For last year’s premier event the weather was a bit damp! But it did not keep approximately 3,500 people from coming out to spend the day at the beach — playing games, building sandcastles, learning to kayak, and making art. Check out the City of Mentor’s facebook page for more photos from the event.
This year, the event will also be a stop on the Lake County #InstaTour, a new activity organized by the Lake County Visitors Bureau, offering weekend deals for families.
Our mile-long lakefront will be filled with colorful flying kites, sand castles, live music, strolling performers, kayaking, dancing and tents filled with children’s activities, arts & craft vendors, and food.
This free, family-friendly, outdoor celebration incorporates the arts with the elements of wind, water and sand to create the coolest event on Ohio’s longest beach.
Headlands Beach State Park is located at the northern terminus of OH 44-N at Headlands Road. Take Route 2 and exit at Rt. 44 North.
Enjoy kite flying, kite making classes, sand castle building contest, a scavenger hunt, kayaking and paddle boarding. Plus, kids can also get involved in a number of beach art projects, games, art performances, inflatables, face painting and Paint and Take Ceramics with Darlene.
Experience an interactive theater as you step inside the Mentor Water Safety Trailer; try out a Windsurf Simulator; and watch three World Champion Sand Sculptors take to the beach as part of Ohio’s first Master Sand Sculpting competition! Last year’s sculpture shown here, entitled “Night Swallows Sun,” was created by World Champion Carl Jara. At approximately, 8:50 p.m., the setting sun was clearly visible through the center of his sculpture.
And there’s no need to bring a picnic — an array of refreshments will be offered by Lakeside Snacks, Lou’s Classic Kettle Corn, Frut and the Fired Up Taco Truck.
Stroll among the more than 20 arts and craft vendors who will line the paved walkway selling beach glass jewelry, driftwood items, wind chimes, sea shell glass jars, beach-themed paintings, pottery, mosaic vases, sandals, beach bags and more.
Last year’s event was the recipient of an Arts & Culture Grant from Lake County Visitors Bureau and an Ohio Arts Council Grant.
BeachFest 2014 is presented by the City of Mentor and Headlands Beach State Park with the generous support of Great Lakes Publishing, Lake Health, STERIS, Lake Metroparks, The News-Herald, CLASSIC Auto Group, Lake National Bank, Best Western Lawnfield Inn & Suites, Mentor Economic Assistance Corporation, Great Lakes Mall, Laketran and Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, email Headlands BeachFest or call (440) 974-5794.