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